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"Independent Reader... Sustained Schooling"

Ana Aqra Association is a non-profit, non-sectarian, non-political association founded in 1994 and officially established in 1998.

Ana Aqra Association benefits underprivileged children, ages 4 to 14, who are attending Lebanese elementary public schools as well as their parents, teachers, and school administrators. The association's goal is to respond to the educational, psychosocial and cultural needs of children in the early years of learning.

The secret to our success is that we always put the child first!

"I want to stay in school until I become a teacher."
Fifth Grade Student, Prince Shakib Erslan School
"Thank you Ana Aqra Association for the confidence you gave me to deal with instructional difficulty in the classroom."
Teacher, Akkar School
"My son used to be afraid of school and now he is eager to go every morning."
Mother of a Student in Jnah School
"I enjoy writing now because I've learned the correct way to write."
Third Grade Student, Wata Al-Msaitbeh School
"The teacher training taught me how to differentiate and work with each child at his or her own level."
Arabic Teacher, Al-Marj School

Latest News

  • 23 September 2016
    We all live in this world together and we are all important. We love one another and care for each other. We are connected and unified by friendship and respect...
  • 02 June 2016
    Ana Aqra Association and the British Council in Beirut have been working together to advance their pilot “Homework Support” project...
  • 26 May 2016
    A workshop was held for field officers and monitors of the QITABI project at the Holiday Inn Dunes in the Verdun district of Beirut...

Ana Aqra in action

Current Project

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Support Retention of At-Risk Boys and Girls Enrolled in Lebanese Public Education – UNICEF

This project aims to provide homework and remedial support for struggling students in public schools across Lebanon. Students are provided two to three hours of support at the end of the school day and during the summer empowering students to become independent learners and encouraging school retention. The public school teachers involved in the project are trained by Ana Aqra professional trainers and offered continued support throughout the program. Training focuses on the balanced literacy approach to learning and provides teachers with effective classroom management and assessment skills.

Our partners

4   ministry of education
1   unicef
World learning
6   al madad foundation
7   alfanar

Stories from the field



At the beginning of the Wata Al-Musaytbeh summer program, eight year old Youssef was very reserved. He didn't speak to anyone and never participated in any classroom activities.

His mother said that Youssef's father had left them when she was pregnant. She clearly expressed hardship and tension in the relationship with her son. Towards the end of the camp, Youssef came out of his shell, gained self-confidence and became more social, and ultimately his relationship with his mother improved. The picture clearly reveals his confidence speaking into the microphone.



Sema is a Syrian refugee who arrived in Lebanon two weeks after the start of the school year. She was admitted to Sad Al-Bouchrieh School for Girls and enrolled in a French language class in the after school remedial program with no prior knowledge of the language.

Sema showed gradual but significant improvement in the program. After only a few short months, Sema was invited to the UNESCO celebration and wrote a descriptive story in French about her experience.

What we do

137 Schools Impacted
886 Class Libraries Established
85000 Books Distributed
250 Teachers Trained (per year)
7000 Children Benefitted (per year)
3000 Parents Benefitted (per year)


Your donation will support Ana Aqra Association in its efforts to provide education to underprivileged children in the region empowering them to improve their lives.


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