Proceeds - Syri-Arts

Proceeds from our art auctions and other fundraising efforts help support and administer the following schools and programs, and contribute to the construction and administration of urgently needed new schools.


In the summer of 2014, Kayany Foundation established two schools in the central part of Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley: The Jeld School in Majdal Anjar and the Telyani school in Bar Elias. These schools provide basic literacy and numeracy instruction to a total of 650 Syrian refugee children. Save the Children established a partnership with Kayany Foundation in October 2014 to train teaching staff and provide child protection sessions at these schools. A third school, the Nahrya School, was built in Bar Elias in 2014, and it had 500 students already enrolled at the start of its first academic year.


In April 2015, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) initiated a common project with the Center of Civic Engagement and Community Service (CCECS) at the American University of Beirut, and selected Kayany Foundation to be their implementing partner to build and operate two schools for Syrian refugee children in the Bekaa governorate of Lebanon. The ROTA schools provide formal education based on the Lebanese curriculum to 1500 refugee children aged 6 to 14 years, with a child protection component that includes psychosocial support and resilience sessions.


Upon her first visit to Lebanon in 2014, Malala Yousefzai celebrated her 18th birthday by joining the Kayany Foundation in opening the first all-girls school for Syrian refugees. The school offers secondary education based on the official Lebanese curriculum, as well as protection programmes that aim to build resilience and provide psychosocial support for stressed and traumatised adolescent girls, while also preparing them to integrate into the Lebanese public education system. It also offers vocational and life skills training including computer literacy, nurse’s aide courses, sewing, embroidery, and hairdressing. Today, the Kayany Foundation has two all-girls secondary schools.


Shams Library was designed and constructed by the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut with the support of the Center of Civic Engagement and Community Service. The Library is located in Kayany’s ROTA AUB Majdal Anjar School.


Kayany supported the “Excavating the Sky” project by Khaled Malas, Syrian architect and author. This was a four-day event focusing on Syria and the production of its contemporary landscape from before WWI until today. The project was presented at the Venice Biennale arts organisation in Venice, Italy.


In 2015, the child protection team at the Kayany Foundation reached out to several international NGOs specialising in art therapy and established a partnership with The Red Pencil International. This alliance allows the foundation to encourage psychological resilience through art therapy for children, adults and families, with particular attention paid to those participants experiencing overwhelming life circumstances.


Kayany collaborated with the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) and Action Against Hunger to launch a nutrition and mental health assessment project in Arsal that addressed malnutrition among Syrian refugee children. The project aimed to improve childcare practices by providing psychosocial support to mothers of sick and malnourished children, concluding in the construction of a mobile medical clinic that provides psychosocial support and information regarding breastfeeding to mothers. In addition to the mobile medical unit, Kayany purchased an x-ray machine for a field hospital in Arsal and distributed baby kits to new mothers.