“Historically Amman has been the house and home of so many nationalities […] and it is proving to be the home again for both our Jordanian and Syrian children.”

Tala Sweis is the Director of Madrasati, a Queen Rania Al Abdullah education initiative. Madrasati, which in Arabic translates to ‘my school,’ aims to better equip schools in Jordan and make them more inspiring learning environments. In recognition of the immense challenges faced by refugees, OFID dedicated 2016, the year of its fortieth anniversary, to … More “Historically Amman has been the house and home of so many nationalities […] and it is proving to be the home again for both our Jordanian and Syrian children.”

“You learn to accept and respect” – Anna Wilhelm from Wieder Wohnen

“I had closely followed the news about the dramatic situation of the refugees arriving in Europe. I was also well aware of the thousands of refugees arriving at Vienna’s Westbahnhof train station. I wanted to do something. I wanted to help. But I didn’t know how to approach them. “One day, I found out that … More “You learn to accept and respect” – Anna Wilhelm from Wieder Wohnen

“The challenge for the refugees is to get back to normal” – Monika Wintersberger-Montorio, Director of Wieder Wohnen

“Over the past decades, Wieder Wohnen has grown in the area of care for the homeless, and we can look back at homeless shelters dating back more than 100 years. This experience is making us strong. “At the beginning of 2015, we started offering aid to refugees. We had observed that refugees, especially families, were … More “The challenge for the refugees is to get back to normal” – Monika Wintersberger-Montorio, Director of Wieder Wohnen

“I wish for my children to continue their studies and serve the country that helped us as refugees” – Mona from Iraq

In line with its 40th Anniversary, which is dedicated to the plight of refugees, OFID has supported a number of Austrian NGOs that deliver services and support to those who have lost everything. One of these NGOs is Wieder Wohnen, the biggest provider of housing and support for homeless people in Vienna, which is currently … More “I wish for my children to continue their studies and serve the country that helped us as refugees” – Mona from Iraq

“We lost everything we had in the sea” – Haidar Al-Fahham from Iraq

Haidar Al-Fahham, aged 29, has been living in Vienna since November 2015 in the facilities of Wieder Wohnen. He is looking forward to learning German as fast as possible in order to realize his dream of becoming a carpenter.   “I experienced many difficulties on my journey to Europe. I travelled from Iraq to Turkey … More “We lost everything we had in the sea” – Haidar Al-Fahham from Iraq

“I have great hope for a better future” – Haifaa from Syria

Together with her children, Haifaa from Syria has been living at the facilities of Wieder Wohnen in Vienna since March 2016. Haifaa came to Austria to be reunited with her husband, who arrived some months ahead of his family.     “When I arrived in Austria, many things were new to me. But I have … More “I have great hope for a better future” – Haifaa from Syria

“I want to leave the world a better place than when I came into it.”- One Young World sponsored delegate Dhruv Mehta

The One Young World Summit 2016 took place September 28–October 1 in Ottawa, Canada. OFID was once again proud to sponsor the attendance of 25 young leaders, some of whom who have shared their unforgettable impressions with us. Dhruv Mehta, 24, from India, is studying for a Masters in Business Management at the University of … More “I want to leave the world a better place than when I came into it.”- One Young World sponsored delegate Dhruv Mehta

“Will our lights last?” – Kingsley from Ghana

In 2014, when I began my postgraduate studies at the University of Ghana in Accra, I was greeted with a severe power shortage, also known here in Ghana as “dumsor”. The inability to utilize the day fully meant forfeiting the night. Due to the high costs of accessing electric generators, many families are left in … More “Will our lights last?” – Kingsley from Ghana

One Young World Summit inspires – OFID sponsored delegate Florian Weninger tells his story

  The One Young World Summit 2016 took place September 28–October 1 in Ottawa, Canada. OFID was once again proud to sponsor the attendance of 25 young leaders, some of whom have shared their unforgettable impressions with us.  Florian Weninger, 22, from Austria, is studying for a Masters in Petroleum Engineering at the University of … More One Young World Summit inspires – OFID sponsored delegate Florian Weninger tells his story

One Young World Summit inspires – OFID sponsored delegate Sofia Dominguez tells her story

The One Young World Summit 2016 took place September 28–October 1 in Ottawa, Canada. OFID was once again proud to sponsor the attendance of 25 young leaders, some of whom have shared their unforgettable impressions with us. Sofia Dominguez, 21, from Venezuela, has always been keen to help people in need. She is very interested … More One Young World Summit inspires – OFID sponsored delegate Sofia Dominguez tells her story

Standing tall against all odds – Abed from Gaza

Living in the Gaza Strip, where running a business is next to impossible, Abed El-Naser Badrasawi has never given up. In 2004, the 49-year-old microentrepreneur started up a waste recycling workshop. Abed collected discarded copper and aluminum and scavenged for plastic. The income he earned from selling these materials enabled him to provide for his … More Standing tall against all odds – Abed from Gaza

“There is still hope in the world” – Doaa from Palestine

Thirty year-old Doaa Althalathin from Palestine, an OFID 2015 Scholar, studied for a Master’s in Poverty and Development at the University of Sussex in the UK. “The international experience changed my thinking about poverty reduction. During my studies in the UK, I met people from different countries who had shared a similar experience or the … More “There is still hope in the world” – Doaa from Palestine