About Us

Board of Directors

Mohammad Safadi

Lara Safadi

Ahmad Safadi

Mohammad Adaoui

Dia Captan

Message from the Founder

Dear Friend:
 
Since it’s incorporation into an official nonprofit in 2001, Safadi Foundation has prided itself in fostering values that protect freedom of thought, promote good governance, respect social justice, and cultivate education. For nearly two-decades of service in some of the most impoverished and marginalized communities in Lebanon, we have sought to plant seeds that will enable local actors to play a participatory role in the country’s national development process.
 
I believe Lebanon’s spiritual diversity, cultural heritage and entrepreneurial past are strong indicators of what is possible when a country’s human and material resources are empowered to serve the individual and collective capacities of communities. Building upon this history, the Foundation hopes to support the emergence of Lebanon’s sustainable development in a way that allows it to fulfill it’s international legacy, while also developing the creative and innovative visions of its people at home.
 
After two-decades of development work, Safadi Foundation is changing the way the game is played by implementing new methods that will improve governance and boost the power of local communities. We believe these steps are necessary to improve the coordination and effectiveness of the generous donor assistance Lebanon has received over recent years and will have in the time to come. Strategies that seek to reduce corruption, improve economic livelihoods and promote inclusive growth have the potential to present real opportunities for economic assistance in Lebanon to transcend the unsustainable system that has traditionally paralyzed resources throughout the country.
 
I invite you to browse our website that offers information on our latest news and initiatives, which highlights our small part in accomplishing these goals. I also would like to extend my sincere appreciation to our communities and partners at the local, national and international levels that have helped make Safadi Foundation the trusted organization it is today.

Warmly,
 
Mohammad A. Safadi
Founder, Safadi Foundation

Management Team

Samar Boulos

Samar Boulos is the Director of Social Development and is based in Tripoli, Lebanon. She brings over 15 years of experience as a local development specialist with nation-wide reach, teacher and community organizer.
Samar started her career at Safadi Foundation as a Senior Program Officer in the social development sector, and in 2015 she was promoted to the position of Director. In this capacity, she is responsible for setting the strategic development priorities, engaging with Lebanon's donor community, and monitoring the Foundation's service centers. In addition, Samar has been a Professor, Coach and Mentor at The Lebanese University for the past eight-years, where she specializes in helping local agents of change. She also gained grassroots experience in local governance, advocacy and organizational management. Prior to her time at Safadi Foundation, Samar was the General Manager at the Forum of Handicapped Association in North Lebanon (2003-2010).
Samar holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work, and will soon begin her graduate studies in Engineering of Local Development. In addition, she is an active member of Lebanese civil society through various boards and volunteering opportunities.
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Khaled Hannouf

Khaled Hannouf is the Manager of Programs in the social development sector where he is committed to empowering youth to be local participating actors in their development. Khaled started his career with Safadi Foundation as a Youth Mobilizer in the Shababouna Youth Center in 2007. During this time his focus was on enhancing personal skills and protecting youth from vulnerable communities. In 2015, Khaled was promoted to his current position to help coordinate the activities of the Community Service Centers and projects with the broader objectives of the sector.
Khaled holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The Lebanese University. In addition, Khaled is a real change-maker and serving his community to improve local governance. In 2010, he was the youngest elected Municipal Council Member in his district of Beddawi. One of Khaled's professional successes includes the drafting of a National Strategy for Youth In Lebanon published in 2012, part of which aims to educate lawmakers and inform policies concerning youth in Lebanon.
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Marwa Moulki

Marwa Moulki is the Senior Social Officer at Safadi Foundation. She joined the social development sector in 2013, where she played a key role at the Women's Academy Center. Specifically, she focused on women's empowerment programs that elevated their decision-making capacities and enabled them to become activists within their communities. In 2016, Marwa shifted her focus to providing strategic planning of the social development units and supporting socio-economic empowerment programs through providing technical assistance to the Foundation's community centers.
Marwa is an experienced trainer for soft skills capacity building programs that include positive leadership skills, entrepreneurship & startups, team building, citizen awareness & advocacy, and debate & mediation. Prior to her time at Safadi Foundation, Marwa worked as a journalist for Enshaa where she published articles on social & cultural activities. In addition, Marwa, has worked extensively with international aid organizations, including as a Social Worker at Save the Children and a Livelihood Coordinator at ANERA.
Marwa holds a Master's Degree in social work from the Lebanese University, and she aspires to pursue post graduate-education.
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Hala Fattal

Hala Fattal is the Coordinator of Youth Programs at Safadi Foundation. In this capacity, she facilitates the planning and implementation of programs in coordination with a wide-reaching group of international organizations, including UNESCO. She joined the social development sector's team in 2013 as a community mobilizer in one of the pilot projects focusing on civic awareness called "House of Citizen." Through her fieldwork, Hala has become successful at mobilizing youth activists and engaging them in local governance.
Based on her experience in House of Citizen, Hala was selected to be part of the Active Citizen program in London led by the British Council. Through this initiative she became a national trainer of other trainers in citizenship capacity building programs and is actively training youth on related topics.
Hala has a Master's Degree in Public Relations and Advertising from The Lebanese University. She honed her skills in project management while working on socio-economic empowerment programs with youth. Hala has played a key role in mobilizing local private sector stakeholders to assist in integrating youth in the labor market.
Since 2016, Hala became a trainer on debate according to the British parliamentary system. She is also a trainer on the art of debate for a local group that participated in the national competition in the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik.
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Vision

Our vision is a cohesive society with improved economic livelihoods that contributes to the values and heritage of coexistence as a way to reduce social barriers between people and secure Lebanon’s sustainable development.

Mission

The mission of Safadi Foundation is to empower vulnerable communities in Lebanon, with a specific focus on women and youth, to find sustainable solutions that will enable them to play a participatory role in the country’s national development process. Our aim is to reduce socio-economic regional disparities, decrease the gender-gap, and narrow the vacuum between citizens and their governing institutions. Through developing innovative strategies we will reduce poverty, increase access to labor markets and educate local communities to play an enhanced role in civic engagement.

Values

“We are armed with a mighty pen.”
~ Unknown

Freedom of thought and expression represents the basis of our core values. We believe that through a wealth in minds, society can advance through innovation and critical thinking.

“Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.”
~ C.S. Lewis

We strive to set an example for society by adhering to good governance standards. When values such as honesty, transparency and accountability are firmly rooted, an environment that is conducive to sustainable development can be achieved.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Building upon the legacy of Charles Habib Malik, a Lebanese academic, diplomat and philosopher, and one of the drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we acknowledge that the value of a human being is honored when human rights and social justice are respected.


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

~ Nelson Mandela

As the saying goes, give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Providing learning and training programs represents the bedrock on which we seek to build a more inclusive, open and productive society.


"We won't have a society if we destroy the environment."

~ Margaret Mead
 
Respect for nature and the environment is one of the ways we hope to plant seeds of hope for future generations in our communities. Lebanon has been plagued with an unsustainable trash crisis and it has been a catalyst for civil society to initiate changes and new behaviors. We realize that for change to happen we need to start with ourselves. So that is why we are currently in the process of enforcing environmental regulations in all our offices.

Objectives

Our objectives aim to support the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
 
Specifically, our objectives aim to create: 

  • Inclusive and balanced geographical human development throughout Lebanon;

  • Improved livelihoods for all communities;

  • Coexistence between all of Lebanon’s communities;

  • The restoration of Tripoli as a cultural and economic hub in the region; and

  • Increased local and foreign investment in Tripoli and rural areas