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
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!
We had the opportunity to meet Her Excellency the Ambassador Madame Véronique VOULAND, with whom we were able to discuss the Embassy's support for the establishment of School 42 in Amman ✌️🙏 for vulnerable Jordanian populations as well for refugees. A very fruitful exchange which will allow CHAMS to start analyzing the funding phases of this ambitious project 🙏👏
March 2021 : Crowdfunding on Ulule for 2nd/3rd cohort
A great success for the ULULE crowdfunding campaign where we were able to collect more than 85 donors and 35,000 euros to finance 2 new promotions including a new code school in Amman ✌️💥. The campaign exceeded its objectives 🚀! A very big thank you to all our contributors for your generosity and your involvement in the education of young people and refugees around the world.
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