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Basmeh and Zeitooneh's crowd funding campaign #forthejourney which will be raising money for three core programs currently at risk.
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Campaign successfully funded on: 16 Aug,2016

This project has been successfully funded with $56,249 (225%)

Feeling lost and don't know what all of this is about?

Basmeh and Zeitooneh has launched its new crowdfunding campaign, #forthejourney, which will be raising money for three of our vital programs currently at risk. Why they are at risk? Firstly, because since its start, Basmeh & Zeitooneh has chosen to work in the most difficult areas where most donors are reluctant to get involved, and secondly because we chose to implement difficult programs that require a courageous leap of faith in the capability of the refugees to make themselves a radical change in their life.

The programs targeted in this campaign:

The programs targeted in our campaign each focus on a particular area of the journey that many refugees find themselves part of, from economic and social isolation, to active participation in their community. This journey starts from the provision of basic assistance for the most acutely vulnerable, continuing on to the facilitation of economic independence, and finally the reduction of social isolation. The corresponding programs are, respectively, Relief, Small Grants, and the Arts and Cultural Center.  

Relief Program: 

Through the Relief program, we help the most vulnerable families – primarily those who do not have a source of income – to meet basic needs, from rent assistance to food baskets. We aim to relieve community members, who are forgotten by the big international relief agencies, of the financial pressure of accessing such resources, enabling them to focus on personal and professional development.

Small Grants: 

The second element of our campaign, the Small Grants program, is made up of two stages. Firstly, seventy participants, both men and women, are given training in small business management; in the second stage, forty of the participants are given start-up grants in order to put their small-business ideas into practice. Through this program, we seek to provide capacity building, financial support and job opportunities in economically deprived areas. This program is of a particular importance to the members of Basmeh & Zeitooneh, as a recent report published by Alef, a Lebanese human rights organization, shows that 70% of Syrian refugees in Lebanon live below the Lebanese extreme poverty line. This program is our organization’s contribution in challenging this harsh fact, and give people who live below this line a chance to regain their dignity.

Art and Cultural Center:

Lastly, we are looking to support the Arts and Cultural Center, which works to reduce social isolation among vulnerable communities, by providing opportunities for self-expression and creativity. The center provides a wide range of activities, from theatre to percussion groups, bringing people of all ages and nationalities into a communal cultural space, where social networks can be strengthened and creativity can thrive.


How can you help?

You can support us by making a financial contribution through this platform, however big or small, or simply by clicking ‘share’ and spreading the word about the campaign as widely as possible. All donations will go directly into the three programs outlined above. 

When you donate: 

$50 you cover food basket for one family for a month. 

$300 you cover rent for one family for a month.

$200 you cover the costs for one woman’s business training through our Small Grants Program 

$800 you secure one Small Grant for a woman looking to set up a new business

$500 you cover one artistic workshop for young people at the Arts and Cultural Center 







Offline Contributions
04 Aug,2016
$1,400

Anonymous
03 Aug,2016
$50

Anonymous
03 Aug,2016
$500

Anonymous
03 Aug,2016
$50

Offline Contributions
01 Aug,2016
$400

Maximilian Leeb
01 Aug,2016
$300

Anonymous
29 Jul,2016
$100

soulef Guessoum
24 Jul,2016
$50

Ahmed Medien
21 Jul,2016
$50

Offline Contributions
20 Jul,2016
$420

Anonymous
19 Jul,2016
$20

Anonymous
19 Jul,2016
$10

ALKHOULI
19 Jul,2016
$50

Anonymous
19 Jul,2016
$50

Greg
19 Jul,2016
$300

Anonymous
19 Jul,2016
$325

Offline Contributions
15 Jul,2016
$3,000

Offline Contributions
15 Jul,2016
$12,800

Saymoni Hamati
13 Jul,2016
$1,000

$50

Offline Contributions
11 Jul,2016
$6,800

Anonymous
10 Jul,2016
$50

Anonymous
06 Jul,2016
$50

Amer Aidi
05 Jul,2016
$100

Offline Contributions
05 Jul,2016
$650

Alice Crabtree
05 Jul,2016
$200

Livia
05 Jul,2016
$35

Anonymous
05 Jul,2016
$100

Anonymous
04 Jul,2016
$500

Offline Contributions
02 Jul,2016
$1,706

Anonymous
02 Jul,2016
$6,800

Offline Contributions
01 Jul,2016
$1,273

Anonymous
29 Jun,2016
$50

Pia rainey
29 Jun,2016
$50

Anonymous
29 Jun,2016
$2,010

Offline Contributions
29 Jun,2016
$2,103

Karma Tohmé
29 Jun,2016
$100

Anonymous
29 Jun,2016
$50

Offline Contributions
27 Jun,2016
$500

Offline Contributions
27 Jun,2016
$2,000

Anonymous
24 Jun,2016
$100

Rykle van der Heide
24 Jun,2016
$50

Offline Contributions
21 Jun,2016
$1,000

Anonymous
21 Jun,2016
$300

Mohammed Shikh Aiyob
21 Jun,2016
$1,000

Anonymous
21 Jun,2016
$20

Offline Contributions
21 Jun,2016
$1,100

Anonymous
20 Jun,2016
$300

Anonymous
20 Jun,2016
$50

Victoria Stanski
19 Jun,2016
$300

Aleksandra Culver
18 Jun,2016
$50

Anonymous
17 Jun,2016
$20

Naomi
17 Jun,2016
$15

Anonymous
17 Jun,2016
$5,000

Venetia Rainey
14 Jun,2016
$20

Anonymous
14 Jun,2016
$50

Anonymous
14 Jun,2016
$50

$222

Anonymous
13 Jun,2016
$30

Anonymous
12 Jun,2016
$50

Offline Contributions
12 Jun,2016
$320

Lana Meiqari
12 Jun,2016
$150

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Basmeh and Zeitooneh is a grassroots organization, committed to serving refugees and vulnerable communities in Lebanon, through five community centers across the country. We run educational, relief, livelihoods, protection and cultural programs, and aim to serve as an inclusive and…

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A special photograph from our activities in our community centers sent to you by email.
$100 or more
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A special photograph from our activities in our community centers sent to you by mail.
$300 or more
→    A PAINTING FROM OUR ART AND CULTURE CENTER

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A painting painted by one of our talented young artists at our art and culture center
$700 or more
→    BEHIND THE SCENE VIDEO OF OUR CHOIR SINGING A SPECIAL SONG

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Behind the scene video of our choir sining a special song sent to your email.
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→    AN ITEM FROM THE WOMEN'S WORKSHOP

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$3000 or more
→    SPEND A DAY AT OUR COMMUNITY CENTERS

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Spend a day at our community centers, take part in our activities, and get to know the participants on a personal level
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→    GET REGULAR UPDATE ABOUT THE SMALL GRANT PROGRAM

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