at karam house, syrian refugee youth are a world away from war.

Karam House is a community innovation center designed for Syrian refugee youth in Reyhanli, Turkey, a border-town that is home to more than 100,000 Syrian refugees. It is a safe space where youth can grow with confidence, learn life-skills, and think critically. Karam’s team of highly-skilled Syrian refugee mentors from within the community provide support and guidance. The curriculum at Karam House provides students with cutting-edge workshops including: Entrepreneurship, Technology, 3D Digital Design and Fabrication, Graphic Design, Journalism, and English and Turkish Courses. Karam House is an investment in Syria’s youth, providing inspiration, innovation, and technology to thousands of Syrian refugee kids to build a future for themselves.

Karam House is a place where teenagers become leaders.

 
 
Karam House is a place where you can gain valuable experiences that fit how you think. You will meet people who encourage you and provide you with the tools you need to solve real world problems.
— KIFAH ABDULSALAM
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see what students are up to: our Karam House Programs

Summer Workshops

Karam House offers mentorship opportunities for international volunteers that travel to Turkey to facilitate skill-building workshops for students in their respective specialties. Mentors volunteer approximately one week of their time and work directly with students at Karam House. Workshops led by international mentors include aviation, video-editing, philosophy, theatre, graphic design, entrepreneurship, and more!

Hopefully they [students] learned as much as they taught us. Karam House is amazing they’re doing really good work here and we’re so thankful that we got the opportunity to come here.
— Hope England, Humor for Hope

Karam Lab

Karam Lab is a course available to students at Karam House year-round. This course is designed to supplement and advance students’ education, and further develop skills in design, engineering, technology, and media. Karam Lab curriculum includes 4 studio-style-taught courses focused on Photobots, Biofashion, Documentary Film Making, and Play to Power. Students will receive hands-on-training with materials available to them, including 3-D printers and a laser cutter, as well as laptops and one-on-one mentorship. Students will be challenged to think critically and design innovative projects to be used in real-world scenarios. Our goal is to provide students with the resources they need in order to build confident futures – giving them a chance to tell their story, be creative, and inspire.

virtual exchange: powered by the stevens initiative

Students at Karam House participated in a virtual exchange program powered by The Stevens Initiative. Students at Karam House worked with students in the US and participated in a series of studio workshops where they are challenged to design projects that can actually be used. Students are applying the skills they've developed in Karam Lab and studios to solve real world problems. Students participated in a Prosthetics studio where they were challenged to design prosthetic limbs to be used by actual amputees living in Reyhanli, Turkey. Read the interview below with our Karam House Innovation Fellow, Ramzi Najah to learn more about the virtual exchange.

Karam House is an investment in Syria's youth.

It provides inspiration, innovation, and technology to thousands of Syrian refugee kids who have been left with no hope or competitive skills to build a future for themselves. Karam House provides cutting-edge training in specific career "tracks" including: Entrepreneurship, Technology, 3D Digital Design and Fabrication, Graphic Design, Journalism, English & Turkish Language Acquisition. Karam House will give Syrian youth access to another world - a global community of creative ideas and endless possibility.

We are dedicated to building the next generation of Syrian leaders – entrepreneurs, journalists, writers, technology experts, engineers, teachers, artists, and designers– equipped with the skills and imagination to reshape their shattered worlds into a place of innovation and productivity.

 

I have an idea...

 
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coming soon: karam house istanbul! stay tuned for updates!

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We are so excited to open our second Karam House in Istanbul! We hope to launch by September 2018! Follow us on Facebook for more updates!

The Karam House model is unique – the organization is truly committed to building leaders. I really believe that when a person realizes that his or her thoughts are worthy, that he or she is valuable, they will contribute to building their society, and I am really proud to be a part of this mission.
— SIMA AL KANAWATI, MENTOR