A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi

by Home Storytellers - a fiscally sponsored by 501c3 nonprofit, Empowerment WORKS
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A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi
A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi
A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi
A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi
A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi
A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi
A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi
A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi
A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi
A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi
A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi
A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi
A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi
A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi
A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi
A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi
A film to amplify refugee education in Malawi
Jacques' Home and some of his children
Jacques' Home and some of his children

We want to take advantage of this report to express our gratitude to the 131 donors who have supported this project. We totally appreciate that you are teaming up with us to help amplifying refugee vocational education at the Dzaleka Refugee camp in Malawi. The current COVID19 pandemic has overshadowed the refugee crisis, however it is still present and if somethings has happened is that the health crisis has brought many other challenges to refugees.

As a reminder please watch this 3 minute inspiring video that makes the case for the production of SAWDUST. Please click this link: WHY IS SO IMPORTANT TO TELL THIS STORY.

We are avidly waiting for the lifitng of travel restrictions to send the SAWDUST film crew to Malawi. In the meantime, we are also working hard to continue raising funds for the project. We are at 27% of the funding goal of $25,000. We know times are tough for everyone, but we hope we can count on you to help us complete this project. Once our normal work has resumed, we’ll put your generosity to use where it's needed most to finished this documentary to accelerate the growth of There is Hope's programs.  

If you’re unable to donate at this time, there are other ways you can support us! Please share our project with your friends, family and social networks. If you want to start your own fundraiser for your birthday or any other special ocassion please contact us at info@homestorytellers.org and we will help you set up your personal page.  

There’s only one way we can support refugees through this global crisis: together. 

With gratitude.

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As we mentioned in the last report, our original plan was to send the SAWDUST film crew to Malawi at the end of April. Unfortunately due to the COVID19 pandemia the plans had to change and we have not been able to define a new date due to the current travel restrictions. We will be ready to go whenever the bans are lifted and it is safe to travel. 

The current health emergency is happening on top of an ongoing refugee crisis. This is making life even more difficult for the more than 42,000 refugees living at the Dzaleka camp in Malawi. 

In the middle of this tragedy however, there are incredible stories of generosity. In March, we received a message of despair from Mr. Magambi, the founder and Executive Director of There is Hope, the nonprofit organization delivering the vocational training at the Dzaleka camp that we are supporting. Mr. Magambi, who is an outstanding leader, former refugee, and a great human was letting us know that "it is not an easy time to be a leader". Later, this story turned into an amazingly inspiring COVID19 story that we decided to turn into an audio piece and want to share with you today.

Please do not miss the oportunity to listen to this uplifting story today, maybe you will also get some tears of joy as I did: MY DEAREST MAMA CRICKET

Although the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced us to postpone the production of Sawdust, our commitment to amplify the vocational education programs of There is Hope at the Dzaleka Refugee camp remains as strong as ever. 

We know times are tough for everyone, but we hope we can count on you to help us complete this project. Once our normal work has resumed, we’ll put your generosity to use where it's needed most to finished this documentary to accelerate the growth of There is Hope's programs.  

If you’re unable to donate at this time, there are other ways you can support us! Please share our project with your friends, family and social networks. If you want to start your own fundraiser for your birthday or any other special ocassion please contact us at info@homestorytellers.org and we will help you set up your personal page.  

There’s only one way we can support refugees through this global crisis: together. 

Stay safe and well,

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As a reminder, the objective of this project is to significantly increase the number of refugees receiving vocational education at the Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi. Graduating from this training increases refugees chances of becoming self-reliant at the camp and better prepared for repatriation of resettlement. 

So, the question is how Home Storytellers does that? Have you ever watched a documentary film and at the end say I will do something about it. If it is about an enviromental issue, you might say I will stop using plastic bags or buy products only from enviromentally friendly companies. You might also say, I will donate to a nonprofit that is doing something about the issue. Documentary films are very effective way to inform the minds and hearts of people to take action on an issue. 

That is what we do. We are expert visual storytelllers telling stories of refugees empowered by great self-reliance solutions. That is the case of Jacques. His life significantly improved when he graduated from carpentry training by our partner organization There is Hope. While Jacques is still living with his family at the Dzaleka camp, the income they receive from Jacques' carpentry shop, allows them to live a dignified life.

Telling Jacques' story will bring more resources to There is Hope to scale their vocational programs. Like Jacques' many more refugees will be empowered to become self- reliant.

