Kayany Foundation works closely with its partners as well as with local and international stakeholders to provide the best possible education and support services to some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugee children. It teaches them the standard Lebanese curriculum but also provides the older students with vocational courses. It goes beyond traditional learning and offers psychosocial support programs through an onsite school therapist. It provides students with boots, blankets and other winter materials to help them through the cold and rainy months, and with hygiene kits to help them face appalling conditions in their settlements. The following are examples of Kayany Foundation projects:
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.
“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.”
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
“Kayany Foundation collaborated with the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) and Action Against Hunger to launch a nutrition and mental health assessment project in Arsal that addressed malnutrition among Syrian refugee children. The project aimed to improve childcare practices by providing psychosocial support to the mothers of sick and malnourished children. It concluded with the construction of a mobile medical clinic that provides psychosocial support and information regarding breastfeeding to new and expecting mothers. In addition to the mobile medical unit, Kayany Foundation purchased an X-ray machine for a field hospital in Arsal and distributed baby kits to new mothers.”
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.