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Author: Refugee Empowerment International

$20,000 of $20,000 raised

2015-08-01 ~ 2015-12-31
Agency: Mercy Corps

This project connects both Syrian refugee youths and Turkish youths to enhance life skills through art. The participants of the program will create their own individual paintings. They will then decide together which elements to use and will create two murals within the community under the guidance of 2 artists, one Syrian and one Turkish. The murals will be painted on the Mercy Corp’s community center as well as another local building in the area. The murals will then be put on display to the public and photographs will be shared through local media reports.

$18,000 of $18,000 raised

2015-07-31 ~ 2016-04-31
Agency: Karenni Social Development Centre

Karennni Social Development Centre (KnSDC) will conduct a ten-month training for 50 young adults from June 2015. The training will include non-violent social change, care of the environment, legal rights, human rights, gender issues, children’s rights and community activities.

$15,000 of $15,000 raised

2015-04-31 ~ 2016-03-31
Agency: Karen Women’s Organisation (KWO)

The project will provide Baby Kits to 200 mothers in Ee Htu Hta IDP camp in Burma, thus improving the health and hygiene of the mothers and their newborn babies. The programme will also provide health education and management, and health capacity building training for KWO District and Township level Executive Committees.

$20,000 of $20,000 raised

2015-02-20 ~ 2016-02-20
Agency: Caritas Nairobi
$20,000

This project focuses on urban refugees who are living in the city without the same protection as people living in a refugee camp. The project will promote education and skills training for refugees, integration through language training, legal awareness, and setting up micro-enterprises through vocational skill training. The education and skills training will focus on many different areas including planning and organization of micro projects, micro credit and financial management and gender equity. The refugees will be provided with information on their legal rights and assisted with permanent residence applications.

$20,000 of $20,000 raised

2014-07-07 ~ 2014-10-07
Agency: Popular Aid for Relief and Development (PARD)
$20,000

This project will enhance the living conditions of 400 refugee families from Syria by providing them with hygiene kits and health education, each of which are essential resources for adapting to their new conditions after having fled to Lebanon. The hygiene kits, which contain essential sanitation and health items, serve as the primary health care for these families. As the crisis in Syria is severe and ongoing, the kits will be purchased and distributed as quickly as possible. The benefits will be both immediate, allowing the families to handle immediate health problems and easing pressure on their hosts, as well as long-term, ensuring disease preventions and proper child development.

$20,000 of $20,000 raised

2014-06-01 ~ 2015-05-31
Agency: Help Age International
$20,000

This project will provide WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Health) and psychosocial services to 600 families living in off-camp locations of the Peshawar district of Pakistan whose members include widows, older persons or persons with disabilities. Altogether, almost 4040 people will benefit from the provision of hygiene kits, hygiene awareness promotion, and sensitivity and advocacy training as a part of this project.

$15,000 of $15,000 raised
2014-05-07 ~ 2015-05-06
Agency: Karenni Social Development Centre
$15,000
This project will provide fifty (50) young adults living on the Thai-Burma border with training and education in law, nonviolent social change, and environmental issues. This ten-month course is a core aspect of building a vibrant and sustainable refugee community among those who have fled their homes in search of safety from the perpetual ethnic violence that overtook parts of Burma, also known as Myanmar, for over six decades. This training will brighten the future for these young adults, who will have increased opportunities for work and can seek to spread their knowledge further among their community after the course.

$20,000 of $20,000 raised
2014-05-07 ~ 2015-05-06
Agency: DARE
$20,000
This project will provide community training manuals on drug addiction prevention and support to members of the refugee communities living on the Thai-Burma border and to people displaced ultimately within the country of Burma, also known as Myanmar, itself. The manuals are an update to DARE’s previous manuals, now over 10 years old, which have been prepared and taught by members of the local refugee community. The previous set of manuals and the DARE program have proven successful in helping to combat the addiction crisis which has overtaken many of the displaced communities throughout Burma and South East Asia. These updated manuals are essential to DARE’s vision of expanding its reach and providing more sensitive treatment and education threatened by addiction.

$20,000 of $20,000 raised

2014-04-01 ~ 2015-03-31
Agency: Bienvenu Shelter
$20,000

This project will provide valuable skills and business knowledge development that will enable women in Johannesburg’s Bienvenu Shelter to find jobs or start small businesses. REI funding will support the project’s 12-month sewing skills training program whereby women can develop their skills and also improve their English and business knowledge. The project leaders will also offer childcare support to the residents of Bienvenu Shelter and the community as a whole, which will allow more women to take part in the sewing program. Overall, the sewing project will directly benefit 140 women from the Bienvenu Shelter by providing them valuable skills that can lead to a brighter future.

$30,000 of $30,000 raised

2013-12-20 ~ 2014-02-02
Agency: OGA for Aid
$30,000

This project is designed to revitalize farming and business in Minami Sanriku, located in the Tohoku region, which was devastated by the March 2011 earthquake. With previous funding from REI, the project coordinators have created a successful green farming initiative that is helping to bring income, jobs and a sustainable food source to the region. To expand the initiative further, the project now requires vital infrastructure, equipment and personnel to build upon its success. Initiatives such as these are essential in attracting people and business back to the area and in providing those who never left a sense of normalcy once again.