Amal and George Clooney Team Up with UNICEF to Help Refugees 31.07.2017

The high-wattage human rights activist couple is helping displaced Syrian kids get back to school.
A strikingly effective defender of neglected and exploited groups around the world, international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and her husband, actor George Clooney, are stepping up to make sure all the world’s children get the opportunities they deserve. The couple’s Clooney Foundation for Justice announced a $2.25 million partnership with UNICEF, which includes a generous donation from Google.org and an additional $1 million technology grant from HP Inc. The partnership will fund seven schools in Lebanon to help 3,000 currently out-of-school Syrian refugee children get back on track.

“Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk — the risk of never being a productive part of society,” Amal and George Clooney said. “Formal education can change that. That’s our goal with this initiative. We don’t want to lose an entire generation because they had the bad luck of being born in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

The devastating six-year Syrian civil war has affected 80% of the country’s children. More than 5 million Syrian refugees have fled to neighboring countries. Lebanon, which has the world’s highest per capita refugee population, has been particularly affected by an influx of more than 1 million displaced Syrians. Schools are overflowing beyond capacity and students must attend in staggered shifts.

“How can children become the workers and leaders of their countries someday if they have not had the education and support they need to reach their full potential?” asked UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “By supporting the work of UNICEF and our partners to deliver education to every child affected by the conflict in Syria, the Clooney Foundation for Justice is not only investing in the futures of individual children, it is investing in the future of the entire region. UNICEF is deeply grateful for this critical funding.”

Seeking justice for those in need is familiar territory for the Clooneys. A former refugee herself, Amal Clooney was only 2 years old when civil war forced her family to flee Lebanon. They eventually settled in England. In 2016, she  represented victims of the Yazidi genocide in the International Criminal Court, the world’s permanent human rights court in The Hague. Her lead witness, Nadia Murad, is one of the thousands of Yazidi women abducted and brutally abused by ISIS fighters in Iraq.

Murad and Clooney addressed the United Nations together in September, 2016, demanding that the Islamic State be held accountable for their crimes against the Yazidis. “I am ashamed, as a lawyer, that there is no justice being done and barely a complaint being made about it,” Clooney told U.N. members. “I am ashamed, as a woman, that girls like Nadia can have their bodies sold and used as battlefields.”

“Holding back women is holding back half of every country in the world,” Clooney said. The Clooneys’ partnership with UNICEF marks the latest chapter in their dedicated effort to ensure the rights of women and children everywhere.

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Amal and George Clooney with Education Minister of Lebanon Elias Bou Saab 27.09.2016

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Amal and George Clooney will fund the opening of schools for thousands of refugee and Lebanese students, Education Minister Elias Bou Saab announced earlier Tuesday. In a post on his Facebook page, Bou Saab said he met with the Clooneys to discuss the initiative during his visit to New York for the U.N. General Assembly.

“Bou Saab accepted the invitation of Amal and George Clooney, who have launched a project to teach children in Lebanon through private schools that they will build in cooperation with SABIS – a global network of schools – and Lebanon’s Education Ministry,” the post read.

The A-listers told Bou Saab that the first of the several schools will open its doors next year. “The project aims at providing education for 15, 000 Lebanese and refugee children,” continued the minister’s Facebook post.

The Syrian conflict and resulting massive influx of refugees has put pressure on Lebanon’s school system and interrupted many refugee children’s education.

Roughly 250,000 Syrian children in Lebanon are out of school according to research from Human Rights Watch. Local and international organizations have implemented various initiatives aimed at getting more children into school.

Source Albawaba

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100 LIVES Announces the ‘Amal Clooney Scholarship’

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100 LIVES launches the ‘Amal Clooney Scholarship’ – an annual scholarship for young Lebanese women to pursue a degree at the United World College (UWC) Dilijan in Armenia.

100 LIVES is pleased to announce the launch of a new annual scholarship established in partnership with esteemed international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. The new ‘Amal Clooney Scholarship’ is part of an ongoing effort by 100 LIVES – the organization behind the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity – to strengthen cross-cultural education and understanding through collaborative social and philanthropic projects.

