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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 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.

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