Every year, dozens of volunteers from around the world come to Lebanon to take part in our summer program and to make a difference in the lives of Syrian children. They will be integral to our summer enrichment program in our three schools, offering the children new opportunities to explore subjects and take part in projects outside their normal curriculum. Celine Ammach, who is half Lebanese and half American, is majoring in Human Rights at the University of Minnesota. She wrote the following on our blog about her first few days as a Jusoor volunteer:
“I am one of around thirty volunteers, and I can tell that this group is going to do such wonderful things for the kids. One of the greatest things about our group is that we all have the same passion despite our very different backgrounds. We represent many countries including the USA, Lebanon, Syria, Portugal, Italy, Colombia, Algeria, etc. And we’re here for the same purpose. To love. To care. To be positive.”
This year’s 33 volunteers hail from Algeria, Colombia, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Syria and the United States. We welcome them to Lebanon, and thank them for their commitment to help Syria’s children.
Jusoor couldn’t do this without your support. Half of Jusoor’s operating budget is covered by individual donations, with the majority between $20-50! Yes, as little as $20 given by hundreds of you each month is changing the lives of Syria’s children and youth.
3 For the Refugee Hosts Special Eid Day for Jusoor
Students from our Beirut school recently had a special day at Beirut Family Fun Festival. They played, critically solved puzzles and enjoyed a movie about astronomy. Many thanks to 3 For The Refugee for giving our children such priceless happy memories!
Jusoor participates in Harvard’s Middle East Professional Learning Initiative
Jusoor team members participated in a think-tank session on enhancing teaching in Lebanon as part of Harvard’s new Middle East Professional Learning Initiative, which aims to improve teaching across the Arab World. This participation was joined by an invitation to Project Zero Classroom 2017, a training program organized by Harvard’s School of Education. The training featured various frameworks and tools that enhance learning, encourage students’ critical thinking and creativity, and improve instruction.
Jusoor’s Entrepreneurial Hangout Sessions are Back!
Jusoor re-launched its live Entrepreneurial Sessions this month with Ahmad Edilbi, the founder of Dubarah, one of the largest global networks for Syrian youth. We had more than 300 viewers join our inspirational conversation live. If you missed it, you can still see it on our YouTube page here.
Our next session is scheduled for August 13th, please stay tuned and follow our Facebook group here for more updates and news from our Entrepreneurship program.
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
Interim Director: Hani Jesri, London