We are overjoyed to announce that 154 wonderful supporters have made our 2018 challenge a true success by donating $25,217!
Same Skies thanks YOU for your incredible support! Our 2018 challenge started with an ambitious target. Our enthusiastic campaigners successfully mobilised an amazing network of caring people. The continuation of our projects in Malaysia is now secured until the end of this year. We will provide you regularly with updates through our newsletters and on social media.
We are very happy that so many people all around the world care about refugees in Malaysia, and took action to support them. Together with the refugee communities we can make a difference in their lives.
The first quarter of the year had more to offer - new members for the Malaysian board and a new country coordinator, great first steps in the project in Johor Bahru and a visit to our friends in Indonesia at Refugee Learning Center & Refugee Learning Nest.
The Malaysian board welcomes two new members: Zulaikha Zulkifle and Danial Ridzwan Ali Bakri. Further, Amanda Helga Fernandez started her employment contract early March and will be responsible for operations in Malaysia. Besides her work, she is currently pursuing a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Designing Strategies and Projects for Humanitarian Action at the Geneva Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH). Making progress in Johor Bahru with refugee volunteers from the Yemeni, Sudanese and Syrian community.
In September 2017, we met a group of refugees from Yemen to exchange ideas about a future collaboration. At the beginning of this year, we built on these ideas while discussing the most pressing needs with a group of women, men and children from Yemen, Sudan and Syria. The main challenges they face are exploitation from informal employers (i.e. low salaries and no health insurance), and a lack of access to affordable education and health care. Same Skies now meets regularly with a small but dedicated group of refugees who are willing to tackle these identified challenges. We began with a training on Project Cycle Management and Strategic Planning to draft a first project plan.
The group would like to start a community project with the objective of supporting the livelihoods of refugees in Johor Bahru by providing English and Malay language classes, improving computer skills and starting vocational training courses for adults. While these activities may be adjusted over the course of the next visits, we are excited that the group is off to an encouraging start!
A warm thank you to HOST International and Rotary Club Hall for supporting us in this project!
Connecting people, sharing knowledge, and learning from each other is crucial for the work of Same Skies. Here, Abdullah from Refugee Learning Center in Indonesia and Yahya from Johor Bahru exchange ideas in a virtual meeting. Abdullah shared his experience on establishing a community centre and told Yahia what obstacles his team had to overcome. We enjoyed the informative session and are excited to help refugee communities connecting across countries.
Our friends from Refugee Learning Center and Refugee Learning Nest warmly welcomed Julia and our Teacher Trainer, Tracey Donehue, and discussed the latest developments. If you want to read up on our Coaching Programme with the members of Refugee Learning Center please follow this link (https://www.sameskies.org/projects). The teachers and management team from Refugee Learning Center with Julia Frei (International Director) and Tracey Donehue (Teacher Trainer).