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Sponsored by Linda Mushrefova
Fund a Refugee Youth Dream Project
Minneapolis, MN
Let's help Festo achieve his dreams! If he can positively impact even a few lives and offer both himself and others a higher quality of life, then they can continue to impart positivity into their communities and slowly but surely build a better world. Any little bit helps. The Story: Hello! My name is Festo, and I’m a hairdresser. Originally from Congo, I fled eight years ago after fighting broke out there. I’m now living in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in southwest Uganda. I have many ideas for how to improve the lives of youth in Nakivale, but my favorite idea is to open up a unisex salon of my own. At the salon, I would practice hair dressing to earn a living, but I would also train other youth to be hair dressers themselves. In the past, I’ve worked at other salons and I even raised enough money to pay for my school fees. Imagine what I could do with my own salon!   I would only need $900 to open this salon. The $900 would go toward purchasing all of the items needed for the salon and for training – chairs, mirrors, scissors, combs, brushes, shampoos, etc. After this initial start-up cost, the money earned by the salon will keep it running.   I really believe that youth, if given the skills, will also be able to both earn their own living and keep out of trouble. I love the fact that I can live in peace in Nakivale, but my life would be much improved if I could work hard and build my own business. My ultimate dream is the build a good life for myself – like those who ride in cars and eat really good food. I am determined to be self-reliant.  ARC Staff Sponsor: Joseph Kyobe is ARC’s Senior Logistics Officer in Uganda. He travels regularly between the refugee settlements in Uganda making sure things are running smoothly and efficiently. Joseph is proud to sponsor Festo’s campaign and will support him as he works to make their idea a reality. About the ARC: The American Refugee Committee is an international relief agency providing lifesaving support like health care, clean water and shelter to refugees around the world for more than 35 years. Today, the world is facing challenging global humanitarian crises that require 21st Century solutions. At ARC, we’ve realized we are going to have to change and transform our work in the face of such large scale problems if we’re to continue making any difference. We also recognize that in the hyper-connected 21st Century we have an unprecedented opportunity to bring amazing people together to work on these big challenges. Some of these amazing people are our staff around the world who are sharing with you their ideas (or ideas they support) for change in the communities where they work. They are changemakers –who would love to work together with you to make their ideas happen.
Sponsored by Keith Cook
Fund a new business for a Refugee
Minneapolis, MN
Please help me sponsor this budding entrepreneur. Who needs more plastic crap for Christmas....make a difference in another human beings life with a small gift to get them on their feet. The Story: Hi, my name is Dorotea, and I’m a 23 year old Congolese refugee living in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda. I’ve been a refugee for 20 years, so since I was three years old. I miss Congo and my home there. There are close to 100,000 refugees living in Nakivale, so it can sometimes feel like your own life is lost amongst all of the others needs and dreams.     But, I do have one dream – and that is to start a poultry keeping business so that I can earn my own living, and train others to do the same. I want very much to develop my skills and my career. I feel that I just need the capital to start this project – I expect to succeed and then start another one. I’m very entrepreneurial!     For just $700, I could start my own poultry keeping business. That $700 would go toward purchasing the chickens, the chicken coops, and the feed. I would also buy extra materials to help my friends start up their own businesses, too, and train them on how to do this. I have experience raising goats, so I’m a natural at this!     When I’m not working, I enjoy seeing my friends and sharing my ideas with them. My dream is to develop myself, my family, and the youth in Nakivale to work for a better life!   ARC Staff Sponsor: Joseph Kyobe (pronounced Chyo-beh) is ARC’s Senior Logistics Officer in Uganda. He travels regularly between the refugee settlements in Uganda making sure things are running smoothly and efficiently. Joseph is proud to sponsor Dorotea’s campaign and will support her as she works to make her idea a reality. About the ARC: The American Refugee Committee is an international relief agency providing lifesaving support like health care, clean water and shelter to refugees around the world for more than 35 years. Today, the world is facing challenging global humanitarian crises that require 21st Century solutions. At ARC, we’ve realized we are going to have to change and transform our work in the face of such large scale problems if we’re to continue making any difference. We also recognize that in the hyper-connected 21st Century we have an unprecedented opportunity to bring amazing people together to work on these big challenges. Some of these amazing people are our staff around the world who are sharing with you their ideas (or ideas they support) for change in the communities where they work. They are changemakers –who would love to work together with you to make their ideas happen.
