A giant egg that may beat world records weighing 147 g


A “giant” B.Balady egg that weighs 147 grams is likely to be one of the largest in the world and is likely to beat some world records. This egg was produced by Maroun El-Helou, a member of the Development Cooperative in Jizzine (COOP) and beneficiary of the USAID-funded project “Expanding Economic Opportunities for Victims of War in the District of Jizzine – South Lebanon”, implemented by the World Rehabilitation Fund (WRF) in Lebanon. The “giant” egg was produced within the context of the free-range egg production program implemented by WRF in partnership with the COOP who markets its products under the brand name B.Balady.

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Lebanon has faced since 2006 a significant decline in honey production that reached the lowest rate in 2010, where production did not exceed 10% of the usual production according to Al-Akhbar daily (“Lebanon Without Honey”: www.al-akhbar.com/ar/node/205464, September 8, 2010).

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“We have no work in winter and the grant is meeting our daily needs, especially for food.” (date: June 2010)

In a humble house that is more than 20 years old, with a brick roof and wooden windows, lives a family in Kfarhouna village of Jizzine District who benefits today from the project titled: “Expanding Economic Opportunities for Survivors of Landmines and Victims of War in the District of Jizzine – South Lebanon”. This is the family of Joseph Wakim whom is a war victim that was injured by a landmine in 1997 and suffering injuries all over his body that were gradually treated. With time, Joseph overcame this accident and its psychological consequences.

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A Remarkable Success (2007)

With funding from USAID/Leahy War Victims Fund, the WRF launched in October 2001 a program that aims at expanding economic opportunities for war-affected families and individuals through establishing income generating agricultural and food production programs. By March 31, 2007, 194 grants were provided benefiting more than 1,560 war victims and landmine survivors as direct beneficiaries.

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Story of Naja Dagher (2003)

Naja, a 40-year-old father of four, lives with his wife Laurette and four children Nadine, Elena, Gilbert, and Maribelle in Mrah El-Habbas village in the District of Jizzine, South Lebanon. In 1984, Naja survived a landmine blast that affected his life physically, psychologically, and economically. Eighteen years after the accident.

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(2003)

Mohiba was 15 years old when she became a victim of a landmine explosion that took away the fingers of her right arm and maimed her left arm. This incident did not only affect her physically, but also psychologically, socially, and economically. For years Mohiba faced difficulty in working, taking care of herself, and coping with her surrounding.

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(2003)

Bshara, a landmine survivor, lost his left arm and had his other hand maimed as a result of a landmine explosion in 1987. Since then, Bshara’s family has been facing the complexities of life, especially the financial ones, owing to the difficulty for a person in his condition to find a job that secures a steady source of income.

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(2003)

Paul Elias, born in 1969, is a construction worker from the small village of Ain-Majdalayn in the District of Jizzine-South Lebanon. Prominent in his profession, Paul enjoyed a good income and a peaceful life with his wife, daughter, and baby boy.

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(2002)

Sixteen year old Laurice Khalil, also known as Laura, grew up in a small village in the district of Jizzine-South Lebanon with her parents and siblings. Being the oldest child in her family, Laura was used to taking on early responsibilities and working under pressure. Her dream was that one day she would make it “big” as a famous actress or a successful film director.

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