Part of its work progress and deliverables, the USAID-funded Building Alliance for Local Advancement Development and Investment (BALADI) implemented by the Rene Moawad Foundation (RMF), celebrated the inauguration of a community development project to promote rural tourism in Douma (Batroun district). USAID Mission Director Dr. Anne Patterson, RMF Executive Director Michel Moawad, members of the municipal council of Douma and Douma club, RMF Baladi team and community stakeholders were present during the event to celebrate the new facility.
During the event, USAID and RMF BALADI received honorary shields from Douma municipality and Douma club for their contribution and hard work in completing the new facilities that will promote eco-tourism in the village and will increase the revenues of 25 women-owned businesses that sell home-made jams, preserves, and handicrafts during festivals and events. At least four long-term jobs and two seasonal jobs will be created at the center. The project is expected to annually host 600 visitors at the new dormitories, and attract 2,000 youth from the region to the sports fields.
The event was also an opportunity to display locally-made products and handicrafts at by women entrepreneurs from Douma.
USAID provided $199,592 to establish a hostel for tourists at the existing sports club premises in Douma and to rehabilitate its football and basketball facilities. The municipality of Douma and Douma Club contributed around $33,000 in rehabilitation work and equipment.