As we approach the Ramadan season, I want to thank you for your ongoing support and wish you Ramadan Kareem. I’m delighted to announce our first awareness and fundraising campaign in the history of Alfanar: #BeTheBeacon. This is a campaign to mobilize people and funds to support social entrepreneurs in the Arab region.
We live in a region where two thirds of the population is under 30, and the youth unemployment rate is 30%, more than twice the global average. For Arab girls and women, multiply that by two again. Social entrepreneurs have proven to be our most promising hope for social and economic development, and the leading players in achieving results in the region. These are the pioneering organizations at the frontlines serving marginalized communities, changing the status quo, and creating a new equilibrium.
Alfanar (meaning ‘Beacon’ in Arabic) is building the region’s social enterprise sector by financing and providing critical management support to social entrepreneurs providing education for children and socioeconomic empowerment for women and youth. We have been doing this since 2004 and today invite you to join us in partnership as we take this to the next level.
There are many ways to #BeTheBeacon. You can set up a monthly contribution or make an annual investment, get your company involved, provide technical expertise and business opportunities to our investees, or mobilize your social network to support. As you raise funds and awareness, we ask you to share your story by posting a video or photo of your contribution on our Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #BeTheBeacon. Visit our campaign page to meet other ‘beacons’ and find out more about how to get involved.