Our Portal in Amman is hosted by Mercy Corps Jordan, in a site associated with their three-year pilot project funded by Middle East Children’s Institute (MECI) to establish an after school and youth program for children in Al-Salt (a community 1/2 hour outside of Amman). Mercy Corps is committed to long-term programming and community development in Jordan.
Our Erbil_Portal is located at the Harsham IDP & Refugee Camp. Harsham Camp is on the outskirts of the city of Erbil in northern Iraq. The camp hosts 1,500 internally displaced Iraqi families who fled the so-called Islamic State take-over of Mosul and surrounding villages in mid-2014. Erbil is the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan Region, which hosts around 1.5 million internally displaced Iraqis and almost 230,000 Syrian refugees. Our Portal in the camp is based in a converted water pumping station. Through it, a young entrepreneur spoke with President Barack Obama and another with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The Portal is made possible by UNICEF Iraq and Terre de Hommes.
Mercy Corps and Gaza Sky Geeks host the Gaza_Portal. Gaza Sky Geeks was founded in 2011 to build Gaza’s startup movement. They run a vibrant co-working space. In 2013, the Gaza Sky Geeks accelerator began connecting top teams to global resources to transform Gaza’s most talented youth into the Middle East’s business leaders. Investors from around the world invested in the startups and partnered with Gaza Sky Geeks to provide them with expertise, mentorship, and networks.