Our Story

The Island

Lesvos, a beautiful island right off the coast of Greece and Turkey, has been hit hard by the refugee crisis. It is home to two refugee camps: Moria RIC (home to 22,000 refugees) and Kara Tepe Hospitality Center (home to 1,200 refugees). Our team visited the island twice in the past year.

The Connection

During these visits, we listened as refugee teenagers, youth, and young adults shared their harrowing journeys and their current lives with us. But the thing that surprised our team the most, was just how similar we were to our refugee peers. We bonded over things we liked to learn and shared dreams for the future.

The Challenge

However, the heartbreaking difference between our team and the refugees was that we knew exactly how we could use our education to achieve our dreams for the future, while our refugee friends had no idea how they could reach those same goals now that they lived in a camp. And this difference broke our heart — we knew we had to do something to help refugees make their dreams into realities.

The Insight

While we both believed education was important to have a good life, the refugees viewed education differently. Many of them had left behind school programs and instead of focusing only on finishing those programs, many refugees told us they were more interested in education that would help them get a job. They viewed practical, life skills as the highest learning priority, because those skills were transferable to the workforce.

The Barriers

There are very few options for refugees who want to learn while in the camps. Limited physical classroom space, month long waiting lists for classes, the language barrier, and a highly mobile lifestyle make it almost impossible for refugees to continue their education. Our team realized the answer was in the palm of our hands, because almost every refugee has access to mobile phone and that was how they stayed connected.

The Opportunity

That answer became Key. Key is an education application that empowers refugee students through skills-based learning. Key delivers content through curated video playlists on select topics based on jobs needed in desired asylum countries. Our mission is to help educate the world's most eager learners — refugees.

Help us educate the world's most eager learners!

30,000 refugees currently lack access to education in Lesvos. 3.7 million refugees lack access to education worldwide. Help us bridge the gap between digital education platforms and the world’s most eager learners – refugees.

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