On October 11, Haigazian University launched the "First Social Entrepreneurship Day”, with the support of USAID and in collaboration with Beyond Reform & Development (BRD). 65 students under the University Scholarship Program (USP) hailing from 37 Lebanese villages, along with Haigazian Faculty members, met face-to-face with successful Social Entrepreneurs from all over Lebanon.
Other NGO’s like INJAZ, Souk el Tayeb, Donner Sang Compter (DSC), Ripples of Happiness, Cedar Environmenal, Nasawiya, and Seeqnce attended to support this first and one of a kind workshop. The attendees were highly motivated by the stories and experiences that the organizations shared. DSC talked about how hard they tried in order to get legalized as an NGO. They managed to save more that 18,000 patient in less than four years. They insisted to never give up, and not only to “do things good but do good”. Another organization, a Feminist Collective, called Nasawiya talked about their commitment to gender justice and equality. They take part of a joint initiative between the Anti-Racism Movement and the Migrant Community Centre in addition to funding projects related to anti-sexism and anti-racism.
The workshop was followed by an exhibition of goods and services by social entrepreneurs, where attendees were able to find answers to their questions and got some hints and ideas in order to build-up their own social entrepreneurship projects.
Haigazian University is the first university in the Arab World to incorporate a full academic, practical, and experiential program that will enable its students to design socially entrepreneurial projects in their communities.