Ibrahim Mohammad, Syrian refugee and volunteer for Talent Beyond Borders. (Photo courtesy of Talent Beyond Borders)
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Mohammad's story is common in Lebanon and also around the world.He is just one of the 1.03 million Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon with UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency. Worldwide, Mohammad is merely one of 65.3 million forcibly displaced people – an unprecedented number according to UNHCR.However, countless displaced people like Mohammad possess valuable skill sets that they are unable to put to use due to the legal and cultural hurdles they face. Despite his inability to work, Mohammad has chosen to volunteer with NGOs to boost his skills.In a world where the number of displaced people continues to rise, TBB seeks to act as an employment agency for refugees from all countries, connecting those with talent to companies in need.Nevertheless, TBB has succeeded in partnering with local organizations, larger international agencies like UNHCR, as well as corporations around the world willing to hire skilled refugees.However, the first "pilot" group of around 30 refugees will soon be linked to companies to demonstrate the viability of the system.For many refugees like Mohammad who lost official documents when fleeing, TBB has come up with a system to bridge the hurdles.
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