Field notes, perspectives, stories & updates from IAFR's work in Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi
Throughout history, refugees have always been a blessing to their host nation. This is especially true when given opportunities to participate fully in the host nation economy. The list of refugees who have started businesses in their host nation is long and distinguished, both in Africa and Europe and North America.
IAFR believes it is possible and beneficial for refugees to have training opportunities beyond just college and university, but in trade schools as well. This is happening in Malawi, where refugees and Malawians are learning side by side in trade skills like carpentry, brick laying, plumbing, welding, and tailoring at the There Is Hope school. We are thankful to the Malawian government and the Dowa community for their long-standing welcoming of these development opportunities. It is a strong statement that refugees are far more than just people in need.
IAFR has been partnering with There Is Hope in Dzaleka Refugee Camp for many years. One thing we both believe in is the power of education and the importance of keeping the hope of higher education alive in refugee camps like Dzaleka.
This year, IAFR is partnering with There Is Hope to help send 6 students from the refugee camp and host community to college. These young men and women are studying to be nurses, social workers, accountants, and engineers, all with an eye towards how they can help their community in the long run. IAFR firmly believes refugees are more than people in need…they are resilient, gifted, and talented and when countries like Malawi and organizations like There Is Hope invest in those gifts, we all benefit.
IAFR has been serving people in Dzaleka Refugee Camp since 2009. About 50,000 people (mostly women and children) have found temporary refuge here from war, persecution and gross violations of human rights.
We visit Dzaleka 2-3 times annually, during which time this blog is most active.
Visit the Dzaleka page on the IAFR.org website to learn more!
We partner with There Is Hope, a Christian humanitarian and development agency established by a former refugee, Innocent Magambi.
We also partner with refugee churches in Dzaleka, seeking to partner with them in pursuing some of the things God has put on their heart to do.
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