MMKN (It’s possible!): How youth volunteerism is fostering academic achievement in Lebanon’s public schools

Photo credit | Sarah Hunter

The statistic about Lebanon we are accustomed to hearing these days is that 1 in 4 people is a refugee. With around 500,000 Syrian refugee children in the country, the Lebanese public school system is struggling under the weight of a growing student population.

Alfanar In Bangladesh: Visiting BRAC and Grameen Bank


By Dr. Teresa Chahine, Alfanar's Innovation Advisor


What an honor it was to visit BRAC, the largest scale NGO in the world, and Grameen Bank, the winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. In September, Alfanar’s Egypt and Lebanon teams went on a study mission to Bangladesh, the mothership of social innovation. For us, it was a pilgrimage, to visit the place where microfinance and social business all began.

Alfanar in Egypt: How "Ownership" is transforming Education

An Educate-Me classroom at the community school in Talbeya.

Fatma walks around class, making sure that each child is caught up on the day’s material. As a class facilitator, she knows each child’s specific quirks, needs and learning pace.

Thought Leadership at Alfanar

How Alfanar connects social enterprises to help them innovate and spread their impact

Tomorrow's Hope: Educating Refugee Children in Lebanon

Many of us are thinking about displaced families during the holiday season, and wondering what we can do to help. Alfanar is privileged to support a Lebanese non-profit organization, Ana Aqra (Arabic for “I can read) which is working to strengthen the capacity of Lebanese public schools and teachers to provide inclusive education for children in Lebanon, including Syrian refugees who would otherwise be out of school.

Soufra food truck success: A message from Mariam

We are thrilled to announce that our crowdfunding campaign to buy a food truck for Soufra was successful.

Drum Roll: Soul-lifting music from Cairo comes to the London Jazz Festival

Londoners: prepare for your soul to be lifted and your senses awakened by some of the most inspiring young performers you have ever seen – all the way from Cairo. 

This Thursday 19 November, Donia, Hadi, Eslam and El Husseiny, all between the ages of 16 and 20, will be bringing their tablas, cajon and saxophone to Club Inégales in London to perform a short set as part of the London Jazz Festival.

Alfanar in Egypt: investing in lasting change

When Hamada was in Fourth Grade he couldn't read or write. Then he was enrolled in Educate-Me, and everything changed...

Investing in education

For every dollar spent on early learning for poor children, ten dollars comes back to a nation's GDP. This video showcases how Alfanar investees Educate-Me and the Future Light For Development Organisation (FLDO) have developed innovative approaches to giving children in slum areas in Cairo the chance of a better future:

A Year of Firsts: Alfanar Reception in New York

Alfanar's fundraising and communications assistant Olivia Dobbs reports back on Alfanar's first ever reception in New York.

2015 has been a year of growth for Alfanar. Our team grew in size, we moved offices, and we held our first team retreat in London. This week marked another exciting milestone: our first ever reception in New York.

Alfanar's portfolio grows

We're excited to announce two fantastic new additions to our Lebanon portfolio: Mommy Made and Inaash.

Alfanar started working in Lebanon three years ago. With these two new investments, we now have a portfolio of 5 ambitious, innovative organisations, all on a journey to becoming fully self-sustaining.

Mommy Made: ‘Learn and earn’

More cross-fertilisation – this time between Egypt and Lebanon

Last week for the first time, Alfanar’s Egypt Country Director Shenouda Bissada paid a visit to Lebanon. From the mountains above Jeita to the refugee camps of Beirut, Shenouda visited our diverse investments and learned more about their work.