Looking through André Kassab's camera store at Sodeco

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2010-08-12

To André Kassab, photography is first a matter of family. Today he's hosting his customers in its camera store at Sodeco, at the heart of Achrafieh. But the thing is, even before the civil war, in 1975, his father already owned a camera store in what used to be West-Beirut. Once the conflitct ended, André decided to open his own store in the Christian neighbourhood of Achrafieh, across the « green line », as appropiately used by people to name the demarcation site between West-Beirut and East-Beirut.

Thirty-five years later, the place remained unchanged. « I didn't want to change the design because I don't like the nowadays modern style. Besides, it's a way of keeping the authenticity of this place », André Kassab said.

Meeting with poverty

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2010-08-06

28% of the Lebanese population, including 6% of the Capital residents, live below poverty threshold. That’s what is shown in a joint Social Affairs ministry-UNDP study that was published in 2009. Achrafieh zone is not excluded at all. The Rifaq el-Darb association, which we already presented, takes care of miserable people on a regular basis. The organization, thus, allowed us to meet some of them who mirror today’s poverty level.

To reach that seemingly abandoned old house, on should bypass a sports car and drive along a top modern building. Here we are at Aunty Annie’s place at Tabaris street. The 95-year-old woman lives here with her 45-year-old daughter, in a two-room apartment, a common damp and dilapidated humid chamber with a squalid kitchen.

Sarah's bag: a couple of bags... and women

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2010-07-27

Queen Rania of Jordan, Catherine Deneuve, …, the stars couldn't resist the charming creations of Sarah Beydoun and her team of former in-mates and disadvantaged women.

Only few years ago, while working on her thesis addressing prostitutes, Sarah Beydoun stepped into a prison for women. There, ad she sought breathing hope into them, she decided to teach them dressmaking. The result was just outstanding: Sarah's bag bramd was born. Once released, all of those women joined Sarah and today, they are about one hundred working on
internationally renowned bags and accessories' creations.'

Achrafiots love Achrafieh and say it loud!

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liveachrafieh.com
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2010-07-20

Who doesn't like to share about his/her beloved neighbourhood? Oviously not Achrafiots. They made clear that they handle the 2.0 web when it comes to declare their love to Achrafieh.

Back in the days when you were fond of your neighbourhood, you were just telling people you met that the place you lived was amazing. And you sounded like a freak in most cases. Noawadays you have thousands of ways to let people know that your neighbourhood is like... the best.

Arabic letters on sidewalks…

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liveachrafieh.com
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2010-06-22

You have certainly noticed big polystyrene Arabic letters lying all over the capital’s sidewalks. Light on an initiative to protect the Arabic language in Lebanon.

Facing Byblos Bank’s headquarters, in Sassine’s square or in Sodeco Street: pink, yellow and black letters were abandoned on sidewalks all over Beirut.

Each letter takes a certain amount of space defined by a strip of plastic on which is written in Arabic “Don’t kill your language”. This action intends to announce the first ever Festival of the Arabic language in Hamra on June 26.

80 children from Sacré Coeur School in Gemmayze plant pine seedlings in Beirut

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2010-03-09

Children from 6 to 8 years from the Sacré Coeur School in Gemmayze planted thirty pine seedlings in Beirut’s “Parc des Pins”.

30 hectares of greenery for 1.4 million people in Beirut. The pine park in Beirut is the “green lung” of the Lebanese capital.

Less than a century ago, pine trees covered most of the city, from St. George hotel to the airport, from Tayouneh to Hamra, and even the port. The urbanization and the Israelis in 1982 destroyed much of the forest.