When she emigrated to Slovenia from Venezuela, Maria Teresa did not know where to begin her new life. Thanks to FATIMA project and Sursum, she now feels rooted and sees herself firmly in place in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
While enabling local-language-learning is a key step in empowering migrants to integrate, there are barriers to integrating which go beyond the difficulty of speaking another tongue.
Now that the first year of FATIMA has drawn to a close, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on everything we’ve achieved so far.
Scholarships for the MAPS programme were awarded to 11 students at the ISSI in DR Congo, giving hard-working students the chance to continue their studies. These scholarships also have a real impact on the state of healthcare in the DRC, encouraging healthcare professionals to pursue further education and training.
Where were we before technology? Ifeoma Nwabachili, deputy provost at Wavecrest in Lagos writes about the importance of teaching and using technology as part of their hospitality curriculum.
The statistics of modern slavery are grim. There are 40.3 million people being forced or exploited into labour, prostitution or marriage, held against their will, beaten, repeatedly raped and abused, starved and deprived of their most basic needs and ultimately, deprived of basic human rights, freedom and their future.
Mentoring is a fundamental part of the FATIMA project; providing refugee women with a personalised support system ensures they begin their journey of integration with a strong network of interpersonal relationships and a sense of security and trust.
My home country Eritrea is ranked the world’s second country in terms of high prevalence of modern slavery.
I hope that this campaign draws attention to how modern slavery can be fought against on a local level, this can only happen if we raise awareness and hold our leaders accountable.
"The time is always right to do what is right" - Martin Luther King, Jr. ACT NOW to address Modern Slavery
How can you help protect the victims of modern slavery? It might seem like an overwhelmingly big question but people in the UK are trying to answer it.
How can we transform focus groups into an empowering environment for migrant women learning a new language and settling in a new country?
Take four countries and a project for female migrants’ empowerment. Sounds like a joke? It’s not! For the Fatima Project that is everyday reality. In fact the project aims at creating safe and welcoming learning spaces for women migrants in Poland, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom!
How do we access healthcare if we cannot communicate with our doctors? One of the four major areas where FATIMA aims to support its beneficiaries concerns the introduction to and orientation among local social services available to them and their families.
What can we do to feel included in a new country? It can often be difficult to seek out social experiences and dig deeper into cultural norms when you are focusing on settling in and learning your way around an unfamiliar place.
Sunday 2nd December marked the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Some people might be surprised to learn that slavery still exists – surely such an awful practice doesn’t happen anymore? Unfortunately, there are currently more people enslaved around the world today, on every continent, than at any other point in human history.
On 17 November, the European Conference on Modern Slavery, organised by Wonder Foundation, gathered about fifty young people to discuss modern slavery in Europe.
A hundred young people attended the latest SEE-ME conference co-organised by Wonder and St Mary’s University Twickenham. The aim of the conference was to raise awareness of modern slavery for Anti-Slavery Day on 18th October. Key charities, leading experts and former victims shared their experience, to help us grasp the extent of the situation in the UK.
Wonder Intern, Phoebe, provides an overview of our recent week-long ending modern slavery training, as part of our SEE-ME programme aimed to create greater awareness of modern slavery and trafficking among young people.
Wonder works with the Ilomba Centre, a multi-functional centre and clinic which hosts various health programmes to educate local citizens about sanitation and health. Ilomba also trains women to become employees in sanitation, hospitality, and healthcare fields.
Kavya, former Wonder Intern now working for the RSA, sat down with us for this candid interview towards the end of her internship to talk achievements, future aspirations and practical advice for anyone interested in volunteering with Wonder.
Wonder Intern, Clara, explores the positive impact of our partner vocational provider, Yarani, situated in Abobo, Abidjan where a lack of opportunities and extreme poverty is all too common.
It was a family affair at the Great Peace Run earlier this year with the mum, brother and sister of Wonder's very own Ruth fundraising for Wonder!
Wonder's Olivia and Ruth travelled to Cameroon in April of this year to provide training and support to pioneering women in Cameroon, who are passionate about instigating change within their communities.
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.
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.
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".
Policy and Research Intern, Flora, responds to the Government's Integration Green Paper on behalf of Wonder.
"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.