The Saïd Foundation works with a number of local and global organisations to deliver high impact programmes to support the education of Syrian refugee children and youth, and build bridges between communities. Read more about our further work here:
- Current Partnerships
- Amal (UK)
Through creative encounters and innovation, Amal works with many partners to increase understanding of Britain’s Muslim communities among others and to foster a stronger sense of belonging in the UK among our Muslim communities. Amal began life as a pilot in 2017, supporting 39 projects, encompassing a variety of art forms and around 400 events. The projects were chosen to reflect diversity, including gender, ethnicity, age and disability, and engaged both mainstream and harder-to-reach audiences from Aberdeen to Brighton in arts venues, museums, theatres, schools, places of worship, at festivals and in the community. Based on the success of the pilot, Amal continued as a programme of the Saïd Foundation, applying learning from the pilot to strengthen the impact achieved. Between 2018 and 2020, Amal supported a further 28 projects, continuing with rigorous evaluation processes which have demonstrated not only that the approach Amal has adopted to advancing its objectives works but also what kinds of activities work particularly well. Amal was established as an independent charity in August 2020. Read more here.
- International Rescue Committee (Lebanon)
Saïd Foundation supports IRC to deliver educational and protection projects in Lebanon. The focus of these projects is on early education with literacy and numeracy classes and psychosocial support, targeting street and working children and removing the many barriers to education which they face. Read more here.
- Turquoise Mountain (Jordan)
Saïd Foundation supports Turquoise Mountain to build and expand its artisan network to over 75 master artisans from Syria and Jordan, provide training to hundreds of apprentices, and brought their stunning craft pieces to new markets regionally and internationally. Thanks to this work, artisans in the Levant are able to claim a protected and thriving craft industry that brings them pride and employment and ensures that this heritage is passed onto a new generation. All year around, extensive training takes place in stonemasonry, woodwork, Islamic geometry and drawing, jewellery and embroidery workshops in various locations in Amman. Read more here.
- Recent Partnerships
- Centre for Entrepreneurs (UK)
In 2018, Saïd Foundation supported the UK’s Centre for Entrepreneurs to publish its report on refugee entrepreneurs, Starting Afresh; to undertake a campaign to raise awareness of the report with government ministers, other opinion-formers and the public; and to launch the Refugee Entrepreneurship Network to convene public, private and third sector bodies to work towards implementing the report’s recommendations. Read more here.
- International Rescue Committee (Jordan)
Saïd Foundation supported IRC to deliver livelihood projects in Jordan. The projects aimed at creating livelihoods for Syrian young people and it was focused on employability skills training, apprenticeships, business skills training courses, start-up grants and mentoring activities. Read more here.
- Save the Children (Lebanon)
In 2016, Saïd Foundation supported Save the Children to run an early education project for Syrian refugee and host children in Lebanon between the ages of 3-6. Through this project, Syrian refugee and Lebanese children received the support they need in early childhood to develop their literacy and math skills and be ready for school. Read more here.
- Save the Children (Turkey)
Saïd Foundation supported Save the Children in Turkey to establish three schools in Hatay province with the capacity to reach 1,500 students every year. The schools provided quality education to students who previously lacked access to education, and were handed over to the Turkish Ministry of National Education.
- Hands Up Foundation (UK/Lebanon)
Saïd Foundation worked with Hands Up Foundation to fund a school in partnership with SAWA organization in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. The school offered quality education for 300 Syrian refugee children, providing them with basic literacy and numeracy skills required to enter the Lebanese formal education system. This project also provided livelihoods for teachers and support staff, employed from the local Syrian refugee community.