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 with Rohingya people in a number of countries. The project we are interested in this month is with a small organization funded by CNEC in Malaysia called Cahaya Surya Bakti. CNEC is providing life-saving support to Rohingya refugees who are making the dangerous voyage from Myanmar and Bangladesh to Malaysia. The Rohingya people are persecuted in Myanmar. Starting in 2017 there was a massive displacement of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh. That has been a disaster as Rohingya people are unwanted in Bangladesh and are contained in large camps. Large camps are a breeding ground for disease and despair. The world paid a lot of attention at first, but most organizations have pulled out of Bangladesh and the situation for refugees has become so desperate they are risking their lives crossing by water to Malaysia. CNEC has experience building communities for Rohingya refugees in Myanmar. And now they are helping Rohingya refugees who are fleeing to Malaysia.
FEAL - MIDDLE EAST
FEAL serves Syrian Refugees in Lebanon and displaced Syrian people in Syria. The sustainable solution this organization provides for the humanitarian issue of refugee care, is reintegration of refugees back into their home country. All the care they provide is with the end goal of helping refugees settle back home when the crisis there lessens. They can help a lot of refugees with the same amount of resources it takes to sponsor a family to a new country. In addition FEAL is a volunteer-driven organization. We love this organization for its use of volunteers including youth to care for refugee youth. There are 1.5 million refugees in Lebanon which only has has 6 million people. Imagine what it would be like if 1 in every 4 people in your country arrived in the last few years as a refugee. That would put a great strain on social services and employment. Covid-19 conditions place an additional strain and make it extra hard to deliver support. And in the months before Covid-19 hit, the Lebanese economy was already in free-fall. Newspapers were calling conditions a social catastrophe. When we see the sacrificial heart of this orgnaization and its volunteers, we want to do all we can to assist.