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Lebanon, Beirut, 27 August 2018  Twenty women in a basement help make Beirut green  During a precious tea break, three of LiveLoveRecycle’s participants explained why they refer to themselves as an army. If you visit LiveLoveRecycle’s Beirut warehouse, it is clear that the women working there do so with military precision. They have to, otherwise their intricate operation with dozens of moving parts simply does not function. They compare themselves to an army, providing assistance to their male colleagues on the front lines fighting a war against otherwise discarded plastic, paper and tin.  This year, the World Food Programme (WFP) invested in a Beirut-based recycling project which has been around for a while but struggled to find funding and support to get off the ground. Based around an app, it both allows Beirutis to request recycling pick ups and directs drivers on electric bikes to their homes or offices around the city. It is completely free to use and after being launched in April, it has over 2,000 regular users.  WFP’s funds came from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the project is owned by LiveLoveLebanon, a Beirut-based organisation that promotes the best of the country. It’s sibling, LiveLoveRecycle is the first-of-a-kind project in the country which has long sought to both find a sustainable recycling initiative and to tangible solutions to few employment opportunities for its vulnerable communities.  LiveLoveRecycle has two major benefits: it addresses a lack of accessible recycling opportunities in Beirut while also providing training and employment opportunities to some of its most vulnerable citizens. Four months into the project, the male drivers — the public faces of the project — have had their fair share of publicity. They have also been present at dozens of high profile events, advertising the initiative. But, there is a less visible female contingent there too which plays numerous vital roles.  Performing a variety of cleaning, maintenance and catering functions, the twenty female participants work up to 60 hours each month in exchange for US$ 200. That cash is loaded onto red electronic cards from WFP each month and can be withdrawn from any ATM.  In the Photo: Three female participants in a WFP livelihoods recycling programme with partner LiveLoveRecycle take a break in their warehouse in Beirut. The project has two major benefits: it addresses a lack of accessible recycling opportunities in Beirut while also providing training and employment opportunities to some of its most vulnerable citizens  Photo: WFP/Mazen Hodeib
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Lebanon, Beirut, 27 August 2018  Twenty women in a basement help make Beirut green  During a precious tea break, three of LiveLoveRecycle’s participants explained why they refer to themselves as an army. If you visit LiveLoveRecycle’s Beirut warehouse, it is clear that the women working there do so with military precision. They have to, otherwise their intricate operation with dozens of moving parts simply does not function. They compare themselves to an army, providing assistance to their male colleagues on the front lines fighting a war against otherwise discarded plastic, paper and tin.  This year, the World Food Programme (WFP) invested in a Beirut-based recycling project which has been around for a while but struggled to find funding and support to get off the ground. Based around an app, it both allows Beirutis to request recycling pick ups and directs drivers on electric bikes to their homes or offices around the city. It is completely free to use and after being launched in April, it has over 2,000 regular users.  WFP’s funds came from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the project is owned by LiveLoveLebanon, a Beirut-based organisation that promotes the best of the country. It’s sibling, LiveLoveRecycle is the first-of-a-kind project in the country which has long sought to both find a sustainable recycling initiative and to tangible solutions to few employment opportunities for its vulnerable communities.  LiveLoveRecycle has two major benefits: it addresses a lack of accessible recycling opportunities in Beirut while also providing training and employment opportunities to some of its most vulnerable citizens. Four months into the project, the male drivers — the public faces of the project — have had their fair share of publicity. They have also been present at dozens of high profile events, advertising the initiative. But, there is a less visible female contingent there too which plays numerous vital roles.  Performing a variety of cleaning, maintenance and catering functions, the twenty female participants work up to 60 hours each month in exchange for US$ 200. That cash is loaded onto red electronic cards from WFP each month and can be withdrawn from any ATM.  In the Photo: Yasmine is one of the female participants in the WFP/LiveLoveRecycle livelihoods project. “I spend mine [earnings from WFP] on food and rent,” explained Yasmine. “Both are expensive in Beirut.”  Photo: WFP/Mazen Hodeib
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Lebanon, Beirut, 12 July 2018  Each year, WFP runs summer nutrition camps across Lebanon. Children are invited from the 39 schools participating in WFP’s regular term-time snack programme where they receive a small bag each day containing fresh fruit and milk. At the camps, students learn about good nutrition practices in a fun environment. The camps are run by local partner IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) and fully funded by the Italian government.  Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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Lebanon, Beirut, 12 July 2018  Each year, WFP runs summer nutrition camps across Lebanon. Children are invited from the 39 schools participating in WFP’s regular term-time snack programme where they receive a small bag each day containing fresh fruit and milk. At the camps, students learn about good nutrition practices in a fun environment. The camps are run by local partner IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) and fully funded by the Italian government.  Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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Lebanon, Beirut, 12 July 2018  Each year, WFP runs summer nutrition camps across Lebanon. Children are invited from the 39 schools participating in WFP’s regular term-time snack programme where they receive a small bag each day containing fresh fruit and milk. At the camps, students learn about good nutrition practices in a fun environment. The camps are run by local partner IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) and fully funded by the Italian government.  In the Photo: a kiwi made by Syrian and Lebanese students at a summer nutrition camp in Beirut. At the camps, students learn about good nutrition practices in a fun environment.  Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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Lebanon, Beirut, 12 July 2018  Each year, WFP runs summer nutrition camps across Lebanon. Children are invited from the 39 schools participating in WFP’s regular term-time snack programme where they receive a small bag each day containing fresh fruit and milk. At the camps, students learn about good nutrition practices in a fun environment. The camps are run by local partner IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) and fully funded by the Italian government.  In the Photo: Eleven-year-olds Eliane and Nazaa have been going to the same Beirut school for year. But they only met this year when school closed for summer. Eliane is Lebanese and Nazaa is Syrian. As they attend a double-shift school, their paths only cross when Eliane leaves at midday and Nazaa enters through the gates to attend the second shift.  Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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Lebanon, Beirut, 11 July 2018  Each year, WFP runs summer nutrition camps across Lebanon. Children are invited from the 39 schools participating in WFP’s regular term-time snack programme where they receive a small bag each day containing fresh fruit and milk. At the camps, students learn about good nutrition practices in a fun environment. The camps are run by local partner IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) and fully funded by the Italian government.  Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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Lebanon, Beirut, 11 July 2018  Each year, WFP runs summer nutrition camps across Lebanon. Children are invited from the 39 schools participating in WFP’s regular term-time snack programme where they receive a small bag each day containing fresh fruit and milk. At the camps, students learn about good nutrition practices in a fun environment. The camps are run by local partner IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) and fully funded by the Italian government.  Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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Lebanon, Beirut, 27 June 2018  Fadwa still lives in a makeshift shelter in the corner of a car park in Beirut. In January, it was leaking and cold. Now the air doesn’t circulate and it’s unbearably muggy. Cars race past one side of the structure and her children scoot around on broken bikes in the car park. It’s still inadequate and hazardous, yet Fadwa is smiling.  Back in January, she had to go to the market everyday to buy food because there was nowhere to store it. Now she has a fridge — it’s her biggest purchase this year. By saving some of her cash and adding more from her husband’s income, Fadwa was able to save enough money to buy a second-hand fridge. She is now able to buy and store a wider range of fresh food, thanks to support provided by the United Kingdom.  During its most recent assessment, WFP found a 13 percent increase (up to 74 percent) in the number of families with an acceptable food consumption score. That score is an index measurement of the range of food groups eaten by a family.  There are two shelves of brown bottles in the fridge. It is medicine for the children's various ailments. “I always have one sick child,” she explained. Back in January, she had to cut down on food in order to afford medicine. Now she has both.  Being able to choose where to spent limited funds is a huge improvement for Fadwa and the core component of WFP’s multi-purpose cash programme. With the monthly US$27 (£20) that each member of the family receives plus a US$175 (£130) top up, Fadwa is taking charge of meeting the family’s needs for the first time since they left Syria.  The multi-purpose cash programme which is largely funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), gives recipients the autonomy to decide where and how to spend their humanitarian assistance.  When we last met Fadwa, she told us that food is her first priority. WFP learned the same of other families receiving multi-purpose cash in Lebanon. 91 percent of families receiving it prioritised food.  Fadwa always knew where to find the best deals with the help of a network of friends and family spread around Beirut. They keep in touch by WhatsApp, sharing updates from Syria as well as tips on where to find the best deals around town. Now with a couple of dollars each month, she is able to keep that link open with home.  A bit of extra cash reserved for tutoring costs has also been freed up now that the summer vacation started. Four of the five children are in school and 14-year-old Moutaz was receiving private lessons. Since he caught up with his class and passed his English exam this semester, they are no longer paying for the teacher. As well as giving Moutaz something to be proud of, the family now has a bit more cash to save for whatever tomorrow brings.  “There’s always a bill for something,” Fadwa explained, “but now I can pay them.”  The family is getting by and is appreciative for the extra help from the United Kingdom. When asked, 98 percent of all families said they prefer receiving cash over other forms of assistance. But life is still exhausting Fadwa admits and she’s longing for a change.  “I used to dream about surviving, but now we’re fine. Now I dream of leaving this place and of having just one day at home in Deir Ezzor, but I heard our house was destroyed and there’s nothing to go back to. I used to have a garden with trees but now I live in a car park.”  The United Kingdom’s support is nourishing Fadwa’s hope of a return and keeping her going until then. Whilst it appears on the surface that not much has changed, there are enough subtle changes to her family’s life to suggest otherwise.  Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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Lebanon, Beirut, 27 June 2018  Fadwa still lives in a makeshift shelter in the corner of a car park in Beirut. In January, it was leaking and cold. Now the air doesn’t circulate and it’s unbearably muggy. Cars race past one side of the structure and her children scoot around on broken bikes in the car park. It’s still inadequate and hazardous, yet Fadwa is smiling.  Back in January, she had to go to the market everyday to buy food because there was nowhere to store it. Now she has a fridge — it’s her biggest purchase this year. By saving some of her cash and adding more from her husband’s income, Fadwa was able to save enough money to buy a second-hand fridge. She is now able to buy and store a wider range of fresh food, thanks to support provided by the United Kingdom.  During its most recent assessment, WFP found a 13 percent increase (up to 74 percent) in the number of families with an acceptable food consumption score. That score is an index measurement of the range of food groups eaten by a family.  There are two shelves of brown bottles in the fridge. It is medicine for the children's various ailments. “I always have one sick child,” she explained. Back in January, she had to cut down on food in order to afford medicine. Now she has both.  Being able to choose where to spent limited funds is a huge improvement for Fadwa and the core component of WFP’s multi-purpose cash programme. With the monthly US$27 (£20) that each member of the family receives plus a US$175 (£130) top up, Fadwa is taking charge of meeting the family’s needs for the first time since they left Syria.  The multi-purpose cash programme which is largely funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), gives recipients the autonomy to decide where and how to spend their humanitarian assistance.  When we last met Fadwa, she told us that food is her first priority. WFP learned the same of other families receiving multi-purpose cash in Lebanon. 91 percent of families receiving it prioritised food.  Fadwa always knew where to find the best deals with the help of a network of friends and family spread around Beirut. They keep in touch by WhatsApp, sharing updates from Syria as well as tips on where to find the best deals around town. Now with a couple of dollars each month, she is able to keep that link open with home.  A bit of extra cash reserved for tutoring costs has also been freed up now that the summer vacation started. Four of the five children are in school and 14-year-old Moutaz was receiving private lessons. Since he caught up with his class and passed his English exam this semester, they are no longer paying for the teacher. As well as giving Moutaz something to be proud of, the family now has a bit more cash to save for whatever tomorrow brings.  “There’s always a bill for something,” Fadwa explained, “but now I can pay them.”  The family is getting by and is appreciative for the extra help from the United Kingdom. When asked, 98 percent of all families said they prefer receiving cash over other forms of assistance. But life is still exhausting Fadwa admits and she’s longing for a change.  “I used to dream about surviving, but now we’re fine. Now I dream of leaving this place and of having just one day at home in Deir Ezzor, but I heard our house was destroyed and there’s nothing to go back to. I used to have a garden with trees but now I live in a car park.”  The United Kingdom’s support is nourishing Fadwa’s hope of a return and keeping her going until then. Whilst it appears on the surface that not much has changed, there are enough subtle changes to her family’s life to suggest otherwise.  Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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Lebanon, Beirut, 27 June 2018  Fadwa still lives in a makeshift shelter in the corner of a car park in Beirut. In January, it was leaking and cold. Now the air doesn’t circulate and it’s unbearably muggy. Cars race past one side of the structure and her children scoot around on broken bikes in the car park. It’s still inadequate and hazardous, yet Fadwa is smiling.  Back in January, she had to go to the market everyday to buy food because there was nowhere to store it. Now she has a fridge — it’s her biggest purchase this year. By saving some of her cash and adding more from her husband’s income, Fadwa was able to save enough money to buy a second-hand fridge. She is now able to buy and store a wider range of fresh food, thanks to support provided by the United Kingdom.  During its most recent assessment, WFP found a 13 percent increase (up to 74 percent) in the number of families with an acceptable food consumption score. That score is an index measurement of the range of food groups eaten by a family.  There are two shelves of brown bottles in the fridge. It is medicine for the children's various ailments. “I always have one sick child,” she explained. Back in January, she had to cut down on food in order to afford medicine. Now she has both.  Being able to choose where to spent limited funds is a huge improvement for Fadwa and the core component of WFP’s multi-purpose cash programme. With the monthly US$27 (£20) that each member of the family receives plus a US$175 (£130) top up, Fadwa is taking charge of meeting the family’s needs for the first time since they left Syria.  The multi-purpose cash programme which is largely funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), gives recipients the autonomy to decide where and how to spend their humanitarian assistance.  When we last met Fadwa, she told us that food is her first priority. WFP learned the same of other families receiving multi-purpose cash in Lebanon. 91 percent of families receiving it prioritised food.  Fadwa always knew where to find the best deals with the help of a network of friends and family spread around Beirut. They keep in touch by WhatsApp, sharing updates from Syria as well as tips on where to find the best deals around town. Now with a couple of dollars each month, she is able to keep that link open with home.  A bit of extra cash reserved for tutoring costs has also been freed up now that the summer vacation started. Four of the five children are in school and 14-year-old Moutaz was receiving private lessons. Since he caught up with his class and passed his English exam this semester, they are no longer paying for the teacher. As well as giving Moutaz something to be proud of, the family now has a bit more cash to save for whatever tomorrow brings.  “There’s always a bill for something,” Fadwa explained, “but now I can pay them.”  The family is getting by and is appreciative for the extra help from the United Kingdom. When asked, 98 percent of all families said they prefer receiving cash over other forms of assistance. But life is still exhausting Fadwa admits and she’s longing for a change.  “I used to dream about surviving, but now we’re fine. Now I dream of leaving this place and of having just one day at home in Deir Ezzor, but I heard our house was destroyed and there’s nothing to go back to. I used to have a garden with trees but now I live in a car park.”  The United Kingdom’s support is nourishing Fadwa’s hope of a return and keeping her going until then. Whilst it appears on the surface that not much has changed, there are enough subtle changes to her family’s life to suggest otherwise.  In the Photo: US$2 a month helps to maintain communication with Fadwa’s family and friends  Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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Lebanon, Beirut, 27 June 2018  Fadwa still lives in a makeshift shelter in the corner of a car park in Beirut. In January, it was leaking and cold. Now the air doesn’t circulate and it’s unbearably muggy. Cars race past one side of the structure and her children scoot around on broken bikes in the car park. It’s still inadequate and hazardous, yet Fadwa is smiling.  Back in January, she had to go to the market everyday to buy food because there was nowhere to store it. Now she has a fridge — it’s her biggest purchase this year. By saving some of her cash and adding more from her husband’s income, Fadwa was able to save enough money to buy a second-hand fridge. She is now able to buy and store a wider range of fresh food, thanks to support provided by the United Kingdom.  During its most recent assessment, WFP found a 13 percent increase (up to 74 percent) in the number of families with an acceptable food consumption score. That score is an index measurement of the range of food groups eaten by a family.  There are two shelves of brown bottles in the fridge. It is medicine for the children's various ailments. “I always have one sick child,” she explained. Back in January, she had to cut down on food in order to afford medicine. Now she has both.  Being able to choose where to spent limited funds is a huge improvement for Fadwa and the core component of WFP’s multi-purpose cash programme. With the monthly US$27 (£20) that each member of the family receives plus a US$175 (£130) top up, Fadwa is taking charge of meeting the family’s needs for the first time since they left Syria.  The multi-purpose cash programme which is largely funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), gives recipients the autonomy to decide where and how to spend their humanitarian assistance.  When we last met Fadwa, she told us that food is her first priority. WFP learned the same of other families receiving multi-purpose cash in Lebanon. 91 percent of families receiving it prioritised food.  Fadwa always knew where to find the best deals with the help of a network of friends and family spread around Beirut. They keep in touch by WhatsApp, sharing updates from Syria as well as tips on where to find the best deals around town. Now with a couple of dollars each month, she is able to keep that link open with home.  A bit of extra cash reserved for tutoring costs has also been freed up now that the summer vacation started. Four of the five children are in school and 14-year-old Moutaz was receiving private lessons. Since he caught up with his class and passed his English exam this semester, they are no longer paying for the teacher. As well as giving Moutaz something to be proud of, the family now has a bit more cash to save for whatever tomorrow brings.  “There’s always a bill for something,” Fadwa explained, “but now I can pay them.”  The family is getting by and is appreciative for the extra help from the United Kingdom. When asked, 98 percent of all families said they prefer receiving cash over other forms of assistance. But life is still exhausting Fadwa admits and she’s longing for a change.  “I used to dream about surviving, but now we’re fine. Now I dream of leaving this place and of having just one day at home in Deir Ezzor, but I heard our house was destroyed and there’s nothing to go back to. I used to have a garden with trees but now I live in a car park.”  The United Kingdom’s support is nourishing Fadwa’s hope of a return and keeping her going until then. Whilst it appears on the surface that not much has changed, there are enough subtle changes to her family’s life to suggest otherwise.  Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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5760 x 3840 px 203.20 x 135.47 cm 2692.00 kb
 
Lebanon, Beirut, 27 June 2018  Fadwa still lives in a makeshift shelter in the corner of a car park in Beirut. In January, it was leaking and cold. Now the air doesn’t circulate and it’s unbearably muggy. Cars race past one side of the structure and her children scoot around on broken bikes in the car park. It’s still inadequate and hazardous, yet Fadwa is smiling.  Back in January, she had to go to the market everyday to buy food because there was nowhere to store it. Now she has a fridge — it’s her biggest purchase this year. By saving some of her cash and adding more from her husband’s income, Fadwa was able to save enough money to buy a second-hand fridge. She is now able to buy and store a wider range of fresh food, thanks to support provided by the United Kingdom.  During its most recent assessment, WFP found a 13 percent increase (up to 74 percent) in the number of families with an acceptable food consumption score. That score is an index measurement of the range of food groups eaten by a family.  There are two shelves of brown bottles in the fridge. It is medicine for the children's various ailments. “I always have one sick child,” she explained. Back in January, she had to cut down on food in order to afford medicine. Now she has both.  Being able to choose where to spent limited funds is a huge improvement for Fadwa and the core component of WFP’s multi-purpose cash programme. With the monthly US$27 (£20) that each member of the family receives plus a US$175 (£130) top up, Fadwa is taking charge of meeting the family’s needs for the first time since they left Syria.  