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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Education, International, Promotion of International Understanding, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: Matawi supports education, civic engagement, and leadership development in the global refugee community. Through a range of programs and initiatives, we seek to responsively identify and nurture strengths, skills, and potential for growth across the diaspora. With an awareness that refugee needs and contexts are in constant flux, we currently emphasize facilitation of access to higher education for young women; the gathering and sharing of life-stories; and cultural brokering between resettling populations and local community agencies.

Geographic areas served: Dadaab, Kenya and South-Central Maine

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Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Amina G.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I lived in a refugee camp in Kenya , I met matawi group by then called female schollership .By then i was seeking for schollership hence applied for it and many of my friends did the same.Fortunately i got a scholership in canada but friends who got interviewed did not make due to lack of financial support for Matawi .Dec 2010 my friend in Acadia University went for a fund raising event for Matawi and the good news is Muna ,my former class mate got sponsered in one of the kenyan top Universities

Fatumo M.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I have expreinced a lot with Matawi Organisations. They tried to get me scholarship in the US but futile because of luck of enough funds. I was a refugee girl.
I beleive this organisation will help girls from the refugee camps if given the funds.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I took part in Matawi's big benefit in the winter. It's a wonderful organization with an amazing goal. And I like that the charity puts everything into the scholarships and runs with basically no operating costs. I really hope people support it and it grows into something giant. Increasing opportunity and education for refugee women is a fantastic thing to be a part of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with Matawi through a friendship with one of the group's founders. I volunteered for the Zadie Smith/Nathan Englander event in early December 2010. It is an inspiring organization with an important mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2007, I, met with Patricia Buck and Rachel Silver (Co-founders of Matawi) when they came to Dadaab Refugee Camp of Kenya for research. I was working with Windle Trust Kenya as a teacher and counselor. During that time, I was teaching an Advanced English Course to 25 refugees. Central to the curriculum was Reseach Methods and Writing, a course that I invited Buck and Silver to co-teach. In return, my students focused their research on issues realting to women empowerment. My students were earger to apply the knowledge on enthnographic research that Buck and Silver taught. The following year, Buck and Rachel came back to Dadaab Refugee Camp. The findings of their previous research had shown that there was negligible progress in regard to women education and that more cordinated efforts were needed to improved girl-child education in Dadaab. They founded a scholarship project called 'The Dadaab Young Women Scholarship Initiative'. This was aimed at reaching out to young women who had finished high school and had good grades for college. They chose candidates based on their Kenya Certificate of Secondary education (KCSE)grades, English Proficiency and their involvement in the community. I was involved in the selection process. I also edited the video on the initiative. They also engaged the young women in a memoirs project where they shared their stories. I hepled transcribe these stories into an anthology entitiled 'They were very Beautiful. Such Things are. Proceeds from this anthology go towards the scholarship initiative. During the 2008/2009 academic year, I worked at Bates College as a Learning Associate for the Education Department. Central to my job was making presentations to colleges on behalf of the refugee applicants; their contextual background and how it has affected their acadimic preparedness. As an English Language Learning (ELL) Specialist, I worked with Bates College students to prepare Lesson plans for ELL teachers in Lewiston and Portland, Maine. I am currently working with Urban Promise Internation, a non-profit aimed at reaching at risk youth. I am in the process of writing a funding proposal for a TOEFL and SAT Center for Refugee Women. Hopefully if it is funded, I plan to have young refugee women enrolled for free classes. I strong support all that Matawi is doing for refugee women.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Matawi is a Maine-based nonprofit committed to supporting education, civic engagement and leadership development in the refugee community. They word directly with the immigrant community in Maine as well as directly with the refugee community in Dadaab.