BCTS – Business Consultancy and Training Services, in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor (MOL) and the Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA), succeeded in creating job opportunities for the most vulnerable community members in Lebanon.
As a continuation of the “MoreThanAJob” initiative, which is part of an alliance of associations and institutions from Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Italy and Greece, and in cooperation with the Ministries of Labor and Social Affairs, Dr. Wafaa Haidamous, the Managing Director of BCTS, presented in the presence of the Ministry of Labor representative Eng. Denise Dahrouj, and the Ministry of Social Affairs representative Dr. Pierre Bazz, the two winning projects aiming to promote the social integration of the unemployed and uneducated community members by applying the best means of cooperation between the Economic and Social entities and the related public administrations. It is worth noting that these two projects are funded by the European Neighborhood Instrument for the Cross Border Cooperation Initiative in the Mediterranean (ENI CBC Med).
After welcoming the audience, Dr. Wafa Haidamous, explained the framework of the project’s stages and considered that the constructive cooperation with both Ministries, MOL and MOSA was efficient and successful, and indicated that “the best proof is that our project is reaching its third and final year”. She added that our meeting today is to present the two winning projects, out of 26 projects, that will operate on the national territory to help the unemployed and uneducated Lebanese and refugees to find more than one job opportunity to sustain their living in these difficult conditions to avoid a risky migration.
Dahrouj transmitted the congratulations of the Minister of Labor, Mr. Mustafa Bayram, to the members of the two winning projects, confirming the Ministry of Labor's sponsorship of these two projects. She also indicated that one of Minister Bayram's main concerns is to secure sustainable job opportunities for young people, especially the Lebanese ones.
Dr. Bazz considered: “Any social action must aim first at achieving social stability that is in line with the principle of social protection, and added “the integration into a weak society is the demand and helping it to become productive and sufficient is the goal”. He also considered that the priority remains for the citizen and we do not accept any kind of integration that allows the refugee or the displaced to compete with the citizen for his source of living and source of revenue, and he continued, "The best thing that a refugee or displaced person can do is to strengthen himself and develop his capabilities so that his primary and final destination remains his homeland”. Finally, the search for an alternative success on an alternative land cannot turn into a search for an alternative homeland.
On behalf of the Minister of Social Affairs, Dr. Hector Hajjar, Bazz congratulated the two winning projects, indicating that MOSA is ready to cooperate with them. He also admired the efforts made by Dr. Wafaa Haidamous and BCTS in this regard.
After that, the two winning projects (sub-grants) and their implementation methods were presented in front of the invitees. Mr. Rodolph Saadeh, representative of PHI GROUP - (Carving out a better path forward), presented the first project that empowers less qualified workers through vocational training, which aims to address the sharp gap in the job opportunities in the Lebanese market, especially in the most vulnerable areas.
On behalf of the Common Effort Foundation - (Psychosocial and economic resilience of women in deprived areas), Mr. Chadi Sarkis presented the project of psychological, social and economic support for women in the most vulnerable areas, by providing them with basic protection services through counseling sessions and by introducing them to the labor market through training them to create job opportunities for these vulnerable groups and increase the social inclusion.