social innovators

Inspired by pope, BridgeBuilder Challenge picks winning social innovators

WASHINGTON — Salim, a Syrian refugee, fled an unwanted draft into the Syrian army, escaping the potential of having to join the Islamic State or other groups. Leaving behind his friends and family, Salim was left without an income or any form of identification in Lebanon.

Today, Salim is an assistant professor of Arabic in Italy.

The game changer was NaTakallam, a platform that assists refugees in becoming tutors for Arabic learners around the world via Skype. After working as a tutor for more than a year and a half, Salim was able to raise enough money to start a new life.

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