As the new year begins, we're all busy making plans and so are our youth!
We piloted the Nawaya Impact Lab in July 2016 over a period of seven months, in seven marginalized locations across Beirut, reaching hundreds of youth. Our youth undoubtedly face a number of limitations and challenges on a daily basis.
Despite these limitations, we were inspired by their determination as we came across a treasure trove of innovative and creative project ideas proposed by youth.
Here are some of our youth small enterprise and community project ideas from our 2016 training round:
Mfak Baraghi is a small enterprise which provides a team of experienced workers for fast and reliable maintenance and refurbishment services. The services include: electrical wiring, plumbing, painting, AC and tiling services.The business will provide these services to homes and offices 24 hours daily, 7 days a week. Click here to view the project video!
Baytouti is a project created by two young sisters, one of whom is passionate about baking and healthy nutrition while the other is passionate about business. The aim of this project is to put an end to unhealthy snacking among kids on the outskirts of the Shatila refugee camp area by providing clean, homemade and healthy snacks for children! Click here to learn more!
Green and Peace is a welcoming and safe environment for girls whose parents do not allow to participate in outdoors or public sports activities. This project idea is to gather marginalized girls and women in group workout sessions in Horsh Beirut for them to alleviate their feelings of limitation. Watch the video here!
With the influx of Syrian refugees to Lebanon, an increasing number of people are looking for new homes to move into. Beit Now is a digital platform which connects landlords to tenants and facilitates the search for a new home based on each tenant's budget and requirements. Learn more!
Check out our platform on www.nawaya.org to explore a number of other exciting youth-led initiatives. We look forward to sharing their progress with you in the coming months!
Our target for 2017 is to reach 2,500 youth in Beirut, Mount Lebanon & the South through the Nawaya Impact Lab and our coding bootcamp SE Factory!
We introduced the Nawaya Impact Lab training program, in partnership with UNICEF, to you back in August.
Today, we're proud to let you know that since July, we have so far trained 300 youth beneficiaries from over seven different locations around Beirut.
The Nawaya Impact Lab is an intensive one-month design thinking and business development training program for unemployed and out of school Lebanese and refugee youth.
The program provides youth with the skills they need to develop innovative, income-generating solutions to problems in their communities. The most viable enterprise ideas advance to the mentorship phase, and are selected to be featured on our website www.nawaya.org to crowdfund for and help kickstart their initiatives.
We're excited to share our first six small social enterprise and business projects our youth have created and invite you to support their initiatives by donating through our website on: www.nawaya.org.
Your donations will be matched with equal funds from UNICEF & The Nawaya Network.
The Nawaya Impact Lab was made possible through support from UNICEF Lebanon, UBI Banca and The German Cooperation.
Thank you all for your continued support!
It has been a big year for Nawaya: last time, we had informed you of the launch of our new coding bootcamp called SE Factory, which aims to develop the technical and soft skills of low-income computer science graduates, with the aim to improve their employability. Since then, our first batch of students have completed the program, and so far, 75% of them have gone on to receive job offers.
Last month, we launched our second round with 16 extremely ambitious and hard-working students, and look forward to sharing their progress with you in the coming months.
In other news, we have launched the "Nawaya Impact Lab" - a program in partnership with UNICEF which seeks to empower unemployed Lebanese and refugee youth by developing their innovative and entrepreneurial skills to improve their income-generating opportunities. Watch our newly-released animation explainer video here!
We launched our first round in the Bourj el Barajneh refugee camp, with 31 youth from Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian backgrounds. They learned a series of skills related to design thinking, innovation, and prototyping, in addition to soft skills and life skills such as gender equality, conflict resolution, drug awareness, and suicide prevention. We selected the top 10 most promising and committed students, who are now receiving advanced training in business development. We look forward to updating you about their projects soon!
Next week, we are launching our new round, with 120 more youth from three neighborhoods in Beirut. Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook to hear of their exciting ideas and projects.
That's it for now - more exciting news in three months!
Many thanks for your continued support and encouragement!