About The Fund

Tamkeen Fund’s premise is to enroll youth in academic institutions at undergraduate level.

The education facilitated leads them to hold mainstream internationally or multi country recognized academic degrees, in addition to building their character through complementary programs. The goal is for them to have the most primary tool to seek economic sufficiency that would help them stand on their feet wherever they land. And to equip them so that some may take further steps to a brighter future where they would become active contributors to societies they seed themselves in. 

The spirit of Tamkeen is seeded in a family lineage that for generations has been passing on the torch of education as the pillar. I myself the founder of Tamkeen was given this torch by my late father Ihsan Al Kawas  إحسان القواس and by the legacy of my and my husband’s late maternal grandfather Hasan Jabbara حسن جبَّارة. In turn, we passed it on to our daughters who are passing it on to our grandchildren. 

This fund is a tribute to Hasan Jabbara and Ihsan Al Kawas may they both rest in peace, built with the ethics that both held in every act and in silence: Honesty, Integrity, Responsibility, Courage, Respect of others, a great sense of applied Justice, and Humility. 

Integral to Tamkeen is its positioning itself as a partner in alleviating ongoing strain and hardship in Lebanon. 

As the founder, and a human, my role is to give the torch a form and identity, only to then pass it on to the wider family of humans who see eye to eye and who can take Tamkeen to places I could not imagine.

Tamkeen تمكين: an Arabic word from the root Makkana and Makouna جذر [مكَّن و مكُن], with the approximated translation of empowering and enabling. 

Meet the torch igniters and the torchbearers

This fund is a tribute to two igniters, and to those who will carry the torch forward as long as it may be needed,

Hasan Jabbara حسن جبَّارة (b. 1902, d. 1959)
Ihsan Al Kawas إحسان القواس (b. 1916, d. 2012)

Both men, may they rest in peace, embodied ethics in their every act and in poised silence. Their discretion in their work and existence invites one to both, mention them, all the while hold true to their discretion in their very existence.

Humbly, as Ihsan’s daughter and Hasan’s granddaughter, and for purposes of responsibility towards contributing funders, as the founder of Tamkeen,Salwa Al Kawas Al Jabri has dedicated over 40 years in social development, first thru the field of architecture and construction where setting high execution standards was central. In 2014, Salwa’s passion, decades of learning and focus weighed on education and equipping young Syrians to excel in spite of refuge. She established Tamkeen in 2020 after 7 years of working through Social Support Society in Lebanon.

Salwa is grateful to what she carries from both men, and sees Tamkeen as a mechanism for others to carry those values forward with her and onward.

With gratitude to the VIP Fund’s partnership.

Fund Criteria

Tamkeen Fund supports, youth who are: 

  • Syrian and living in Lebanon*
  • Seeking undergraduate level education*
  • Do not have the financial means to fulfil the fees towards their education

* exceptions apply

A heart purifies when it gives in sincerity. As donors we think of ourselves as the givers, really, we are the beneficiaries.

Scholars supported by our fund

Ongoing Yusra Abu kwaik

Yusra Abu kwaik

Raised so far in 33 months

25 Years old, Palestinian
Degree: Undergraduate

$12,432 of $20,000 goal %62.2
Sendus Majanni

Sendus Majanni

Raised so far in 10 months

25 Years old, Syrian
Degree: Professional Post Graduate

$20,500 of $20,494 goal %100
Rasmea Abu khoshref

Rasmea Abu khoshref

Raised so far in 40 months

22 Years old, Syrian
Degree: Associate Degree/Diploma

$6,068 of $2,200 goal %100
Alaa Alhabeety

Alaa Alhabeety

Raised so far in 40 months

26 Years old, from Syria
Degree: Undergraduate

$3,106 of $1,400 goal %100
Almost Funded Mouamena Mallisho

Mouamena Mallisho

Raised so far in 30 months

22 Years old, Syrian
Degree: Undergraduate

$4,183 of $5,100 goal %82
Almost Funded Khadija AlAlyan

Khadija AlAlyan

Raised so far in 44 months

23 Years old, Syrian
Degree: Undergraduate

$3,066 of $3,800 goal %80.7
Ongoing Yaman Shiha

Yaman Shiha

Raised so far in 28 months

21 Years old, Syrian
Degree: Undergraduate

$3,517 of $5,025 goal %70
Ongoing Hamza Ismail

Hamza Ismail

Raised so far in 29 months

30 Years old, Syrian
Degree: Undergraduate

$1,688 of $3,100 goal %54.4
Closed Abduljabbar Taifour

Abduljabbar Taifour

Raised so far in 38 months

25 Years old, from Syria
Degree: Undergraduate

$1,265 of $1,930 goal %65.5
Hajar Al Masri

Hajar Al Masri

Raised so far in 22 months

21 Years old, Syrian
Degree: Undergraduate

$4,387 of $2,200 goal %100
Closed Wissam Al Hieshan

Wissam Al Hieshan

Raised so far in 29 months

22 Years old, Syrian
Degree: Undergraduate

$820 of $1,000 goal %82
Closed Ahmad Hassoun

Ahmad Hassoun

Raised so far in 40 months

29 Years old, from Syria
Degree: Undergraduate

$1,345 of $1,535 goal %87.6
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