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The E-Caravan-Phœnix is a fully equipped mobile computer and internet school, aimed to empower the local communities in the formerly occupied areas of South Lebanon through teaching computer and IT skills, especially for youth, women and persons with disabilities. In January 2006, Fondation Saradar in partnership with UNESCWA launched the E-Caravan project. The project builds on the original E-Caravan project the vehicle which was destroyed on 29 July 2006 while parked at the Intermediary School of Ayta Al-Shaab in South Lebanon. The new E-Caravan is equipped with a network of ten PCs with flat screens, one laser printer, one LCD projector with screen, two satellite connection modems, an air-conditioning system, a water dispenser, and other accessories. The E-Caravan-Phœnix also includes a ramp that facilitates the access of physically disabled persons and special software to provide the blind and the visually impaired with the necessary IT knowledge. The content of the different training sessions is based on the needs of the target population. The courses range from ones specifically for beginners to courses for future trainers and for small and medium enterprises. Sessions will be offered 6 days a week, and will last for two to four hours. Sessions will include up to eight participants at a time, allowing for a close learning relationship between the trainer and the participants. A website network will be created through 4 public libraries affiliated to the Ministry of Culture to link not only the cazas of Tyre, Nabatiyeh, Marjeyoun and Bint Jbeil together but also to the rest of the country and the world. The project is implemented in partnership with private companies involved and in collaboration with the concerned municipal councils, existing local and international organizations and UN agencies. The project will be managed and executed by Fondation Saradar in cooperation with UNESCWA, Italian NGOs operating in South Lebanon, UNIFIL, and other potential partners which could provide additional resources to the project. The main local partners of the project will be the municipal councils of the various villages. The municipal councils are expected to provide administrative support, coordination and networking with the selected participating municipalities, security arrangements and power supply. Partnerships will also be created with private companies and existing local and international organizations.
The post-occupied region of South Lebanon has around 70,000 inhabitants∗, or 22% of the total inhabitants of South Lebanon (excluding the population increase during summer). A quarter of the households have a monthly income of less than $300 and an average family of 4.8 persons. Poverty in the region is increased by social problems directly related to the years of conflict.
∗ Institute of Urban Planning of the Region of Ile-de-France (IAUIF): Regional Socio-Economic Development Programme for South Lebanon. A report prepared for the High Relief Committee (the Lebanese Republic) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme. Beirut 1999.
especially. disabled. Female-headed households make up about 18. who are at a 2 . Oracle. Israeli air strikes have reduced numerous villages in Southern Lebanon to rubble. All economic sectors have been crippled: manufacturing facilities were targeted heavily by both bombing campaigns as well as suffocating air.5% to 21%. especially in remote areas where accessibility is rather difficult. satellite Internet connection will be provided for areas that have no Internet access. UNESCWA & Fondation Saradar identified the need to introduce IT-related assistance. DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT As a mobile computer school the E-Caravan-Phœnix will travel to remote areas and villages that lack IT centers. with a target of participation of 65% women and 5% disabled persons. technical institutions or adequate telecommunication infrastructure. The juxtaposition of the geography of poverty and the geography of destruction necessitates special reconstruction programs aimed at building local capacities for poverty alleviation and employment creation. and sea blockades. the post-occupied region of South Lebanon is inhabited by a young population. and thus initiated the new ECaravan-Phœnix Project. The E-Caravan will be able to cover the entire Southern region during the life of the project. there are still significant unmet needs. women. 45% of the population in the Cazas of Tyre and Bint-Jbeil are under 19. CIW and CompTIA as well as the largest Prometric Authorized Certification Testing Center in Lebanon. Formatech Integrated Learning Centers. The tourism industry. Agriculture was affected severely since most harvested crops were either burned or left unharvested. The Italian Cooperation for Development – Embassy of Italy. The communities of the post-occupied regions of South Lebanon face many challenges. Although efforts are being made to improve the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) infrastructure. women and persons with disability. compared to a national average of 14%. There is also a scarcity of accredited technical institutions available to provide training and certification for those who seek it. Certain sectors and areas of the country were subjected to more severe damage than others. Israel’s war against Lebanon has left a trail of unimaginable destruction and immense destitution. Furthermore. For example. Illiteracy and unemployment rates are significantly higher than the national average and there are disproportionate numbers of orphans. while unemployment ranged between 10 and 12% prior to the war. The proposed mobile computer school will help the rural communities in the devastated areas of the country to upgrade their skills in information technology and thus provide them with more job opportunities and increase in income. The areas hit during the war were already the most impoverished in the country. OBJECTIVES The objective of the project is to combat the lack of IT awareness and IT education amongst underprivileged communities in South Lebanon. To tackle these challenges. land. it has multiplied in most sectors and regions.Compared to other regions. not the least significant of which are IT related. and ex-prisoners. a crucial sector of the economy generating huge foreign reserves and capital inflow into the country. As a result. supporting small and medium enterprises and others. youth. has come to a complete standstill. Formatech will utilize its experience gained from Fondation Saradar’s ‘Saradar IT Programme’ (SITP) and the former E-Caravan in delivering a customized training package suitable for rural areas and targeting subjects such as rural tourism. disabled persons. which is a Certified Technical Educational Center for Microsoft. Training of Trainers. The E-Caravan-Phœnix will hire an IT training institution.
