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Rural Economic Development Initiative - REDI (1997 – 2002)

Funded by USAID, REDI program) began in 1997 with the goal of helping families in rural communities improve their living standards. It focused on repairing damage resulting from the 16-year civil war through the creation and technical support of cluster project committees, which not only resulted in community driven projects, but also brought together splintered communities through the development process. Initially, the amount of the Cooperative Agreement between CHF and USAID was around US$6million but was expanded after the Israeli withdrawal in May 2000 reaching a total amount of $12million.
CHF, in cooperation with the local NGO - Cooperation for Development (CD), implemented 176 projects, where CHF’s contribution to these projects was $4,721,056 (or 44%) of the entire cost. REDI leveraged $6,080,050 from partners, including local Village Committees (VCs), co-ops, municipalities, schools, the Council of the South, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Hydraulics and Water Resources, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Vocational and Technical Education, Ministry of Finance, General National Union of Cooperatives, Rene Mouawad Foundation, University Graduates-Baalbeck Association, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Welfare Association for Development (local NGO).
In addition, CHF and its implementing partner Cooperation for Development – CD – were able to leverage funds from the U.S.ODC who contributed a total of $141,980 ($93,980 in constructing and $48,000 in equipping the Wadi Khaled Medical Center in Qobayat Cluster).