The Rohingya refugees that live in the settlement in New Delhi, live in cramped spaces with limited or no access to toilets, potable water, or other basic amenities. Life in the camp is challenging, especially for women and children. We asked people to donate dry rations, hygiene supplies, clothes, blankets, books, and toys.
Thank you to all the donors who supported us and brought smiles to the families.
We have just started our Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) workshop for Rohingya women and women from marginalized communities in New Delhi, in collaboration with our on-ground partner, Ummid ki Udaan, a not-for-profit organization that works with marginalized children. This program is sponsored by Lean In Foundation, a non profit started by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Meta, and Seleni Institute, a non profit dedicated to women’s physical and mental health. More on this in our next blog.
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2021 program updates:
The Azadi Project launched three storytelling and psychosocial voices programs in 2021
- Lesbos, Greece:
We launched our MHPSS workshop in Lesbos on March 2021, International Women’s Day.
● Οver 70 refugee women attended the workshop
● Weekly sessions were held in a relaxed and inclusive setting, where women were free to share their stories, anxieties, fears, and struggles with others or to just listen. Those sessions were facilitated by a trained facilitator and a trained assistant facilitator in a safe space away from the camp. This was modelled around self-help support groups.
● Participants controlled their narratives and the amount of the information they want to share.
● Based on their personal needs, goals and aspirations, we offered individual suggestions and resources or referred them to other local NGOs.
- Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
We partnered with Rokeya Foundation in Bangladesh to carry out a storytelling, leadership and psychosocial support program for Rohingya refugees from September – December 2021.
● Using a Training of Trainers (ToT) model, a total of 100 beneficiaries – 75 Rohingya women and 25 Rohingya men – participated in the program in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp.
● The workshop sensitized the participants about gender-based violence, trafficking, and child marriage and created women and men leaders within the refugee camp to disseminate this knowledge further.
● Hybrid model: Azadi virtually trained six field monitors from Rokeya – 5 women and 1 man, who in turn conducted the in-person
In December 2021, we started a storytelling program to train members of the Peace Track Initiative (PTI), a foundation that aims at localizing and feminizing the peace process through promoting inclusion and enhancing feminist knowledge leadership in the Middle East and North Africa with a focus on Yemen.
● The program spans over six months and will be completed in May 2022.
● Similar to the Cox’s Bazar program, this follows a ToT (Training of Trainers) model as well.
● Azadi virtually trains 12 Yemeni migrant women leaders from PTI, who in turn will conduct the training in their communities
Want to know more about us?
Winner of the Atlantic Council’s 2020 Distinguished Leadership Awards, The Azadi Project has worked for years in refugee women’s mental health, excelling at putting a gender lens to the challenges faced by refugees and migrants.
Our mission is to enhance refugee women and girls’ voices and agency by providing psychosocial support. Our on-site workshops provide a safe space for women to share their stories, control their narratives, and be empowered.
We are advised by top international experts with extensive experience in refugee and women’s rights, mental health. Azadi has impacted the lives of more than 5,000 refugee women globally and its programs have benefitted refugee women from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Niger, Syria, and Yemen. We are a U.S. registered 501 (c) (3) and have worked across Europe, Africa and South Asia in collaboration with local partners.
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