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A visit to Baytree – witnessing the FATIMA project in action

Flora Chik

Wonder Intern, Flora, recently visited our partner, the Baytree Centre, in Brixton to witness firsthand the FATIMA project in action and how it advocates the importance of creating safe, welcoming spaces to learn that go beyond traditional textbook study to include daily interactions, confidence building and plenty of conversations within language learning.

Combating Loneliness - We can all do something.

How can loneliness and isolation be reduced within migrant and refugee communities in the UK and Europe? The Wonder Foundation believes that through reducing language and cultural barriers, providing safe, congregational spaces, and encouraging personal developed through mentoring can provide some answers.

NATECLA: Learning Spaces Where Women Feel Welcome

Phoebe McClements

On the 6th of July, Wonder’s Director of Policy and Campaigns, Olivia Darby, and FATIMA Project Manager, Paola Delmonaco ran a workshop at the 2018 NATECLA Conference, "Feeling confident to learn: Creating education spaces where women feel welcome".

Wonder Foundation welcomes the new Integration Green Paper

Flora Chik

Policy and Research Intern, Flora, responds to the Government's Integration Green Paper on behalf of Wonder.

Integration is a two-way street and everyone has a part to play – KMKY Policy Conference

Flora Chik

"Integration was emphasized as a two-way street, requiring everyone to play a role in engaging others." Wonder Intern, Flora, gives an overview of the KMKY Policy Conference.

What the Wonder Policy Conference taught me about social integration

Grace Labeodan

KMKY Policy Conference attendee, Grace Labeodan, shares her takeaways from our latest conference and what it taught her about social integration.

Understanding challenges and promoting solutions – KMKY Policy Conference

Ruby Luter

Reflections from our last KMKY Policy Conference from one of our amazing volunteers, who shares some of the key discussions from the workshop sessions.

Team Ruth take on a 1/2 Marathon in Guatemala!

Team Ruth brave the volcanic yet stunning landscape of Guatemala to fundraise for Wonder! Find out what their fitness regime has been like and the motivation behind taking part in this challenge!

Carol Kane, co-founder of Boohoo, speaks to Wonder in exclusive interview

"We have inspired each other to keep going, keep believing and keep pushing forward." Carol spoke to Wonder in an exclusive interview about her motivations, inspirations and what she enjoys doing in her spare time.

The legacy of Dr Raheal Gabrasadig

The inspirational Dr Raheal Gabrasadig, Wonder advisor who passed away last May, is remembered by her colleagues as a new award is set up in her name.

Young People Hacking Social Integration

Lydia Senior Garrett

Using a social hackathon to change narratives on migrants and social integration? Read on to find out what this is all about!

Building Women's Resilience in Guatemala

Eldhy Lorena Lopez Calzado

“Education as a tool to build resilience has the potential to break the cycle of poverty” was the conclusion of our event aiming to make Guatemala visible in order to uncover the reality faced by its 16.3 million inhabitants and find sustainable solutions.

Agreeing to disagree: a guide to discussing media and migration

Neeka Ghiassi, Wonder Foundation Intern

How can we analyse, respond to and understand how migration and power are portrayed in the media? At our recent workshop, we found out.

Pride, Prejudice and Difficult Conversations

Emily Sutcliffe and Loui Marchant, Wonder Foundation interns

What are the difficult conversations we need to have in order to cultivate real social integration in the UK? A report back from our recent workshop explains.

What does good classroom design mean for disadvantaged learners?

Christina Kalachani, Wonder research intern

Christina Kalachani investigates empowering spaces - one of the ‘five pillars’ of our work - from an educational neuroscience perspective.

Education & good work – the tools to overcome child labour?

Beth Rochford, Communications Intern

On World Day Against Child Labour, we explore the power of good work to prevent hardship, support education and break the cycle of poverty.

Into work and out of poverty: how education empowers women in Nigeria

Beth Rochford, Communications Intern

Communications intern Beth Rochford takes a look at the context of women's education in Nigeria, exploring why it matters so much across the country.

The road to refugee integration: gender-based challenges

Ami Saji, Refugee Policy Intern

How do gendered barriers hold women back from education, employment and integration? What can we do about them? Policy intern Ami Saji explores.

My first practice as a future nurse in DRC

Eunice Mpinguyabo

This International Nurse's Day, Eunice shares her experience of student nurse training in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.  

The road to refugee integration: the employment challenge

Ami Saji, Refugee Policy Intern

What are the challenges facing refugees when it comes to getting a job, and how can education overcome them?

The road to refugee integration: where are we now?

Ami Saji, Refugee Policy Intern

This is the first in a series of blogs about social integration and refugees in the UK and Europe.

‘A Refugee Like Me’ – teaching empathy to the next generation

Ellie Buckley, Wonder Education Intern

Over the last few years the world has been shaken by targeted attacks on prominent cities such as Paris, New York and London.

After the flood: women’s education is crucial to rebuilding in Peru

Beth Rochford, Communications Intern

After a series of extreme floods in Peru since the start of the year have caused widespread damage to the country, Beth. Rochford looks at the enduring importance of education for resilience and rebuilding.

What Does Social Integration Mean?

Ami Saji, Refugee Policy Intern

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Social Integration is currently developing a national strategy to promote improved integration of immigrants to the UK. An interim report was released earlier in the year, which outlined the guiding principles for the post-Brexit integration strategy.

Three women share what education means to them

Emily Loud (Wonder Foundation)

Today, International Women’s Day, we celebrate the determination, achievements and diligence of women around the world who have overcome barriers of gender and disadvantage to fulfil their potential. Jenica, Nicole and Irene have done just that, and we’re proud to work with and for women like them.

It doesn't matter what we call “empowerment”, as long as it can happen


From a development cliché to a Kardashian marketing meme, 2017 has already seen a fair share of discussion around the term “empowerment”, with commentators arguing that the term has become entirely meaningless. But what if this whole conversation is just a distraction?

Learning from 2016: a year that made the case for education and opportunity


If ever there was a year to emphasise the universal importance of education, empowerment and the opportunities they bring, 2016 was it, and you helped us to share our message.

Friends and equals: how volunteering changed my view of refugees

Virginia Colungo, a Spanish EVS volunteer at Wonder Foundation

I have been involved in a European Volunteering Service (EVS) project with Wonder Foundation for 2 months. The project tries to improve the integration of refugees and immigrants who arrive in London, but – to my surprise - I am the first beneficiary.

Educating and Empowering Women in Kazakhstan

Olivia Darby, Wonder Foundation

In the countryside around Almaty, Kazakhstan, girls have few options. For Fatima's parents seeing her married quickly once she had finished school was a top priority. Fatima had another idea and applied to study at Kumbel. She wanted the option of being independent and marrying someone of her own choosing when she felt ready to make such an important decision.

From rural Honduras to serving the Queen: Lilian’s story

Lilian Vargas Borges, hospitality professional and graduate of WONDER’s partner school in Honduras.

I come from a village near the capital city of Honduras. My family of 12 had a small plot of land where we grew coffee and fruits and vegetables to sell, and my father was a workman. By the age of 7 I was working from early in the morning in the mill to make the dough for the tortillas - a staple food in my country.