USAID assistance to Roumine
In October 2018, thanks to the assistance and the equipment provided by USAID, the technical school in the Roumine village (Nabatieh, South Lebanon) was able to add a new Hotel Management major and improve existing majors for the first time ever. In total, 72 new students enrolled this year in the BT1 and BP1 technical classes, 21 of which enrolled in the newly established Hotel Management major. After the new students’ enrollment, the school made an additional $13K yearly net profit, and hired 10 instructors, 8 of which teach technical classes while the other 2 teach theory. As for the 14 existing instructors, they were given a raise and more teaching hours to fill.
USAID assistance to Chiyah
On December 17, 2018, the delegations sent by USAID and Caritas Lebanon to visit the Chiyah soccer field received a warm welcome from the Chiyah Municipality. During the visit, more than 100 students from Chiyah public schools were awarded medals for their participation in a two day sports tournament event. The Chiyah Municipality conducted its first community sports event in the brand-new USAID-assisted soccer fields on December 15 -17, 2018. The main aim of this event was to include students from as many Chiyah public schools as possible to compete in different sports activities. Mike sports – one of the event’s sub-contractors – provided sports equipment and additional games as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
In addition to the Chiyah and Roumine projects, Caritas Lebanon successfully completed and implemented projects in Ramlieh and Kfarmichki.
Within the framework of the project "Towards Sustaining Local Livelihood through Promoting Solar Energy Solutions in the Ramlieh Village", Caritas Lebanon has installed three solar stations with 227 panels in Ramlieh (Aley) to supply households and public institutions with 60 KWp of electricity and thus reduce the average household energy expenses by 30%. A new backup generator was also installed in the solar farms to supply power to nearly 177 households.
As for Kfarmichki, the “Solar Electricity and Energy Efficiency” project consists of installing an electric solar energy station of 45 KW to provide power to the 120 households of the village. The electrical generator, which has a 230KVA capacity, will serve as a backup power source during daytime in order to reduce diesel consumption, pollution and noise, all while increasing power availability during blackouts.