Where:Algiers, Algeria
Project:Iftah Qalbak (Open Your Heart) - online counseling
Grant awarded:
€ 2,300 - November 2015


In Algeria, talking about subjects like homosexuality or gender identity is a taboo. Psychologists are even trained to state that homosexuality is a curable condition. Therefore, it’s hard to find reliable information on LGBT-related issues.

By setting up an online platform, Akham wants to spread knowledge about LGBT topics amongst community members. The website will contain a FAQ section and an online counseling desk. Visitors can anonymously ask personal questions and a volunteer counselor will respond within three days. With this online safe space, Akham wants to establish more self-esteem within the Algerian LGBT community.