The multi-purpose cash programme which is largely funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), gives recipients the autonomy to decide where and how to spend their humanitarian assistance.  When we last met Fadwa, she told us that food is her first priority. WFP learned the same of other families receiving multi-purpose cash in Lebanon. 91 percent of families receiving it prioritised food.  Fadwa always knew where to find the best deals with the help of a network of friends and family spread around Beirut. They keep in touch by WhatsApp, sharing updates from Syria as well as tips on where to find the best deals around town. Now with a couple of dollars each month, she is able to keep that link open with home.  A bit of extra cash reserved for tutoring costs has also been freed up now that the summer vacation started. Four of the five children are in school and 14-year-old Moutaz was receiving private lessons. Since he caught up with his class and passed his English exam this semester, they are no longer paying for the teacher. As well as giving Moutaz something to be proud of, the family now has a bit more cash to save for whatever tomorrow brings.  “There’s always a bill for something,” Fadwa explained, “but now I can pay them.”  The family is getting by and is appreciative for the extra help from the United Kingdom. When asked, 98 percent of all families said they prefer receiving cash over other forms of assistance. But life is still exhausting Fadwa admits and she’s longing for a change.  “I used to dream about surviving, but now we’re fine. Now I dream of leaving this place and of having just one day at home in Deir Ezzor, but I heard our house was destroyed and there’s nothing to go back to. I used to have a garden with trees but now I live in a car park.”  The United Kingdom’s support is nourishing Fadwa’s hope of a return and keeping her going until then. Whilst it appears on the surface that not much has changed, there are enough subtle changes to her family’s life to suggest otherwise.  Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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5760 x 3840 px 203.20 x 135.47 cm 2418.00 kb
 
Lebanon, Beirut, 27 June 2018  Fadwa still lives in a makeshift shelter in the corner of a car park in Beirut. In January, it was leaking and cold. Now the air doesn’t circulate and it’s unbearably muggy. Cars race past one side of the structure and her children scoot around on broken bikes in the car park. It’s still inadequate and hazardous, yet Fadwa is smiling.  Back in January, she had to go to the market everyday to buy food because there was nowhere to store it. Now she has a fridge — it’s her biggest purchase this year. By saving some of her cash and adding more from her husband’s income, Fadwa was able to save enough money to buy a second-hand fridge. She is now able to buy and store a wider range of fresh food, thanks to support provided by the United Kingdom.  During its most recent assessment, WFP found a 13 percent increase (up to 74 percent) in the number of families with an acceptable food consumption score. That score is an index measurement of the range of food groups eaten by a family.  There are two shelves of brown bottles in the fridge. It is medicine for the children's various ailments. “I always have one sick child,” she explained. Back in January, she had to cut down on food in order to afford medicine. Now she has both.  Being able to choose where to spent limited funds is a huge improvement for Fadwa and the core component of WFP’s multi-purpose cash programme. With the monthly US$27 (£20) that each member of the family receives plus a US$175 (£130) top up, Fadwa is taking charge of meeting the family’s needs for the first time since they left Syria.  The multi-purpose cash programme which is largely funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), gives recipients the autonomy to decide where and how to spend their humanitarian assistance.  When we last met Fadwa, she told us that food is her first priority. WFP learned the same of other families receiving multi-purpose cash in Lebanon. 91 percent of families receiving it prioritised food.  Fadwa always knew where to find the best deals with the help of a network of friends and family spread around Beirut. They keep in touch by WhatsApp, sharing updates from Syria as well as tips on where to find the best deals around town. Now with a couple of dollars each month, she is able to keep that link open with home.  A bit of extra cash reserved for tutoring costs has also been freed up now that the summer vacation started. Four of the five children are in school and 14-year-old Moutaz was receiving private lessons. Since he caught up with his class and passed his English exam this semester, they are no longer paying for the teacher. As well as giving Moutaz something to be proud of, the family now has a bit more cash to save for whatever tomorrow brings.  “There’s always a bill for something,” Fadwa explained, “but now I can pay them.”  The family is getting by and is appreciative for the extra help from the United Kingdom. When asked, 98 percent of all families said they prefer receiving cash over other forms of assistance. But life is still exhausting Fadwa admits and she’s longing for a change.  “I used to dream about surviving, but now we’re fine. Now I dream of leaving this place and of having just one day at home in Deir Ezzor, but I heard our house was destroyed and there’s nothing to go back to. I used to have a garden with trees but now I live in a car park.”  The United Kingdom’s support is nourishing Fadwa’s hope of a return and keeping her going until then. Whilst it appears on the surface that not much has changed, there are enough subtle changes to her family’s life to suggest otherwise.  Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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Lebanon, Beirut, 27 June 2018  Fadwa still lives in a makeshift shelter in the corner of a car park in Beirut. In January, it was leaking and cold. Now the air doesn’t circulate and it’s unbearably muggy. Cars race past one side of the structure and her children scoot around on broken bikes in the car park. It’s still inadequate and hazardous, yet Fadwa is smiling.  