500+ Graduates of Skills Development Program Honored in North Lebanon
September 12, 2018 | Qalamoun, Lebanon To honor the graduates of the “Quick Impact Skills Development for Adolescents and Youth Affected by the Syrian Crisis” program, American Near East Refugee Aid (Anera) organized an outdoor event, titled The Youth Carnival. More than 500 young men and women who benefited from the program in north Lebanon were present, along with representatives from Anera, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and other local partner organizations.
Graduates were asked to complete forms designed to track their progress after graduation for at least six months. Then the carnival began. The graduates, gathered at the seaside Lamunia Hotel in north Lebanon, sang, danced, and ate in celebration of their accomplishments. A few spoke about the importance of the trainings and the positive impact on their lives.
Anera Lebanon’s country director, Mrs. Samar Al-Yassir, said that this event was part of the organization’s overall strategic objective to support young people of different nationalities and backgrounds.
The Quick Impact program is implemented in partnership with UNICEF, and funded by the governments of Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, and aims to help Lebanese and non-Lebanese adolescents and youth gain access to technical, vocational, and skills-building programs to improve their job preparedness and employment prospects. The project was implemented in the areas of Akkar, North Lebanon, Mount Lebanon, South Lebanon, Nabatiyeh and the Bekaa. Anera worked with local implementing partners such as the Rene Moawad Foundation, Leb Relief, Mouvement Social, and the AVSI Foundation.
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For 50 years, Anera has helped refugees and others hurt by conflicts in the Middle East live with dignity and purpose. Anera, which has no political or religious affiliation, works on the ground with partners in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, Lebanon, and Jordan. We mobilize resources for immediate humanitarian relief and for sustainable health, education, and economic development efforts. Our staff are from the communities they serve, navigating the politics that constrict progress to get help where it’s needed most. In this way, Anera has grown to deliver more than $65 million in programming annually. We will keep building better lives until hope finds its way in the Middle East.