Updated Jun 20, 2018

Karam Foundation

Karam Foundation aims to provide Syrian refugee youth with a hub for entrepreneurship and development to help the youth overcome gaps in their education and provide them with the skills they need to become leaders in Turkey and Jordan.

http://www.karamfoundation.org/karam-house/

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Snapshot

Stage 3: Proof of Concept

In the last month, Karam Foundation received its Turkish registration and is currently registered as an INGO in Turkey. During our last visit to Turkey, our team has found a space for the Karam House and has begun the construction process. In the last year, our team has built relationships with active members in the community in Reyhanli. Through these strong relationships, we were able to hire a few staff members that will oversee the development of the Karam House. We are currently looking to hire more staff members to help with overseeing our programs at the Karam House. Last year, Karam launched a sponsorship program that allows donors to sponsor impoverished families and provide them with a monthly stipend so that their children do not have to work and can instead go back to school. Since hiring our staff in Turkey, our team has met 40 more children in need of sponsorship and has added them to our program (this is in addition to the 41 children sponsored last year). In the last few weeks, we have seen how much this program has expanded, and are currently in the process of registering more families for the program. Even before the grand opening of our Karam House, we are seeing how much of a positive impact it has had on the community.

Focus Areas:

Humanitarian Assistance, Youth, Rule of Law and Human Rights and 6 MoreSEE MORE

Humanitarian Assistance, Youth, Rule of Law and Human Rights, Refugees, Communication with Communities, Enabling Environment, Youth Friendly Services, Social Development and Human Centered DesignSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Turkey

TurkeySEE LESS

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Solution

Karam House solves the problem of a lost generation; it is a place where Syrian refugee youth can learn competitive skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics that are essential to advancing their educations and futures in an inspiring, safe, and healing space for those who have lost so much through the trauma of displacement and war.

Target Beneficiaries

Our target population are Syrian refugee girls and boys, ranging in age from 14-18. Our target number of individuals enrolled in the Karam House: Reyhanli is 1,000 Syrian refugee children and youth with a target girl to boy ratio of 60:40.
Girls specifically will benefit from the program as it will be a means of preventing early child marriage: girls with no education are three times more likely to marry before 18 than those with secondary and higher education.
A typical beneficiary is Samah, aged 15, who has a passion for the sciences. At Karam House, Samah can immerse herself in workshops related to aviation and coding, which would help her in her path towards university and the workforce.
Success will be measured by the number of students who access Karam House; how many go on to pursue higher education; how many return to be mentors; and how many pursue creative work inspired by workshops at Karam House.
We aim to address the needs of the displaced children and youth, especially amongst refugee girls. Through our education programing, we focus on helping foster young women’s sense of self and confidence ranging from their individuality and importance within the community and building towards becoming a potential leaders for positive change in their immediate surroundings and beyond, now and in the future. We believe that most impact we can create for Syrian refugee girls is by unleashing their untapped potential and empowering them with the skills and knowledge to build a better and brighter future. Karam House is sustainable because it is for the community, and from the community; the full-time mentors at Karam House are from the target community, and the idea is following the Karam House graduation of the youth and following their university graduations, that they would come back and become mentors themselves for the younger students. There are no enrollment requirements. Upon admittance, students attend a crash-course to learn the basics of the space. Karam House is free.

Innovation Description

Karam House solves the problem of a lost generation; it is a place where Syrian refugee youth can learn competitive skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics that are essential to advancing their educations and futures in an inspiring, safe, and healing space for those who have lost so much through the trauma of displacement and war.

Competitive Advantage

Karam Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to help people help themselves. As Karam means generosity in Arabic, we seek to restore the dignity and quality of life for people affected by conflict by eliminating barriers to success through innovative education, entrepreneurial development, and community-driven aid.

Milestones

Mar 2018
Mar 2018
Date Unknown
Launched
Date Unknown
New Country
Turkey