Education for
young refugees
and displaced people
from around the world
Higher Education in Emergencies
Who are we?

Habesha Project is a politically neutral, secular, humanitarian nonprofit, born of Mexican civil society, that creates higher education opportunities for young refugees and displaced people from around the world.

Higher Education in Emergencies

In partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other international organizations, we tackle the challenge of providing higher education in emergencies. Read about the importance of this issue.

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Only 3% of young refugees in the world today have access to university education. Inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, we want that number to rise to 15% by 2030. With your donation, we can reach that goal.

Read Habesha Project’s student beneficiaries’ stories.


Omar Qayson

“I guess I am unlucky to have been affected by war, but I am lucky to be part of Habesha Project.”


Omar is from Talbiseh, Homs, in northwestern Syria. Before the conflict, his plan was to study journalism in Damascus, but he only just managed to finish high school when the bombs started falling.

He was selected by Habesha Project in 2015, but because he found himself in an area made entirely inaccesible by violence, he had to wait for more than three years before travelling to Mexico.

Omar arrived in Mexico in May 2018. After living in Aguascalientes for a year and passing Habesha Project’s Intensive Course in Spanish Language and Academic Re-Integration (CIAERA), he began his Bachelor’s in Architecture at the Ibero-American University (IBERO).


Silva Namo

“Imagine you have died and someone comes along and gives you a miracle cure. That’s what it felt like coming to Mexico; like being born again.”


Silva lived in Al-Hasakam, Syria, until August 2013, when, due to the armed conflict, she had to flee to Duhok Governorate in Iraqi Kurdistan, where she lived for four years.

During her stay in Iraq, she worked as a community assitant in a French humanitarian agency, something which allowed her to learn a lot about the needs of refugees, as well as support her family economically. Her application to become a Habesha Project beneficiary was accepted in 2015 and, after an intensive fundraising campaign by the initiative, she arrived in Mexico in February 2017.

Silva is now studying odontology at the Universidad Latina de América (UNLA).


Enjin Ali

“The existence of this project is proof that Mexico wants to help countries affected by conflict and strengthen its relationships with populations in need..”


Enjin is from Aleppo Governorate, Syria. She was able to finish her high school studies before the worsening violence in Kobanî forced her to flee to Iraq.

At several points during her stay in Iraq, she worked in colloboration with UNICEF and UNHCR as a volunteer for organizations such as Un Ponte Per, Relief and Terre des Hommes in the refugee camps of Darashakran, Baharka and Debaga. She learned a lot about maternity issues, premature births and child labor.

She began her application to Habesha Project at the end of 2016, and arrived in Mexico in September 2017.

She is currently studying a Bachelor’s in Architecture at the Western Institute of Technology and Education (ITESO) in Guadalajara.


Rasha Salah

Rasha is from As-Suwayda Governorate, Syria. In 2005, she won a scholarship to study a Bachelor’s in Humanities and Educational Sciences in Havana, Cuba. After finishing her studies, she returned to Syria to finish her Bachelor’s in Journalism at the University of Damascus.

She worked as a teacher of Spanish at the the University of Damascus’s Higher Institute of Languages and volunteered for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. As part of her duties at the Red Crescent, she helped children displaced by war integrate into society by organising recreational activities.

Due to the worsening violence of the armed conflict, Rasha was forced to flee Syria in mid 2016 and travel to Lebanon. There, she worked for local humanitarian organization Sawa for Development and Aid, which works with Syrian refugees aged between 9 and 16 who want to go to school by organising workshops and therapeutic activities.

After applying to and being accepted by Habesha Project, Rasha arrived in Mexico towards the end of 2017. Today, she is studying towards a Master’s in Social Science at El Colegio de Sonora.

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