THIS MONTH'S PARTNER AGENCIES
Al Hadaf for Training serves Iraqi refugees who fled ISIS. The hundreds of families that have gone through their care have received trauma counselling and therapy. Al Hadaf works to restore these families and prepare them to build new lives. Most of the families are registered as refugees with the United Nations and have applied to immigrate to other countries. So Al Hadaf's role is invaluable. Refugees can spend years in a citizen-less status, unable to work and dependent on handouts. Al Hadaf provides counselling to deal with past traumas, support as refugees waiting for sponsorship, and training so that they contribute to their new home. This training includes access to English classes or tutors, basic education, and supplementary educational and creative activities. They also run sewing and makeup courses every semester. The program focuses on refugee empowerment, which includes teaching basic life skills in order to ensure a healthy and long life. Al Hadaf is all about sustainability. Their research has found that programming specifically aimed towards reducing the high levels of PTSD and depression among refugees improves all other aspects of their lives. Better mental health affects one’s language learning and conflict resolution abilities, relationships, economic situations, and physical health.
CNEC Singapore works throughout Southeast Asia. Their expansive network helps them respond effectively to disasters and humanitarian issues around the region. They have ongoing work in Myanmar, including with Rohingya people. Since the destabilization of Myanmar through a coup in 2021, their work has become even more critical. Their team inside Myanmar is coordinating relief with their team in Thailand. Items are getting from Thailand into Myanmar where many people have fled to the border region. Moving items by boat into Myanmar is a dangerous exercise. But they are successfully getting food and medical items to the people in need. These are internally displaced people who are at risk of disease and malnutrition as they wait until it is safe to go home.
KAMATI'S KIDS - NAMIBIA
Kamati’s Kids is transforming the shanty-towns of Windhoek from the inside out. Kamati and his team mentors young leaders to bring positive change to their own communities. Half the population of Windhoek, Namibia live in shantytowns surrounding the city. These unplanned communities are centres for violent crime, prostitution, and substance abuse. They are dangerous places to grow up. Shantytown children and youth are vulnerable, and lack opportunity. Kamati's Kids provides guidance and support for youth to navigate these dangers and realize a brighter future. They invest in the spiritual, physical, emotional and educational development of young people. Kamati's Kids protects and cares for children in practical ways. They use after-school programs like sports and tutoring to develop life skills and values.