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

“We had a home” – Walid from Syria

In recognition of the immense challenges faced by refugees, OFID dedicated 2016, the year of its fortieth anniversary, to highlighting their plight. Against the background that over half of the world’s refugees are children, OFID together with the Child of Play Initiative, launched the Equal Dreams campaign to address the challenges of being a refugee … More “We had a home” – Walid from Syria

“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

“If there was justice, I would not have gone through what I went through” – Doaa Al Zamel

“I am a refugee, I have endured so much. And I represent just one of the millions of refugees risking their lives in order to reach safety. And even today, they continue to suffer. If there was justice, I would not have gone through what I went through. “My fiancée, who was the love of … More “If there was justice, I would not have gone through what I went through” – Doaa Al Zamel