Board of Directors
Message from the Founder
Founder, Safadi Foundation
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.
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.
“We are armed with a mighty pen.”
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."
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
The Community Based Academy for Women's Empowerment was established in 2006 in the Old City of Tripoli, Lebanon. The goal of the Center is to offer women from marginalized areas support through education and training that are designed to address the comprehensive and holistic nature of issues impacting women's participation in society at both the local and national levels. In addition, the Center seeks to elevate women's roles in their families and communities.
The Youth Center was established in 2007 in the Old City of Tripoli, Lebanon with the goal of providing young communities with the inspiration and courage needed to build empowered lives. By focusing on the holistic nature of the individual, Safadi Foundation is reducing risks at both the micro and macro levels.
Safadi Foundation is working to educate, engage and enhance the ability of young people in Tripoli, Lebanon to play more of a role in determining their economic livelihoods. Tripoli is Lebanon's second largest city and home to the country's highest poverty and school drop out rates. With just over half the population under the age of twenty-five years old, and only 39 of those above 15 years of age with jobs, youth are at a disadvantage when it comes to their socio-economic empowerment.