Social Actions Projects 2017
Save Beirut Heritage
Save Beirut Heritage is an NGO fighting for the preservation of the architectural heritage of Beirut and beyond.
In the 1990’s, an initial census counted 1600 traditional homes and buildings in Beirut. Currently, the estimated number is close to 200 remaining structures.
Today, there are virtually no laws that specifically protect heritage buildings. In fact, Lebanon is the only Arab country not to have a law protecting the cultural heritage. Passing proper legislation to protect entire historic districts is also one of the priorities of SBH.
After a successful demonstration in 2010, Save Beirut Heritage has become a central point for those fighting for their history. With above 10,000 supporters connected throughout social media channels, Save Beirut Heritage’s team is able to monitor the city and its demolitions. They also often receive anonymous tips that help them fight illegal demolitions.
Save Beirut Heritage currently operates a 24/7 hotline, organizes seminars in schools and city tours in order to raise awareness against the demolition of Lebanese History.
The team is composed of the following students:
- Léa Jreij
- Andrew Nemr
- Cynthia Dagher
- Julien Bsaibes