Sponsored by Brianna Ryan
Fund a Safe Home for Kids in Sudan
Minneapolis, MN
I don't believe anyone would dispute the fact that the best ideas and initiatives in support of refugees come from those that are refugees themselves. Unfortunately, their voices aren't heard often enough. Here, though, is an initiative coming from the ground up, from the families it will strengthen and the staff that are working toward this mission. Here, just a small amount of funding will have a huge impact toward ensuring that severely malnourished children are able to survive and thrive. I'm proud beyond words to have Arafa as a colleague. She truly pours her heart and soul in to her work, and is an inspiration to myself and others. I would love to see Arafa's project realized; both to support her dream and to let these mothers, and their children, in the Darfur region of Sudan know that we are listening. The Story: My name is Arafa Sheikmusa. I’m from Khartoum, Sudan. In Sudan I serve as American Refugee Committee’s Administration and Human Resources Manager. I work with our team to provide life-saving services to 850,000 people throughout the Darfur region of Sudan.  I have worked with ARC in Sudan since 2008. In Kalma Camp in Darfur, many children under the age of 5, especially newborns, are diagnosed with acute or severe malnutrition.  To save these children, ARC operates “Stabilization Centers” where mothers come with their malnourished children for an intensive feeding program.  The mothers stay with their malnourished children from 15 days to two months at the Stabilization Center, depending on the severity of the case.  Unfortunately, many mothers have not stayed for the entire treatment plan because they could not leave their other children for such a long time.  This puts the malnourished child’s life at serious risk of death from malnutrition and its associated diseases.  My idea is to create a SAFE HOME for children while their siblings are in the Stabilization Center. Then mothers could be with their seriously ill children, knowing their other children were being cared for. The Safe Home, which would be located near the Stabilization Center, would have educational and play activities for kids during their stay. And moms could visit any time. This idea will save the lives of many children with acute or severe malnutrition and provide much needed assistance to and protection to other children at risk.   What I need your help with is raising money for a library and supplies for the safe home. I need $700 in total: ·       $200 to purchase books (we’ve already had 500 books donated!) ·       $200 for toys for the Safe Home ·       And $300 for paper, painting, and coloring supplies This would mean so much to me if I could bring this project to life. It would mean that I brought hope joy, love, care and safety for children who are struggling and not having any fun. It would mean we saved the lives of many children with acute or severe malnutrition and provide much needed assistance to and protection to other children at risk and their mothers.  I want to name this library after the name of my childhood teacher Thoraya. A photo of me About the ARC: The American Refugee Committee is an international relief agency providing lifesaving support like health care, clean water and shelter to refugees around the world for more than 35 years. Today, the world is facing challenging global humanitarian crises that require 21st Century solutions. At ARC, we’ve realized we are going to have to change and transform our work in the face of such large scale problems if we’re to continue making any difference. We also recognize that in the hyper-connected 21st Century we have an unprecedented opportunity to bring amazing people together to work on these big challenges. Some of these amazing people are our staff around the world who are sharing with you their ideas (or ideas they support) for change in the communities where they work. They are changemakers –who would love to work together with you to make their ideas happen.
