What We Do

The Lazord Foundation supports the design, implementation, and development of experiential and educational programs for young professionals in the Arab and Mediterranean region.

Youth are innovating and developing opportunities to effect positive and sustainable change in their communities. They believe they have a responsibility to each other and to future generations. We have the opportunity to champion their ideas and give them the building blocks to become responsible leaders.

FUND THE LAZORD FELLOWSHIP

We fund Lazord Fellowships, which create leadership and professional development opportunities for recent college graduates by connecting them with local internships, trainings, mentoring, and professional networks. We currently support fellowships in 3 countries: Egypt, Jordan, and Tunisia.

SUPPORT THE LAZORD CHAPTERS

One of the foundation’s highest priorities is to identify local organizations to implement the Lazord Fellowship, and to participate actively in the development of the program and its curriculum. Based on years of experience, knowledge of the region, and extensive networks, the foundation has been able to identify highly qualified, mission-driven organizations to manage the Lazord chapters. The foundation strongly believes in the importance of fostering a sustainable and collaborative relationship with each Lazord chapter.

BUILD REGIONAL NETWORKS

The foundation creates networking opportunities for the exchange of knowledge, experiences, and best practices. This is done through organizing regional conferences, facilitating continuous cross-cultural communication, and sponsoring professional development for all members of the Lazord community. We aim to build and connect a Lazord community of diverse and responsible leaders who are motivated by their passion for civic engagement.

Values

Why the name “lazord” ?

We proudly use the name Lazord, the Arab word for Lapis Lazuli. Prized in Arab history for representing wisdom and truth, the Lazord stone is a symbol of the region’s youth - a treasure to be cultivated, honed, and cherished.

Our values

Throughout our work, whether in the curriculum, placements or program management, our values are our key drivers and aspirations:

RESPECT

Respecting all others, regardless of differences in appearances, traditions or beliefs; the patience to discover the root of a difference of opinion before acting on conclusions.

KINDNESS

Treating everyone with kindness without the expectation of reciprocity.

INTEGRITY

Being honest and fair to others, including yourself; having an internal sense of accountability.

COMMITMENT

Commitment to promises and unfinished projects; a determination to strive for excellence while never neglecting to seek the input of others.

COURAGE

Courage to live out your dreams and help others, despite the challenging circumstances that often cross our paths.