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Kfar Jarra Street Lighting Project Brings Safety to Rural Area
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Kfar Jarra Street Lighting Project Brings Safety to Rural Area

UNDP
“It is an act of humanity to provide lighting to a whole village. This really is a blessing,” said Ali Matar, head of Kfar Jarra Municipality.

Located in South Lebanon, Kfar Jarra suffers from long periods of power cuts which leaves its streets in complete darkness when night falls. Since 2011, the sudden increase in population in the village caused by the influx of Syrian displaced, led to tensions among the communities. The municipality faced increased pressure to tackle the resulting environmental and socio-economic risks.

The need to provide a sustainable public street lighting system through alternative sources of energy became a priority in order to promote a feeling of safety among the residents and prevent street crime. The community and the Municipality agreed that this is an urgent need for the village during the Maps of Risks and Resources (MRR), which is a conflict-sensitive methodology that the Lebanon Host Communities Support Project (LHSP) implements in order to help the community identify risks and problems, prioritize needs, identify resources available and needed, identify solutions and produce Multi-Sectorial Municipal Action Plans that are then formulated into full-fledged projects.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (UKDFID), the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) and UNDP – through the LHSP – have installed a Solar-Power Street Lighting system in Kfar Jarra. The project consisted of supplying the needed components for this street lighting system, in addition to conducting a training for the municipal staff on operating the system.

The new project made it easier for residents to move around at night and helped the village regain a sense of safety and security as it serves as a direct road passage from Jezzine to Saida and Beirut.

“Now I sit outside and enjoy nature even as the night falls because of this project,” said Hanna Chalhoub, 87, Kfar Jarra resident.

The solar-powered street lighting also reduced accidents at night and provided environmentally friendly lighting system, which is less costly for the municipality.

“The money saved can now be invested in other needed development projects in the village. Instead of depending on unsustainable energy sources, we should benefit from nature’s treasures” stated Mona Chalhoub, 50, member of Kfar Jarra municipality.

The municipality of Kfar Jarra will ensure the follow up of the project, in addition to covering the cost needed for the maintenance of the system.