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
Career Coaching Program Graduation
Career Coaching Program Graduation

Dear Friend,

In our last update, towards the end of 2021, we shared two inspiring youth-led projects and our renewed commitment to better serve youth through our programs.

Lebanon's political, economic, and social landscapes are shifting continuously, a bit too often... Their destabilizing effects are taking their toll on all of us, but perhaps more so on youth, who since 2019, have been reporting an increasing sense of despair and confusion. 

This shifting landscape has prompted us to adapt, expand our areas of implementation, and in turn offer a variety of programmes to cater to the needs of youth from various regions in the country. 

Our entrepreneurship programme now guides youth towards business categories that have a better chance of succeeding in this climate, as recommended by expert researchers.

During the past year or so, we launched an employment program that boasts a 67% employment rate in its pilot rounds.

We've also launched a program that aims to create work opportunities in North East Bekaa, an area largely neglected by the government.

In Beirut, we continue to support small and medium enterprises and youth affected by the economic collapse and the Beirut explosions. 

Late last year, we launched a youth empowerment programme meant to create young changemakers, giving them the skills and knowledge needed to launch community projects with a social or environmental impact. 

Our intensive coding bootcamp, SE Factory, is still ongoing boasting an astounding 90% employment rate among coders.

This month marks our tenth anniversary. We're proud to share that we have supported over 7,000 individuals across the country so far, but we've got a long way to go still.

As always, we're extremely grateful for your continued belief in our mission and your support and are counting on you so we can continue to provide youth with the tools they need to work and thrive during these challenging times.

Sincerely,

Celine Akkary

Speed Mentoring
Speed Mentoring
Capacity building for SMEs
Capacity building for SMEs
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Between code lines
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Dear Friend,

We're quickly approaching the end of 2021, and looking back at this past year makes us grateful for your support in upskilling youth in Lebanon.

While we wish we could do more, we're also incredibly proud of the achievements we've been able to do together. Together, we've seen hundreds of youth complete the program to become independant, productive business owners despite the economic collapse and the resulting inflation, power cuts, water, food, and medicine shortages, to name just a few of the country's woes.

Perhaps what we are most proud of is the sense of community and togetherness that youth in our program report. For them, it's become a safe space to connect, innovate, share ideas, vent, and grow together.

To highlight this project's impact on youth, we've selected two videos to share with you below that follow the journeys of Joanna from Beirut, and Othman from Sidon.

The Holiday Season may be a time for most of us to celebrate, for us at Nawaya, it's time to double down on our efforts, because many more youth in the country are counting on our support.

With that we wish you continued health during the pandemic and send you our best wishes until our next update!  

Gratefully,

Celine Akkary

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Karen - Crochet by Karen
Karen - Crochet by Karen

Dear Friends,

I hope you're all keeping safe and well as COVID19 and its many variants continue to threaten our very lives.

Let me start by thanking you for believing in us, supporting our mission, and for your continuous support.

Youth in Lebanon now, more than ever need your support.

Here's why!

While the world battles COVID19, in Lebanon, and in addition to the pandemic our list of struggles continues to grow by the day. The economic collapse, shortages in food, water, medicine, fuel, and power, etc... have brought the vast majority of the Lebanese to their knees.

All of these factors have left youth in Lebanon crippled, confused, and hopeless. Thousands have left the country but those who cannot afford to do so live in deep despair.

As such, we here at Nawaya are committed to upskilling youth and equipping them with essential entrepreneurship skills for financial stability and in turn personal wellbeing. This is exactly what we continue to work and fight for through this program.

With over 6,843 youth trained and 929 micro-enterprises launched through this program over the past few years, you've given youth the opportunity to generate an income through these enterprises, but perhaps more importantly the opportunity to believe in tomorrow and hope for a better future. 

Amid these struggles, some youth within this program are shining beacons of hope and resilience. Such is the case with Karen and Yasmina!

