Kayany Foundation’s dedication to saving a generation of refugees through education has prompted a wide array of projects. The foundation and its partners have embarked on various aid and relief efforts concerning Syrian refugee wellbeing across Lebanon ranging from the basic necessities of food, clothes and shelter to educational and psychosocial programs.
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.
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.
Upon her first visit to Lebanon, Malala Yousefzai opened her first education site for Syrian female refugees in December 2014. After a needs assessment, Bar Elias was chosen as the location because of its significant number of out-of-school adolescent females. The school began construction in May 2015 and today serves as resource center for the girls. The school offers secondary education based on the official Lebanese curriculum and protection programs that aim to build resilience and provide psychosocial support for stressed and traumatized adolescent girls while also preparing them to integrate into the Lebanese public education system while providing vocational and life skill training through sewing/embroidery, computer literacy and nursing training and hairdressing. Today we have two Malala secondary all-girls schools.
In 2015 the child protection team at Kayany Foundation reached out to several international NGOs specializing in art therapy, and established a partnership with the Red Pencil International. This alliance allows our foundation to encourage psychological resilience through art therapy to children, adults and families, with particular attention to participants experiencing overwhelming life circumstances.
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.
Kayany 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 child care practices by providing psychosocial support to mothers of sick and malnourished children, concluding in the construction of a mobile medical clinic that provides psychosocial support and information regarding breastfeeding to mothers. In addition to the mobile medical unit, Kayany 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.