One of the projects Close the Gap supports is Thaki. This organization empowers refugees and vulnerable children in the Middle East to learn and thrive through self-paced, motivational electronic educational tools.

Thaki is a social impact non-profit organization registered in the Netherlands and Lebanon and was founded in 2015. Their circular economy model takes donated and used computer hardware and educational technology software and delivers these vital learning tools to schools for refugee and vulnerable children in the Middle East. Being a women-led NGO, Thaki works to secure brighter futures by providing digital education to refugee children, no matter their circumstances. Close the Gap is most grateful to have provided Thaki over the last years with more than 1.400 computer assets to support the wonderful work they are pursuing. With these devices, young refugees with limited educational resources are enabled to have access to high-quality and interactive educational content. Used to aid refugee children in Lebanon, Thaki loaded IT equipment with educational software before distributing them to Home of Hope in 2018, an organization that works with vulnerable children in Lebanon. Thaki’s ultimate aim is to help children unlock their full potential through software. 

“Already this year the students have used the laptops to learn about word processing and research methods. We have students learning about space, about the history of chocolate, whales, and future technologies. Younger students have taken to the educational gaming software on the computers. This set is enabling us to run simultaneous tech classes – we have coding and robotics taking place at the same time as research and computer skills. Thank you again. These laptops are a huge help to us!” – Home of Hope Lebanon, 2018

With Close the Gap’s support, Thaki enables children and young adults to develop their digital skills and to continue their education. This ultimately falls within Close the Gap’s mission to bridge the digital divide.