ELNOR is an edtech nonprofit that offers 1:1 tutoring for adult learners in refugee camps.
Our name ELNOR, or pronounced as 'el-nour' in Arabic, means the light. We consider this word as a guiding principle of our program as we seek to offer hope, support new beginnings, and promote long-term change for marginalized people.
While food, shelter, and safety are the focus of governments and organizations, education remains overlooked as an essential human right. 80% of refugees lack access to education, and the COVID-19 pandemic compounded existing barriers to education access in refugee camps including physical instability of classrooms, storms and fires, and sexism. The lack of language education services leads to underinvestment in the human capital, poorer mental health, and skill deficit, which all drastically decrease refugee's economic opportunities and social inclusions.
ELNOR serves as a solution to utilize technology to connect people around the world who wouldn't otherwise connect. Our pedagogy follows CLIL, a method of teaching that promotes interesting and engaging content, where language is taught through communication over perfect accuracy. We believe that language learning allows for self-expression for those who are seeking relief, and brings professional and social opportunities when establishing a new life.
Since our launch in February of this year, we've tripled our student-base (over 55 students!), provided 900+ hours of language instruction, trained 20+ volunteers, and connected with students in refugee camps in Greece and Germany. We currently have 80+ volunteer sign-ups and conversations with NGOs in different camps. The need is there, the volunteer demand is there, and with sufficient technology, we will scale up to expand our services to all those who need it.
Our co-founders have seen first-hand the importance of education in relation to connections and networks, and together, we will work to serve our beneficiaries and advocate towards a world where refugee camps don't exist. Your donations will go towards ELNOR's operations, expansion, and support of on-the-ground advocacy work.
Visit to our website to learn more: elnor.education, and follow us on social media to stay posted: @elnor.education. With your support, we can empower and uplift some of the most disadvantaged in society, and work towards achieving global social justice!
*Donations to ELNOR are 100% tax deductible.