SAMA is the Arabic acronym for “Peace, Sharing and Unity”. The project promoted the importance of strong citizen groups when advocating for improvement of public services. Through trainings with 120 young people from the diverse communities of southern Lebanon, the project provided participants with the tools to form citizen groups in their home communities.
Following the completion of the training, the participants formed citizen groups in six villages in South Lebanon: Hasbaya, Kfarchouba, Ain Kania, Hebarieh, Rachaya and Kfeir. The combined population of these villages is estimated to be 38,900 people, all of whom now have the support of designated citizen groups who are charged with advocating for better public services for the community. This project was created in cooperation with USAID.