Mekse is a town in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley where refugees outnumber the local population. Thousands of people fleeing the conflicts in Syria have settled in this region, many in one of the 730 informal settlements that have sprung up. Mekse is making considerable efforts to welcome the refugees, particularly in giving the Syrian children an education, and a new school has been built next to our project site. Yet with this rapid urban growth, green space is becoming a scarce commodity.
A Rocha Lebanon is implementing the Mekse project in partnership with the Municipality of Mekse on a 3.5-hectare plot of land. The aim is to create habitats for birds, reptiles and invertebrates, as well as a safe outdoor space for public recreation and environmental education.
Your gift will provide paid casual work to refugees from Syria, who help with planting, weeding, watering, cutting grass, providing security and clearing rubbish from the site.
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