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Muzabel commented on A Wider Welcome

Hi Jessica,

This is a great project. Refugee-run CBOs (like mine in Kenya - www.resilienceaction.net) are crucial to the integration of refugees and their ability to actively contribute to their host economy. Very little is being done to help these initiatives, and I think your idea is really needed.

I spoke about refugee engaged when I was invited for the "A Deeper Look" podcast this July. The podcast is run by Patrick Fine , CEO of FHI360. I discussed how many humanitarian organizations need to step and recognize the voices and abilities of refugees, because at the end of the day, life for a refugee is beyond the basic needs assistance.

Feel free to also look at my project post at https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/2019-bridgebuilder-challenge/ideas/apex-edzone-offline-digital-and-blended-learning-for-refugees.

Best,

Muzabel

Hi Feyza,

This is a great project. I remember working on a similar idea as part of a fellowship I did in Madrid, and your project just covers all the things needed to succeed. A few questions for your (these would also help me in my project):
- What role should local/regional employers play in developing this vocational training center? Do you think you need to work with potential employers, or do refugees become competitive enough immediately after training?
- Have you thought any any professional/international certifications that refugees could take to have a wider credibility?

Thank you!

Muzabel
Project: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/2019-bridgebuilder-challenge/review/apex-edzone-offline-digital-and-blended-learning-for-refugees

Hi Jackline,
Thank you for sharing these stories, and the importance of supporting women to be able to better navigate the difficult burdens put on them in refugee camps. I would love to learn more about your work, as my organization (resilienceaction.net) also operates in Kigoma.

Please also have a look at my project to see if there are any areas of potential partnership. The link is https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/2019-bridgebuilder-challenge/review/apex-edzone-offline-digital-and-blended-learning-for-refugees.

With kind regards,

Muzabel