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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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 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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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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