Since the outbreak of war in neighbouring Syria, over 1.5 million Syrian people have sought shelter in Lebanon. The small country of 6 million residents also plays host to nearly 500,000 Palestinian refugees. SPARK supports the most vulnerable, marginalised youth in Lebanon to continue their higher (vocational) education and find legal employment. Job opportunities are scarce, even for young Lebanese people (youth unemployment is over 35%), but laws prevent refugee communities from entering certain employment fields. We aim to break the cycle of aid dependence that refugees face by providing courses relevant to rebuilding their home countries or access to the labour market.
Programmes in this location
Access to Education for Employment
SPARK, the Islamic Development Bank and the Sheikh Abdullah Al Nouri Charity Society support Syrian youth in Syrian Interim Government…
Entrepreneurship and Business Development Activities (EBDA)
EBDA, meaning ‘begin’ in Arabic, supports Syrian entrepreneurship in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan by guiding young Syrian refugees to start…
Higher Education Services (HES)
SPARK is the largest provider of scholarships for Syrian refugees in the Middle East. The HES programme started by responding…
Internships and work for Syrian youth
SPARK and the Dutch Nationale Postcode Loterij are creating new routes for youth to enter employment or entrepreneurship.
“GuideMe – a new way to study during COVID-19”
With the support of hired digital developers, Haddad launched his new company, GuideMe, this week. It is a student-led initiative, where academic high-achievers offer support to their fellow undergraduates.
“Aleppo soap sales soar during COVID-19”
Former scholarship student, Nowar Rahmouni, recently graduated from the Lebanese International University in Beirut. After attending several economic empowerment workshops, Nowar established a small soap business selling organic, handmade products from Aleppo, Syria.
“Company supporting rural women during COVID-19”
“Being a social entrepreneur requires me to find new strategies and approaches". Roudaina is delivering online training in food safety to boost the skills of the women she works with.
Opening pathways to employment
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