Dear Jusoor Friends and Family,
As we share with you our latest news below, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you (fans, volunteers, donors, and beneficiaries) for your support and commitment to our cause, and to wish you a happy new year.
Jusoor Lebanon programs grow to reach 1,906 children and youth this year
In November, Jusoor entered its 5th year of operation in Lebanon. Many accomplishments have been made. Over 3,500 children had a chance to continue their education, over 77 Jusoor teachers and 200 teachers from other organizations in Lebanon and Turkey have been trained, our English Language and vocational training programs in Beirut and the Bekaa are growing, and we have lately piloted programs for early childhood education and transportation to public.
We thank our key donors and partners for renewing their commitments with us: Chalhoub Group, Talal Sawaf Family and Friends, Sawa for Development and Aid, ANERA, Right to Play, CARE, and the American University of Beirut.
Jusoor Lebanon Scholarship Program admits a new cohort
Since the program’s inception in 2014, Jusoor has sponsored 45 students to study at the Lebanese International University, Beirut Arab University, American University of Science and Technology, American University of Beirut, and the Bekaa Technical Institute. Students are selected based on their academic achievement and potential, professional achievement, future plans, and social responsibility.
We sincerely thank our donors for the 2017-2018 cohort of 27 students: Talal Sawaf Family and Friends, Capital Guidance Corporation, Abdul Hadi Debs Foundation, and Raseef22. This year’s edition of the program focused on supporting students who were already enrolled at university and at risk of dropping out due to financial need.
Call for Entrepreneurs:
Jusoor’s 2018 Entrepreneurship Competition is receiving applications!
Running in its fourth edition, the competition is for all Syrian entrepreneurs who want to develop their ideas, acquire skills in entrepreneurship, prepare to join accelerators and attract seed investors, and win financial prizes.
Finalist teams will join a training bootcamp in Beirut , held in partnership with leading startup platforms, founders, and investors, including Capital Guidance, SPARK, Beirut Digital District, ArabNet, WAMDA, MIT Arab Enterprise Forum, Techstars, Berytech, Techfugees, Startup Syria, Haykal Media, and Dubarah. The application deadline is February 10, 2018. For more information and to apply, click here.
We have partnered once again with ArabNet to host our Bootcamp participants in Beirut at the upcoming ArabNet Conference on February 20-22. This event brings together more than 80 speakers to discuss digital technologies, banking innovation and much more. If you are interested in attending register here.
March 3, 2018, Beirut: Jusoor Demo Day and Entrepreneurship Gathering
Join us from 9am-2pm at Beirut Digital District to listen to inspiring panels on entrepreneurship, participate in roundtable discussions, and watch Jusoor Entrepreneurship Competition finalists pitch their startups to the jury. The audience will vote too to award a special prize. Entrance is free of charge.
Jusoor-Doha Institute Scholarship for Syrian Students is receiving applications
Following the successful award of 16 scholarships in this program last year, Jusoor and the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) are partnering again to offer scholarships at the Master’s level to Syrian students.
These full scholarships include living expenses for applicants currently residing outside of Qatar. Eligible fields of study are Social Sciences and Humanities, Public Administration and Development Economics, Psychology, Social Work, and Conflict and Humanitarian Studies. The application deadline is February 15, 2018. For more information and to apply click here.
Our Lebanon Educational Centers Get New Lights
The Philips Foundation upgraded lights at our three schools in Lebanon to LED lights and distributed over 2000 solar kits to the students and and their families. Sincere thanks to the Philips Foundation, and we invite you watch this video for the full story, and to share the kids’ joy.
Interested in donating stocks for a good cause?
Half of Jusoor’s annual operating budget is covered by individual donations, and the greatest number of these falls between $21 and $50. Yes, $21-$50 given by hundreds of individuals is what’s changing the lives of Syria’s children and youth. Be part of the movement today.
The Jusoor Leadership Team
JP Chilazi, Boston
Dania Ismail, Dubai
Rami Zayat, Abu Dhabi
Leen Al Zaibak, Toronto
Iyad Duwaji, Dallas
Fadi Salem, Oxford
Aziza Osman, Dubai
Rania Succar, San Francisco
Director: Maya Alkateb-Chami, Philadelphia