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Yasser al-Hajj

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 2017

Palestine

Yasser reduces aid dependency in refugee camps through the creation of sustainable community greenhouses. In doing so, Yasser has given the power of food production to local refugee communities, cutting dependency on food aid in Palestine and the Levant.

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Saed Karzoun

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2015

Palestine

Saed is shifting the mindset of communities in the Levant region of the Arab World from focusing on short term survival issues, to thinking for the long term for the general community prosperity. Saed is creating a movement where citizens can have a more active role in public life. He is promoting...

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Ramzi Jaber

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2013

Palestine

Ramzi Jaber is using design and technology to create and highlight data-based stories intended to inform public opinion about social justice issues and mobilize for social change.

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Nureddin Amro

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2012

Palestine

Nureddin Amro is bringing visually impaired students to participate as equals in public school classrooms for the first time across the Levant (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories). In this way, he is driving up the level of empathy in these societies, and thus, better equipping...

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Maysoun Odeh Gangat

Ashoka Fellow since Feb 2012

Palestine

Maysoun Odeh Gangat is a Palestinian social entrepreneur who persevered to start the first commercial Arabic language women’s radio station and website in the Levant, called 96 NISAA FM (meaning women). Maysoun is empowering women in and through the media, by providing a platform for all actors...

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Fida Abu Turky is economically empowering women in rural areas of the Levant by implementing a grassroots venture capitalist approach adapted for the cultural context. In doing so, women are becoming active, visible members of society working to raise and improve the socioeconomic development of...

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Raed Othman

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2011

Palestine

Raed Othman is creating the first non-profit news media network in the Levant that strengthens civil society through monitoring governmental institutions, localizing ownership of the news, and facilitating informed public debates around human rights, gender equality, and public policy. By using his...

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Jihad Shojaeha

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2011

Palestine

Jihad Shojaeha has created a model to improve access to university education for poor and underprivileged students while ensuring and instilling seeds of social responsibility among youth. Through Jihad’s Student-to-Student Initiative, he works with partners to fund the education of underprivileged...

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Jacqueline Sfeir

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2007

Palestine

Jacqueline Sfeir is transforming the predominantly hierarchical educational system of Palestine and the larger Arab World into a system that promotes interaction, critical thinking, and community involvement in all aspects of the learning process. Jacqueline believes the system must be changed to...

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Ola Abú Al Ghaib

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2007

Palestine

Ola Abú Al Ghaib empowers women with disabilities and guarantees their full integration in society through access, equity, and full participation.

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