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Empowerment Tag

What the project does
The Refugee Engagement and Empowerment Programme (REEP) provides training and support to assist young refugees living in the city of Nairobi to settle into their host community as well as empower them to be able to support themselves financially.

The REEP programme conducts literacy and numeracy classes covering basic arithmetic, Swahili and English as well as training in skills needed for personal, social and career-related success. The programme includes vocational skills training, job placements, apprenticeships, enterprise skills development to offer employment and more informal learning opportunities for the young refugees.
Youth leaders are identified in each community and they then mobilise other youth to sign up for the programme. These role models are able to identify relevant skills development training opportunities.

The programme works with local centres to provide training and legal support to refugees. Professionals from the host community assist integration through classes in English and Swahili and with legal aid advice for protection because refugees are subject to intimidation and exploitation by the authorities.

What the project does

The kindergarten provides for 100 students in Wadi Zayne in the south of Lebanon. The school provides the children with an important education while also addressing their psycho-social needs.

The curriculum focuses on education and psychosocial activities for 4 to 6-year-olds. They learn numbers, play team games and do art work amongst other activities. The team games are particularly important for children who have either experienced trauma or live with insecurity because they encourage teamwork, self-discipline, trust and sharing.

On top of this, the teachers for the school are from the refugee community as many had worked in education before. The kindergarten provides them with a livelihood and a rare opportunity to use their professional skills.
The teachers are incredibly resourceful and often use simple materials such as paper cups and plates, objects we tend to take for granted, to make animals, sea creatures and even snowmen!

What the project does
Karenni Social Development Centre (KSDC) runs nine-month courses that trains young people to be aware of their rights and to understand the rule of law, democracy, care for the environment and general leadership skills for working with their communities. Subjects include: environmental sustainability, gender equality, non-violent activism, human (and refugee) rights as well as English and computer studies.
Each year 35 young adults do the basic course and 26 applicants  are selected from the basic course to continue their studies in the Advanced Community Management Course.

REI has supported the work of KNSDC for some years and has seen the progress it has made as it has developed its integrated syllabus and seen alumni from the courses go on to become mobile trainers and change-makers, both in the camps and within Karenni state.

$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.

$25,000 of $25,000 raised

2011-07-01 ~ 2012-06-30
Agency: Mercy Corps
$25,000

This project will provide support for 56 young returnees, both male and female, to implement and manage their own micro-business in Twic County, South Sudan. The project will empower returnees to create a sustainable source of income for their families and improve the social and economic development of their local community, reaching a further 336 people indirectly.

$25,000 of $25,000 raised

2010-02-28 ~ 2011-02-20
Agency: Concern Universal
$25,000

Training in empowerment and individual rights will be provided to the displaced persons within the communities of Álamos and Dos de Juni, Colombia. These activities are designed to make them aware of their fundamental rights to health, education, water, sanitation, and income generation. With this training, individuals will be equipped with the ability and knowledge to claim these rights through the correct legal mechanisms.