Putting Lebanon’s Public First

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With a distinct lack of public spending in Lebanon, a group of postgrads are taking on some of the challenges themselves. Although we like to paint a positive picture of Lebanon, we do recognize that it is not without its faults. Whether it is the traffic congestion, noise pollution or the barely adequate Internet connection, there are some things which could definitely be improved. In a country that […]

OFFRE JOIE The Joy of Giving

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Founded in 1985 by lawyer Dr. Melhem Emile Khalaf, Offre Joie is an independent Lebanese non-governmental humanitarian organization. Q & A with Offre Joie What is the vision of Offre Joie? Offre Joie started during the Civil War, when some of us realized we had to do something to counter the conflict. The best way […]

Dining in the Dark

Accepting an invitation to dine in the dark gives the writer new insight. Article by: Yara Zgheib Where is the salt? First question of many that catapults through my mind. I reach my hands forward, slowly, hesitant, feeling the tablecloth in front of me. My fingers touch something tubular. Two. Glass. The top feels like […]

Lebanon’s Superheroes: Marc Torbey

A Lebanese hero reflects on the work of Offre Joie, an NGO he credits with saving him. Article by: Maryam Ghaddar Sometimes it takes stepping out of the shadows and into the light for a person to become the hero the world needs. Sound familiar? It should. It’s about the scene in “Superman” when Clark […]

Idraac’s Labor of Love for Mental Health

  A devoted NGO works behind the scenes to build Lebanon’s mental health infrastructure – with legislation, awareness campaigns, advocacy, education, training, care services and, supporting it all, research. One in four Lebanese will have a mental illness, during their lifetime, according to a 2008 L.E.B.A.N.O.N. (Lebanese Evaluation of the Burden of Ailments and Needs […]