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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
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!
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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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Since 2016, Nawaya has supported over 5,000 youth across Lebanon, teaching them how to use their talents and skills to generate an income.

By focusing on design thinking, innovation, creativity and business development, youth come up with innovative micro-enterprises that strengthen their livelihoods.

This Thursday, Global Giving will be matching any funds $100 or more as part of July Bonus Day, so we are hoping that together with your support, we will be able to raise funds to help one of our youth, Hussein, grow his small enterprise!

Just a few months ago, Hussein was driving a mini-van for a living, transportating people from Nabatiyeh, South of Lebanon to Beirut and back.  With recurring road closures, Hussein could not keep up with paying his taxes, dues and sustaining his family. 

 

That's when he joined Nawaya's training in the South, where he came up with the idea of Sleem Fresh Juice, an unassuming business idea which he was able to launch out of his home kitchen, with help from his mother and brother and a two-liter blender! 

The journey hasn't been easy, but Hussein drew upon his determination, passion, and grit to make his business strive.  He still works through the night, every night, to ensure his juice is freshly squeezed while his brother helps out with delivery to schools, hospitals, and neighboring shops in the morning. 

Today, Hussein employs four people from his community, along with his family members.  He sources his fruit from local farmers and dreams of scaling the business up to expand his production as well as his area of distribution.

To do that, Hussein will need a bigger juicer and a bottling machine, so we're looking to raise a total of $4000. As Hussein's story is an inspiring one, we're inviting you all to help him go further and grow his business by contributing to this crowdfunding campaign.

Thank you for your wonderful support! 

Hussein stocks up on fresh juice
Hussein stocks up on fresh juice
Hussein's mum helping out!
Hussein's mum helping out!
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Loading the mini van up for delivery
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The Nawaya Network - 2018 in Numbers
The Nawaya Network - 2018 in Numbers

Hello Friends,

As we start implementing our entrepeneurship program for 2019, we thought we'd take the time to highlight last year's milestones and achievements, in numbers.

This quarter, we're letting our impact numbers and beneficiaries sum up the work we've done in 2018 through a one page visual report.

We've also selected three short video stories from youth who have successfully launched their small enterprises:

After war broke out in Syria, Hikmat moved to safety in Lebanon. To provide for himself and his family, Hikmat had to take odd labor jobs, working punishing hours, until he discovered calligraphy, and learned how to monetize it through Nawaya's entrepeneurship program.

Farah, a young Lebanese student, has experienced first hand the ravages the garbage crisis has had on the country.  Through her education, she came up with a machine that recycles used cooking oil into biodiesel.

Young Rasha was born and raised in a refugee camp South of Lebanon. As a Palestinian refugee herself, her career choices in the country are limited. Through Nawaya's entrepeneurship program, Rasha has managed to turn her talent for writing poetry into her very first published book.

Thank you for your continous support and commitment to youth empowerment!

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Zeina Saab
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