A grassroot environmental initiative

starting in Jdeidet-Ghazir, Keserwen

Who We Are


We are a grassroot environmental initiative consisting of 7 cousins that took it upon themselves to be environmentally conscious. Our projects take on proactive and reactive approaches. Since some of us live outside of Lebanon, we plan our projects throughout the year and meet during the summer months to execute them. We are working very hard on this initiative as we all have other things going on in our lives. Please take some time to meet the faces behind the team.

Our Mission Statement

(En) Green Vests is a grassroot initiative that focuses on the encouragement and development of a healthy, sustainable, and environmentally friendly community starting in the Jdeidet-Ghazir and Qattine area.(Fr) Green Vests est une initiative de base qui se concentre sur l'encouragement et le développement d'une communauté saine, durable et respectueuse de l'environnement à partir de la région de Jdeidet-Ghazir et Qattine.

Our Goals

(En) In order to fulfill our mission statement, we have adopted 7 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).(Fr) Afin de accomplir notre énoncé de mission, nous avons adopté 7 des 17 Objectifs de Développement Durable des Nations Unies


Transparency


We believe in transparency and the power that it wields.In an effort to uphold this value and build trust among the community, we have made our governing and financial documents public. Furthermore, in addition to our Facebook and Instagram pages, we are providing a newsletter exclusively for donors and supporters to update them on their impact.

Governing Documents

Financial Documents

Meet the Team



Joe Seif

Executive Manager


Maroun Seif

Office and Media Manager


Sarah Seif

Finance Manager


Maria Nehme

Personnel Manager


Émile Nehme

Executive Deputy


Joanna Nehme

Project Manager


Emile Nehme

Yara Seif

Project Manager


Meet Joe


Co-Founder & Executive Manager

I hold a Master's in Public Administration from Binghamton University. Most of my education was done outside of Lebanon. After graduating, my focus has shifted to my hometown. I hope to use the education I gained to help build up and strengthen my community.

Meet Maroun


Office and Media Manager

I was born in Lebanon but reside in France. I just graduated high school and I'm currently attending an engineering school. Despite the distance, I still have deep connections with my native country that are inseverable. So my goal is to help and support the people in Lebanon, hoping that one day this beautiful country becomes splendid again.

Meet Émile


Co-Founder & Executive Deputy

I live in Jdeidet-Ghazir, Keserwen in Lebanon and I have a passion in environmentalism. I attend École Saint-Francois in Ghazir, where I'm building leadership and community skills. My hobbies are to go on nature hikes, to play football and arts.

Meet Sarah


Finance Manager

I am a Lebanese teenager living in France. I grew up in Jdeidet Ghazir and hope to see my hometown shine once again. My biggest dream is to be a doctor and travel the world with NGOs to help people worldwide.

Meet Joanna


Project Manager

I live in Jdeidet-Ghazir and help my parents around the house. Not only do I love nature, I also love children and aspire to become a pediatrician. My hobbies include music, playing piano and basketball.

Meet Maria


Personnel Manager

I was born and reside in Jdeidet-Ghazir, Lebanon. I love my village and would like to give back to my community. I aspire a career in law enforcement and criminal justice. My hobbies are playing basketball and guitar.

Meet Yara


Emile Nehme

Project Manager

I was born in Lebanon and currently live in France. I adore my country and would like to give back to my hometown. I aspire to study medicine and help people in need. I love nature and music and I play the piano.

Support our Mission and Goal


We dream of a greener and cleaner environment and with your support we aspire to go beyond the Jdeidet-Ghazir/Qattine area. There are a few ways you can help us make our dream come true. You can donate either online or in person and you can sign up to volunteer.

All supporters will be added to our newsletter for updates on their impact

Note:
- All monetary donations will go directly to fund our projects, we do not have any operational costs.
- Volunteering with us does count towards community service hours.


Volunteer Sign-up

Where's your green vest?
Fill out this form to join our volunteer list. We will get back to you with event details and how you would be able to volunteer.

Volunteering with us can count towards your community service hours requirements. Community Service Letters of Recognition can be emailed to you and/or your associated institute upon request.

