Three months ago, our NGO launched the initiative “Help Us to Help” to respond to the catastrophic events in Beirut and Lebanon. Our aim is to create empowering spaces and engage in setting up community relief hubs in Beirut’s neighborhoods affected by the blast.
Together with the Latin Church we are in the final construction phase for a project that transforms a demolished shop into the community center “Crossing Together”. Reaching out to one thousand families, ‘Crossing Together’ intends to become a hub providing, food supplies, psychological, and emotional support to the elderly and traumatized individuals, assistance to persons who suffer from inequalities and violence, particularly women and children, educational activities, scholarships, and stationary to children and young people who cannot afford equipment needed to pursue their online studies from home during the COVID pandemic. Beneficiaries are from all age groups, ethnical, and religious backgrounds.
The design of the place follows the strong belief that spatial qualities of an environment are key to the healing process. It puts human well-being and dignity at its core aiming to drive forward a sustainable recovery of the Rmeil neighborhood.
With three large shop windows on two sides, the generously lit center connects to the life on the street inviting passersby to enter the center. Inside, three different areas are designated for social interaction, educational and therapeutic functions. To suit the variety of functions the center has to offer, lightweight and easily moveable sustainable furniture are used within the main space. The space will be adaptable and adjustable to the comfort of its community, while considering the importance of social distancing and health and safety precautions during the pandemic.
The goal is to create a safe and sane monitored space that will help grow the sense of humanity and connect Rmeil’s hard hit community together.