Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon

by The Nawaya Network
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Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Skill-building for Unemployed Youth in Lebanon
Team E-farm
Team E-farm

Hello,

As the festive season approaches, I'd like to thank you for giving hope to youth in Lebanon throughout 2020.

This year, we've seen youth deal with a multitude of challenges, related to health with the COVID19 outbreak, the economy with the collapse of the local currency, and last but not least the tragic Beirut blasts.

Throughout the year, and by reaching out to youth, most have relayed a sense of deep despair. A select few, however, have held on to hope and have risen to face a sad reality with projects that address some of the challenges our country is facing.

I write to you today with deep pride to thank you for your generous contributions to this project and share some of our youth stories so you too can join us in celebrating Lebanon's youth and change-makers.

Passionate about nature, wellness, and reading, Boushra's story is one of self-discovery through innovation, hard work, and success. Boushra joined GIL - Generation of Innovation Leaders with Nawaya in 2019 and has now launched her small enterprise, Teabah.lb, inspired by the mountains of the Chouf where she resides.

Where many saw challenges in 2020, Boushra saw opportunities. On a personal level, and like most of us in Lebanon, Boushra has gone through ups and downs throughout the year. Yet she kept going, with one goal, making a difference in her hometown by financially supporting women from her village and enlisting their services in harvesting and making tea blends for Teabah.

At just 23, Boushra knew that her community of women would inspire and motivate her to keep working, it is by helping them that she was able to renovate her workshop, sell her products online, participate in various accelerators and competitions, and last but not least, place her tea in select shops in Beirut.

I've included a link to Boushra's story, on video, should you wish to meet her and learn more about Teabah.

Our second story takes us South to Nabatiyeh, where Yasser, Mohamad, Nabih, and Adib formed team E-Farm, in response to the soaring prices of food products in the country, unhealthy food production practices, and the abuse of natural resources. Through E-Farm, this team of four produces organic vegetables and fish at fair prices for the Lebanese market while saving 90% on water usage.

Much of what we work for at Nawaya takes years to achieve, and through your actions, you are helping so many youths in Lebanon survive and thrive.

Thank you, from the heart,
     

Fancy a cup of Teabah?
Fancy a cup of Teabah?

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Residential Buildings Facing the Blast
Residential Buildings Facing the Blast

Dear Friends,

These are sad and difficult times, we hope you and your families are safe and sound!

On 4 August 2020, a series of explosions rocked the port of Beirut city, the capital of Lebanon.  

The powerful main blast resulted in at least 160 deaths, dozens of missing people, upwards of 6,000 injured and an estimated 300,000 people left homeless!

That is not to mention the material damages, estimated in the billions of dollars.

In response to this horrific event, The Nawaya Network and the IE Alumni Association in Lebanon, registration number 1185/AD, are partnering up to raise funds for disaster relief, health, and shelter organizations in the country.

In a country weighed down by an unprecedented economic crisis, exasperated by the outbreak of COVID19, response to a disaster of this magnitude is slow, at best. 

The Nawaya Network and IE Alumni Association are sending an emergency appeal via GlobalGiving to support the people of Lebanon with medical supplies for the wounded, food parcels, shelter for those whose houses have been destroyed, and basic home repairs for those safe to live in but which have suffered damage.

Our aim is to raise $200,000 for 100 affected families!

The funds will be used for immediate medical needs, shelter needs, food, water needs, or basic home repairs.

Donations are tax-deductible for US and UK citizens.

In conclusion, we want to thank you for continuously supporting our efforts, be it in skill-building for youth or employment, we hope that you would also consider donating to our Beirut Emergency Relief fund. 

With our gratitude and prayers,

The Nawaya Network

Injured Child
Injured Child
Beirut Port, Destroyed
Beirut Port, Destroyed
Hospitals are destroyed or at capacity
Hospitals are destroyed or at capacity
What used to be a residential street
What used to be a residential street

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Ghina
Ghina

Dear Friends,

We hope you are all doing ok during this difficult period and all your loved ones are safe. 

Now, more than ever, Lebanon needs us to keep going and to keep innovating with the changing environment, for the sake of the youth across the country.

As a result, in March, we launched our online entrepreneurship program in partnership with UNICEF as part of the Generation of Innovation Leaders (GIL) program. We had over 20 youth from UNRWA in Sibline and Rural Entrepreneurs in Baakline logging in to learn all about how they can turn their ideas into small businesses. 

Our pilot ended just days ago, with many of the youth proposing business ideas that address COVID-19 related issues in Lebanon.

Firas from Baakline, for example, has found a way to turn methanol into pure alcohol, without methane gas. The result: a high quality, locally produced rubbing alcohol addressing the imminent market need as well as the inability to import such products in this economic climate.

Abdelrahman, on the other hand, has built a vaporizing machine that transforms water and sanitizers into a stream of vapor to be used in disinfecting store shelves and products, homes, or offices.

As our youth remain engaged and eager to keep learning during the pandemic, we are continuing to roll out more online training sessions for youth in other locations, including Bourj Hammoud with Mouvement Social NGO, Madineh Riyadieh and Saida with the Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, to continue supporting teams who have launched small enterprises through GIL, The Nawaya Network is now offering online mentoring. 

Every week, we host online townhall sessions with experts, while dozens of youth listen in and ask tons of questions. We have already had sessions on how to adapt businesses during COVID-19, how to improve marketing strategies, online sales strategies, and a legal session.

And finally, in a bid to keep youth engaged and motivated, and to shed light on youth in Lebanon, Hakaya GIL, the program's signature storytelling event, will now be streaming on Instagram in bi-monthly mini-episodes.