“As a leading human rights barrister and campaigner, Amal Clooney is an inspirational role model for young women around the world. She exemplifies integrity, compassion and dedication – and typifies what it means to be a global citizen across all cultures.” said Ruben Vardanyan, co-founder of 100 LIVES and UWC Dilijan College, an international co-educational boarding school hosting students from 64 countries. “100 LIVES recognizes the need for future generations to have greater cross-cultural understanding. The college strives to make education a force for peace by bringing together aspiring young leaders from all over the world.”

Through this new scholarship, 100 LIVES will send one female student from Lebanon to Dilijan each year to enroll in a two-year international baccalaureate program. Recipients of the Amal Clooney Scholarship will be chosen annually based on their exemplary academic performance and demonstrable interest in the promotion of human rights and international issues. The first Amal Clooney Scholarship will be awarded to Pamela Tebchrany – a dedicated Lebanese student who graduated top of her class and is fluent in Arabic, French and English. She will be using the scholarship to pursue her interests in human rights and women’s equality.

“This scholarship will give young women from Lebanon the opportunity of a lifetime,” Amal Clooney said. “Cross-cultural learning and studying abroad can be transformative. I am grateful to 100 LIVES for helping to open doors for these bright and talented young women.”

Beyond this scholarship, both Mrs. Clooney and her husband, George, have philanthropic ties to 100 LIVES. Mr. Clooney is co-chair of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity – a new $1 million global humanitarian prize recognizing those who put themselves at risk to enable others to survive. He will present at the inaugural Prize at a ceremony in Yerevan, Armenia on April 24, 2016. Mr. Clooney’s Not On Our Watch foundation is also a partner of 100 LIVES – the two organizations share a commitment to focus public attention on the impact of genocide and work to prevent mass atrocities around the world.

The annual selection process is managed by a dedicated UWC National Committee in Lebanon and based on the UWC entry requirements and Amal Clooney Scholarship criteria.

NOTES TO EDITORS

About 100 LIVES

100 LIVES is a new global initiative rooted in the events of the Armenian Genocide, during which hundreds of thousands of Armenians were saved by the courageous and heroic acts of individuals and institutions. A century later, 100 LIVES seeks to express gratitude, to share remarkable stories of survivors and their saviors, and to celebrate the strength of the human spirit.

Further information is available at http://www.100LIVES.com.

About the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

Recipients will be recognized for the exceptional impact their actions have made on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes. Every year, the winners will be honored with a US$100,000 award as well as the unique opportunity to continue the cycle of giving by nominating an organization which inspired their work for a US$1,000,000 grant.

The Aurora Prize Selection Committee includes Nobel Laureates Elie Wiesel, Oscar Arias, Shirin Ebadi and Leymah Gbowee; former President of Ireland Mary Robinson; human rights activist Hina Jilani; former Australian Foreign Minister and President and CEO of the International Crisis Group Gareth Evans; President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York Vartan Gregorian; and Academy Award-winning actor and humanitarian George Clooney.

The Aurora Prize will be awarded annually on April 24 of each year in Yerevan, Armenia.

Further information is available at http://www.100LIVES.com/Prize.

About United World College (UWC) Dilijan

UWC Dilijan College opened in October 2014 in Dilijan, Armenia. It is the first international boarding school of the UWC education model to open in Eastern Europe and CIS countries and it accepts students from all over the world.

Today UWC Dilijan has 190 students from 64 countries studying a two-year IB programme. The college offers full scholarships to 48% of its students, and a further 50% of the student body receive partial scholarships (covering 67% of tuition fees on average).

UWC Dilijan was established by entrepreneurs and philanthropists Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend with the support of other Founding Donors. The construction of the campus was funded by large-scale philanthropic donations, and the admissions policy aims to make places available to promising young talent regardless of their socio-economic background, on the basis of demonstrated need.

More information about UWC Dilijan is available at http://www.uwcdilijan.org.

Media contact information: 100livesmedia@edelman.com / +44-203-047-2300

SOURCE 100 LIVES

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Amal and George Clooney wedding souvenirs by Blessing Chocolate Lebanon

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At the after-wedding reception at Danesfield Hotel more than 200 gift chocolate boxes have been given as souvenir.

The chocolate boxes have been prepared by Blessing Chocolate Lebanon.

Behind the scenes: “Our calligrapher trying out different styles of writing Amal and George ‘s names in Arabic for the beautiful custom-made Blessing boxes of the finest Lebanese chocolate.”

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