Our Story

In 2009, a 14-year-old girl named Nadeen, living in a remote village in Lebanon, approached Nawaya's future founder, Zeina, and began showing her sketches of dresses she had drawn. Nadeen's designs really impressed her, and made her realize that hidden talents and potential exist in even the most marginalized youth - they just needed access to the right resources to thrive. Because of this serendipitous encounter, Nawaya was established three years later, and Zeina went back to find her to enroll her in a fashion school in Beirut. Nadeen graduated in 2016 and is now a talented designer with a promising path ahead of her, while Nawaya continues to empower thousands of others like her.

Our Mission

We aim to discover the hidden potential in disadvantaged youth, connect them to resources that would help them develop their skills, and ultimately empower them to shape their future.

Our Vision

To create an interconnected global community committed to the development and empowerment of marginalized youth around the world.