The Asfari Foundation works with partner organisations who work with British, Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanese young people. We select partners that share our mission and values. Together we implement three programmes, which are explained below. For examples of projects we support, click the blue programme boxes.


The Youth Empowerment Programme aims to help young people gain a good education and make a successful transition to a productive, engaged adulthood. We give grants that

  • enable young people to move from education into employment and enterprise;
  • give Syrian and Palestinian refugee students in Turkey, Lebanon and Palestine access vocational and higher education;
  • improve education systems in our target countries.


The Civil Society Programme aims to encourage the development of strong and resilient civil societies that work for the common good. Our grants

  • provide professional development opportunities for young civil society activists;
  • facilitate networking between civil society organisations;
  • encourage research on civil society, particularly by young Arab writers;
  • strengthen civil society in our target countries.


The Relief Programme supports young people affected by emergencies and is largely focused on the Syria crisis. With our partners, we

  • practically support young people in Syria and in neighbouring countries;
  • educate young refugees in countries neighbouring Syria;
  • support Syrian civil society in the Levant, strengthen and showcase its work, and help Syrian civil society activists communicate their visions of a peaceful, democratic future for Syria.


If you would like to see the Foundation’s past work and accounts, please go to The Charity Commission.


The photos on our home page show one of our students at AUB on the left and a Syrian refugee at the IRC clinic in Jordan on the right (copyright IRC).

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