The series will follow the stories of exceptional youth as they share inspiring their stories of how, through sheer will and perseverance, they've managed to triumph over seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their lives, the most recent of which relate the country's economic crisis, the pandemic and adapting their small enterprises for growth.

The live series launched on Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 with Ghina, a young girl from the South who shared her experience related to bullying and how it has shaped and impacted her life.  Please make sure to tune in on Wednesday, May 20th at 3:30 pm Lebanon time for another inspiring talk with another Nawaya youth!

As always, thank you for your continued support.  Please stay safe!

Online Training via Zoom
Online Training via Zoom
Online Mentorship!
Online Mentorship!
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The First Mentoring Meet-Up
The First Mentoring Meet-Up

As this past decade ended, Lebanon saw progress on many fronts on one end, but had to face one of the most challenging economic situations in its history on the other end.

These past few months in particular have been transformative for the country and saw hundreds of thousands of Lebanese people taking to the streets in an unprecedented revolution against a corrupt government, defective systems and in demand of lacking basic human rights.

Youth were at the forefront of this revolution, leading change for the country and acting as a beacon of hope for the rest of us.

Here at Nawaya, were remain committed to our work with youth, especially in times of unrest.

To that end, we have big plans for youth in 2020!

Empowering youth to create their own work and generate income opportunities remains one of our priorities for 2020, with the entrepreneurship program ongoing and evolving to meet the needs of these young entrepreneurs. 

As a result, the program will offer more youth in rural and marginalized areas the chance to be heard, through Hakaya GIL. An inspirational storytelling event series which sheds light on the young heroes who through sheer will and perseverance, have managed to triumph over various obstacles in their lives. 

Jawa2ez GIL also makes a come back in 2020, with the aim of supporting youth teams incubated through the entrepreneurship program, #GIL. This event series is a unique learning and networking experience for the young entrepreneurs, as well as a funnel opportunity into various sectors. 

Last but not least, we're happy to announce the return of our mentoring program, which aims at connecting young entrepreneurs with industry specific mentors who can support and guide youth through scaling their micro-enterprises.

2020 will be a challenging year for Lebanon and its youth, but we remain committed to doing everything we can to support as many vulnerable youth as possible and help them get through these difficult times. Thank you as always for your generous support!

Gearing up for an inspiring storytelling event!
Gearing up for an inspiring storytelling event!
SE Factory Graduation Day!
SE Factory Graduation Day!
Fatima's Modern Take on Traditional Tatriz
Fatima's Modern Take on Traditional Tatriz
Mentors and Mentees Getting Introduced
Mentors and Mentees Getting Introduced
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Hello!

The Nawaya Network, under UNICEF's Generation of Innovation Leaders program, works with underprivileged youth by providing them with entrepreneurship training. Since the launch of the program in 2016, we have trained over 5,000 youth, who in turn have launched over 700 micro-business across Beirut, Mount Lebanon and the South.

As part of our Alumni Support program, and following the launch of their micro-enterprises, we offer youth further assistance by linking them to mentors in their areas, particulrly rural and remote areas we operate in.

While mentors abound in the capital, Beirut, we are keen on building our network to encompass the South and Mount Lebanon.

If you are interested, please make sure to sign up here, or share this bulletin with someone who might be interested in volunteering with us.

Meanwhile, we leave you with Ghadir's story on how she turned her love for arts and crafts into an income-generating business, and how mentorship helped her get there!

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For 25-year-old Ghadir from Nabatieh, her involvement with the UNICEF Lebanon-supported Generation of Innovation Leaders (GIL) programme has led her on a new path in life. Part of a continuing series of GIL workshops organised by Injaz Lebanon and The Nawaya Network, July’s Jawaez GIL event gave participants the opportunity to huddle with mentors, network with peers, and pitch their project and funding needs to a jury. Ghadir takes up her story:

“I’ve always been drawn to art, and I’m well-known for sketching friends, family and the world around me. However, I never imagined it could become a business, nor that it could become my life.

I studied interior design at the Lebanese University in Saida, and now I’m following that with a course on psychology. Throughout this period, I’ve continued to draw. One friend suggested I add needlework to my sketches, and embroider the images I created. I was intrigued, so I learned the technique by watching hours of tutorials on YouTube and, having mastered the skill, I’ve sold more than 100 of my works across Lebanon.

Everything was going really well, so I established a business – ‘Craft & Art’ - but I soon realised that my skills in running a business were limited and this was restricting my opportunity to grow. To be a successful artist, I needed to learn some key commercial skills too.

I heard about the GIL programme, and realised it was created to help people just like me.

Before I joined the programme I didn’t know anything about planning for growth, or creating a business plan, or how to run an efficient enterprise. Here, supported by GIL mentors, I developed my first business plan and I learned about profit and loss accounting. I became a real business! I still do everything myself, I know I need to delegate some tasks – that’s one thing I’ve learned here through GIL - but I need to find the right people for this.

When I joined my first workshop I was operating on a very small level, so I was delighted to receive an initial seed funding award of $400 through GIL. With this, I bought more materials, sold more works, and used the profit to reinvest directly in buying even more materials.

GIL was indeed the perfect place for me to come to improve my commercial skills and scale my business.

I tell my friends about the help GIL has given me, and I’ve shared information with them about upcoming sessions. Now they too understand that even if they have only a small idea, GIL and its mentors can help it grow”.

Total commitment to her business and her future has been a constant thread throughout Ghadir’s time within the GIL programme. As we met her at the end of July’s Jawaez workshop, she confided in us that her own wedding was just four days away, but, she said, “there’s no way I was going to miss this. Even if I didn’t win another award of funding, I knew I would come away with so much more knowledge! And I did – plus additional funding too!”



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Location: Beirut - Lebanon
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Zeina Saab
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