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.
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?
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.