The Urban Refugees team is looking forward to working with the Somali refugee women on this training. The launch of the project is on a temporary hold until we raise the necessary funds. Once we raise the funds necessary, the Somali refugee women will be able to purchase equipment and learn sewing, which will enable them to make clothing for themselves and their families, and also to sell the garments they make to help sustain themselves and their families financially as they re-build their lives in Malaysia. We thank all the donors who already contributed to this project. Please do not hesitate to share it within your friends and family so we can make it a reality.
Sep 11, 2018
News about our programs
By Sonia Ben Ali - Director
After the successful completion of our pilot incubation project, the Urban Refugees team returned to Kuala Lumpur in June 2018 to visit each of the community organizations we collaborated with.
Six months after the formal completion of our collaborations with each, this visit enabled us to evaluate the impact of our incubations. We were pleased to receive unanimous feedback from refugee leaders who have all expanded the services they are able to provide to their community members and are increasingly considered key stakeholders by partner NGOs.
Moving forward, our team plans to launch a new program in Uganda beginning in early 2019, with several refugee-led organizations (RLOs) from Sudan, Congo, and South Sudan, who are awaiting our support--including an RLO that is led entirely by women. We have successfully raised the funds to launch this next project and our team is eager to kickstart these new collaborations in the new year.
We are pleased to report that the pilot phase of the Urban Refugees Incubation Program (URIP) will be complete at the end of July. During the program, our team worked directly with three, community-based, refugee-led organizations in Malaysia, and we will be returning to Kuala Lumpur to meet with each of the organizations and their leaders this summer: the Afghan Community Center, the Rohingya Society of Malaysia, and the Somali Refugee Community.
Each of the communities have benefited substantially from our collaborations and have continued to thrive. After the completion of these final meetings, our team will complete a final report for the Incubation Program to fully capture the successes and learnings, and we look forward to sharing that report with our donors.
In the meantime, the Urban Refugees team has continued to fundraise for a continuation of the next incubation project with several refugee-led organizations in need in Uganda. After the submission of several proposals to foundations and private donors, we are eagerly awaiting responses and look forward to sharing updates soon.
Thank you again for your support. Our work changes the lives of urban refugees around the world--and we couldn't do it without your support.