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Lebanese Students Have Better Learning Environments With Help From the American People

USAID: Humanitarian Assistance to Lebanon

U.S. Embassy Beirut
October 15, 2007

The U.S. Government is responding to the specific needs of public schools throughout Lebanon, by providing them with renovation works, computer and science laboratories and extracurricular activities. The First Intermediate School for Girls in Zgharta is one of 263 public schools that are currently receiving USAID assistance under the LEAD (Lebanon Education Assistance for Development) program. Established in Zgharta since 1962, the school accommodates 268 young girls coming from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. The school's physical structure was in dire condition, with the staircase constituting a hazard to the children. With USAID funding, the Cooperative Housing Foundation (CHF) repaired the school's staircase, painted the school's external façade and did maintenance works in the restrooms.

USAID awarded $9.4 million to two organizations -- International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and Cooperative Housing Foundation (CHF) -- to carry out the school rehabilitation project. Schools in economically disadvantaged areas will receive special attention. Through LEAD, the United States will fund 1) repairs to school infrastructure to enhance the physical capabilities of public schools; 2) school equipment such as laboratory equipment, supplies and books; 3) awareness programs on health, nutrition and social awareness for a better learning environment; and 4) extracurricular activities to enhance the skills and learning experiences of students.

"Photo of the Week" is a product of U.S. Embassy Beirut to highlight the U.S. Government's development, relief, reconstruction, and humanitarian assistance to Lebanon. For more information, visit the Embassy's website at http://lebanon.usembassy.gov

 

Girls’ School in Zgharta receives assistance for renovation [before]
Girls’ School in Zgharta receives assistance for renovation [before].
Girls’ School in Zgharta receives assistance for renovation [after]
Girls’ School in Zgharta receives assistance for renovation [after].


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