Jul 26, 2006
CHF International Provides Assistance to Displaced Families in Lebanon Crisis CHF International has launched an appeal for $100,000 to continue addressing the growing humanitarian crisis in Lebanon for thousands of displaced families who are now without food, water, and access to medical care. CHF is focusing on 1) distributing food, bedding, and medical supplies, and 2) establishing hygienic sanitation systems and safe water supplies to reduce the threat of disease. Emergency funds are immediately assisting displaced families who are now living in temporary shelters and community facilities in Beirut and throughout the country. Since many of the displaced men, women, and children come from low-income communities, the urgent need for food, shelter, and security is paramount. As a food... Read more
Feb 21, 2006
CHF International and USAID Launch the EARTH Initiative in Lebanon On February 17, 2006, representatives from CHF International, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Municipality of Zahleh gathered to officially launch the Environmentally Appropriate Rural Technologies (EARTH) Initiative, a two-year program designed to improve and expand solid waste management facilities in Zahleh. EARTH is positioned to become one of the most important integrated solid waste management systems in the Middle East. The ceremony was attended by over 60 people, including six Parliament members, 16 mayors from the surrounding municipalities in Zahleh Caza, and 21 members of the local municipal board. The event included a visit to the current waste management facility where... Read more
Dec 14, 2005
Strengthening the Agribusiness Industry in Lebanon Clustering for Economic Development and Revitalization of Industry Sectors - CEDARS Program
(2002 - 2005)

CEDARS was a three-year program strengthening the agribusiness industry as an engine of economic revitalization, reintegrating rural areas into the national economy, and generating thousands of new jobs. CHF identified hour geographic areas with clear competitive advantages for the clustering of targeted industry enterprises: North Lebanon, Saida, Tyre, and Bekaa. CEDARS focused on specific agribusiness goods and services, prepared agricultural development initiatives, identified industry anchors, implemented strategic economic plans that focused on identified industry anchors within the agribusiness... Read more
May 27, 2005
Experts Say Free and Mandatory Education a 'Must' for Children Child welfare groups stress need for change in schools By Jessy Chahine, Daily Star BEIRUT: Free and mandatory education is a "must" for every child regardless of his or her background, experts agreed Thursday during a press conference at the Holiday Inn aimed at "spreading the word" on the issue's importance. Jointly organized by the Lebanese Union for Child Welfare (LUCW), the Rene Mouawad Foundation (RMF) and CHF International, a development organization, the conference's attendees gathered several education experts and educators. Jimmy Williams, regional advisor for the UN's Save the Children program in the Middle East and North Africa, said: "The four themes of this conference: quality, costs, inclusion and dropouts... Read more
Nov 30, 2003
Supporting Agricultural Development in Lebanon The USDA 416-b Program - Part I (2001 - 2002)
The USDA 416-b Program (Part I) was awarded to CHF in January 2001 and was completed in July 2002. It was a community-based development program focusing on the agricultural infrastructure, managed through a “cluster project committee” approach. The program was funded by United States Department of Agricultural and managed by Mercy Corps. As part of the USDA 416-b program, CHF administered a total amount of $930,000. In coordination with REDI, CHF International designed and implemented this program to construct/rehabilitate agricultural roads, rehabilitate public parks, plant trees, subsidize seed distribution, construct and equip agricultural co... Read more
Jan 05, 2003
Rural Economic Development Initiative - REDI (1997 – 2002) Funded by USAID, the REDI program began in 1997 with the goal of helping families in rural communities improve their living standards. It focused on repairing damage resulting from the 16-year civil war through the creation and technical support of cluster project committees, which not only resulted in community driven projects, but also brought together splintered communities through the development process. Initially, the amount of the Cooperative Agreement between CHF and USAID was around US $6 million but was expanded after the Israeli withdrawal in May 2000 reaching a total amount of $12 million. CHF, in cooperation with the local NGO - Cooperation for Development (CD), implemented 176 projects, where CHF’s contribution to... Read more
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