Vroom: mobile education for Syrian youth

Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, more than 3.7 million Syrian children have been born in Syria, and have either stayed in their country or fled as refugees. They’ve been raised in a region rife with conflict, forced to grow up in an environment where the only constant is instability. Military… Continue reading Vroom: mobile education for Syrian youth

How Facebook is changing humanitarian relief

Last month, a bombing in Somalia killed over 300 people. The attack took place in a busy intersection, targeting civilians across all walks of life. Chaos ensued as family members and friends began the daunting task of tracking down their loved ones. Amid the confusion, social media stepped in to bring answers and assist in… Continue reading How Facebook is changing humanitarian relief

Tech-backed education

UNICEF and the UNHRC recently launched The Humanitarian Education Accelerators, an initiative aimed at funding and training education-focused grassroots organizations in the region. By specifically highlighting groups that are technology-based, the initiative is emphasizing the efficiency they believe technology will bring to education systems around the world. The Humanitarian Education Accelerators initiative is divided into… Continue reading Tech-backed education

Tackling language barriers for refugees

A Syrian girl peeks her head out through a hole in a tent, at a processing center for new refugees at the Bashabshe camp in the town of Ramtha on the Syria-Jordan border, Saturday, July 21, 2012. (Photo by Tara Todras-Whitehill/For the New York Times)

Understanding the legal, healthcare, and education systems of a foreign country can be difficult. Throw in a language barrier and it can seem all but impossible. This is something Syrian refugees are becoming very familiar with as they migrate away from Arabic-speaking regions and begin to assimilate to life abroad. These language barriers not only… Continue reading Tackling language barriers for refugees

Apps Aiding Women in Saudi Arabia

Being a woman in Saudi Arabia means that independence is practically non-existent. But smartphone apps and the innovators behind them are taking steps to change that. Know Your Rights is an app created by Saudi lawyer Nasreen Issa, released earlier this summer. The Saudi Arabian law system can be difficult to maneuver, especially for women… Continue reading Apps Aiding Women in Saudi Arabia