My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for MATAWI INC, Lewiston, ME, USA
matawi is completely devoted to women's empowerment. this non profit was born through the collaboration of american women listening to somali refugee women in the dadaab refugee camp. these refugee women shared the stories of their journeys into the camp and the limitations posed by the educational opportunities in the camps. through the publication of their stories, compiled as a meaningful book of memoirs, matawi launched its scholarship initiative efforts to bring girls out of the camp to be college educated in the united states and in kenya by selling the book and building a community of contributors who are now the foundation of the non-profit's donors. i have met many of the somali refugees in maine and am awed by their courage and creativity. working with matawi has increased their insight and capacity as well as empowered their future opportunities. additionally, matawi is actively involved in local progamming in the state of maine where many somali refugees have resettled. the research branch of the organization is actively studying the refugee communities in dadabb and lewiston maine with hopes to build future understanding and opportunity.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the energy and enthusiasm of the founders and board members to achieve success for women in refugee communities around the diaspora.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
enthusiastic, hopeful, educated, creative, fun, thorough, receptive
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
transform the lives of refugee women trapped in refugee camps across the diaspora by educating and empowering them to have meaningful lives.
Ways to make it better...
can't think of anything to be better...just time needed to keep growing!!
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
continuing to build a donor community as funds are competitive for college initiatives
One thing I'd also say is that...
if we imagine what it would be like to have our lives limited by the physical and psychological barriers of a refugee camp, we could only help matawi immediately!
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?