Our Impact

Projects funded
1997 - 2017

Invested directly
in projects

Families supported
1997 - 2017

SEAL’S IMPACT

Seal’s impact since 1997:
10%
operating costs
$21,000
average project cost
230
average number of beneficiaries of a SEAL project
$91
average cost per beneficiary of a SEAL project
72%
of grantees report that their SEAL grant created new jobs
89%
report that SEAL’s impact is still being felt today (up to 10 years after the project’s implementation)
72%
report that their SEAL grant led to an increase in sales
61%
report that there has been an increase in community participation and collaboration since their SEAL grant
SEAL’s impact in 2016:
7
projects implemented
$196,411
invested directly in projects
2,232
families reached through our projects

NUMBERS SINCE INCEPTION

MEET OUR BENEFICIARIES

Jean came to SEAL with a plan to build an irrigation system in his village – whose mountainous agricultural lands are scattered with ancient terraces that had been barren and uncultivated for years. He volunteered to take the responsibility of liaising with all the local farmers to ensure the fair distribution of water. He said:

SEAL has returned the spirit of the village completely. There were 10 or 15 years when all the young people left. Now on weekends, all the young people come back, they drink and come together. We didn’t used to see them, we lost them for 15 years! Jean, farmer, Wata Houb

SEAL has now completed two projects with Maghdouche Orange Blossom Cooperative in the South near Saida. For the first, SEAL provided the cooperative with two tanks for storing orange blossom water during the production process. The factory is doing very well, but the cooperative needed space to sort, package and sell their produce to a wider market, so SEAL additionally supported the construction of a hangar near the factory. Nabil, a key member of the cooperative, says:

People used to be scared of the orange blossom season – it was like a black flower; when there was a bumper season they’d feel bad as they wouldn’t know what to do with it. This project is now the life of Maghdouche: people have started opening restaurants and all kinds of other initiatives because there’s now hope. Nabil, Maghdouche orange blossom cooperative member

With beautiful views and a renowned monastery, Bekaakafra has recently become a tourist destination for Lebanese daytrippers. The local priest, Milad Makhlouf, decided to make the most out of the surge in tourism by establishing a cooperative for local unemployed women to create food products: pickles, jams and traditional specialities. SEAL purchased the equipment necessary for the cooperative’s establishment.

This is an opportunity for women to work in the village – if it wasn’t for this they wouldn’t work at all. Père Milad Makhlouf, co-founder of St Charbel women’s cooperative

Aynata is a village in the Bekaa where SEAL supported the installation of 2000m of water pipes in 2011. The village receives no state support, and before SEAL’s grant, very little agricultural production was possible due to the lack of water. SEAL beneficiary Youssef is a farmer from Aynata with a stunning singing voice – he will make up a song about anyone on the spot. He says:

There was hardly any agriculture here before our SEAL grant; now 2000 people are being helped. We talk together to decide who will take turns benefitting from the irrigation. Youssef, a farmer from Aynata

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