New horizons, new friendships, and a new school

Dear Jusoor friends,

Along with wishes for a happy Eid we wanted to share with you some of our latest happenings:

New friendships, more laughter, and a real school

The school year is almost over for our three educational centers in Lebanon, the summer volunteer program will start soon, and communities around the world are continuing to support our efforts: Project Paddington brought teddy bears and new friendships to our kids, Chalhoub Group supported the construction of a playground at one of our schools in the Bekaa Valley, and the After School Comedy Club held their second show in London for the benefit of this program.

Our Jurrahiyeh school-in-a-tent (photo above) is waiting to move to a new structure this summer. Construction materials have been donated by Save the Children Italy and additional support has been provided by Catalytic Action and SAWA. We are still short $30,000 in our fundraising efforts. To support us in building a school contribute here.

Innovators.. Attention!

As the world faces the worst refugee crisis in recent history, the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab (MITEF Pan Arab) is on a mission to seek disruptive and scalable long-term solutions by harnessing the power of technology. In partnership with Zain Group and MBC Hope, and supported by UNHCR and Jusoor, MITEF Pan Arab launched the ‘Innovate for Refugees’ global competition last month. The goal is to find and reward tech-driven cutting-edge solutions that address the most acute challenges faced by refugees. Prize money on offer exceeds $80,000. For more information and to apply click here.


Our students: We are very proud of you

We have been able to assist close to 400 Syrian students to pursue their higher education in the past 5 years, with 74 receiving direct funding from Jusoor. These students are flourishing academically and professionally, in addition to making positive contributions to their new host communities as well as those back home.



Meet Elias Shammas, who shares his experience as a student of political science and physics in Monmouth College.
Read about Lana Awad, who is majoring in computational biology and quantitative genetics in the Harvard School of Public Health magazine.
Share Mariela Shaker’s heart-touching reflection about studying in the US as she pursues studies in music performance at DePaul University.
And get inspired by Majed Abdulsamad’s essay on the eve of his graduation with a degree in architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology.

A follow-up on last month’s conference

Finally, if you haven’t had the chance to attend Jusoor’s Fourth Annual Global Conference, we are happy to share with you some of the press coverage of the event: BarakaBitsAl-Fanar MediaWamdaAl-Hayat. The conference was held in Berlin on June 4, 2016 in collaboration with DAAD and Freie Universität Berlin. For more information, click here.

The Jusoor Leadership Team
JP Chilazi, Boston
Fadi Salem, Oxford
Leen Al Zaibak, Toronto
Rania Succar, San Francisco
Dania Ismail, Dubai
Iyad Duwaji, Los Angeles
Rami Zayat, Abu Dhabi
Aziza Osman, Dubai
Director: Maya Alkateb-­Chami, Philadelphia

Posted on July 25, 2016 in Community, Conference, Entrepreneurship, Jusoor news, Newsletter, Refugees

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