Mar 11, 2014

Mentorship Campaign Launched in Beirut!

Dear Supporters,

We recently launched a mentorship campaign to encourage people to become mentors for our youth.  Part of this campaign included releasing a 90-second video ad, which was a big hit!

The video reached 600,000 people on facebook, and was viewed 45,000 times in a matter of days.  As a result, many people have applied after being inspired to change the lives of our youth.

We are looking forward to a wonderful spring season here in Beirut, whereby we'll be training the mentors and matching them up with youth in our program for a period of 6 months to a year.

Check out the video on Facebook or YouTube, and take a look at some of our related images below.

In our next report, we will be sure to include photos of the mentor training sessions, along with pictures of the mentor-mentee matching day and orientation.

In other news, our youth have been hard at work building their skills and talents.  Mohammad, our 22-year-old grafitti artist was able to take some workshops with leading artists in Lebanon, while Rana was able to continue building her craft-building skills through an art workshop last month, as seen in the below photos.

Thank you again for supporting our youth!  We are excited about the next few months and look forward to sharing our successes with you again soon.

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Dec 11, 2013

A Wonderful 2013 for Nawaya

As the year comes to an end, we look back at 2013 and are so grateful for the wonderful year it has been for us.  Here's a quick look back at our achievements:

We kicked off our year with an event in Dubai whereby we raised awareness about our cause and gathered support for our work.  We spent the next couple of months finalizing our online platform, and celebrated its launch at Movenpick Hotel and Resort in May 2013.  Click here for the demo video!

May 2013 was a special month for another reason too:  Our founder, Zeina Saab, was awarded the King Abdullah Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement.  She was one of 3 winners out of 365 applicants from the Arab region, and was awarded a $50,000 grant for Nawaya!

Later on in the year, the Global Fund for Children, Alfanar, and NABAD social enterprise incubator all awarded Nawaya with grants to support our youth and strengthen various aspects of our program.  We were also selected as part of the "Mentor Unit" program which is supporting the capacity-building of various NGOs throughout Lebanon.

In November, we gathered 75 people to run for us at the Beirut Marathon.  We partnered up with two schools as well, whereby students collectively raised $2500 for us by selling lemonade, cookies, and cupcakes to their fellow classmates!  What a great show of community support!

We are now looking forward to 2014.  We have great things planned, and look forward to updating you about our progress in just a few months, so stay tuned to hear more updates about the 24 youth enrolled in our program!

In the meantime, there's a great way to support our youth this holiday season.  Are you holding a holiday or new year's party?  Do you know someone who is?  Why not turn it into a fundraiser for our youth?  

Simply choose a youth from our platform on www.nawaya.org.  Let us know which youth you've chosen, and we'll send you a special holiday card with a photo and story about the youth, which you can share with all your guests!  Guests can contribute online or offline, before or during the party!  

Last year, three generous party hosts raised $2000 for us, which covered the cost of transportation for some very promising youth!

Give our youth the gift of pursuing their passions!  

Thank you, as always, for your great support!

Happy holidays from The Nawaya Network team!

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Sep 16, 2013

An Exciting Fall Season

With summer now behind us, we have some eager youth waiting to be enrolled in some new classes this Fall season. For example, Nadine, now 19 years old, was just enrolled in a fashion design school where she will spend the next 3 years learning all the techniques to become the next biggest designer.  And after a 2-month break, 15-year-old Rana has once again begun taking mosaic design lessons and is being paid per piece she creates, while Omar begins his new football season tomorrow, spending at least one hour on the road to get to his lessons three times a week.  Our little Ahmed is still as passionate in basketball as ever, and his father continues to accompany him to every lesson, despite his physical disability.

We have many other youth who are so excited to have the chance to pursue their passions, such as Karen, who will be registered in a hip-hop academy within the next couple of weeks, and 7-year-old Yassir, whose singing voice is so powerful, we are sure he will rival the greatest singers one day.  We can't wait for you to also meet Joshua and Amer, two teenaged boys who have a great gift in breakdancing, and Zainab, who is looking forward to raising the funds she needs to publish her new children's book soon.  

Thanks to your generosity, we are able to help realize the dreams of so many neglected youth.  With our program, we work hard to provide meaning to their lives and give them a reason to stay motivated.  Thank you for believing in what we do and supporting us along the way!

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