The true wealth of a nation lies not in its gold or silver but in its learning, wisdom, and in the uprightness of its Children.

Khalil Gibran, Lebanese Poet


Our name KANIYA derives from the Arabic word: إمكانية ['imkaniya], meaning possibility, potential, or alternative. We want to offer named possibility to Lebanon’s youth by providing a scholarship encouraging students that have accomplished two thirds of their university career to complete their degree.

We depart from the premise that education should be made accessible for everyone in order to ensure equal opportunities. Therefore, at KANIYA our mission is to empower Lebanon’s youth by investing into their education so they can build a better tomorrow.

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Lebanon is experiencing the worst economic crisis in its history. The Lebanese Pound (LBP) has lost more than 90% of its value. This has rendered the savings of the Lebanese population worthless. In Lebanon's highly privatised education system, students find themselves unable to pay their remaining tuition fees in order to graduate.

More than 77,000 students in the country depend on financial support. Thousands will drop out with less than one third of their studies remaining.

Without the necessary support, these students will not be able to graduate and seize their full potential. Lebanon’s youth is the hope for a better future for the country. Therefore it is crucial to act now.

"As the FNF, we very much support KANIYA COLLECTIVE. Because we believe in the value of education, and we believe education brings equal opportunities.

We also believe that it is necessary to support the young generation in Lebanon, because without them, it will be hard to rebuild this country.

So please support this initiative - we would be grateful for it."

Kristof Kleeman, Project Director Lebanon & Syria


apply for KANIYA's CLASS OF Spring 2022


You want to be part of KANIYA Collective and help us empower the young generation?

We need you!

More than 80,000 students are unable to pay their tuition fees in order to graduate but with your contribution we can help them to do so. The donations will be used to cover student’s remaining tuition fees and, if necessary, the required support to cover their living expenses.
Become part of our network and contribute to the exchange of knowledge. Together we can promote intercultural exchange and learn from each other, be it privately, professionally or academically.
We would be very happy to welcome you as a silent or active partner.

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Don't hesitate to get in touch directly - we're here to help!

Isabel Henzler Carrascal, Co-Director

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