Coffee Talk in Bekaa

Coffee Talk in Bekaa: ambitious youth with a thirst for progress

27 June 2022
For its second Coffee Talk in Lebanon, the European Union has chosen to head to the Bekaa, a rural agricultural region in the centre of the country to reach out to the young Lebanese and get theopportunity to talk to them, listen to their hopes and worries, and exchange views about the EU…
Overcoming challenges: a tale of refugees’ solidarity

Overcoming challenges: a tale of refugees’ solidarity

05 May 2022
Extending a helping hand in times of widespread misery and dire need is not always an easy thing to do. For Ibtesam though, it is the only way to go, and has been her reason to “keep going”. The mother of four has been benefiting from the monthly cash assistance programme set up by the UNHCR as…
Turning trash into opportunity: the champion of the solid waste recycling centre

Turning trash into opportunity: the champion of the solid waste recycling centre

05 May 2022
A bright smile on a determined face, Rajaa hides her struggles as well as she can. In the middle of the Za’atari refugee camp, this single mom of one struggles to make ends meet as she enters her ninth winter in the camp. For the past few years though, things have improved: Rajaa found a job at the…
Finding purpose through work – the success story of Hana’, SWM volunteer

Finding purpose through work – the success story of Hana’, SWM volunteer

05 May 2022
Bouncing back from traumatic life events can seem impossible to some. This was the case of Hana*, a 50-year-old Syrian refugee who arrived in the Azraq refugee camp in northern Jordan 11 years ago. However, since she joined the solid waste management project funded by the EU Regional Trust Fund in…
Skills for the future: the ILO-MADAD training programme

Skills for the future: the ILO-MADAD training programme

05 May 2022
For Syrians who fled the war in the past ten years, rebuilding a decent life in their host country has sometimes been strenuous. In addition to finding shelter, food and safety, they have had to struggle with the lack of employment opportunities and the stress pertaining to low incomes. As part of…
Syrian refugee’s blurred words tell unwanted memories

Syrian refugee’s blurred words tell unwanted memories

05 May 2022
Mahmoud Ahmad Al-Matar is a 57 years old man who had to flee his hometown of al Houla in Homs province in war torn Syria back in 2013, and became a beneficiary of the Cash assistance programme funded by the EU. Despite his health conditions; a weak heart and a pained back that keeps him in bed rest…
Education: a safe yet inaccessible refuge?

Education: a safe yet inaccessible refuge?

05 May 2022
“When I see a 13-year-old child who cannot read or write, I feel a sense of guilt and responsibility towards them”, says Ahmad Al-Deery, a 55 year-old Syrian refugee in Jordan who turned a small caravan into a mobile school to teach 39 students inside the camp. This was one of the stories covered…
Hope flows back to Lebanon’s communities thanks to EU, UNICEF WASH partnership

Hope flows back to Lebanon’s communities thanks to EU, UNICEF WASH partnership

05 May 2022
Gazing upon her granddaughter with protective eyes, Ibtisam hesitates to open up about her difficulties caring for Karen, 10 years old. “Karen used to watch me boil water in the kettle so she could bathe. There were many times we could not wash her school clothes and she did not understand why,”…
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Online violence: screens of shame

07 December 2021
“Cyberviolence against women is an increasing problem in Europe. It can take many forms, including (sexual) harassment, revenge porn and threats of rape, sexual assault or murder.  Perpetrators can be partners or ex-partners, colleagues, schoolmates or, as is often the case, anonymous individuals.…
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Fahlat feminist collective: self-defence in the face of violence

25 November 2021
No one has the right to use their authority to assault a woman. However, in Algeria, as in many other countries, women suffer violence and harassment on a daily basis, in public and private spaces and in the workplace. The Fahlat collective has decided to train women in self-defence techniques to…