Strong and stable homes create strong and stable communities.
At Nusaned, we focus on providing the basic human right for shelter so that individuals and families have the opportunity to have a place to live in that protects their health, nurtures their wellbeing and fosters an environment of security, stability and opportunity for self-development and economic growth.
To rehabilitate 300 residential units for People with Special Needs in Bekaa, Hermel, and the South, Nusaned aims to raise USD 529,200. Help us reach our target!
Hundreds of Lebanese communities live in housing conditions that are unsafe and unhealthy. Without secure entrance doors, electricity, running water or even in-house bathrooms, the health and livelihood of the most vulnerable, namely children, the elderly, the sick and those with special needs are compromised. Together, we can create stable home environments that in turn remove the burdens of hardship, danger, stress, fear and uncertainty for thousands of Lebanese families.
It takes just $1,512 to provide a Lebanese family in need with safe, decent, and affordable shelter. While this amount represents the average cost of rehabilitating a house, any contribution will have a long-lasting and life-changing effect on a family in need.
Beyond rehabilitating existing houses, we ultimately aim to design typologies as well as fund the construction of new houses and community spaces, by using sustainable building technologies and relying on principles of a circular economy. We aim to rehabilitate a total of 1,000 houses in eight Governorates: 300 in Akkar and across the North, 200 in Bekaa, Hermel and Baalbek, 200 in Nabatieh and across the South, 200 in Metn and Keserwan and 100 in Beirut.
The program was initiated on January 15th, 2020, in eight villages in Akkar: Bebnin, Berkayel, Bzal, Fnaydik, Hayzouk, Jdaydet, Karkaf, and Wadi Jamous.
Below are the final numbers to date of units rehabilitated in different Lebanese areas:
We collaborate with local and international NGOs and stakeholders to understand needs, identify target individuals and families (relying on a value-based needs assessment process), and create solutions, while also engaging homeowners in the decision-making and rehabilitation processes. We aim to raise awareness on the importance of house rehabilitation and how it can improve the health and well-being of families, mitigate chronic diseases and injuries by providing water, sanitation, and hygiene, improving indoor air quality, and reducing exposure to mold and lead poisoning as well as other hazards.
Using local construction standards and norms, we contribute to local economies by giving priority to local contractors, laborers, suppliers, and retailers, and building local capacity in building trades, including health and safety issues.
Focusing on water and energy efficiency, safety and health, and material conservation, we prepare a detailed tender document covering cost, specifications, and time estimates to include interventions, as deemed necessary. These affordable home repairs and improvements aim at reducing the home’s monthly and life cycle costs as well as increasing efficiency and durability. These interventions aim to:
● Assess existing construction, and reinforce or replace structural elements, if necessary
● Treat water leakage and humidity, mainly in roofs
● Install a secure entrance door, internal privacy door(s), and aluminum framed windows
● Renovate bathroom and kitchen
● Install new electrical and plumbing infrastructure
● Install new interior finishes for floor and walls
● Implement public health safety measures, including disinfection and rodent proofing
Local contractors meeting pre-qualification criteria are invited to tender for the project, and contracts are awarded following bid review processes based on the highest professional standards of transparency and ethics.
Post-rehabilitation, households are supplied with reused and recycled home furniture to ensure livability of domestic spaces.
We invest in rehabilitating or creating new shared indoor and outdoor community spaces, especially those related to youth and children, such as playgrounds, sports courts, local health clinics and dispensaries, and multi-purpose spaces to support training, workshops, and various community events.