As we learn from the seasons, there are months of early growth, of harvest, then hibernation, and then thankfully, there is always renewal. We’re grateful to welcome some new faces to the A Rocha Lebanon team.
On Staff: A New Gardener
After Ibrahim’s retirement, A Rocha Lebanon hired Abbes as a gardener. He is full of ambition for the land, and says with expectation, “I want to make it a paradise!”
In only two months, Abbes has helped us develop a technique for weed control and fire prevention. We tried several experiments, but finally landed on a win-win solution that reduced fire risk in the protected area and turned a pest into an unlikely friend.
He is also caring for a tree nursery, various plantings, and a rammed-earth beehive construction.
Sylvie and Philip Good are long time A Rocha road buddies, and missionaries through Church Mission Society. As great nature lovers, they enjoy following Abbes’ work on the field. They are making plans for a botanic garden experience to reconnect people with the created habitats of Lebanon.
Sarah Jennings is a new volunteer for A Rocha after connecting with Damien through their local church. She currently serves as a communications officer at a local Lebanese non-profit, LSESD, and she hopes to help with writing, photography, social media, and website needs. Recently, she had the chance to share about A Rocha’s work and the role of communications in climate change at a seminar with Lebanese university students.