Labora is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in April 2008 and registered at the Lebanese Ministry of Interior under the n°421. It aims to contribute to find a solution to the problem of unemployment which has been crippling the Lebanese society, especially the Christian community. Thus, a group of social workers led by Father Tony Khadra decided to establish Labora to confront this critical issue with a scientific and professional approach in order to find concrete and implementable solutions. Labora has endeavoured, in the midst of the critical social situation that Lebanon is facing, to enlighten Lebanese society somehow. Indeed, through the determination of the association’s founder, members and administrative body as well as the association’s network of friends, Labora works on reducing youth waves of emigration and on fighting unemployment, hence offering families viable alternatives to remain in their homeland and in their rural areas as well as within state institutions, in order to ensure a dignified future for all and maintain an efficient and effective Lebanese social equilibrium within the framework of Lebanon’s formula for living together. Labora is a big family that comprise a large number of volunteers, donators and institutions as well as consultants and friends from all regions, sectors and specialties
Who we are
To ensure stable, just and dignified employment that preserve Lebanon as the country of diversity and freedom, hence providing its youth with the chance to find stability, settle and put down roots in Lebanon. While Lebanese youth have been shrinking away from state jobs for a certain time, Labora aims to raise their awareness of the importance of turning to job openings within the state to contribute effectively in the country’s development.
Labora depends on three key principles to achieve its goals: confidence in God and in itself, confidence in the Lebanese people and their will to collaborate and a scientific and professional approach to dealing with unemployment by identifying the needs of unemployed people, helping them gain new skills and supporting them to adapt to the ever-changing world of work.
Labora believes in collective work and acknowledges that every member of the community has gifts and talents that can be developed for the benefit of both the unemployment issue and the community, but if each member acts in an individual capacity and not in a corporate one, he does not serve the public interest and his individuality turns lethal.
- Provide guidance and training to all job seekers and raise their awareness about a “new culture of work” and about the importance of turning to job openings within the state institutions and of remaining in their country instead of migrating to the countries of near and far abroad.
- Reduce Lebanese migration abroad due to unemployment.
- Reinforce and reactivate the nationalistic and moral role of the state institutions.
- Live up to national values inspired from Lebanon’s cultural message as a land of dialogue and conviviality among diverse religions and cultures and based on following evangelical and Christian beliefs.
- Take a scientific, objective and professional approach to issues.
- Offer free services to all applicants.
- Promote a humanitarian vision based on solidarity and partnership without difference due to the job seeker’s religious belief.
- Our Avoid policies focused on political and religious sectarianism and choose social work over political and partisan work.
- Orientation department: professional- culture of work-human values.
- Training and skills development department.
- Recruitment department: in private and public sectors as well as related to development projects.
- Complaints and reviews department: follow up with the situation and meet job seekers to identify their needs in order to provide them with the direction, knowledge and resources to assist them in refining and organizing their job search.
- Counselling and support department: for associations and individuals.
- Development projects department: to create new job opportunities.