Yasser Abbas, 40, from Aleppo in Syria, takes a break to pray during work on a project funded by the Danish Refugee Council to make an irrigation channel for farm land in Wadi Khaled, Akkar, Lebanon, on December 14, 2017.
Head of Wadi Khaled municipality, Mohammed Ismael said "It's been 15 years since this land saw water. The project is giving people a chance to work, and for the farmers to get water. It will allow more production of vegetables and fruits, so the Lebanese can raise their income and also there will be more jobs for the Syrians."
Yasser fled to Lebanon in 2012 to escape the war in Syria, bringing his wife and two children.
"Before the war I had my own home. Now I rent a small cabin," the former primary school teacher said. "It's so hard to find work. It's the first time I work since coming here. All I care about now is my kids so I'll do any work."
Akkar, historically the poorest region of Lebanon, now hosts as refugee population of 4,500, almost matching its resident population of 6,500. According to the head of Wadi Khaled municipality, Mohammed Ismael, although employment opportunities are scarce in his area, many of the refugees are unable to secure the proper papers to travel elsewhere for work.
The project is part of a livelihoods program run by DRC that brings together Lebanese and Syrian men and women, giving them employment but also providing an opportunity to break down barriers between the two communities and decrease tensions.