There are more than 2.7 million Syrian refugees registered in Turkey the vast of majority of whom have not had access to educational or employment opportunities since the start of the conflict and struggle to make ends meet.
In September, HP expanded its commitment to support refugees by partnering with International Medical Corps to provide technology and training resources to its pilot Livelihoods Center in Istanbul, Turkey. The Center’s support for refugees includes regular job skills training classes, workshops and one-to-one mentoring on the details of business development to ensure students have the skills and knowledge to find employment in the local market.
To complement these services and ensure refugees have access to relevant training, the Center will also leverage HP technology to provide access to the HP Foundation’s free online business and IT skills training program, HP LIFE. As part of the initiative, HP will also make online freelance opportunities available to refugees.
"HP's leadership and its commitment to providing refugees with educational opportunities is an excellent example of how the private sector can leverage its expertise to help families rebuild their lives. Our collaboration will enhance refugees' marketable skills and open avenues for employment and economic progress," noted Rebecca Milner, International Medical Corps' VP of Institutional Advancement.
"It is important that companies and organizations rise to the challenge we all face to address the needs of displaced families and communities in the Middle East and beyond," said Nate Hurst, HP Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer. "We are proud to collaborate with International Medical Corps to help refugees to build a better, more prosperous life through access to quality education and employment opportunities."