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

“I am a tangible example of impossible becoming possible.” – Olive from Rwanda

“My life has been a song that is spoken and a dance that is walked—this is probably the best way to describe my life. I grew up in the highly political and war-torn country of Rwanda and I was deeply affected by the Rwandan genocide in 1994. As a result, I experienced a lack of … More “I am a tangible example of impossible becoming possible.” – Olive from Rwanda

“I have nothing to give you but God and an education”.

“Han wash han does mek han come clean” this creole phrase describes my life perfectly. Born in the capital city of Georgetown, Guyana to unwed parents. I remember like it was yesterday my foster mother saying, “I have nothing to give you but God and an education” and that she did, making sure that I … More “I have nothing to give you but God and an education”.

Yousef from Rafah: “I wish I could fly a kite.”

Yousef Al-Bouji hails from Rafah in Palestine. He is 11 years-old and has a physical disability. He’s one of the many children supported by an OFID co-financed project that has improved access to services such as education, physical therapy and psychosocial support. The project has helped thousands of children and adults with disabilities living in … More Yousef from Rafah: “I wish I could fly a kite.”

“My greatest fear is to be unable to continue to help people” – Fatima Ahmed from Sudan

Fatima Ahmed is the director of the Sudan based NGO Zenab for Women in Development (ZWD). Since 2000, ZWD has worked to increase productivity, reduce hunger and malnutrition, and improve the livelihoods of rural women in Sudan. OFID provided grant assistance in support of ZWD’s activities that contribute to the empowerment of women farmers by … More “My greatest fear is to be unable to continue to help people” – Fatima Ahmed from Sudan

“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

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

“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

“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

“If I smile, my girls will too” – Nisreen from Jordan

  Nisreen Hijazi is the director of Alramtha School in Jordan. The village of Al-Ramtha is in far northwestern Jordan and is known for its ritual poetries recited at wedding ceremonies. “The girls hear wedding fireworks and think they are bombs. It is 1km away from the Syrian border, which you can see clearly from my … More “If I smile, my girls will too” – Nisreen from Jordan