Sponsored by Sarah T Halpenny
Fund a Training Center for Refugees
Minneapolis, MN
Languages open doors. Learning a new language can provide so many opportunities. Neuroscientist have also shown that learning new languages helps increases the density of grey matter which contain most of the brain's neurons and synapses. The benefits of language learning will last a life time. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. The Story: My name is Jean Luc Biluge, and I’d like to transform the Youth Center at Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda into a language training center for youth. Actually, we wouldn’t change the youth center much, we’d just want to add resources to help young men and women learn English and other languages. I’ve been living in Nakivale for several years now. I’m 20 years old, and I came here several years ago with my family from eastern Congo. Life is tough for everybody, but especially for youth in Nakivale. We’re all able to work, but there is very little for us to do here. There are no occupations for us. Each family receives a small plot of land to farm, but it’s difficult to grow anything worth selling because there is a drought and there’s really no way to irrigate or bring water long distances to the land. There are few opportunities to make a living, so many youth don’t have much more to do than sit around. We need to come up with other opportunities for young people here. So, I’d like to use the youth center as a language training center. With $1,800, we could purchase a small television and DVD player and language learning DVD courses that anyone could use and play at any time.  But we would spend most of the money to pay refugees in the camp to teach language to other refugees. Teachers would get a small stipend to lead small language classes and conversation groups. It would provide an opportunity for those of us who are proficient speakers to earn a little bit of income, and it would give other young refugees the chance to learn an important skill that could be valuable now or in our future. If this language center idea works, we could try other skills – like carpentry, mechanics, tailoring or electronics. The youth center is already a central location that young people know about and use to socialize. This would allow us to make it an even better resource for the whole community. I hope you’ll consider supporting my idea. ARC Staff Sponsor: Joseph Kyobe is ARC’s Senior Logistics Officer in Uganda. He travels regularly between the refugee settlements in Uganda making sure things are running smoothly and efficiently. Joseph is proud to sponsor Jean’s campaign and will support him as he works to make their idea a reality. About the ARC: The American Refugee Committee is an international relief agency providing lifesaving support like health care, clean water and shelter to refugees around the world for more than 35 years. Today, the world is facing challenging global humanitarian crises that require 21st Century solutions. At ARC, we’ve realized we are going to have to change and transform our work in the face of such large scale problems if we’re to continue making any difference. We also recognize that in the hyper-connected 21st Century we have an unprecedented opportunity to bring amazing people together to work on these big challenges. Some of these amazing people are our staff around the world who are sharing with you their ideas (or ideas they support) for change in the communities where they work. They are changemakers –who would love to work together with you to make their ideas happen.
Sponsored by Olivia Montesano
Sewing Machines for Refugee Women
Minneapolis, MN
This campaign is an attempt by this young woman to help herself and other women reclaim their lives. Irene's camp is in Uganda, and she wants to make clothing to support herself. Each machine is $50, and 20 women could start to make their living with this money. Donate what you can 🙂 The Story: Hello, my name is Irene, I’m 20 years old, and I’ve been a refugee for one year. I’m now living in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda, which is a very big place – over 100,000 people. I fled my home in Burundi last year with my family when we felt our lives were in danger. Since being in Nakivale, I’ve found life to be very difficult, especially in ways to earn a living. Many women either don’t have the skills they need to earn money, or if they do, don’t have the proper equipment to practice their vocation. For example, I know how to sew but I do not own an electric sewing machine. In my experience, when people don’t have a purpose in life they become depressed and can occupy themselves instead with self-destructive activities. For young men this may be drinking and being mischievous, and for young women this may mean marrying much too early and starting a family before they’re ready. One thing that would help many women living in Nakivale is provision of sewing machines. Everyone needs clothes, and everyone gets their clothes inside the settlement. I know how to sew, and could use this skill to make and sell clothes to people, but I don’t have a sewing machine. With just $1,000, I could provide 20 women who already know how to sew with sewing machines. Used Singer sewing machines cost $50 each. To help me decide which women will receive a sewing machine, I would work with American Refugee Committee to determine who out of the women they work with would be most eligible for such a machine. My dream for the future is to build a better life for myself than I have today. And I feel that with electronic sewing machines, I could really achieve that dream. And many other women in Nakivale could, too. ARC Staff Sponsor: The staff sponsor is Joseph Kyobe (pronounced Chyo-beh). Joseph Kyobe is ARC’s Senior Logistics Officer in Uganda. He travels regularly between the refugee settlements in Uganda making sure things are running smoothly and efficiently. Joseph is proud to sponsor Irene’s campaign and will support her as she works to make their idea a reality. About the ARC: The American Refugee Committee is an international relief agency providing lifesaving support like health care, clean water and shelter to refugees around the world for more than 35 years. Today, the world is facing challenging global humanitarian crises that require 21st Century solutions. At ARC, we’ve realized we are going to have to change and transform our work in the face of such large scale problems if we’re to continue making any difference. We also recognize that in the hyper-connected 21st Century we have an unprecedented opportunity to bring amazing people together to work on these big challenges. Some of these amazing people are our staff around the world who are sharing with you their ideas (or ideas they support) for change in the communities where they work. They are changemakers –who would love to work together with you to make their ideas happen.

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