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What We Do



Our Upcoming Projects



Don't Litter - Ne Pollue Pas

In response to our municipality clean-up project in the summer of 2021, we have noticed the lack of awareness people had on recycling and garbage disposal. Therefore, we plan on launching a village-wide campaign called "Don't Litter - Ne Pollue Pas" which would involve raising awarenss on garbage disposal and recycling. We will be providing a recycling guide on our website and launch a social media campaign to raise awareness and encourage locals and visitors to not litter and to recycle.


Please support our mission to create a healthier and more sustainable community, starting with the small villages of Jdeidet-Ghazir and Qattine in Mount-Lebanon.

Public Garden

The village lacks public space that is green and clean. There are a few areas, such as parking and paved lots and a basketball court, however they are impractical and insufficient. Building a public garden would encourage locals to engage more in outdoor activities in their own village, especailly during a time of crisis. We acknowledge that there is a lack of space in the village, however we hope that locals would donate unused/unwanted land for this cause.


As we continue our efforts to enact our mission, we have launched a new initiative this summer called Plant-A-Tree. For every $20 donated we will plant a fruit tree on a landowner's property. We will provide the landowner some fertilizer to nurture the tree and harvest it to help support their family. We will also provide a food parcel for each family to help address immediate needs.
Ambitiously, this initiative will tackle deforestation and food insecurity in the midst of the economic collapse. Although the trees may not produce fruits immediately, they will start to become a sustainable source of food within a year and many more years to come.
Let's start planting for a better future, one tree at a time.

Our Impact



Plant-A-Tree

As we continue our efforts to enact our mission, we have launched a new initiative this summer called Plant-A-Tree. So far we have distributed and planted 60 fruit trees on individuals' private properties. The trees would help them support their families with future needs. We will also provided 25 food parcels for at-risk families to help address immediate needs.
Ambitiously, this initiative tackles deforestation and food insecurity in the midst of the economic collapse. Although the trees may not produce fruits immediately, they will start to become a sustainable source of food within a year and many more years to come.
Let's start planting for a better future, one tree at a time.


Municipality Street Clean-up

In this project, we have worked with the local municipality and cleaned up the Jdeidet-Ghazir area. This includes picking up garbage from the main, internal and old roads. We were not able to clean up the village creek due to limited access and supplies.

The collected garbage has been sorted and sent to be recycled. The goal is to create a healthier and more sustainable environment while also promoting eco-friendly practices and community building.
This project spanned for 4 days. The red zone was on Thursday 22 July. Yellow zone on Friday 23 July. Green zone on Monday 26 July, and Blue zone, Tuesday 27 July. All four days were from 3 pm until 7 pm in the evening. Thank you to all that donated, volunteered and supported us, including the Jdeidet-Ghazir and Qattine Municipality. You may view our MTV news coverage here.


Old Walkway/ Stairs Beautification

Jdeidet-Ghazir is a charming little village with potential. Throughout the village we cleaned-up, cleared-up and beautified select stairs by painting and adding color to encourage more locals to use them for basic travels and even recreational use. These walkways are located near churches and connect the village's residences to the supermarkets and shops on the main road.

In the span of one month with a tight budget, we have cleaned and beautified 3 strategically located stairs in Jdeidet-Ghazir and Qattine. Two in Jdeidet-Ghazir (Saint Michael and Saint Maroun Stairs) and one in Qattine (Saint Charbel Stairs).

Although this project doesn't directly pertain to our mission, we saw a void that we felt needed to be quickly filled. This project focused more on mental health by encouraging locals to walk and use the area's old walkways to help vent and cope through an uncontrollable economic and political crisis.


Stairs Maintenance / Clean-up

We were able to clean up the stairs that we painted last year. Although many of the colors have faded, we did not repaint. Our mission is to clean up the environment and encourage others to keep it clean and profit from it recreationally. However we do plan on keeping them clean and accessible for walking.


Please support our mission to create a healthier and more sustainable community, starting with the small villages of Jdeidet-Ghazir and Qattine in Mount-Lebanon.

Our Recycling Guide


About Jdeidet-Ghazir and Qattine


Jdeidet-Ghazir and Qattine (part of the Jdaidet Ghazir - Harharaya - Qattine Municipality) are small villages located in a valley with a small creek running through it. It lies on the outskirts of Ghazir, a town overlooking the City of Jounieh and the Mediterranean sea. Historically, Ghazir and Jdeidet-Ghazir have been known for their abundance in water, hence the name "ghazir".