As part of its commitment to tackling youth unemployment, the Coca-Cola Foundation launched the eighth cycle of its Ripples of Happiness (ROH) program, a six to eight week course that provides university students across the Middle East with the necessary skill sets and know-how to become entrepreneurs.

The program, launched in 2012 in cooperation with Injaz Al Arab, the largest non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the youth in the Middle East, offers students a number of training courses and workshops, including business management, financial literacy, and workplace readiness. One of the program’s main objectives is to empower students to motivate change in their respective communities by addressing prevalent social challenges.

The 8th cycle of the program saw the participation of over 360 students from 22 universities across the region. Participating teams in the most recent edition of ROH addressed a wide range of social challenges prevalent in is developing a smartphone application called “Efhamni” (“understand me” in Arabic), which aims to integrate deaf individuals in the community.

Meanwhile, teams in Bahrain are gearing their projects towards integrating people with disabilities in the local society. The Royal University for Women is designing car equipment to assist individuals with special needs enter vehicles, while the University of Bahrain team is working on an awareness campaign aimed at educating members of the community on how live with individuals with special needs, through a series of workshops.

Elsewhere, a team from the German Jordanian University is designing a method to produce diesel from waste products. This ambitious project aims to tackle high fuel prices and waste management issues in Jordan. 

Watch this space for further updates on teams’ progress in the eighth cycle of ROH.