We work with a hand-picked selection of strategic partners to help and empower others with the knowledge and skills to make a difference to their own lives and to raise awareness of the pressing issues in the region.
KORA BORA is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to inspire, encourage, and achieve positive social change by improving the quality of life for underprivileged children throughout the MENA region. We provide education, health and environment related programmes through the universal language of football.
Our core values ensure that we will always work towards uniting people from all walks of life, to empower others with knowledge and skills and remain committed to enacting positive change across the MENA region.
KORA BORA creates and hosts high-profile fundraising events supporting causes that contribute towards positive social change.
Giving Jordan’s Syrian refugees a second chance at education and social skills
When lives, homes and families are torn apart by war, education is often the unconsidered casualty - the importance of an ‘A’ grade or passed spelling test replaced by the need to simply survive.
Already in the Middle East, the fear is for a ‘lost generation’ of children, blighted and disenfranchised by conflict, lacking education and social skills and unable to receive the support they desperately require in these areas.
In Jordan, the government has provided access to schools for Syrian children, yet pressure from parents to begin working, the logistics and safety of transportation to and from public schools and limited classroom capacity have all been key contributors to the fact that out of 220,000 school-aged refugees in Jordan, only 130,000 are enrolled in the public school system.
In response, UNICEF and Save The Children Jordan’s Makani – meaning ‘my [safe] space’ – centers have been designed to provide the remaining 90,000 children with much-needed alternative education, psychosocial support and life skills under one roof.
Enlisting the support of both government and non-governmental partners, classes include informal education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, art and drama. Life-skills sessions also target adolescents entering their formative years and in need of support.
By building their self-confidence, social skills, identity and creative thinking, young people can be empowered to take charge of their own lives and play their own role in constructive social change.
Within Makani Centers, KORA BORA’s football-oriented life skills programmes have already proved their worth during pilot phases in March 2016.
Taught by our dedicated and trained coaches, our programmes provide valuable experiences in self-management, social interaction and team bonding. By providing children with the opportunity to ‘learn through play’, even those who have been deeply affected by the violence and disruption have a chance to rebuild and grow into well-rounded members of society.
Football not-for-profit already benefitting refugees in Jordan
KORA BORA, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, today announced the official launch of its initiative within the MENA region. The KORA BORA initiative seeks to improve the daily lives of underprivileged children through the unifying theme of football.
The vision of founder and CEO Abdul Razaq Buhijji, KORA BORA develops and funds programmes that help provide children and young people with education, access to nutritious food and a safe environment in which to live.
These programmes are designed to support and strengthen existing initiatives and charities in the fields of education, health and environmental awareness, with pilot programmes already successfully providing support to charities including Save The Children Jordan and UNICEF.
KORA BORA uses the unique, global power of football to transcend social barriers, unite cultures and raise awareness. Buhijji explains the significance of football to the initiative:
“Wherever you go in the world, you will find people playing football – from league matches in professional stadiums to barefoot games in dusty car parks. Football is a ‘universal language’, with a unique history of winning hearts and minds the world over. It offers us a fundamental commonality that enables KORA BORA to transcend cultural differences, unite audiences and put the passion and celebration of football at its core.”
Football not only provides a central theme for KORA BORA – it also defines the physical activities used within the initiative’s programmes:
The Education Programme
Taught by dedicated and trained coaches, the KORA BORA Education programme provides children and young people with valuable experiences in self-management, social interaction and team bonding. By ‘learning through play’, even those who have been deeply affected by the violence and disruption that conflict has had on their lives have a chance to evolve their cognitive, emotional, interpersonal and social skills in order to rebuild and grow into well-rounded members of society.
In partnership with Save The Children Jordan and UNICEF’s Makani (My Space) initiative, a pilot KORA BORA curriculum is currently underway.
The KORA BORA Education programme has been developed in partnership with Ripple - a learning organisation established in 2012, providing training and facilitation services using modern-day interactive learning methods.
The Health Programme
Currently under development, a Health programme focused on food nutrition will begin pilot testing in the third quarter of 2016.
The Environment Programme
The first stages of the KORA BORA environment programme began in the first quarter of 2016, supporting a UNICEF click-funding campaign, which is executed by Rotary District 2451, to provide safe water to poor households in deprived areas in Egypt.
“We wish to follow the example set by His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, Amir of Kuwait in demonstrating to the world Kuwait’s prominence as a nation of thoughtful giving” explains Buhijji.
KORA BORA is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation registered in Kuwait and Egypt, with offices in Jordan and the UAE. The KORA BORA initiative seeks to improve the daily lives of underprivileged children through the unifying theme of football, and thus contribute to positive social change in the MENA region.