Medrar strongly believes and promotes access to education for the underprivileged. Any real positive change in the world can only start and materialize with the most fundamental foundation, that of education.
Under its public-private partnerships, Medrar has taken on three significant educational development projects. In Lebanon, Medrar has focused its efforts in the South region due to the huge urban-rural gap regarding access to education. While in Beirut illiteracy rates stand at around 6.1%, in the South, illiteracy rates reach 16.7%. This unfortunate reality is very much linked to poverty and families not being able to afford enrolling their children in education.
In partnership with local communities and stakeholders, Medrar has been successful in setting up the ‘Liberation Academy’ in 2000. The academy is an orphanage and educational institution that caters to a total of 300 resident orphans and 1,300 students who often have limited access to formal education. The institution is located in Sultaneyeh, a southern area of Lebanon, close to Tyre (Sur) city. Medrar also supports over 300 Lebanese orphans and students living in harsh economic conditions to acquire their higher education at the School free of charge.
The University in Sur is one of Medrar’s earlier achievements. Built in 2008 in the city of Tyre and in cooperation with stakeholders from the region, the university has 5 faculties, 3 institutes and caters to over 1,000 students, offering affordable quality education.
Medrar’s education support extends to Ethiopia, the country with the largest orphan and vulnerable children population in the world. According to several studies, Ethiopian vulnerable children and orphans stand at about 5 million, all at risk of being affected by HIV/AIDs, famine and extreme poverty, with a 77,000 of these children living in child-headed households. In 2014, Medrar with the support of the local government and in coordination with Karan Association in Ethiopia initiated the building of a large-scale school project and orphanage in one of the most deprived areas in Somali Region, Ethiopia. The school offers education to a total of 1,500 students, a medical clinic, and other facilities used for income generation and long-term sustainability. The project has been operational since 2015.