Twenty-three-year-old Karen started a modern crocheting business inspired by her mum, whose hobby was crocheting. With minimal resources and a lot of creativity, Karen has managed to turn traditional crocheting into fun toys, ornaments, and decorative items.

When her dad lost his job, Karen doubled down on her efforts and despite the deep economic crisis, she's now enlisted her mum, dad, sister, and neighbor to work full time at Crochet by Karen

Karen is now the bread-earner in the family and was able to do so through this very program, thanks to the support of UNICEF.

Twenty-two-year-old Yasmina is another inspiring youth in our program. Deeply passionate about the environment, she sought to solve one of Lebanon's biggest challenges: glass waste management. She created a machine that breaks down this glass into small particles which are ten times stronger than cement and can easily replace it in construction and decoration.

With Lebanon's mountains being destroyed to extract and process raw construction material, and glass waste being largely ignored, Yasmina's simple yet creative approach is a perfect solution to these two problems!

Yasmina is now working to build relations with municipalities and waste management organizations for the collection of glass waste for processing! 

We hope these two stories have instilled a little bit of hope in your hearts, they sure have in ours.

Until our next update, please stay safe, and thank you again for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Celine

Yasmina - Kanz Madfoun
Yasmina - Kanz Madfoun
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22-Year-Old Haidar, Sidon
22-Year-Old Haidar, Sidon

Dear Friends,

It's been a while, I hope this update finds you and your loved ones in good health.

While COVID19 is still taking the world by storm and with the vaccines making their way slowly but surely to the masses, here at Nawaya we have launched our entrepreneurship program for low-income Lebanese and refugee youth. Our goal for the year is to support 750 youth by guiding them on how to start their own small businesses.

We have taken the first three months to overhaul our training curriculum based on developments in Lebanon this past year and have launched online learning in early March 2021.

Our curriculum is now divided into four main stages:

Stage 1: Entrepreneurship
This 12-day entrepreneurship training offers youth the opportunity to learn how to turn problems in their respective communities into opportunities, conduct field research, determine the building blocks and viability of their solutions, and lastly the opportunity to pitch in front of a jury.

Stage 2: FinCamp
FinCamp is a 7-day training that enables youth to dive into the financials of their projects, by creating realistic projections and a solid financial plan to back their ideas up. This stage is the final qualifier for incubation, with the second round of pitching, and a more solid plan.

Stage 3: Coaching
Successful youth who move on to the Incubation stage will get a chance to work with a coach, hone their business skills, develop a prototype and cover other business topics related to their projects. Incubation takes 2 to 3 months and follows a methodical approach for optimal results.

Stage 4: Post-Programme
Post incubation, youth will receive additional support through short-term mentorship, educational online sessions, referrals to local, regional, and international competitions, as well as other opportunities within the country, including GIL’s flagship events, Hakaya and Jawa2ez GIL.

In order to better understand the shifting variables in the Lebanese market today, and following a thorough economic market study conducted by an external surveyor, we're now able to guide young entrepreneurs on which types of businesses are more likely to succeed in this volatile climate. Some being: agro-processing and the agro-industry, tourism and hospitality, particularly local and rural tourism, education and development skills.

This brings us to 22-year-old Haidar from Sidon, a hospitality administration graduate who was looking to leave the country for a job in the Gulf before enrolling in the entrepreneurship program.

Through the program, Haidar was able to acquire sound foundational skills to run a small honey production enterprise as well as several beehives, which means he can now produce and sell his own honey, and more importantly generate and income and support himself and his family.

"I've had a passion for bees since my early childhood, bees drew me in due to the nature of their direct relationship with humans. They've also taught me so much" says Haidar.

We look forward to sharing many more stories from our young entrepreneurs throughout 2021.

On behalf of youth in our program and the Nawaya team, a very warm thank you for your donations, your support means that we can continue to serve youth through these difficult times.

Sincerely,

Celine  

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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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