Each of the stations is expected to also serve users from neighbouring villages. In addition. Two of the crucial responsibilities of the Program are to identify common strategies and synergies amongst the different actors present locally. Embassy of Italy The ROSS Program “Emergency Initiative for Rehabilitation. Wherever necessary. followed by Marjeyoun. It was launched for the management and implementation of 15 million euros of the Italian pledge at the Stockholm Donors’ Conference. Particular attention is paid to environmental and gender issues. Qana. international and local NGOs. Aytaroun and Bint Jbeil. The first scheduled stations are Deir Qanoun El Nahr. socio-educational and healthcare basic services and humanitarian assistance to Palestinian camps. Marjeyoun and Bint Jbeil for an initial period of 12 months. The Italian Cooperation – Ross Program. the project will ensure the access of populations in remote regions to cultural and educational activities/events though the Internet. As part of its work. The E-Caravan will be deployed according to a tentative itinerary. The E-caravan project is one of ESCWA’s initiatives in post-conflict areas to support rehabilitation and revival of countries afflicted by crisis. with a possibility of renewing the following year. Services and Development” is a program of the Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. the Unit for Emerging and Conflict Related Issues (ECRI). In cooperation with ESCWA and the Italian NGOs operating on the ground. monitoring and evaluation of the interventions assigned to Italian. In 2001. Tentative itinerary of the E-Caravan Phœnix in South Lebanon E-CARAVAN-PHŒNIX PARTNERS United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) promotes economic and social development through regional and sub regional cooperation and integration. and 3 . serving as the main socio-economic arm of the United Nations in Western Asia. Barish. Srifa. PILOT PHASE CALENDAR The E-Caravan-Phœnix will be heading towards the Cazas of Tyre. technical assistance. the ROSS Program takes direct action to support and integrate projects in progress. the project will seek to disseminate collective security information and advice relevant to post-war situations through public awareness campaigns. Majdel Salem. operating in 103 locations in Lebanon and focusing on four main sectors: economic activities. The Program Office carries out coordination. a pilot project for post conflict reconstruction called “ESCWA Assistance for South Lebanon” (EASL) was launched as an initiative to help in the socio-economic development of the region In response to ongoing crises. ESCWA established. UNESCWA formulates and promotes development assistance activities and projects commensurate with the needs and priorities of its member countries and acts as an executing agency for relevant operational projects. Nabatyeh. subject to change. through a fund established locally with the Embassy of Italy in Beirut. Thirty-eight projects are currently being financed by the ROSS Program and implemented by Italian and Lebanese NGOs in partnership with 29 local NGOs. political tensions and conflicts facing the region. Houla. Employment. as of January 2006. The Unit aims to reduce the impact of conflict and instability on socio-economic and political development in Western Asia.disadvantage in the job market. Nabatiyeh.
