Nawaya's Employment Hub is a program that aims to support at least 100 financially-vulnerable, unemployed youth by training from neighborhoods affected by the Beirut Blast. Through this program, youth will gain the opportunity to generate a monthly income of $150 from Nawaya while volunteering for various relief efforts and later receiving employability and soft skills in a bid to help them find jobs.
The Beirut blast left nearly 70,000 people unemployed. Adding to this the economic crisis and COVID19, it is expected that the poverty rate will exceed 50% of the population. With no income to pay for rent, food, or medicine, people are turning to desperate measures to survive, while crime, violence, drug use, homelessness, depression, and suicide are expected to increase.
This project will support 100 unemployed youth from the affected explosion areas by enrolling them in on-ground relief efforts for one month followed by employability and soft skills training and matching them up with mentors to further provide them with personal and professional guidance and support over the course of three months. Youth who commit to the program will receive $150/month from Nawaya.
Through this holistic program, 100 unemployed youth will be able to focus on developing their personal and professional skills during a period of intense financial crisis, where they will be given a chance to feel productive and dignified again. The skills they learn will be essential to help them secure long-term employment. After the initial three months, Nawaya will work to help place them in paid job opportunities in partnership with UNICEF and the "Jobs for Lebanon" platform.