From Uncertainty to Triumph: Boudour’s Inspiring Journey – YESS Program-LASER


Boudour’s inspiring journey with the YESS program supported by the Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Fund reflects a profound transformation from uncertainty to triumph. Struggling with social phobia, depression, and anxiety, she embraced personalized academic support, one-on-one tutoring, and mentorship. The program not only improved her grades but also nurtured confidence and self-worth. The English language support proved instrumental in enhancing her communication skills. Overcoming mental health challenges, Boudour found purpose and community in the LASeR Society, developing leadership skills. Her success story extended to the university level, where a scholarship to the University of South New Hampshire propelled her academic pursuits.

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AlMuthana AlOthman’s: From Adversity to Aspiration – YESS Program-LASER

Al-Muthana Al-Othman

Al-Muthana Al-Othman’s inspiring journey from a Syrian refugee facing educational challenges in Lebanon to a graduate of the YESS program and a DAFI scholarship recipient underscores the transformative power of determination and resilience. Overcoming language barriers and academic hurdles, Al-Muthana credits the invaluable support of the Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Fund for making his educational dreams a reality. Now majoring in computer science, he aims to develop an innovative application for remote learning, showcasing the profound impact of education on vulnerable youth when coupled with unwavering commitment and support.

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Hala Chahine: A Journey of Success and Giving Back – YESS Program-LASER

Hala Chahine

Hala Chahine’s inspiring journey from Syria to Lebanon embodies resilience and determination, showcasing the transformative impact of education. Overcoming language challenges and excelling in physics with the support of the YESS program, Hala scored an impressive 44 out of 60. Beyond academics, the program cultivated her communication and leadership skills. Inspired by her experiences, Hala dedicated five days a week to tutoring two children, emphasizing the essence of success in uplifting others. Graduating from the YESS program, she is now pursuing higher education at Southern New Hampshire University with a Spotlight Scholarship, encouraging struggling youth to embrace the transformative power of education.

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Aicha Dandashli – Transformative Impact – YESS Program-LASER

Aicha Dandashli

Aicha Dandashli’s testimony underscores the manifold benefits of educational initiatives like the YESS program by LASeR association and the support of the Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Fund. Through academic support, her English language skills improved, leading to increased confidence in communication. Aicha also highlights personal development opportunities, including time management skills acquired in the YESS program and a sense of responsibility fostered through volunteering with LASeR association.

“The academic support was great; we were even ahead of our friends in high school. Thank God, my accent and my English language have improved after the support. Wherever I go, I feel myself confident to speak and communicate with people in English. In the YESS program, I met new people and I’ve learned how to manage my free time. It had a great positive impact on me, especially the Student Council competition; it was a new, funny, and creative experience. I feel like we were building a small parliament. Volunteering in LASeR association increased my sense of responsibility. It was a nice experience where you find yourself a helper and change maker even in the small things”.

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Young Empowered Syrians in Secondary (YESS) – LASeR

About LASeR

LASeR is a Lebanese non-profit Association for Scientific Research focusing on Higher Education and Youth Empowerment in Lebanon. LASeR serves Youth in Lebanon to get access to quality education. LASeR supported more than 2,200 students to pursue their Education in BA, MA and PhD.


Target: 224

Reach: 230

Young Empowered Syrians in Secondary (YESS) - LASeR

Program Description

YESS is a two-year secondary preparatory program that targets 200 refugees from the ages of 15 – 17 in Tripoli Lebanon to provide students with academic support in Math, Science and English and enhance their leadership skills and prepare them for higher education and career paths.

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