Back in January, she had to go to the market everyday to buy food because there was nowhere to store it. Now she has a fridge — it’s her biggest purchase this year. By saving some of her cash and adding more from her husband’s income, Fadwa was able to save enough money to buy a second-hand fridge. She is now able to buy and store a wider range of fresh food, thanks to support provided by the United Kingdom.  During its most recent assessment, WFP found a 13 percent increase (up to 74 percent) in the number of families with an acceptable food consumption score. That score is an index measurement of the range of food groups eaten by a family.  There are two shelves of brown bottles in the fridge. It is medicine for the children's various ailments. “I always have one sick child,” she explained. Back in January, she had to cut down on food in order to afford medicine. Now she has both.  Being able to choose where to spent limited funds is a huge improvement for Fadwa and the core component of WFP’s multi-purpose cash programme. With the monthly US$27 (£20) that each member of the family receives plus a US$175 (£130) top up, Fadwa is taking charge of meeting the family’s needs for the first time since they left Syria.  The multi-purpose cash programme which is largely funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), gives recipients the autonomy to decide where and how to spend their humanitarian assistance.  When we last met Fadwa, she told us that food is her first priority. WFP learned the same of other families receiving multi-purpose cash in Lebanon. 91 percent of families receiving it prioritised food.  Fadwa always knew where to find the best deals with the help of a network of friends and family spread around Beirut. They keep in touch by WhatsApp, sharing updates from Syria as well as tips on where to find the best deals around town. Now with a couple of dollars each month, she is able to keep that link open with home.  A bit of extra cash reserved for tutoring costs has also been freed up now that the summer vacation started. Four of the five children are in school and 14-year-old Moutaz was receiving private lessons. Since he caught up with his class and passed his English exam this semester, they are no longer paying for the teacher. As well as giving Moutaz something to be proud of, the family now has a bit more cash to save for whatever tomorrow brings.  “There’s always a bill for something,” Fadwa explained, “but now I can pay them.”  The family is getting by and is appreciative for the extra help from the United Kingdom. When asked, 98 percent of all families said they prefer receiving cash over other forms of assistance. But life is still exhausting Fadwa admits and she’s longing for a change.  “I used to dream about surviving, but now we’re fine. Now I dream of leaving this place and of having just one day at home in Deir Ezzor, but I heard our house was destroyed and there’s nothing to go back to. I used to have a garden with trees but now I live in a car park.”  The United Kingdom’s support is nourishing Fadwa’s hope of a return and keeping her going until then. Whilst it appears on the surface that not much has changed, there are enough subtle changes to her family’s life to suggest otherwise.  In the Photo: A handful of invoices. Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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Lebanon, Aley, 30 May 2018  WFP is running tech for food programmes throughout Lebanon. Youth participants are paid for completing classes in basic English and digital skills. After they graduate from the programme, participants are equipped with skills which can be used in the global digital world when seeking employment.   In the Photo: Dalili (meaning “my guide” in Arabic) is a smartphone application developed by WFP with the assistance of the Munich Accelerator. It helps users (beneficiary or not) to find affordable nearby food using the phone’s GPS function. It was originally designed to assist beneficiaries to maximise the purchasing power, but as it is open to the public, it can be used by all.  Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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Lebanon, Aley, 30 May 2018  WFP is running tech for food programmes throughout Lebanon. Youth participants are paid for completing classes in basic English and digital skills. After they graduate from the programme, participants are equipped with skills which can be used in the global digital world when seeking employment.   In the Photo: Assistant Executive Director Valerie Guarnieri visited one of the projects in Aley outside Beirut.  Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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Lebanon, Beirut, 15 April 2018  Trash for cash  In a basement warehouse in the middle of Beirut, there are 15 men wearing reflective vests and helmets, poised for action next to electric bikes. They are holding smartphones, waiting for an alert signalling that someone, somewhere, in Beirut is ready to recycle.  This is just one of over one hundred tailor-made livelihoods projects funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and run by the World Food Programme (WFP)’s myriad of partners — in this case, ACTED and LiveLoveLebanon.  Borne out of a desire to provide livelihoods solutions to Beirut’s most vulnerable populations while in part addressing the city’s shortage of accessible recycling opportunities, the three organizations joined forces this year to create an innovative solution to both problems. LiveLoveLebanon created a smartphone app that lets anyone wishing to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic or metal arrange two free pickups per month with just a few taps on their phone. A participating biker will turn up and collect up to two bags of recycling. They are paid a monthly stipend through WFP’s e-card system. Bikers can then withdraw the cash from an ATM and use it to buy the food or other basic needs they have.  “I’m biking for my kids,” explained one participant, Mohamad. “I am providing for them but also setting an example by encouraging recycling.”  The 2017 Vulnerability Assessment for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (VASyR) found that 91 percent of Syrian refugee households experience some degree of food insecurity. Limited access to economic resources is one of the main challenges faced by Syrian refugee households, limiting both their access to food and the possibility of sustaining livelihoods.  WFP’s livelihoods programmes financed by Germany are designed to provide short-term financial gains for participants in projects which tangibly benefit Lebanon. Those involved are also developing transportable skills, useful wherever they end up in the future.  “One day, I will be able to do this in Syria too,” explained Samer, another participant in the programme.  In the Photo: WFP, along with partners, is facilitating livelihoods through recycling initiatives in Beirut. One participant checks his phone for the next recycling pick up location  Photo: WFP/Mazen Hodeib
