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I’ve been following up on them for a while now and they deserve all the best for the hard work they are pulling! Alf Mabrouk to Zeina and all the Nawaya team.

Zeina plans with this opportunity to expand her reach to other regions of Lebanon, and hopes to be operating throughout the country by the end of 2014.

Added to that, the Nawaya Network announced the launch of an online platform back in May (Which I unfortunately couldn’t attend) that will allow individuals to connect youth with needed resources – all with the click of a button. You can already subscribe to it [Here].

Zeina Saab, founder of The Nawaya Network, has won the King Abdullah Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement (KAAYIA). She was presented with the award by King Abdullah of Jordan at the Dead Sea during the World Economic Forum on May 26. With the award comes a $50,000 grant for her NGO.

Zeina was one of more than 350 applicants from the Arab world, and was selected as one of 10 finalists from the region; she was the only one from Lebanon. In April, she was invited to Jordan to present her innovative approach to combatting inequality and poverty in front of a panel of entrepreneurs from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE, and Lebanon, who then decided on three winners; the two others were from Egypt and Sudan.

Zeina’s NGO is based in Lebanon and focuses on empowering disadvantaged youth by connecting them to various resources to develop their talents or passions via an interactive online platform. The platform features youth profiles with short videos and summaries, and offers users the opportunity to support any youth of their choice, either by employing them, training them, mentoring them, sharing their story, providing them with material/equipment, or sponsoring them.