UN-Habitat, funded by Polish Aid, is providing support in several areas to improve living conditions in the overcrowded neighbourhood of Maraach in Lebanon’s Bourj Hammoud town.
Maraach, one of the most densely populated areas in the Middle East, has some 6,000 residents composed of roughly 60 per cent vulnerable Lebanese and 40 per cent Syrian refugees and other nationalities. Residents face many challenges including poverty, limited access to water and electricity; few safe, accessible public spaces; exposed unsafe electrical wiring and run-down buildings and common spaces which were badly damaged by the Beirut Port explosion last year.
The project involves the rehabilitation of building facades and public spaces, improvement of street mobility and safety, and accessibility to basic urban services. It included the installation of a solar energy system, which will put energy back into the grid to provide greener, cheaper electricity to the community and power streetlights to improve safety.
Read the project brochure to find out more.