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Lebanon, Beirut, 15 April 2018  Trash for cash  In a basement warehouse in the middle of Beirut, there are 15 men wearing reflective vests and helmets, poised for action next to electric bikes. They are holding smartphones, waiting for an alert signalling that someone, somewhere, in Beirut is ready to recycle.  This is just one of over one hundred tailor-made livelihoods projects funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and run by the World Food Programme (WFP)’s myriad of partners — in this case, ACTED and LiveLoveLebanon.  Borne out of a desire to provide livelihoods solutions to Beirut’s most vulnerable populations while in part addressing the city’s shortage of accessible recycling opportunities, the three organizations joined forces this year to create an innovative solution to both problems. LiveLoveLebanon created a smartphone app that lets anyone wishing to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic or metal arrange two free pickups per month with just a few taps on their phone. A participating biker will turn up and collect up to two bags of recycling. They are paid a monthly stipend through WFP’s e-card system. Bikers can then withdraw the cash from an ATM and use it to buy the food or other basic needs they have.  “I’m biking for my kids,” explained one participant, Mohamad. “I am providing for them but also setting an example by encouraging recycling.”  The 2017 Vulnerability Assessment for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (VASyR) found that 91 percent of Syrian refugee households experience some degree of food insecurity. Limited access to economic resources is one of the main challenges faced by Syrian refugee households, limiting both their access to food and the possibility of sustaining livelihoods.  WFP’s livelihoods programmes financed by Germany are designed to provide short-term financial gains for participants in projects which tangibly benefit Lebanon. Those involved are also developing transportable skills, useful wherever they end up in the future.  “One day, I will be able to do this in Syria too,” explained Samer, another participant in the programme.  In the Photo: “One day, I will be able to do this in Syria too,” says Samer, a participant in WFP’s recycling programme.  Photo: WFP/Mazen Hodeib
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Lebanon, Beirut, 15 April 2018  Trash for cash  In a basement warehouse in the middle of Beirut, there are 15 men wearing reflective vests and helmets, poised for action next to electric bikes. They are holding smartphones, waiting for an alert signalling that someone, somewhere, in Beirut is ready to recycle.  This is just one of over one hundred tailor-made livelihoods projects funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and run by the World Food Programme (WFP)’s myriad of partners — in this case, ACTED and LiveLoveLebanon.  Borne out of a desire to provide livelihoods solutions to Beirut’s most vulnerable populations while in part addressing the city’s shortage of accessible recycling opportunities, the three organizations joined forces this year to create an innovative solution to both problems. LiveLoveLebanon created a smartphone app that lets anyone wishing to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic or metal arrange two free pickups per month with just a few taps on their phone. A participating biker will turn up and collect up to two bags of recycling. They are paid a monthly stipend through WFP’s e-card system. Bikers can then withdraw the cash from an ATM and use it to buy the food or other basic needs they have.  “I’m biking for my kids,” explained one participant, Mohamad. “I am providing for them but also setting an example by encouraging recycling.”  The 2017 Vulnerability Assessment for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (VASyR) found that 91 percent of Syrian refugee households experience some degree of food insecurity. Limited access to economic resources is one of the main challenges faced by Syrian refugee households, limiting both their access to food and the possibility of sustaining livelihoods.  WFP’s livelihoods programmes financed by Germany are designed to provide short-term financial gains for participants in projects which tangibly benefit Lebanon. Those involved are also developing transportable skills, useful wherever they end up in the future.  “One day, I will be able to do this in Syria too,” explained Samer, another participant in the programme.  In the Photo: on arrival at the warehouse, the bags are sorted by the programme’s participating bikers. Each receives a monthly stipend through WFP’s e-card system.  Photo: WFP/Mazen Hodeib
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Lebanon, Beirut, 14 April 2018  Trash for cash  In a basement warehouse in the middle of Beirut, there are 15 men wearing reflective vests and helmets, poised for action next to electric bikes. They are holding smartphones, waiting for an alert signalling that someone, somewhere, in Beirut is ready to recycle.  This is just one of over one hundred tailor-made livelihoods projects funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and run by the World Food Programme (WFP)’s myriad of partners — in this case, ACTED and LiveLoveLebanon.  Borne out of a desire to provide livelihoods solutions to Beirut’s most vulnerable populations while in part addressing the city’s shortage of accessible recycling opportunities, the three organizations joined forces this year to create an innovative solution to both problems. LiveLoveLebanon created a smartphone app that lets anyone wishing to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic or metal arrange two free pickups per month with just a few taps on their phone. A participating biker will turn up and collect up to two bags of recycling. They are paid a monthly stipend through WFP’s e-card system. Bikers can then withdraw the cash from an ATM and use it to buy the food or other basic needs they have.  “I’m biking for my kids,” explained one participant, Mohamad. “I am providing for them but also setting an example by encouraging recycling.”  The 2017 Vulnerability Assessment for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (VASyR) found that 91 percent of Syrian refugee households experience some degree of food insecurity. Limited access to economic resources is one of the main challenges faced by Syrian refugee households, limiting both their access to food and the possibility of sustaining livelihoods.  WFP’s livelihoods programmes financed by Germany are designed to provide short-term financial gains for participants in projects which tangibly benefit Lebanon. Those involved are also developing transportable skills, useful wherever they end up in the future.  “One day, I will be able to do this in Syria too,” explained Samer, another participant in the programme.  In the Photo: drivers preparing to head out to work. Plans to expand the initiative are underway.   Photo: WFP/Mazen Hodeib
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Lebanon, Bekaa Valley, 22 April 2018  Nestled between make-shift shelters in a crowded settlement in the Bekaa Valley is a sparsely-filled three-room shelter. There are two rooms for sleeping and one kitchen that doubles as a bathroom. Inside are a few donated mattresses stacked up, some pots and pans and one bag nailed to the wall. The bag contains the family’s precious possessions: medicine, a bit of cash and a red debit card — their lifeline and access to food. The World Food Programme (WFP) refers to these red cards as electronic cards — or e-cards — that it uses to transfer funds to vulnerable refugees so they can buy food for their families. This is where Amira lives with her husband and six children. There are few windows but the dark space provides a welcome escape from the scorching sun outside. Silver insulation covers the walls, keeping a moderate temperature all year round. “After five years here, we learned how to adapt,” she explained. Amira is one of around a million Syrians in Lebanon, displaced by the war at home. We sat for an hour talking before I realised she was not the Amira I was looking for.  In the Photo: Amira and her son Mohamad.  Photo: WFP/Ziad Rizkallah
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Lebanon, Bekaa Valley, 23 April 2018  Nestled between make-shift shelters in a crowded settlement in the Bekaa Valley is a sparsely-filled three-room shelter. There are two rooms for sleeping and one kitchen that doubles as a bathroom. Inside are a few donated mattresses stacked up, some pots and pans and one bag nailed to the wall. The bag contains the family’s precious possessions: medicine, a bit of cash and a red debit card — their lifeline and access to food. The World Food Programme (WFP) refers to these red cards as electronic cards — or e-cards — that it uses to transfer funds to vulnerable refugees so they can buy food for their families. This is where Amira lives with her husband and six children. There are few windows but the dark space provides a welcome escape from the scorching sun outside. Silver insulation covers the walls, keeping a moderate temperature all year round. “After five years here, we learned how to adapt,” she explained. Amira is one of around a million Syrians in Lebanon, displaced by the war at home. We sat for an hour talking before I realised she was not the Amira I was looking for.  In the Photo: Outside Amira’s home in the Bekaa Valley.  Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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Lebanon, Bekaa Valley, 23 April 2018  Nestled between make-shift shelters in a crowded settlement in the Bekaa Valley is a sparsely-filled three-room shelter. There are two rooms for sleeping and one kitchen that doubles as a bathroom. Inside are a few donated mattresses stacked up, some pots and pans and one bag nailed to the wall. The bag contains the family’s precious possessions: medicine, a bit of cash and a red debit card — their lifeline and access to food. The World Food Programme (WFP) refers to these red cards as electronic cards — or e-cards — that it uses to transfer funds to vulnerable refugees so they can buy food for their families. This is where Amira lives with her husband and six children. There are few windows but the dark space provides a welcome escape from the scorching sun outside. Silver insulation covers the walls, keeping a moderate temperature all year round. “After five years here, we learned how to adapt,” she explained. Amira is one of around a million Syrians in Lebanon, displaced by the war at home. We sat for an hour talking before I realised she was not the Amira I was looking for.  In the Photo: Inside Amira’s home in the Bekaa Valley.  Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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Lebanon, Bekaa Valley, 23 April 2018  Nestled between make-shift shelters in a crowded settlement in the Bekaa Valley is a sparsely-filled three-room shelter. There are two rooms for sleeping and one kitchen that doubles as a bathroom. Inside are a few donated mattresses stacked up, some pots and pans and one bag nailed to the wall. The bag contains the family’s precious possessions: medicine, a bit of cash and a red debit card — their lifeline and access to food. The World Food Programme (WFP) refers to these red cards as electronic cards — or e-cards — that it uses to transfer funds to vulnerable refugees so they can buy food for their families. This is where Amira lives with her husband and six children. There are few windows but the dark space provides a welcome escape from the scorching sun outside. Silver insulation covers the walls, keeping a moderate temperature all year round. “After five years here, we learned how to adapt,” she explained. Amira is one of around a million Syrians in Lebanon, displaced by the war at home. We sat for an hour talking before I realised she was not the Amira I was looking for.  In the Photo: Inside Amira’s home in the Bekaa Valley. E-cards give refugees more freedom and control over the foods they buy. Amira’s red e-card is kept safe in a bag nailed to the wall  Photo: WFP/Edward Johnson
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