In 2020, more than 82,5 million people have been forced to flee their homes and become refugees due to geopolitical crises. In addition, the UN forecasts that 280 million people will become refugees by 2050 due to our climate crisis.
People living in refugee camps stay there for 17 years on average, but only 1% to 3% have access to higher education.
We created CHAMS, a startup NGO, to bring tech education and employment to refugee host zones.
You can help us to build a better world!
> OUR VISION:
Shape a world where local communities and refugees work together to create sustainable economic growth in host countries
> OUR MISSION:
Create highly employable tech talent and inspired entrepreneurs in refugee areas through innovative tech education
> WE BELIEVE TECH EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP CAN CREATE BRIDGES FOR REFUGEES TOWARD INTEGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP.
ZAATARI CAMP, MAFRAQ, JORDAN
CHAMS is a non-profit startup that builds and operates coding schools and entrepreneurship bootcamps, in and near refugee camps. We partner with local and international stakeholders in refugee host countries.
We design innovative peer-to-peer tech education solutions to train highly employable tech talent in cohorts of 30 to 300 students.
We have launched our initial phase in Jordan and Kenya.
Our ambition is to train 10,000 students by 2030, in these and other refugee host countries.
> IN JULY 2019, WE OPENED OUR FIRST SCHOOL IN MAFRAQ, JORDAN, NEAR THE ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP
COHORT N°1 ZAATARI SCHOOL, MAFRAQ, JORDAN
We want CHAMS to be the "Doctors Without Borders" of tech education, and train thousands of talented young people to become the rising stars of the global tech community!
THE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
In partnership with the UNHCR, JOHUD, Al al-Bayt and Simplon, we opened our first school in Mafraq, near the largest refugee camp in the Middle East: Zaatari Refugee Camp.
We commit to mixing people from underprivileged local communities and refugees in our training programs, to foster a creative community of bold young men and women who want to be a force for positive change in their communities. The first cohort is 50/50 Jordanians and Syrian refugees, and 50/50 men/women.
We're currently training them to be full-stack junior web developers. At the end of the initial curriculum, they'll intern with startups and partner companies, either locally or remotely. Then, they'll be ready to enter the job market!
ZAATARI CAMP UNCHR, MAFRAQ, JORDAN
We are thrilled to collaborate with Amazon Web Service cloud provider (AWS) and launch Free online / blended program 🌈 for Unemployed youth the AWS re/Start program. On the 27th of March we will launch a free, 12-week, full time skills development program that prepares unemployed or underemployed individuals including refugees 🌊 for entry-level careers in the cloud. AWS re/Start is collaborating with CHAMS and will support learners throughout the AWS re/Start program and help them launch careers in cloud computing. Together, AWS re/Start and CHAMS are excited 🚀 to help individuals develop in-demand cloud skills and prepare for jobs in and around their local communities. This partnership will be implemented through Education for Employment Jordan, a leader in Education for young and vocational training.
CHAMS is in Munich
What a pleasure to meet a motivated CSR team from Allianz Service and Consulting🚀 a strategic support for CHAMS including fund raising campaigns, board recruitement for 2022 and business value proposition for startups that would integrate refugee coding bootcamp for their own operations 🪢
A captivating week of meeting partners aware of the establishment of our School 42 in Amman and our coding schools ✌️💥🇯🇴🚀. Google, Crown Prince Foundation, Agence Française de Développement, GIZ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Hussein Technical University, Al Al Bayt University, Int @ J, Norwegian Refugee council and others stay tuned!
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