Testimony: Meet Mostafa Latesh

“I used to think of weapons, now I think of brushes and paint rollers.” Mostafa Latesh Mustafa is a stateless former fighter who had been incarcerated for taking part in the clashes between Jabal Mohsen and Beb El Tebbeneh in Tripoli . After joining March’s rehabilitation program, Mustafa left his dark past behind, becoming a painter  and […]

Reconciliation through Rebuilding: The BEDCO Construction Initiative

Construction can refurbish and rebuild a city in more ways than one. Combining that with reintegration and rehabilitation, MARCH through BEDCO are uniting young people across communal divides. Together they’re rebuilding  a better future for themselves, supporting their communities and contributing to rebuilding the city of Beirut. “I wanted to help, my friends and I […]

How This Lebanese Entrepreneur Is Promoting Deradicalization Through Culture, Art And Construction

Melissa Jun RowleyForbesWomenCEO & Founder, Warrior Love Productions, Creator, @BorderBreakers.tv Activist, entrepreneur and certified professional mediator,  Lea Baroudi, was raised in what she refers to as a “very non-sectarian household.” In Lebanon, a country still recovering from the aftermath of the Lebanese Civil War, which lasted from 1975 to 1990, and ruled by a political […]

Feuding youths becoming change-makers

MARCH / THE BEB EL DAHAB INITIATIVE, TRIPOLI, LEBANON Young people formerly involved in violent conflicts receive training in the practical and emotional skills needed to rebuild their neighborhoods together. Presented by: Kinda Majari, Project Coordinator, MARCH Lebanon | Tripoli, Lebanon FEUDING NEIGHBORHOODS An Alawite and a Sunni neighborhood in Tripoli have been plagued by […]

Once Upon a Time… The Kanyamakan Community Hub

A safe space for former enemies to work hand in hand, gaining culinary, gardening, carpentry, calligraphic, sewing, design and embroidery skills. After the opening of the Kahwetna cultural cafe in 2016 as a safe space that unites youth from Jabal Mohsen and Beb el Tebbeneh around arts, culture and learning away from sectarian and communal […]

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 […]

No Garlic No Onions Visits March’s Youth Rehabilitation Program in Tripoli

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]