We are pleased to present our annual report for 2019. Its theme — Building Brighter Futures — captures the power of education and training to enable people to shape their futures and fulfill their dreams. At a time when the outlook for the Middle East and North Africa is clouded by uncertainty, conflict, economic crisis, and now a global pandemic, it is doubly important to be reminded of the transformative impact of our programs on the lives of a generation that is coming of age, some of whom you will meet in this report.
We are grateful for the generous support of our donors and program sponsors who make our work possible. These partnerships enabled us to offer our core services and mount more than 100 programs that improved English language proficiencies, built workforce skills, and expanded access to opportunities for educational and cultural exchange. We are especially proud of our work with 16,000 young men and women, many of them disadvantaged and underserved, to empower them with the skills and know-how to build a brighter future for themselves and their communities.
As we prepare to mark AMIDEAST’s 70th anniversary in 2021, we remain committed to creating hope, opportunity, and understanding — three essential building blocks of a brighter future. Over the years, we have been buoyed by the positive difference our work has helped make in so many lives. On behalf of the board and staff of AMIDEAST, we thank you for your support and look forward to continuing our work together.
Dr. Mary W. Gray
Chair, Board of Directors
The Honorable Theodore H. Kattouf
President and CEO