SUPPORT THE FLAGSHIP OF LEBANESE OLIVE GROVES

Since 2013, OLEA is an organic agricultural cooperative in the village of Lebaa, which is very active in its region. This cooperative has one strategic goal; to anchor Christians on their land, offering sustainable development around olive oil production.

 

The only cooperative in the village, it gathers 15 farmers, all active the cultivation of many crops: olives, citrus, fruit, vegetables and avocado.

 

OLEA participates in many shows and has a significant impact on the local and international market. In 2015, the cooperative won the European Union competition for agricultural cooperatives for the regions destroyed by the war in Lebanon.

Volunteers from the association came several times during the harvest to lend their strong hands to farmers. They visited several operators. For us, Christians living and working here, their presence is extremely encouraging. We're holding on to our land. Seeing them here, by our side, confirms that we are making the right choice by remaining. And these hands working together, creates relationships.



The agri-food workshop proposed by OLEA was pioneered in Lebaa and neighbouring villages as a pilot project contributing significantly to the sustainable development of Christian villages East of Saida to Jazzin. In this context, Jean-Eudes Ropars, a volunteer in Lebanon, set up, in 2015, the project: "cooperative and agri-food workshop".

This innovative and stable economic project provides work for Christians in a region that sees its population disappearing gradually. It promotes local crafts by reinvigorating the trade in olive oil and olive tables.

Here, olive picking is not lived as a chore, far from it. Whatever the age or position, in the cooperative everyone participates. Denise, in charge of the cooperative, wants to participate in all tasks. The work is rhythmic, punctuated by song, laughter and great discussions. After the harvest, the pressing begins and for volunteers it is a wonderful opportunity to discover the process of making olive oil.

By helping OLEA, you helped to sell the products of local farmers, especially at the olive festival in 2015. Thanks to OLEA and the assistance provided by volunteers, the work quickly yielded fruits.

OLEA was able to hire employees and especially women. The harvest was fruitful from the very first year of the cooperative with more than three tonnes of production sold worldwide. Thanks to a grocery network, OLEA oil is present in New York and OLEA Table is twinned with a village in Southern France.

Farmers proud of their land take the greatest care, only to produce organic products to preserve the soil for future generations.

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BECOME VOLUNTEER !

Volunteering is a commitment for a defined period. The volunteer is committed to a mission to serve others. To volunteer at SOS Chrétiens d’Orient you must:

- be older than 18 years old

- stay for a minimum for 1 month

- being in good physical shape

- have parental agreement for a possible departure

"I ask you to be revolutionary. Have the courage to go to counter-current. And also have the courage to be happy!" Pope Francis, July 28, speech to the volunteers of the WYD, Rio de Janeiro.

"I ask you to be revolutionaries. Have the courage to go against the grain. And have the courage to be happy!"

Pope Francis,

July 28, speech to WYD volunteers, Rio de Janeiro.