AMIDEAST, established in the US in 1951 and operating in Lebanon since 1968, is a US charitable organization with a long record of delivering diverse education, training, and development services in Lebanon and throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It works in 11 countries in the Middle East, and previous supporters have included a number of US government agencies such as the Department of State, USAID, Department of Labor, and other private supporters such as Citi Foundation, PepsiCo and Cisco. In addition to a number of flagship programs under the education pillar, AMIDEAST also develops young people’s employability and entrepreneurship skills to help them secure meaningful and sustained employment. Since 2000, AMIDEAST’s programmes have touched the lives of over half a million individuals, improving educational opportunities, strengthening local institutions, and developing language and professional skills critical for success in the global economy.

From 2017 to 2019 the Asfari Foundation will support AMIDEAST to provide training in employability and entrepreneurship to 40 underprivileged Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian young people in two regions of Lebanon. The project will provide intensive personal development and professional skills training as well as career guidance to enable participants to pursue decent work and follow a path of meaningful employment. Up to 600 additional young people will be supported through community service activities conducted by the 40 beneficiaries of this project.