Reach Out to Asia

Following the successful partnership of Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) with the Center of Civic Engagement and Community Service (CCECS) at AUB, a common project was initiated on April 2015. Kayany Foundation was chosen to be an implementing partner to build and operate two schools for Syrian refugee children in the Bekaa governorate of Lebanon. Implementation of the project started three months after a needs assessment was carried out in Bekaa, and upon the results, two locations were selected in Saadnayel and Majdal Anjar for the construction of the GHATA schools.
The ROTA schools provide non-formal education based on the Lebanese curriculum to 1500 refugee children aged 6 to 14 years old in two shifts, with a child protection componant that includes psycho-social support and resilience sessions.

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Trip to New York

In September 2015, Malala Yousefzai invited a Syrian student from the Malala Education and Vocational Center to join her at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly and to the launching of ‘He Named Me Malala’ movie.

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Kayany’s First Primary Schools

In summer 2014, two schools were established in central Bekaa: Jeld School in Majdal Anjar and Telyani school in Bar Elias. The schools provided basic literacy and numeracy sessions to a total of 650 Syrian refugee children. A partnership with Save the Children was established in October 2014 to train the teaching staff and provide child protection sessions.

A third school was built in 2014 in Bar Elias, the Nahrya School; 500 students were enrolled for the academic year of 2014-2015. Rotary Germany and the Kuzbari family funded the school.


Program Structure:

  • Community Based Education offered to students from grade 1 to 6 through the provision of the official Lebanese curriculum supported by intensive English language support classes.
  • Child Protection and Psychosocial Support provided at each school by a social worker who conducts psychosocial support and resilience sessions.
  • Capacity Building through providing regular teacher training programs.
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Jeld and Telyani Schools

In summer 2014, two education locations were established in central Bekaa: the Jeld School in Majdal Anjar and the Telyani School in Bar Elias. Refugee children are provided with basic literacy and numeracy sessions at these schools.

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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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