GNK (Georges N. Khoriaty) Foundation is a Lebanese non-profit nongovernmental organization established in January 2006 following the death of the 16 year old Georges Nassim Khoriaty in a car accident on November 11, 2005 in Amioun, El-Koura North Lebanon.
Because national and global surveys have shown that the two leading causes for deaths among children and the youth are road accidents and health related issues, GNK Foundation has taken the initiative early on of calling on the community to take urgent action to stop the tragedy of hundreds of preventable deaths and injuries on the unsafe Lebanese roads and to promote health delivery and awareness in Lebanon.
GNK Foundation’s objectives stem from the two major reasons behind deaths and disabilities in children and adolescents: health problems and car accidents.
Since its conception, GNK Foundation has channeled its potential into two major sections: Health and Road safety.
GNK Foundation’s achievements in the Health Section started in the year 2006 and were the outcome of a sacred humanitarian mission that will never digress from its charitable and benevolent nature.
In 2014 and after eight years of monumental and continuous health achievements, GNK Foundation decided to build a Traffic Academy which targets the Lebanese children and adolescents and delivers a curriculum that educates these age groups about road safety instilling in them a sense of awareness that they will later internalize and utilize in their lives.
The Health team at GNK Foundation is dedicated to the continuation and promotion of achievements made in health so far and has laid down a carefully designed strategic plan for future years. Over the past ten years, the major health achievements have been realized in two major sectors: GNK Dispensary and the Pediatric Blood Diseases and Cancer Program.
This automated patient friends, located in Al-Mina, North Lebanon was inaugurated in early 2006. It provides free medical care to 10,000 children and adults by a multi-disciplinary team of expert and experienced medical professionals. More recently, it has been offering care to an increasing number of Syrian refugees.
This program was initiated in the year 2008 with the objective of delivering free comprehensive medical care to children suffering from catastrophic blood diseases and cancer and of creating early detection and public awareness about such disorders. This program is divided into four major sections.
The first achievement in the road safety section was a road safety awareness campaign entitled ”Don’t end their lives and dreams like they ended mine”. This was conducted in collaboration with the Interior Security Forces, Lebanese Red cross,Civil Defense and several NGOs in 2007. This campaign targeted the Lebanese public...
In 2014 and after witnessing the increasing number of innocent young losses on Lebanese roads, GNK Foundation decided to take road safety to a higher level of awareness by embarking on an ambitious and unique lifesaving project: GNK Traffic Academy. This stellar educational facility, located in Kfarhazir, El Koura, close to the death path of Georges was initiated in 2014 and...
This campaign targeted the Lebanese public through slogans on billboards on major city highways, towns and villages, and through media appearances. Road safety awareness sessions were also delivered in universities and schools.
The second road safety awareness campaign initiated in 2014 and entitled: Don’t gamble with your life, think before crossing the road” targeted adolescents and young adult pedestrians in night clubs and restaurants.
This stellar educational facility, located in Kfarhazir, El Koura, close to the death path of Georges was initiated in 2014 and finalized in 2016. It is dedicated to reducing crashes, deaths and disabling injuries on our nation’s highways by promoting safe driving behavior through fostering a responsible attitude towards drivers’ and pedestrians’ safety.
GNK Traffic Academy will instill ethics and rules of safe driving in Lebanese children and young adolescents by educating them about in-car and pedestrian safety measures through an accredited integrated and interactive E-learning and simulator based curriculum. This pioneering project was rendered possible with the hard work of several educators, an expert IT group and a curriculum certification team. GNK Foundation utilized valuable family resources as the main premises of the Academy.