March: Empowering Youth of “Jabal Mehsen” & “Bab el Tebbeneh” Tripoli; Workshops and Creative Art!!

Watch a live tour by NoGarlicNoOnions of our facilities, Kahwetna and Kanyamakan, on the former front lines! A path of change, from war enemies to carpenters, seamsters, tour guides, cooks, gardeners, builders and artists… It’s a story of love and war. Anthony Rahayel, in his brief documented tour, shed light on these wonderful people’s hidden […]

Reuters- Fighters and farmers step in to help Beirut after the blast

Ban Barkawi AMMAN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From former fighters repairing damaged buildings to rural women preparing meals, people from across Lebanon have stepped in to help businesses set up to do good after the seismic port explosion in Beirut. The Aug. 4 blast, which officials have blamed on more than 2,000 tonnes of ammonium […]

Peace Takes Center Stage with Lea Baroudi

By Maryam Ghaddar; Interviewed by Editor-in-Chief, Patricia Bitar Cherfan Disadvantaged, marginalized, impoverished. How does one begin to help people chained to this end of the societal spectrum? MARCH Lebanon is a local non-profit NGO whose mission is to promote social cohesion and personal freedoms through arts and culture. Lights MARCH was created in 2011 by […]

Facing Off COVID-19

Protective face masks production by youth from Beb El Tebbeneh and Jabal Mohsen The world has been struck by the COVID-19 pandemic leading countless people to suffer on different levels whether it be financially, physically or even emotionally. However, the communities most impacted by this crisis are those whose socioeconomic vulnerabilities had already alienated them […]

An initiative by the community, for the community!

Food parcels distribution in Tripoli and Beirut “It takes a village” is a popular saying that could not be more accurate because it truly does take collective efforts to cope with a deteriorating economy with detrimental social impacts coupled with a global pandemic.  That is why MARCH helped youth from Beb El Tabbaneh and Jabal […]

THEATER FOR RECONCILIATION: A CATHARTIC EXPERIENCE

MARCH’s approach has always been rooted in its belief that arts and culture are powerful catalysts of change that can help foster long-term sustainable stability. This belief has translated into various initiatives across the years starting with Theater for Reconciliation– a concept we originally launched in Tripoli in 2015. The Alawite neighborhood of Beb El Tabbaneh […]

KAHWETNA, A CULTURAL SPACE ON FORMER DEMARCATION LINES

Kahwetna is a cultural hub that constitutes the epicenter of MARCH’s rehabilitation and reconciliation work and in many ways, unifies the different identities that coexist in Tripoli. After succeeding in bringing together 16 young former-fighters from Beb El Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen to tell their story through a theater play called Love and War on […]

Civil Military Cooperation for social cohesion

Hand in Hand for a better Lebanon As part of its numerous collaborations with the Lebanese Army to improve social cohesion and promote mutual respect and understanding between communities and the Army, MARCH launched a new partnership on June 29th: building a military training base for Tripoli’s 12th infantry brigade from the ground up. The […]

GIVING YOUTH AN OPPORTUNITY AT A BETTER FUTURE

In Tripoli Due to Tripoli’s ecosystem, the area has constituted fertile grounds for conflict over the years. Local youth had been subjected to extreme socio-economic conditions that had made them susceptible to sectarian narratives. Furthermore, these individuals’ quality of life has been gravely impacted and their basic rights considerably impaired. They had difficulty accessing fundamental […]

BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN COMMUNITIES AND GOVERNMENTAL INSTITUTIONS

Building sustainable and resilient stability requires the collaborative efforts of diverse stakeholders. Therefore, MARCH forged cross-sectoral alliances to consolidate its initiatives. The organization has managed to gradually establish a cooperative relationship with the public sector, combining forces with government institutions, particularly the Lebanese Armed Forces. In the past, the government had been semi-absent from the […]