We are unlocking funding for refugee-led organizations (RLOs) so that they can lead solutions for their communities. Learn about the partner organizations of RRLI and their impact.
In May 2021, the Resourcing Refugee Leadership Initiative was selected as the winner of the $10 million Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award, one of the largest ever investments in the refugee leadership movement. This award was the first step in our efforts to establish the first-of-its-kind RLO-to-RLO fund, a fund managed by refugees for refugees. RRLI has established a funding and support model that will enable at least 50 RLOs to sustain and scale their impact within the next five years. Through this effort, we will reach over 1,000,000 people across every major refugee-hosting region globally with holistic, community-driven support and solutions.
With this latest round of grants - US$1.18m in direct funding - RRLI has now funded over $3.6 million directly to refugee-led partner organizations. We invite you to get to know our incredible new partner organizations that are expanding their community-led work thanks to the RLO-to-RLO Fund.
El Derecho a No Obedecer (“The Right to Not Obey”)
El Derecho a No Obedecer (“El DANO”) is a Venezuelan youth-led initiative that promotes and advocates for social and cultural integration among migrants, refugees, returnees and their host communities, and fights against unjust narratives of xenophobia. They do so primarily through a three step theory of change: create spaces for conversation between varied stakeholders including the refugee community, host community, government, private sector, and academia; convene networks that act upon the recommendations of those stakeholders; and support the mobilization of network campaigning through strategic advocacy and communications, including through social media and research.
La Fundación Radaber (“Radaber”) is a Venezuelan women-led organisation that provides holistic services to refugees and migrants living in the state of Cundinamarca in Colombia -- an underserved location in Colombia. Radaber was in existence for 15 years in Venezuela, and was recreated in Colombia in 2018 after the founder was forced to flee Venezuela. Radaber focuses on providing access to legal status, education, and healthcare for the migrant and refugee population, in addition to humanitarian aid and support for entrepreneurs.
Faysel Community School - Cairo
Faysel Community School’s mission is to develop well rounded, confident, and responsible individuals who aspire to achieve their full potential. They do this by providing a welcoming, happy, safe, equitable and supportive environment to access educational opportunities, as well as legal services and counselling. Faysel Community School runs the largest refugee community school system in Cairo, with four sites and a variety of programs reaching 1400 students of all ages annually.
New Vision was founded in 2017 and is a refugee-led community-based organisation that works for and by migrants and refugees in Cairo, Egypt to build the capacity of migrants and refugees to improve the quality of their lives. New Vision provides key legal, psychosocial and education support services. Among other programs, New Vision offers adult education that supports labour market entry, income generating activities for women, children’s creative expression programs, and legal services that support registration with UNHCR, access to birth certificates, and referrals to other community services.
Tafawol Association for Special Needs and Development
Founded in 2016, Tafawol is a Refugee-Led Community Based Organization (CBO) which started as a small initiative that supported children with special needs inside of local school settings. They have since expanded into a multi-site, full-service refugee support agency that provides a wide breadth of services, including a year-round school for migrant children with disabilities; speech training for disabled children; legal aid programming; employment skills training for migrant women and single mothers; a kindergarten; online education video production; and migrant psychosocial support programming.
Care the Displaced Children (CDC)
CDC is a refugee-led preschool and education center open five days a week that offers educational programs to refugee children coming from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and others. This organization is new. They are seeking to address an important and unmet need for refugees of Indonesia: access to kindergarten and preschool. The founders are well-connected to the community and have long, personal histories working with their fellow displaced people in Indonesia. They are educators, lawyers and advocates for the rights of forcibly displaced people.
HELP for Refugees
Founded in 2017 - HELP (Health, Education, and Learning Program) for Refugees is
a community-based learning centre in South Jakarta, Indonesia. They provide yearly
education and healthcare services to over 150 refugee children, youth, and adults in their community.
Refugee Learning Centre
Refugee Learning Centre (RLC) was established in Indonesia in 2015, and is a non-profit, non-religious, nonpolitical, refugee-led community centre. The centre provides education to refugee and asylum seeker children who are not able to enter the education system in Indonesia due to their status as displaced people. RLC is also a source of optimism, motivation, inspiration and hope in an otherwise untenable environment for refugees.
In 2017, RLC expanded their services to include access to a General Educational Development (GED) program, which was the first formal secondary education opportunity to be offered to refugees in Indonesia. They additionally have monthly medical and dental clinics, and a youth group sports program. Today, RLC reaches 200 refugee youth, and 129 refugee adults with programs daily. Of note, RLC’s volunteer teachers receive extra training and support. Three teachers with their GED diplomas are now teaching the GED program at other learning centres, ensuring access to secondary education grows in Indonesia.