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.

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“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. 

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“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.

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“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.

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Opening pathways to employment

  • 2397
    Scholarships Provided
  • 1653
    Youth Trained
  • 1060
    Received Student Services
  • 1249
    Youth Graduated