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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Matawi is an incredible organization. Their commitment to the global refugee community is extremely inspiring and much-needed in a world where the prevailing narrative of economic globalization often fails to recognize its effects on developing populations worldwide, and particularly on women in those populations.
The Dadaab Young Women's Scholarship Initiative is particularly pertinent in the pursuit of fostering change both here in the US and in Somalia.
My personal relationship with the leadership of Matawi confirms and strengthens my belief in the important work for which they are known.