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 […]

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 […]

ARTS ON THE STREETS, A MESSAGE OF PEACE AND UNITY

A harsh painted over with beautiful brush strokes. Now that’s what we call a journey… By engaging with the communities of Beb El Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen through its various initiatives over the years, MARCH realized that Tripoli was a well of untapped talent and potential just waiting to be discovered. It is for this […]

COLLABORATIONS FOR A CAUSE

MARCH X KENZAH FOUNDATION Another exciting collaboration recently took place with the help of Kenzah Foundation and Lebanon Needs at Kahwetna, MARCH’s cultural café in Tripoli. The goal was to combine local crafstmanship with humanitarian work through a unique community building initiative that would help give back to those in need. It aimed to introduce […]

DOLLS WITH A STORY

A story of Love and War from the heart of Tripoli MARCH has recently collaborated with the Bokja design studio- a brand that is dedicated to reviving regional textile practices and building a regional network of artisans. The initiative entailed employing the local craftsmanship of young men and women from Beb El Tabbaneh and Jabal […]

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 […]