Projects under the Livelihoods Sector make up one of Sawa’s five pillars, dedicated to promoting opportunities for vocational training and personal development. Participants of all levels get to learn technical, professional and soft skills. 




Benefited From our
Livelihood Projects


Community Awareness Sessions

At Sawa, we follow the philosophy of providing the community with tools and skills to advance, leading to empowerment and self-determination , in a safe and positive environment.

We aim to ease individual’s access to the labor market and provide them with job opportunities through empowerment and support through professional and personal training that develops their technical skills, communication skills, and soft skills.

Through our various programs, the participants are able to support others, take part in vocational training, and learn technical, professional, as well as soft skills.

Sawa’s Bakery

SAWA›s Bakery is made possible by the men and women of the community, for the community. They gather every day to bake and package traditional bread, saj, which is then distributed to vulnerable families residing in the Beqaa Valley.

This project addresses the issue of food security in the region as well as provides a livelihood opportunity by supporting the resilience of marginalized communities. The project also aims to bring together Syrian and Lebanese individuals and develop their skills to empower their communities in Bekaa area.

The Master Peace

A creative program that offers Syrian refugees, especially female-headed households, artistic and sustainable forms of livelihoods, empowering them socially and economically. The project provides specialized vocational training for the participants by experts to produce quality items. The vision behind it is to convey a message for peace through an expression of art; our brand is built around contemporary, timeless and versatile products that are true to our human values.

Ruhal includes intricate hand-made items, each piece named after a village or region in Syria, taking you on a journey through its cities; from Raqaa to Aleppo, Homs and Damascus, leading to Bar-Elias in the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon, where the brand’s pieces are crafted. Ruhal X, the second collection, included summer textiles and furniture. We have had the pleasure of working with brand ambassadors such as the Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila and acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma who support our cause.

Note: Both collections can be viewed at

SAWA School Kitchen

Building on the success of the bakery, we expanded into the space next door to establish the SAWA School Kitchen. Our mission here was to produce hot, nutritious meals for each student at our education centers.

This is to ensure that children are able to focus and learn successfully without having to worry about empty stomachs. Our dedicated team distributes these meals daily to 720 children, which also alleviates some of the pressure from the families.


The SAWA3ed project provided vocational training, psychosocial support, and life skills training to at-risk and vulnerable young males in the Bekaa, Lebanon. The training focused on electric maintenance, plumbing, and painting and isolation, and after their training, the center turned into a multipurpose destination providing household services for the host and the refugee communitie