Organic vegetable gardens to stimulate local economies Wednesday 30 January 2019

“Man is not only a freedom which he creates for himself. Man does not create himself. He is spirit and will, but also nature” - The Holy Father Francis on care for our common home.

By the end of January 2019, Caritas Lebanon established 2 large organic vegetable gardens at Oak and Cedar Shelters for survivors of gender-based violence.

The gardens are fully equipped with greenhouses, irrigation systems and high quality gardening tools. The activity is supported by Caritas Germany and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The gardens are part of Caritas Lebanon’s livelihood strategy to provide Cash for Work opportunities to vulnerable households while stimulating local economies. So far, seven Syrian women participated in planting onions, garlic, and beans. They have also received a training on basic gardening and will soon undergo an advanced training on irrigation, composting, pest management, etc. The activity is not only meant to provide psycho-social support, it is also a way to help them stay in touch with nature and do physical activities.

The gardens are designed to produce a wide variety of vegetables, herbal plants and flowers which will either be used at the shelters or sold to generate revenues and sustain the gardens.