BILADI makes aware of the crucial relationship between the past and the present.
In today’s fast-moving world, globalization poses a big threat to tangible and intangible heritage that was passed on from generation to generation over centuries. Old traditions tend to disappear taking with them the only direct links to our ancestors. In order to connect people with their roots, this program set a focus on projects that preserve traditions and raise awareness to the important relationship between the past and the present.
BILADI implemented projects that make use of the very rich culinary heritage of Lebanon as a tool to strengthen the communities’ ability for self-sufficiency, provide food security and to carry traditional foods into the 21st century. BILADI conceptualized these trainings as a non-formal, personalized, alternative education system and worked mainly with vulnerable adolescents. As a result, direct links to local heritage are reinforced and in addition, heritage becomes integrated as means for beneficiaries to support themselves financially in their communities.