Over the past 3 months, we've had some great developments which we'd like to share with you:
-- Our talented fashion designer, Nadeen, has been hired to instruct Khaldoun, a younger aspiring designer in our program. They have been meeting for several hours each month, and Khaldoun's talent is blossoming!
-- A group of high school students from a fashion club in New Jersey heard about Nadeen and decided to hold a fundraiser to help cover her monthly tuition!
-- Hovsep, our violinist, had the opportunity to perform at a UNESCO event as well as with the Lebanese National Conservatory recently; he also now has 4 students whom he is instructing!
-- Omar, our football star, got the opportunity to join an intensive football training program led by the coaches of Real Madrid at the American University of Beirut!
-- Pierre and Rawad, both aspiring actors, took a workshop with leading director Lucien Bourjeily; Pierre also got to audition for a feature film and he was selected for a role!
-- Rana has been continuing to create mosaics with the support of Handmade by Raja, and sold several of her pieces at a Mother's Day exhibition at Dar Bistro and Books cafe in Hamra recently.
-- We gathered 25 of our youth to attend a professional networking session at AltCity where they shared their dreams and aspirations, and received support and feedback from guests.
-- We have plans to launch a tech program for youth to get them involved in coding, robotics, and engineering in a hands-on, interactive environment -- stay tuned for updates in the coming months!
We have many more upcoming plans and events for the summer, so we'll be sure to share them with you during our next report.
Have a great summer and thank you for your continued support!
Our year has been off to a great start. Here are some updates and highlights:
-- We signed our first official partnership with PATCHI, a luxury chocolate brand here in Lebanon, which has committed to supporting about 20 of our youth this year!
-- We have recruited 6 new interns for the year, all who will support us in graphic design, social media, youth recruitment, mentor training, and marketing!
-- We have formed our first volunteers committee which includes high school students, university students, fresh grads, and young professionals. This committee will be helping us plan Nawaya's biggest event at the end of summer.
-- We held a Nawaya Day for several of our youth last month, where they learned Capoeira and attended a workshop about tolerance.
-- Several youth have been showcasing their skills and generating an income from it. For example, Hovsep has been called in to perform at a few establishments, and our thai-boxers have been offering self-defense classes to the community to help them cover their expenses to Thailand (to attend the championships in a couple of weeks!)
More exciting events and news to come. Thanks for your continued support and stay tuned!
The Nawaya Network
Our NGO continues to grow, and we have some exciting new programs to share with you!
In September, we launched our professional networking program, whereby we invited young professionals from the community to meet and mingle with our youth. It was an enriching event for all, as everyone broke out of their bubble and met others they normally would not meet. Youth received insight and feedback about various issues, and our young professionals were quite inspired by our youth in return. We’re planning to hold these networking sessions more frequently in 2015.
In addition, we have also begun a series of workshops and trainings for our youth, which will be held on a monthly basis. For example, last Friday, a life-coach gave a very inspiring and stimulating session to another 15 youth in our program, whereby he discussed issues such as motivation, discipline, setting goals, and overcoming obstacles.
Furthermore, we have officially launched our e-mentoring program! Now, even if you live abroad, you can sign up to mentor our youth via a 45-minute session, covering a topic of your choice. It can be related to your career, lessons you have learned, obstacles you have encountered, or simply a chance to meet with and interact with our youth. If interested, sign up here!
In other exciting news, our first official documentary film about our young ballerina's trip to the US has been released online. You can watch it here.
Finally, we have just launched our "200 Campaign" to get 200 generous donors to commit to donating just $10/month before the end of 2014, to help us expand our work to reach dozens more youth. Will you consider being one of the 200? You can sign up via the GlobalGiving site here.
We are always grateful for your ongoing support, and wish you all a happy holiday season, and a happy new year!