Generation H.O.P.E. is a student-led scholarship fundraising initiative.
In 2021, the financial and economic crisis led many Lebanese students to interrupt their university studies.
Students of Saint Joseph University of Beirut wouldn’t allow this to happen to their classmates and friends. Since they believe that financial problems shouldn’t be an obstacle to high-quality education, they came in solidarity with their fellow students and launched “Generation H.O.P.E” to Help Others Pursue Education.
Picture the story behind each volunteer!
“It’s a first in the region to see students take responsibility for making things happen and finding solutions.”
“Despite the gravity of the economic crisis, USJ has kept the dollar exchange rate at LBP 1,515 to provide access to quality education for all; it is now our duty to return the favor and save the USJ community, students, and institutions.”
“Education is a fundamental human right. During this economic crisis, I know many students who were forced to drop out of university to work and to help their parents meet the rising cost of living. I couldn’t bear the thought of this happening to any of my peers!”
“Teaching at USJ goes beyond academia. Above all, we are taught to be good, responsible citizens with human and humanistic values. It is high time to practice what we were taught.”
“Generation H.O.P.E. was a step of hope we put in the path of our peers at the University, right after the emerging financial crisis. Generation H.O.P.E. instilled in me the virtues of empathy, helping others, and the joy of giving for free.”
“Volunteering with Generation H.O.P.E. is a very rewarding experience. I wanted to help my fellow peers by raising scholarships. It was no easy task, but when I realized that the raised funds helped many students pursue their education, I felt an immeasurable joy and happiness knowing that the entire team’s efforts had paid off.”