Saida's Observatory for Social Impact (SOSI)
is a local non-governmental organization founded in 2017.

SOSI Brief

Saida’s Observatory for Social Impact (SOSI) is a local non-governmental organization founded in 2017.

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Objectives

Preserve the cultural heritage of Saida's historic district

In Lebanon’s fragmented territorial efforts, the need for systemization and mediation entities is increasing. SOSI’s objectives are to ensure the protection of the city’s heritage through accurate and thorough documentation...

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Enhance its socio-economic position

SOSI’s approach towards planning and development is based on collaborations with academic institutions, public entities, and donors to produce pilot projects that function as interventions in line with the strategic plan’s overall goal to upgrade the socio-economic character of the historic district...

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Roles

The NGO’s strategy to fulfill its objectives is centered on 3 main roles:

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Role

Research and Documentation

Research, archiving and documentation of the historic district's continuously changing socio-economic, cultural, architectural and urban characteristics.

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Planning and Development

Planning and development of potential sites and projects for social and cultural growth

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Mediation and management

Mediation between and management of the stakeholders and institutions involved in each project to ensure a participatory approach to planning.

Projects

SOSI's approach to planning and development is based on a collaborative process involving
academic and public institutions.

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2016
Design & Development

Chakrieh Entrance (LAU)

Design Almost Complete / Implementing Not Started

The development of Chakrieh Street marked the first urban expansion of Saida beyond the walls of its historic district. Today this street...

Raised: $0

Goal: -

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2018
Implementation

Bahr El Eid (AUB)

 

Bahr El Eid is one of the oldest public playgrounds in the historic district of Saida. Prior to the Israeli bombardment of the historic...

Raised: $175,000

Goal: $220,000

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2018
Future Workshop

Saida Waterfront Strategy (Columbia)

Workshop this August.

Research and analysis of the coastal edge of Saida’s historic district with its numerous...

Raised: $0

Goal: -

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Become a volunteer

We are always on the lookout for motivated individuals who would like to volunteer their skills and time with us. As we adopt a multidisciplinary and integrated approach towards conserving Saida’s historic district and developing its socio-economic status through development interventions, we are open to volunteers from all backgrounds and ages. Volunteers specifically from urban planning and design, architecture and economics are particularly vital to our team.

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SUPPORT US

SOSI operates on contributions from organizations and private individuals who are interested in our cause. Donating can be done to help us sustain our administrative efforts or to accomplish projects under development, as well as initiate new development projects in Saida’s historic district.

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Partners

In order to ensure an integrated approach we partner with academic institutions, local administration bodies as well as the private sector. Each partner brings in an added value to our projects.

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