Help us colour the skies!
Kites of solidarity campaign
World Refugee Day 2021 marked the start of our "Kites of Solidarity’"campaign. By making a donation today, you help us raise the CHF 26,700.- we need to continue supporting our refugee-led projects in Malaysia and Indonesia until the end of the year.
In 2014, when Same Skies was just an idea, we remember brainstorming a name for the nascent organisation. Our ideas and imagery were all about freedom, equity, and hope, and the idea upon which we settled has seemed to resonate with people in the years since, acknowledging the universality of the human experience, and the things we have in common, rather than the things that divide us. One of the metaphors or symbols that we considered in those early days was that of a kite, darting, diving, and soaring overhead. There is a universality in kite flying too; a sense of innocence and fun, often associated with childhood.
In the lead-up to this year's campaign, we encouraged our friends and supporters to participate by building kites, writing messages of solidarity on them, and flying them in their neighbourhoods. For many of our refugee friends, kite flying holds a special cultural significance as a form of leisure and community spirit and competition. Kite flying was even banned under certain extremist regimes, and was widely celebrated when it was no longer prohibited. Follow our social media channels to see the amazing contributions from all over the world.
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Our constantly growing team
6 (locally-paid) staff members
22 international volunteers (unpaid)
22 local board members (unpaid)
From 15 countries*
*Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, France, Indonesia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, UK
Living in 13 countries*
*Australia, Bangladesh, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, Vietnam, UK
Including 4 (former) refugees, 33 women & 27 men
What we will do with your money
CHF 26,700.- will secure our operations until the end of the year.
Transformative Leadership in Action has gone into its third edition in February 2021. Together with an amazing team of participants, we are in the process of co-designing a new refugee-led project that will enhance the access of refugee children in Pekanbaru, Indonesia, to education. We are currently providing online training, coaching and project mentoring through the programme until October 2021, and we are committed to continuing our follow-up support to the refugee team for an additional 12 months after that.
Our social enterprise Kneading Peace has been hit the hardest by the pandemic. This project is a café, shop, art gallery and community space built around a training programme for refugee entrepreneurs. During six intensive months, they receive baking, enterprise and creative training, and are coached to develop business plans. We are still committed to continuing with this project, which requires a lot of flexibility and adaptability from the team in these uncertain times. Currently, we are only open for online orders. With your support, we will hopefully be able to enrol our next trainees as soon as we can re-open the shop.
We have been supporting Jakarta Bersatu Project with two online training workshops every week, as well as with individual monthly mentoring sessions to each team member. In October, we will conduct an assessment of the team capacities, and jointly develop a new agreement based on the support needed.
By the end of the year, we will provide
For the participants of Transformative Leadership in Action
28 hours of lectures
24 hours of leadership coaching
48 hours of follow-up training
21 hours of mentoring
A start-up grant of CHF 500.-
For our Kneading Peace trainees
Still depending on when we can re-open but per week:
20 hours of baking & hospitality training
4 hours of enterprise training
2 hours of creative training
A living-away from home allowance & free accommodation
For the team of Jakarta Bersatu Project
96 hours of training
30 hours of mentoring
A grant of CHF 1000.-
For our refugee partner organisations
237 hours of mentoring
Grants of CHF 1000.- to each group
Networking opportunities & other support as needed