Amel’s Livelihood program took place during the 80s, aiming to empower women and youth in order to support them to burden the civil war socio-economic consequences.
Based on Amel’s mission to protect people’s dignity, several projects were implemented throughout the past years in collaboration with the local and international organization, starting from simple training which becomes an essential source of support to many families in Lebanon and between Iraqi and Palestinian refugees, later on.
After the Syrian war begun in 2011, considering the numerous effects of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon, many economic factors have to be taken into consideration, such as the decrease in the tourist and construction sectors, which previously generated significant revenue for the country. Such impacts exacerbate tensions among the different communities, as unemployment rises, and the informal job market increases. Furthermore, poverty now spreads from urban areas to even remote rural regions, and competition for badly paid jobs with difficult working conditions is high.
It is estimated that over 100000 Syrian refugees within the Lebanese workforce earn an average monthly income of 300$US, well below the US 420$ minimum wage. Also, as much as half of all refugee youth are unemployed, of which 86% are young women as a consequence, many turns to negative coping mechanisms. It is understandable that these factors impede on creating a sense of cohesion and community in Lebanon.
As a response, the Livelihood program at Amel includes empowerment activities targeting the most vulnerable population, without discrimination, with a particular focus on women and youths. Amel provides training, work experience, like skills and psychosocial support in its 11th centers between the 24.