With the help of their Clooney Foundation for Justice – and its partners Google, HP and UNICEF – the couple has allocated $2.25 million dollars to fund seven schools for Syrian refugees living in Lebanon. The new schools will serve 3,000 Syrian children who are currently seeking refuge in the region. In a country of about 4.5 million, almost one in four people in Lebanon is a refugee today.
— UNICEF Education (@UNICEFEducation) July 31, 2017
In a press release, the Clooneys said, “They have been victims of geography and circumstance, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t hope. Our goal with this initiative is to help provide Syrian refugee children with an education and put them on a path to be the future leaders their generation desperately needs.”
Established in 2016, the Foundation’s purpose is to “advance justice in courtrooms, communities, and classrooms around the world” and currently has three projects in motion with focuses on refugee resettlement in the United States, access to education and justice in the court.
George and Amal have been a philanthropic power duo ever since their paths crossed in 2014. The 56-year-old's father Nick Clooney recently revealed that the couple's "fates were sealed" by the end of their first encounter.
Speaking to People, the proud father said, "Nina and I were actually the ones who answered the door when Amal came in. She introduced herself to us and we talked. She was obviously very charming, gorgeous and so clearly accomplished, but by the time we had supper that night, it was clear there was a kindness to her and an inclusiveness. By the end of supper, I started looking over at Nina and saying, 'Look ouuuut, this could be trouble for this young man!'"