We would like to share the highlights of 2017 with you!
This year was full of lessons learnt, progress in new and old projects, growth, fruitful exchanges, interesting collaborations, and of course plenty of work for our fast growing team!
We successfully established branches in Malaysia and Indonesia, and welcomed 13 new board members to Same Skies International. We now have legal entities in four countries!
Transformative Leadership in Action will be offered as of April 2018 in collaboration with Monash University's Border Crossing Observatory, HOST International, BOOKBRIDGE, and KYS Business School.
It is an innovative 7-month part-time programme with one residential module in Malaysia. It offers coporate and humanitarian leaders the opportunity to learn with and from each other, and create lasting impact through the establishment of a refugee-led community centre.
You can find more information here: www.sameskies.org/leadership.
The Refugee Collaboration Network was initiated in September 2017 to bring together different refugee organisations in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). After assessing their most significant challenges, we agreed on four project objectives to be reached by the end of 2018. The main aim is to support the needs of the participating groups to improve the quality, relevance, reach and sustainability of their services. To that end, we visit the network every month for two-day intensive training workshops on organisational and pedagogical capacities. In addition, we offer Skype coaching sessions in between the visits. We thoroughly enjoy the diverse and energised exchange!
The Rohingya Women Empowerment Project started in October 2017, partly funded by UNHCR Malaysia. The overall aim is to create sustainable livelihood initiatives with and for the women. Initially, we explored their interests and skills and brainstormed suitable business ideas. We are now visiting the women's group every three weeks to further develop and strengthen these ideas. The project is a start to supporting the women in their daily lives, and empowering them to shape their own futures. Our host is the Rohingya Society Malaysia in Ipoh, which provides us with a venue for the trainings. Please support us and donate using the link here!
At the beginning of the year, Same Skies successfully handed over the Indonesian projects
Refugee Learning NEST and Refugee Learning CENTER to the refugee leaders. The highlight of our visit was a fantastic celebration. Rather than being sad about the completion of the projects for us, we celebrated the ongoing success of the community centres and their full independence. The refugee volunteers received medals and certificates for their great commitment and work!
Congratulations to all the people who have made this possible!
After the handover, we continued our partnership with Refugee Learning Center through our Coaching Programme. We provide the refugee leaders and teachers with individual monthly mentoring sessions on Skype to ensure long-term sustainability. We are very impressed with all the achievements of the centre - it is testament to the relevance of our model of self determination and empowerment.