For the time being, at Bassatin Baanoub we're only two: Jean-Pierre & Yasmina Zahar, but we are very efficiently supported by a large and loud circle of family, friends and (free) consultants.
Jean-Pierre is an architect, and he's had an extensive experience in tourism and agriculture when founding and leading the Al Jord Project, in 1999. After his withdrawal from the project, for many reasons, he took some time away from Lebanon, and gained experience in old buildings renovation in Europe. He's now sharing his time between his architectural projects in Lebanon and Baanoub.
I (Yasmina) am a TV commercial producer, and be it on a shoot or at the farm, I have pretty much the same job description: organizing & planning, listing & documenting, leading crews & anticipating problems, etc. I also make objects, with wire and wool, and write. It’s only now that I understand what all these skills, apparently unrelated, that I have been cultivating through the years, will be best used at.
We have decided to launch this project, this huge gigantic project, because we truly believe that if we (our generation) don’t act now, the country we’ll be leaving behind will be less and less green, irremediably.
Saving Baanoub is our mission, others save turtles or birds, we’ve chosen a mountain where the silence is made of one thousand insects flying and leaves shaken by the wind.