Our history

Still I Rise is an independent international organization, created to provide education and protection for the vulnerable.

We believe in the power of education and the positive impact it has on the the displaced, the stateless, and the destitute whose right to schooling have been denied.

Still I Rise was born to address a specific need: to educate and support minors living in the Samos hotspot, the refugee camp on the island of Samos, Greece. Here we opened Mazí, the first youth center for children and adolescents on the island, where we offer education, food, therapy and a safe place to escape from the horrors of the camp. In Samos we have developed a school model with the initiative to rehabilitate traumatized and deprived minors by providing them the opportunity to secure a better future for themselves.

Now we are opening high quality international schools in nations that have become the destinations or long term transit spaces for migrants. By doing so, we are exporting the values and the educational and teaching techniques developed in Mazí. Our international schools offer a global education to the most destitute by awarding them an internationally recognized diploma upon graduation. It is a concept that no organization has ever implemented before.

In Turkey, Kenya, Latin America and Italy we are opening internationally accredited schools. Our curriculum begins with a preparatory year, in which students participate in a rigorous and holistic educational experience in order to elevate their knowledge and skills, encourage them to reclaim their hopes and dreams, and to prepare them for the international program. Then, students will begin six years of study in an international curriculum, designed to equip them with the knowledge, skills, confidence, and diploma to enroll in quality institutions of higher education and to apply for competitive positions.

We strongly believe that one student, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. We are building schools in order to make it happen.

Our values


We do not accept financial support from large organizations, governments, or international institutions.


100% of donations we receive are allocated towards the realization of our projects and our purchases can be verified by donors upon request.


We work to effectively address, in the best possible way, the needs of our beneficiaries on the field.


May 2018

Still I Rise Italy is founded with the goal to support projects on Samos for child refugees.

June 2018

Still I Rise Greece is founded with the goal to open the first youth center on the island.

August 2018

Mazí youth center for informal education is opened.

March 2019

Through Our Eyes, the photographic exhibition realized by students of Mazí, is inaugurated.

June 2019

Still I Rise condemns the Samos refugee camp authorities for their  negligence of unaccompanied minors.

July 2019

Summer camp program on Samos for former Mazí students is opened.

October 2019

Operations in Turkey to open the first international schools for child refugees in the world begins.

December 2019

The European Court of Human Rights granted interim measures for an immediate transfer of 5 unaccompanied minors who were studying at Mazí.

January 2020

Still I Rise Kenya is founded with the goal to open the first International School for refugee and destitute children in Africa. Still I Rise UK is established in order to support our operations on the ground.

February 2020

Nicolò Govoni, president of Still I Rise, nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize.

March 2020

The school in Gaziantep - Turkey is opened.

April 2020

Still I Rise has been authorized by the State of California to teach their curriculum in the International Schools.


April 2020

Launch of Together, Still I Rise's first e-learning platform.

July 2020

Beginning of the operations in Kenya to open the International School.

August 2020

Opening of Ma'an, educational center in Syria.

December 2020

Opening of the Still I Rise International School in Nairobi, Kenya.

June 2021

Admission of the Still I Rise International School in Kenya to the International Baccalaureate circuit.