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Twelve apron-clad young men and women gathered around stainless steel tables, deftly dicing cilantro, bell peppers and tomatoes into colorful piles on one side of the kitchen as vats of rice boiled on the other.Having finished the classroom portion of the program, the young people were now supposed to be getting on-the-job training, but in face of the country's growing economic crisis, the program coordinators decided to arrange a different kind of experience.Every day since Nov. 25, students from the program have been cooking hot meals at CIS to be home-delivered to needy Lebanese families, and they will do so each day until Saturday.During the food distribution project, the young trainees also receive a daily stipend.CIS President Abdelkader Mekdash agreed that the program was beneficial both for the meal recipients and the trainees.The trainees also include young Syrians and Palestinians, like 22-year-old Amal Abdeh, a Palestinian refugee who grew up in Tripoli.
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