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Coding for Refugees - Help rebuild a classroom for 250 students

A project from Source - Network for Humanitarian Action e. V.
in Kakuma, Kenya

Support the reconstruction of our computer centre in the refugee camp Kakuma! With your help, 250 refugees per month can participate in a diverse educational program with a focus on programming skills.

Leon Birck
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About this project

  • Financial support and counseling of a refugee-led NGO to operate a computer centre in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya
  • Offering courses in basic and advanced computer skills as well as life skills and female empowerment

I. What is our story?
When we first travelled to Kakuma refugee camp in 2017, we were shocked: 200,000 people who had fled war and persecution from surrounding countries live here, in the middle of the Kenyan desert. But even though living conditions are extremely hard, many people in Kakuma were brimming with confidence, courage and motivation! We met refugees who selflessly offered computer courses to other residents and dreamed of having their own computer centre. Enthused by their activism and convinced that education is the most sustainable form of self-help, we decided to support them. Together, we drew up plans for a computer centre and a curriculum for computer courses. Today, about 250 refugees take part in our courses every month and the small group of computer-loving refugees has become our reliable partner, the NGO Solidarity Initiative for Refugees (SIR) (in the video above, SIR's programme leader Deline shows you our computer centre). 

At the heart of our programme is the "Code Dust" course, which teaches advanced programming skills. The students of this course are accompanied by programming experts from all over the world, selected by us, as mentors. We place particular emphasis on achieving gender balance among the participants of our courses.  

II. How do we use your donation?
Recently, the technical defect of a battery caused a fire. Fortunately, there were no casualties. But the damage was severe since one of our two classrooms burnt down. Through this appeal for donations, we want to finance the reconstruction. We will do this in collaboration with local partners to create economic opportunities within the refugee camp. Furthermore, we seek your support in covering the running costs of the center.

More information is also available on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our chairman Leon (leon.birck@source-network.org).

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Support the reconstruction of our computer centre in the refugee camp Kakuma! With your help, 250 refugees per month can participate in a diverse educational program with a focus on programming skills.

About this project

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betterplace.org is the largest German donation platform. Since 2007 we have been helping people, aid organizations and companies to do good. All projects on betterplace.org are non-profit. Since we ourselves also do not work for profit, our platform is free of charge for the projects.
2007founded
12,500non-profit organisations
185m €for a good cause
Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft (Logo)