We wholeheartedly thank you for supporting Diaspora Online Volunteers for Charities in Africa campaign. With your generous donation, we are making progress in creating and recruiting for an in-country Project Officer role in Khartoum, Sudan, to support our work with local organisations. We hope to raise further funds to expand the project to other countries soon!
At Shabaka we are passionate about supporting local organisations by harnessing existing technologies and the skills and knowledge of the diaspora without costing the earth. We aim to harness existing technology and platforms to enable for online volunteering removes barriers such as significant travel costs, and ensure everyone in the diaspora, including persons with disabilities, can also contribute their skills and knowledge.
The Diaspora Online Volunteers project continues to reach out to more diaspora across the globe since we’ve launched the crowdfunding campaign, our online diaspora volunteer roster has grown by a fantastic 84%!
The main purpose of the project is to support the active involvement of the diaspora, through online volunteering, in initiatives that will ensure charities and the communities they support are able to realise their economic, social and cultural rights. While this work is long-term, we have begun to re-energise our mission by re-visualising our core strategy, ensuring that the funds we raise through GlobalGiving crowdfunding will be channelled to key programmatic and research areas in the short and medium term, for example, the recruitment of a small support team in Sudan, followed by Somalia and Ethiopia in the coming months.
In May 2018, we were fortunate to be able to meet with other organisations working with diaspora groups at University College Dublin hosted Diaspora, Diplomacy, Development international conference, were we had the opportunity to present the work Shabaka is undertaking, and discuss issues around engagement of diaspora as agents of diplomatic and development goals.
Over the next 3 months, we will be organising and hosting an informal networking event, specifically for diaspora women, to provide an opportunity to share, inspire and network. In addition, we’ve had several productive meetings with UK based International NGO’s to discuss how diaspora can be provided with internship and volunteer opportunity that helps to build and upskill them, within the development and humanitarian context.