HOME STORYTELLERS DONATES THE FILMS TO OUR PARTNER ORGANIZATION

For that reason we need your support to produce the film. We are sending the film crew of four to Malawi at the end of April. Of course that involves flights, food, accomodations, transportation, film equipment, insurance, etc. 

Some people aks themselves why not to donate directly to There is Hope. Of course that is a good option too. However, right now There is Hope needs this film. Once the film is completed we are targeting $300,000 USD incremental funding to There is Hope from Foundations, donors, businesses, and maybe even governments. So think this way, one dollar you give to make this film will yield 6 dollars of incremental funding to There is Hope's vocational trainign programs. Great impact of your money.

For you information GlobalGiving will match online donations up to $50 at 50% the week of March 23 -27. It will be a great way to increase your impact.

Thank you!

THE HOME STORYTELLERS TEAM.

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Dzaleka Refugee Camp
Dzaleka Refugee Camp

When we wrote the last report we were at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi. We told you that we were meeting with refugees whose lives have been positively influenced by the vocational education program by our grassroots partner There is Hope. After listening to three compelling stories we had to decide on one for our film. It was such a difficult decision that we had a hard time sleeping the night before.

We are very happy to report that we selected the story of Jacques Kabongo. He had a good life. Happily married with two children and a job in an NGO defending democracy and human rights. After a traumatic and violent near-death experience in his home country the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jacques saw no option but to take his family and flee for their safety. In 2013, they arrived in the Dzaleka camp. Jacques had no means of earning money and to survive he began molding bricks to sell at the camp. They lived in a small, shabby, grass thatched home with no electricity. Sending their children to school was a major challenge and they depended on food rations by UNHCR in order to survive. With no hope of ever becoming self-reliant, Jacques heard about vocational training programs and decided to apply. He got accepted into the carpentry training and successfully graduated. While Jacques, his wife Esther, and their 6 children continue to patiently wait in the tough camp conditions for resettlement, their life changed dramatically. Jacques opened a carpentry shop and was able to send his children to school again. He has given his family a better life in a new home he built with his own hands. Jacques is also very passionate about giving back to his community and has three 16-year-old apprentices learning and working in his shop. He has given them hope and a way to a better future.

It is critical to tell Jacques’ story to create awareness and increase resources to the needed educational programs at the Dzaleka camp. Jacques’ story is a proof that education makes refugees’ permanence more bearable and increase their chances to become self-reliant within the camp. Having education will also prepare them to economically contribute to their host country when they resettle. We will tell the story with the upcoming short film Sawdust: Rebuilding an Existence. Please watch the film pitch here.

Our plan is to go back to Malawi with the film production crew in April or May 2020. For this we need to reach our $25,000 funding goal. Thank you for helping making this film possible!! 

Check out our Instagram for more updates and stories about the project.

Interviewing Jacques Kabongo
Interviewing Jacques Kabongo
Home Storytellers team with Jacques' Family
Home Storytellers team with Jacques' Family
Home Storytellers team preparing for filming
Home Storytellers team preparing for filming

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Yes, we are finally here at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp and able to personally meet There is Hope’s (TIH) founder Innocent Magambi and his amazing team. After a long journey we received an incredibly warm welcome by our grassroots partner There is Hope Malawi. Due to our productive and regular conversations with them before the trip, our predefined schedule and good organization on the part of TIH we have been able start with our work straight away and make significant progress in the development phase of our upcoming film.

This means that by day 2 we have already met with refugees, whose story best reflect the tremendous work of There is Hope and demonstrate the positive impact the education, vocational training, leadership and social enterprise programs of TIH have on a refugee’s life at Dzaleka Refugee Camp.

The aim of this trip is to select the story that will later be documented by HOME Storytellers and to create visual content for a pitch.

Our upcoming film project will help our grassroots partner provide more access to education for refugees in Malawi so that they can continue to move towards self-reliance. Every dollar invested in this film will result in approximately 10 dollars incremental funding for There is Hope's education programs in the Dzaleka Refugee Camp Malawi.

Thank you for helping us making this film possible! This documentary will dramatically increase awareness and program fundraising to amplify the positive transformation that There is Hope is already generating in the lives of refugees at Malawi's largest refugee camp, Dzaleka. 

Check our Instagram for more updates and live stories about our trip to Malawi!

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Francisco Alcala
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