In 2023, more than 110 million people have been forced to flee their homes and become refugees due to geopolitical crises (UNHCR data May 2023). 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!
Cardano foundation proposal
July was a studious month! 🪢 We were able to take part in the call for applications to set up a training course specialising in blockchain, coding and the Plutus functional development language for 25 refugees - the results will be available in September.💪
42 Amman launching
We're delighted 🚀 to be starting up School 42 in Amman . A unique IT training programme for students who do not need to have an entry qualification. The first pre-selection pool is scheduled for November 2023. This project is being launched with prestigious partners, the Crown Prince's Foundation, HTU and the French Embassy in Jordan.
Soft skills is strategic training for students in the 21th century! what a chance to have Sophie Dermaux for our 2nd and 3rd cohorts to train them all Soft skills technics in terms of interviews for recruitment and other substantials onboarding attitude in corporate