U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard today celebrated the inauguration of the project to rehabilitate the Souk Marash in Bourj Hammoud, emphasizing U.S. commitment to communities most affected by the Syrian refugee crisis.
U.S. funding for the rehabilitation and restoration of Souk Marash will help enhance economic activity and livelihood, boost municipal services, and revive one of the historic shopping areas of Bourj Hammoud. It is estimated that the Souk Marash project will benefit 3,000 Lebanese residents, more than 1,000 displaced Syrians, and nearly 100 shop owners.
Other U.S.-funded projects in Bourj Hammoud and neighboring areas include developing local community centers, providing supplies and new equipment for health clinics, and improving school facilities.
Ambassador Richard commented that the United States is proud to support communities such as Bourj Hammoud and help them cope with sizable populations of Syrian refugees.
The U.S. provided the funds for Souk Marash to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which is administering the Lebanese Host Communities Support Project (LHSP). To date, the U.S. government has provided $7 million to the LHSP.