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Location-specific Crisis Management Teams remain in place to monitor COVID developments, inform, and care for EMI personnel. Decisions about official EMI travel (including project travel) domestically and internationally are being made on a case-by-case basis by Office Directors in locations concerned. EMI’s worldwide offices remain in varying states of closure with personnel working remotely or from home.

We continue to actively monitor the situation and will respond to new information affecting our worldwide ministry and teams. We view the COVID-19 Coronavirus as an opportunity to live out the gospel and our faith in Jesus through the ministry of EMI.

Project Postponed

The Arab Spring began in Tunisia the early 2010's and the movement quickly spread throughout the Arab world. The resulting protests in Syria plunged the country into a civil war that continues today. Millions of refugees fled the conflict in Syria, and 1.5 million of these Syrian refugees headed to Lebanon. Today, Lebanon has the highest per capita refugee population in the world, with 1 refugee for every 4 nationals. The refugee population in Lebanon today includes over 100,000 children who became orphans due to the Syrian civil war. Today, many of these children live on the streets of Lebanon, because of the lack of orphan care facilities in the region.

The Tyre Church exists to bring the love and truth of the gospel to southern Lebanon. The church has partnered with Global Orphan Project to build a foster care campus on the outskirts of Tyre, Lebanon. Please prayerfully consider joining EMI as we prepare a master plan that will enable the Tyre Church to show the love of Christ to the orphans of southern Lebanon.

Project Scope

The Tyre Church and the Global Orphan Project have a vision to turn an undeveloped piece of land in rural Tyre into a foster care campus that will accommodate up to 200 orphans. The undeveloped site is located in the rolling hills of southern Lebanon, with views of the Mediterranean Sea.

The church has requested the master plan include a series of residential buildings which will include 3 bedroom apartments to accommodate the host families and foster children. The master plan will also include a community building with a dining hall, community rooms and an indoor basketball court.

Our team will complete a topographic survey of the 2.4 hectare (6 acre) site to facilitate the master planning process.  

The master plan will include structural conceptual designs for the residential buildings, community building and for retaining walls onsite. The project site is located in a seismic zone, and the client has also requested the design include a bomb shelter.

The parcel is currently used for grazing livestock, and the livestock's water supply is trucked in and stored in tanks.  Our team will evaluate sustainable water supply options, and design the water supply and wastewater facilities for the site.

The project site has steep terrain and will require a plan for grading and construction of retaining walls. The area also receives significant rainfall, therefore our site master plan will include provisions for storm water management.

Primary power supply is available from the local utility, but the power is very un-reliable and will require onsite power generation.

James 1:27 says "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this; to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." Please, prayerfully consider using your architecture, surveying or engineering skills to be the hands and feet of Christ, and minister to the orphans of southern Lebanon.


Architecture: Position filled
Civil Engineering: Position filled
Electrical Engineering: Electrical Engineering

for power supply investigation, site distribution and emergency power generation

Structural Engineering: Position filled
Survey: Position filled
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