With the deterioration living conditions in Lebanon, refugees, like all Lebanese, suffer from severe economic and social crises in the country. Due to the unavailability of sufficient job prospects and the nature of their legal status in Lebanon, their situation is getting worse, and many refugees struggle to secure a source of livelihood. Hence, refugees are facing many mental health challenges, in addition to the economic and social challenges that hinder them.
In this context, the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), Diakonia and Social Service Department, Lebanon’s Office, continues to implement the capacity building program, as it recently organized new sessions of skills development for a group of refugee women at Our Lady Dispensary, affiliated to MECC, and located in the Sabtieh region – Lebanon.
During the sessions, the participants were able to learn a new craft, which is producing baskets that they can use to decorate their homes. They felt motivated to develop this skill so that they could start an effective productive business, which constitutes a source of livelihood for them, through which they can help their husbands to secure their essential needs. These sessions also contributed to empowering women and assuring them that their role is important and essential in societies.
The participants expressed their will to feel independent, as they wished that the Middle East Council of Churches would offer further capacity building sessions so that they can they can develop new skill.