Child Protection

Shams Library

Shams Library was designed and constructed by the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut with the support of the Center of Civic Engagement and Community Service. The Library is located Kayany’s ROTA AUB Majdal Anjar School. The opening ceremony of Shams Library occurred on Tuesday November 8, 2016 at the AUB in the presence of AUB President, Dr. Fadlo Khuri, who handed over the keys of the library to Mrs. Nora Joumblatt, the founder and director of the Kayany Foundation. During the event Dr. Karim Najjar presented the design and execution process of the project along his architecture students.
Edaya is a non-profit organization that will assist in the provision of books and reading curriculum at Shams Library.

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Reach Out to Asia

“In April 2015, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) initiated a common project with the Center of Civic Engagement and Community Service (CCECS) at the American University of Beirut, and selected Kayany Foundation to be their implementing partner to build and operate two schools for Syrian refugee children in the Bekaa governorate of Lebanon.

The ROTA schools educate and offer support services to 1,500 refugee children aged 6 to 14 years.”

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Malala Education and Vocational Centers

“Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai, in partnership with Kayany Foundation, established the first all-girls school for Syrian refugees in Lebanon in 2015. She celebrated her 18th birthday by going to the school and meeting the new students at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Malala Fund continues its partnership with Kayany Foundation, and together they have since established a second Malala Yousafzai all-girls school for Syrian refugees.

“The schools offer secondary-level education based on the official country curriculum, as well as important child and women protection programs that strengthen resilience against various kinds of exploitation and increase opportunities to find jobs and avoid early marriages. The schools also provide vocational and life-skills training through courses in computer literacy, nursing aide, sewing, embroidery, hairdressing and cosmetics. Upon graduation students receive a certificate of accreditation from the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

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Art therapy

“In 2015, the in-house child protection team at Kayany Foundation reached out to several international NGOs specialising in art therapy and established a partnership with The Red Pencil International.

“This collaboration allows representatives of both organizations to encourage psychological resilience in children and their families through the use of art therapy, with particular attention paid to participants experiencing overwhelming life circumstances. Special cases receive extra attention and are offered additional sessions.

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Excavating the Sky

Kayany supported the “Excavating the Sky” project by Khaled Malas, Syrian architect and author. The project was presented at the Venice Biennale arts organization in Venice, Italy.

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Jeld and Telyani Schools

“In the summer of 2014, Kayany Foundation established two schools in the central part of Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley: The Jeld School in Majdal Anjar and the Telyani school in Bar Elias.

“These schools provide basic literacy and numeracy instruction to a total of 650 Syrian refugee children. Save the Children established a partnership with Kayany Foundation in October 2014 to train teaching staff and provide child protection sessions at these schools.

“A third school, the Nahrya School, was built in Bar Elias in 2014, and it had 500 students already enrolled at the start of its first academic year.

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Aid and Relief

In the winter of 2014, Kayany and the Ministry of Social Affairs in collaboration with Najda Now and Life4Syria provided winter time clothing, food, baby supplies and medical supplies to Syrian refugees. The foundation also funded the transportation of Syrian children to and from Lebanese public schools, in addition to sponsoring non-formal education in the Aley and Chouf areas by financing operation expenses with the assistance of AMURT Ass, Soriyat Pour le Developpement and the Aley Relief Committee.

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Syri-Arts Exhibition Beirut

The foundation’s organizers’ first act was a successful charitable arts auction. Donors from around the world raised one million dollars for the cause of aiding disenfranchised Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Syria-Arts was held at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center (BIEL) in October 2013, with the intention of creating a platform whereby the wealth of artistic creativity in the region could be mobilized for a worthy cause. The auction raised funds for the official establishment of the Kayany Foundation.

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