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I believe in ideas that empower people from within. People in crisis or war zones lose everything but their minds. In order to build a successful project you need to involve the people you are targeting and learn from their knowledge and experience.
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I am refugee myself. I have been involved in humanitarian work for many years and gained a lot of experience in mediating between the western and middle eastern cultures which is a crucial skill in order to build a successful humanitarian project.
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"Empower people from within and they will come out even stronger."
I am from Aleppo, Syria. Before having to flee Syria back in 2015 I had built up my own voluntary medical team with 350 well-trained medical students to support overflowing hospitals. During my refugee trip, I worked as a volunteer and NGO employee in Greece. Besides founding his own refugee home I also helped building up the Khora Community Centre which till this day is feeding, educating and helping thousands of people daily. Besides being an Arabic teacher I am also a strategic planner for the l Thighs of Steel cycling trip from London to Athens to fundraise for refugees in Greece.
Hello, I am an OpenIDEO mentor. I just wanted to let you know that I really like the idea to support the HAWs and their mental health. However, I was just wondering if you also want to train the HAWs on how to work with displaced people. Many people who come from the West often subconsciously or consciously come as "white saviors" trying to project their perspectives, ideas, and values on people of a totally different culture. I think it is important to train HAWs prior to their arrival and make sure to start with the correct mindset and understanding as well as power dynamic towards the displaced persons. I also believe that HAWs should be educated about cultural differences and make sure they don't judge people upon their distressed acting and looks. I really appreciate your unique thinking and believe that your program will be able to make a difference.
Hello, I am a mentor at OpeIDEO, I really liked your idea. I think it is very important to involve the refugees of Samos and make them develop their skills and using their minds while most of them probably feel very stuck in their state of refuge. I also like the idea of a mobile lab. However, I am just wondering what is it exactly that you are teaching? Will there be different levels of courses such as digital beginner courses up to advanced coding classes? Because if there aren't any classes that go beyond basic digital knowledge how can you then guarantee that people will find jobs. Another question would be how you are dealing with language differences? Will the courses be in English or Greek and do you provide greek courses to elevate peoples chances for finding local jobs? How do you choose the refugees who are participating in the courses? I am very excited about your project and wish you all the best in developing it.
Hello, I am an OpenIDEO mentor. This is such a nice idea that can actually make a difference and would help refugees all over the globe. Especially in countries that don't provide forms of IDs sometimes for many years. Will these IDs actually help you to get medical or legal support? If that is the case it is a very amazing idea! Please keep it up!