Nov 11, 2016

Nawaya Impact Lab Launches Social Enterprises!

Dear Friends,

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 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:

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!

Aug 15, 2016

Launch of Nawaya Impact Lab

Graduation Day for SE Factory Students
Graduation Day for SE Factory Students

Dear Friends,

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!

Innovation Session with Refugee Youth
Innovation Session with Refugee Youth
Presentations by refugee youth
Presentations by refugee youth
Refugee youth in an innovation session
Refugee youth in an innovation session
May 17, 2016

New Program Underway to Support 600 Youth

Dear Friends,

We've been quite busy here at Nawaya!  For the past few months, we have been building a new program in partnership with UNICEF to support over 600 unemployed and out-of-school Lebanese and refugee youth this year.

The program will be launched in July, and will train youth on how to innovate and create income-generating enterprises and projects that serve a critical need in their communities.  These challenges may relate to education, poverty, safe play areas, green/open spaces, shelters, lighting, drug abuse, suicide, and depression, among a host of other problems and challenges.

Our youth will be inspired to use their talents, skills, passions, and interests to come up with creative solutions that not only address specific needs, but which also provide them with an income, thus empowering them to become self-sufficient change-makers in their communities.  

The best proposals and ideas will be selected to enroll in an advanced bootcamp that will help them take their concept to the next level.  We can't wait to see what they come up with!

We are excited about this new addition to Nawaya, as the program aims to empower otherwise idle and vulnerable/at-risk youth by harnessing/developing their abilities and potential and channeling them into much-needed and overlooked sectors.

Our team has expanded from just two people to seven within a few weeks, and we will continue to grow in the coming weeks and months.  As our program will be launched after Ramadan, by August we will have exciting updates and photos to share with you.  We look forward to it!

In the meantime, our SE Factory Coding Bootcamp, which was launched in March, is going strong.  Students have been attending intensive lectures daily from 11am - 8pm, and have learned critical technical and soft skills needed to get them employed upon completion of the program in mid-June.  

Due to the success of the program, we will be launching round two in July with a new batch of students, and aim to replicate the program in at least one other city starting January 2017.

Many thanks as always for your continued support!

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