Tireless in facing preventable diseases

  —Fatoumatta L Kassama from the Gambia— Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world, and many Gambians suffer from this condition. I am passionate about working to improve health issues like glaucoma and other non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer. I started my organization Eye Care for All in … More Tireless in facing preventable diseases

“Every educated citizen plays an essential role in the development of their country”

“New knowledge and inspiring ideas excite me. The knowledge I’ve gained and the people I’ve met along my educational journey have inspired me to enter the field of development. I completed my Master’s thesis on ‘US Development Assistance to Armenia from 2004 through 2014’. I became involved in donor coordination and economic reform at the … More “Every educated citizen plays an essential role in the development of their country”

Re-building bridges (2 of 2)

In 2016, OFID sponsored five young women from Syria (see also the previous post) to complete their graduate studies at top-ranking universities in the US as part of the Jusoor Scholarship Program’s ‘100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives’ initiative. One of the OFID-sponsored students, Alaa Marrawi, shares her thoughts…   Architects, like Alaa Marrawi, who will … More Re-building bridges (2 of 2)

“Nothing can be achieved without financing, especially in a country like ours…”

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are critical to creating jobs, improving living standards and driving economies, particularly in developing countries. Despite their importance, many SMEs struggle to access finance to grow or start a business. In 2015, OFID signed a US$10 million loan with Banco Hipotecario, a bank in El Salvador, to support on-lending to … More “Nothing can be achieved without financing, especially in a country like ours…”

After growing up without electricity, Abdishakur is lighting up his country

The One Young World Summit 2017 took place on October 4–7 in Bogotá, Colombia. OFID was once again proud to sponsor the attendance of 25 young leaders whose work improves conditions and prospects for the world’s most disadvantaged people in their home countries. Abdishakur Ahmed is one such leader. The Co-Founder and CEO at SomLite … More After growing up without electricity, Abdishakur is lighting up his country

“We are not just the future, but the change-makers of the present.”

“After I was selected to attend the One Young World Summit in Bogotá, Colombia, as an OFID-sponsored delegate, I received a message from Nischal Baskota, a young Nepali social entrepreneur based in the US. Nischal is the owner of a tea company—Nepal Tea LLC—and had read about my work in a blog post shared on … More “We are not just the future, but the change-makers of the present.”

Michelle from Lebanon explains why empowering refugees is vital

  “In January 2016, I conducted research on the programs offered to Syrian refugee women in Jordan as part of my Seniors Honors thesis. I interviewed more than 50 women and asked them about their experiences as refugees. Many of the women expressed stories of loss and hardship, while others talked about their strengths and … More Michelle from Lebanon explains why empowering refugees is vital