I am a London School of Economics Alumna from Kenosha, Wisconsin with a background in economic development and the Middle East with a concentration on Turkey.
There are over 3.5 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Unfortunately, they are not issued a work permit with refugee status. Their only access to formal employment is for companies to hire them and issue a work visa. Large companies need to make a commitment to make these hires. Refugees need to work in order to support themselves and their families. They deserve to live with dignity.
I am starting a Corporate Social Responsibility Campaign to help my friend Mohamed (pictured below with his brother who recently arrived in Turkey from Syria). He created a non-profit website for Syrian refugees, like himself, to find jobs. Ejad Jobs for Refugees Now we need to get employers to post jobs through the website and commit to hiring refugees.
While he updates the website, I am doing market research to identify every company to involve in this campaign. I will let them know there is a demand for them to do their part, and that it will help their company's profitability. I will ask them to hire as many refugees as they legally can (1 in 5 hires).
I am doing this work pro bono for Mohamed and his community of Syrian refugees. Funding will be needed to pay my travel expenses, salary and incidental expenses. Mohamed and his brother should be paid for the website creation and maintenance. I will give him the funds when I get to Turkey in August. Beyond that I will use any additional funds to payTurkish nationals to market to smaller companies, especially throughout the southern region where refugees enter the country. This will increase the scale of the operation, leading to more potential hires, which is our goal.
No one else is doing this work, so we need all the help we can get. Thank you so much for your support!