Techfugees LEBANON 🇱🇧
Lebanon hosts the largest number of refugees relative to its national population (UNHCR 2018 annual report). There are around 3 million displaced people hosted in this country. One out of three has come from Syria as well as hundreds of thousands of long-term Palestinian refugees. Lots of them are jobless and suffer from precarious situations as well as huge debt. Techfugees has had local contacts there since a while and decided to formalize its commitment locally through a Chapter in March 2019.
We started research about access to job market for displaced persons in Lebanon. After interviewing displaced persons based in Bekaa Valley, we chose to focus our efforts around the promotion of remote work opportunities.
2020, March: Reports on the impact of covid19 on displaced persons in Lebanon, Techfugees Data Hub
📊 2019, December: Syrians in Lebanon & Remote working opportunities
Following our initial research to understand barriers to employment, we enable discussions, awareness and trainings about existing projects from the gig economy and remote work market. We share through our knowledge through local meetups and on a whatsapp community group.
We widely connect various stakeholders (academicians, universities, techies, humanitarians) to discuss around the usage of technology for and by displaced persons around topics such as payment, work, education or connectivity. Hackathons are an example of connecting event to support the emergence of tech4refugees projects.
Originally Syrian, living in Lebanon for almost 7 years, Harout is an IT and data professional with over 6 years of experience in both private and non-profit sectors. He loves to solve problems using technology, especially for refugees so Techfugees feels like home for him! Follow Harout on Linkedin
Abdullah is a 29 years old Syrian refugee, Living in Lebanon since 2013. he is an information technology graduate and a front end web developer competent with technologies as Java script, React.js, Node.js and Bootstrap. He is also a documentary films maker and a scriptwriter. Follow Abdullah on Linkedin
Muzna Alzohori, 26 years. Stopped studying Electronic Engineering at the University of Aleppo because of the war. Since 2013, I am refugee in Lebanon. Student of a computer science at LIU in the graduation year. Advocate for the rights of refugees and women. Co-Founder of Association of the University Students in Lebanon(AUSL), and of the Jellyfish Project. Writer, and filmmaker. Follow Muzna on Linkedin
Business and Communications, graduated with honor from the Lebanese International University, Communication Arts, Radio and TV, wth two short documentaries. Motivational speaker, hosted several events and conferences as a Public Speaker. Proven success and leadership in more than 12 years of experience while working in different fields with businesses and NGOs. Founder at "Gharna" for traditional organic and handmade products. SPRAK Alumni Network Board of Members, Communications and Vice President. Follow Nowar on Linkedin
Adeeb Kimeh studied Management Information Systems and has worked in several fields and countries in the Middle East. He has worked with NGOs since 2014 and is a co-founder of a group "I Can Do" that teaches life skills to youth. He has knowledge in technology and business development and aims to spread his positivity and optimism among his peers. Follow Adeeb on Linkedin