lb www. This “systemic” approach enhances the impact of and guarantees real sustainability for their interventions. The ‘Adaptive Technology Programme’ was launched in July 2006 to provide IT learning opportunities to the visually impaired. Child Protection and Empowerment of Women.bankers-assurance. In January 2006.net www.sannine.baldati. The E-Caravan was struck by missiles and destroyed on 29 July 2006.com www. Baabda. introducing the world of IT to communities of the formerly occupied South Lebanon region.E.com www.abillama. PARTNER NGOs Baldati Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union (LPHU) Youth Association of the Blind (YAB) www. mine victims and mine risk awareness. The SITP seeks to provide IT training to disadvantaged communities in remote areas of Lebanon with the participation of the municipalities and local NGOs.com 4 . Civil Society and Democracy.com. Sannine Crown House Group The Daily Star Early Bird s.lb www.c-o. under the patronage of the Minister of the Displaced. in partnership with the ‘Youth Association of the Blind’ (YAB). Fondation Saradar (FS) is a Lebanese NGO registered with Lebanese Ministry of Interior (December 2000). Embassy of Canada The Canada Fund in Lebanon is a financial assistance program administered by the Canadian Embassy in Beirut to support small projects related to poverty alleviation.dailystar.lphu. Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.yablb.a.com www. Marwan Hamadé and former Minister of State Pierre Helou. In 2002 it launched a pilot project titled ‘Saradar IT Programme’ (SITP). Mr.org SPONSORS We could not bring you this important project in the regions of South Lebanon without the help of a number of partners and sponsors. The Canada Fund has been operating in Lebanon since the mid 80’s and has provided financial assistance to more than three hundred development projects.lb www. Funding priorities focus on post conflict recovery linked to sustainable livelihoods.lb firstname.lastname@example.org www.com. the ‘E-Caravan’.l Capital Outsourcing Carrosserie Abillama s.com www.net www.a. supported by partners. We would like to express our deepest thanks for their generous contributions and their invaluable support. Fondation Saradar launched its second Mobile Computer School.lorientlejour. and psycho-social support to children suffering from war trauma.l Formatech Integrated Learning Center Inconet-Data Management (IDM) Inmarsat Limited Librairie Halim L’Orient-Le Jour www.a. civic engagement and human rights. The ‘Accessibility Programme’ was initiated in 2003 to ensure the integration of physically handicapped persons in the world of IT.com. in the villages of displaced populations in the Cazas of Aley. H. and since then efforts were made by Fondation Saradar.lb www.formatech. The caravan caters to clusters of villages.com www. An Nahar Bankers Assurance s.assist them to collaborate and coordinate.l Compagnie de Construction Immobilière (CCI) Compagnie des Sources du Liban.annahar.net.com www.librairiehalim.com www.cci-lb. The caravan was equipped with demountable ramp and handrails to facilitate the access of wheelchairs. the Chouf and Jezzine. The Government of Canada is fully committed to assist populations that have been affected by the July-August 2006 war.inmarsat. Assistance and Protection of Refugees. in partnership with UNESCWA. The Canada Fund in Lebanon also attaches a high priority to projects in Governance.com. to reactivate the project. assistance to internally displaced persons. Protection of the environment and gender equality are cross-cutting themes and are taken into account in all projects.idm.crownhousegroup.
l Off Shore Triple C United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) www.saccal.com. 3rd Floor.escwa. 3420 Fax.ca.Box: 11-1121 Beirut.(UNESCWA) United Nations House Riad el Solh Square Beirut Central District. Lebanon Tel: +961 (0)1 339 012 Fax: +961 (0)1 338 698 Email: email@example.com.Murex Services Oxfam-Québec / CIDA Saccal Systems Triband Middle East s.com. Lebanon Tel: +961 (0) 4 713 900 Ext.O. +961 (0) 4 710 595 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org. Lebanon Tel: +961 (0) 5 451 494 Fax: +961 (0) 5 451 483 Email: UTL.gc.com www.org.international. Bloc C.lb Italian Cooperation – Ross Emergency Program Embassy of Italy th Hazmieh Square Bldg.org 5 . 4 Floor Hazmieh.triplec.fondationsaradar. Lebanon Tel: +961 (0)1 981 410 Fax: +961 (0)1 981 510 Email: email@example.com/Depts/dpko CONTACT INFORMATION Fondation Saradar Tabaris 812 Bldg./beirut/cida-en.ca/beirut/cida http://www.com www.gc.murex.org http://www.lb www.a. Ashrafieh Charles Malek Avenue P.un.tribandmiddleeast.ca / www.org http://www.qc.Beirut@esteri.lb www.org United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia .oxfam.ca www.asp http://www.it Canada Fund for Local Initiatives Embassy of Canada Coolrite Building 43 Jal el-Dib Highway Beirut.utlbeirut.
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