With the aim of empowering women in Lebanon and developing their capabilities--especially amid the daily pressures that surround them as a result of the various crises that cast their shadows over the country--the Middle East Council of Churches/ Department of Diakonia and Social Service, Lebanon’s Office, implemented new soft skills sessions to enhance the personal skills of a group of women, during last September.
During the sessions, participants gathered around a table where a specialist instructor taught them ways to be resourceful and creative using material that can be easily found in stores or around the house. They were taught how to artistically design the products so that to make them appealing for customers. After all, handmade products are in high demand in the Lebanese market and knowing such a skill can allow them to start their own business. Moreover, they can use the skill to decorate their homes or craft gifts for special occasions.
In fact, these sessions boosted their self-worth and allowed them to discover hidden potential they never knew existed. At the end of the session, beneficiaries reported a boost in moral and inquired about the possibility of holding future sessions to evolve this newly-learned skill.
Noting that these sessions were implemented with the support of the international humanitarian organization Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), at the Our Lady Dispensary, affiliated with the Middle East Council of Churches, in the Sabtieh region - Lebanon.