Yasmin Kayali, a Syrian national who now resides in Lebanon, co-founded Basmeh and Zeitooneh (B&Z), The mission of B&Z is to empower Syrians in exile to be able to live lives of dignity and to design and deliver effective relief, education, livelihood, and protection services.
Recognizing that displacement has left many women as sole family supports and shifted gender roles, B&Z has been instrumental in creating safe spaces for Syrian refugees and developing programs that provide women with skills to build livelihoods and businesses to support their families
Basmeh & Zeitooneh established programs to help shift the gender attitudes that contribute to women and girls being prevented from achieving their full potential in their communities. Through the vision of Ms. Kayali and B&Z’s other co-founders, refugee women are able to develop greater resilience and become more self-reliant.
You can reach out to Yasmin on: Yasmin@basmeh-zeitooneh.org