BAKHOUN, Lebanon: The Rene Moawad Foundation and the United Nations’ refugee agency Wednesday celebrated the conclusion of two water sanitation and hygiene assistance projects in north Lebanon.
A waste collection project in the Takrit municipality of Akkar saw the installation of a mechanism that collects and transports waste from the town to landfills on its outskirts. This program helped more than 17,000 Lebanese people and 2,500 Syrians who previously had to burn their waste or dump it in Takrit.
The project included three awareness sessions, to educate residents on the benefits of waste collection and the dangers of waste burning.
Michel Moawad, leader of the Independence Movement party and son of the former President Rene Moawad, pledged that his foundation will remain committed to Akkar and its people. "Despite its contribution to Lebanon, Akkar is a forgotten area. But it will no longer be forgotten," Moawad said in a speech. "This is only the beginning."
He noted that the waste collection project emphasizes the need for the tripartite cooperation between international donors represented by the UNHCR, the national institutions represented by RMW and the local authorities.
The second project established a rainwater drainage network in the municipality of Bakhoun in Minyeh-Dinnieh. The network benefits over 70,000 Lebanese people and 10,000 Syrians, as well as residents of neighboring towns, by storing rainwater for later use.