Bridges Award Announcement

Patrick Chalhoub, CEO of the Chalhoub Group, honored with Jusoor’s 2020 Bridges Award

23 November 2020 – Paris – Jusoor, one of the world’s foremost NGOs providing education opportunities to Syrian children and youth, awarded its annual Bridges Award to Mr. Patrick Chalhoub this year during its 7th Annual Gala – Braving a New Reality – on Sunday 22 November.

Jusoor’s Bridges Award is given to an individual who is working to transform and build a better world around them. They are a source of inspiration and compassion – an agent of change who demonstrates the utmost courage and respect towards all humanity. Mr. Patrick Chalhoub was awarded the Bridges Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership in enabling the education of thousands of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.

Patrick Chalhoub and the Chalhoub group have supported the Jusoor Jeb Jenin education centre in Lebanon since its opening in 2014. This center serves thousands of out-of-school Syrian children from the surrounding camps to help them learn to read and write so that they can enter public school. Mr. Chalhoub has proven himself to be an extraordinary patron – going above and beyond to ensure Syria’s children are not left behind.

“Mr. Patrick Chalhoub’s contribution has been truly life-changing for Syria’s next generation. We are so grateful for his support, and we couldn’t think of a more deserving person for this award”
– said Grace Atkinson, Executive Director of Jusoor.

The Braving a New Reality Gala was hosted by TV personality Ricardo Karam and featured a fireside chat with actor Olivia Munn and Syrian Olympian Yusra Mardini on the resilience of Syrian youth during this current crisis.

Funds raised through the Gala will benefit Jusoor’s global programs providing education and entrepreneurship opportunities for Syrian children and youth displaced by war.

Learn more about Jusoor’s global work at:

About Jusoor

Jusoor (meaning ‘bridges’ in Arabic) is an international non-governmental organization with the mission of “Investing in Syria’s Youth for a Better Tomorrow”. A leading global actor in educational and entrepreneurial programs for Syrian children and youth, to date, Jusoor has enabled more than 650 Syrian students to complete their university education and enrolled 7,000 children in its education centers in Lebanon. It has also supported more than 500+ youth entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses.

Jusoor’s online learning program in Lebanon has been recognized by UNHCR and UNESCO as one of the most promising 2020 education tech innovations for refugee learners. Jusoor’s work has been further recognized with the Takreem Humanitarian and Civic Services Award in 2017 and the prestigious Institute of International Education (IIE) Centenary Medal in 2019.

Media Contact

Ariane Cartwright

Head of Partnerships and Communications, Jusoor
+1 819 220 0079

Posted on November 26, 2020 in Awards, Community

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