Every year we observe World Refugee Day on 20th June. It’s a day meant to create awareness about the plight of refugees and mobilize resources to address the global challenge surrounding persons forcibly displaced by war and conflict. This day is also meant to honour the courage and determination of refugees all over the world who despite tough circumstances strive to rebuild their lives.
In Lebanon, over 1 million Syrian refugees are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The World Population Review estimates that Lebanon has a population of 6.07 million which puts the refugee population in the country at approx. 16%. With such a significant number, encouraging stronger integration and relations between refugees and their host-community is vital in further driving Lebanon’s social and economic development.
Through mentoring we’re building bridges between refugees and host-communities as we bring both groups to work together to improve their social welfare and enhance their economic contribution. Through our partnership with the SANAD Enterprise Academy, an initiative of the Technical Assistance Facility of the SANAD Fund for MSME, we’re drawing on the power of mentoring to develop sustainable enterprises at the grassroots level, which then pours into the greater Lebanon economy. Learn more about our new mentoring program in Lebanon here.
HOW CAN YOU TAKE ACTION?
We’re looking for experienced professionals and business leaders to train as 360-degree mentors who will support the personal and professional development of Syrian refugee and Lebanese micro-entrepreneurs.
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Need more inspiration? Watch the first hand accounts of how mentoring impacted the lives of Syrian refugees and micro-entrepreneurs in Jordan