“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

“We have our electricity back” – Kevin from Kenya

A newly operational heavy fuel oil power plant, co-financed by OFID’s private sector facility, is delivering on Kenya’s urgent demand for reliable energy, promising to catalyze local industry and already making a world of difference to nearby communities. Home to some 140,000 people, Athi River in Kenya boasts over a half dozen cement and steel … More “We have our electricity back” – Kevin from Kenya

“For every end, there’s a new beginning” – Anahit from Armenia

“My family and I were preparing for another cold winter, it was an ordinary day and I was busy with daily household routines. My sons went to the forest to cut some trees for firewood to warm our little ones. But, that day, along with the cut down tree, my son’s life was interrupted – … More “For every end, there’s a new beginning” – Anahit from Armenia

“I love singing songs in different languages” – Aleda from Vienna

  “I love singing songs in different languages. By singing and exercising, we train our brains and learn new things more easily in general. We already sang in Russian, German, Serbo-Croat, Turkish, Italian and Swaheli.” Aleda, 10, of Turkish descent, is a Superar student. Superar is a social initiative sponsored by OFID, that supports children … More “I love singing songs in different languages” – Aleda from Vienna