Given Lebanon’s unstable political situation and economic crisis, the country has experienced an increase in emigration in the last decade. On top of that, only a fifth of university graduates finds a job in Lebanon. On the other hand, there is no sufficient workforce to cover the demand of the services sector (i.e. hospitality or tourism). The economic situation of rural Lebanese women is even worse, as they are more vulnerable to the crisis given the lack of job opportunities.
With our local partner PRODES, we have co-created and financed a project to offer vocational education and training to women from rural Lebanon (Keserwan, Ibeil, Batrou and Bcharre). The program has been active since 2013. The project’s beneficiaries are young women aged between 15 and 30. The training is focused on the services sector, for instance, hospitality, guesthouse management, tourism and local guiding, local food production, and languages. This formation has enhanced the status of women while promoting their economic independence and personal growth.
Inter-Cultur’s projects in Lebanon are designed to support and align with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).