What we do

The foundation chooses projects mainly in zones suffering from political, economic, social, environmental or cultural conflicts. It is here that young people can play a decisive role in the transformation of the society around them using a process of dialogue and their own natural resilience.​

South Africa (3)

 

Tackling inequality through innovative citizenship education in Cape Flats

Ivory Coast

 

Vocational training and support for socio-economic integration in Abidjan.
 

Sri Lanka

 

To bring lasting peace and cohesion among the communities.

 

  

 

  

 

  

Kurdistan (2)

 

Psycho-social assistance and training for survivors of the Yezidi genocide.
 

 

  

Syria

 

Community center in the devastated Midan district of Aleppo.
 

Bosnia (2)

 

Building a common future while respecting differences in Bosnia

Iraq (2)

 

Training of therapists and in traumatology and peace dialogues.
 

 

  

 

  

 

  

Jordan

 

Refugees, Resilience and Prospects for the Future at Amman, Jordan.

 

 

  

Afrique du Sud (3 projets)

 

Tackling inequality through innovative citizenship education in Cape Flats

 

The project aims to address inequalities by promoting a positive mindset among young people and their parents to become active, responsible and productive citizens.

 

In a context of violence and great poverty, the project aims to train responsible, competent and transparent leaders capable of bringing about economic and social change in the region. To do so, it develops an approach to family, leadership, health and access to employment.

 

The family through workshops on parenting skills, well-being and financial independence.

 

Leadership through training workshops, tutoring, exchanges. Youth learn leadership, experience life in another social and racial environment in a concrete way, design and conduct innovative outreach projects in their communities.

 

Health provides young people in schools and communities with spaces for discussion and exchange on reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and psycho-social support.

 

The access to employment component seeks to address the shortage of computer skills by using blended learning: an interactive online course and professional immersion in a company. The intervention combines computer lessons, programming and personal development training. The young person is then oriented towards a practical internship in a company where he will be able to put into practice what he has learned and discover the reality of a professional job.

 

Download the detailed description LEARDERSHIP project in PDF

Download the detailed description HEALTH project in PDF

Download the detailed description EMPLOYMENT project in PDF

 

 

Colombia

 

Accompaniment of young people in a training and job search process.

 

An interdisciplinary team of artists and psychologists accompanies the young people and their families. This team of professionals has spaces in which it encourages personal transformation through a proven methodology based on art, reflection and action.

 

The project consists in accompanying these young people in the clarification and achievement of a vocational training path, helping them discover their potential.  They are helped to discover scholarship and training opportunities in the region and are oriented towards the job market.

 

Alliances are implemented with municipal services and agreements are concluded with training centers and universities to obtain favorable conditions of access for young people.

 

As part of this accompaniment, the project also offers psycho-social support to young people and their families.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ivory Coast

 

Vocational training and support for socio-economic integration in Abidjan.

 

In a context of tensions that are still very present between ethnic groups after the conflicts of 2002 and 2010, the project aims to promote human dignity and to encourage closer ties between communities in the shantytowns of Abidjan, which have been particularly affected by the civil war.

 

The project consists of supporting the vocational training of young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Abidjan in the craft sector through multidimensional training (literacy, life skills and management-entrepreneurship).

 

It also supports the structuring of this sector through associations and aims to train positive leaders within communities, associations or groups in the neighborhoods.

 

This project thus aims to promote social cohesion in a political context that is still tense.

 

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March 2020 – December 2022

400.000 € per year

3 years (2020-2022)

57.500 € over 3 years

March 2020 – February 2023

345.000 € over 3 years

Sri Lanka

 

To bring lasting peace and cohesion among the communities affected by the conflict and Covid-19

 

The project proposes young people three approaches to build a society with more democratic values, transcending prejudice and mutual distrust.

 

  • Value education program
  • Economic Entrepreneurship
  • Social cohesion, unity and service to the community.

 

The value education program is where the youth assembles to learn the core values of civilized societies, acceptance of pluralism and democratic approach to conflict resolving. They are motivated to spend time to understand the past, those root causes that led to the conflict and war. They meet once a month to gain knowledge, experience and leadership skills and develop concerns for the society where they live.

 

Economic entrepreneurship supports and helps the selected youth to engage in resourceful activities through economic empowerment. They are trained in business skills, develop a business plan, work in team where conducive and become small time entrepreneurs in their villages. They are provided with the necessary capital to commence the economic activities. Depending on the ground situation, employment activities are either in groups or as individuals. There is dialogue and mutual understanding in decision making process. What is best for them is decided by them.

 

The Social cohesion, unity and service to the community program helps them work for the betterment of their village, support each other, address community conflicts through a democratic process. Create community networks for peace building and community service.

 

 

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March 2020 – February 2023

345.000 € over 3 years

Kurdistan

 

Psycho-social assistance, education and vocational training for Yezidi genocide survivors (Governorate of Dohuk-Iraqi Kurdistan).

 

The project aims to defend and restore the dignity of displaced persons and refugees, to support the most vulnerable among them, and to give them hope for a better future.

 

The project focuses on Yezidi survivors of the August 2014 genocide in Iraq's Nineveh Plain. They took refuge in Kurdistan, particularly in the town of Sharya and its seven surrounding villages.

 

A voluntary, safe and dignified return to Sinjar, their region of origin remains uncertain.

 

The project consists of three main programs that comprehensively address some of the urgent needs of survivors:

(1) visits to families outside the camps, emergency financial assistance, food aid, legal advice and screening for mental health problems;

 

(2) a structured non-formal education program designed to help young people in critical stages of their schooling and to give a boost to very young children in their education;

 

(3) an adult education and vocational training program to strengthen financial autonomy and psychosocial support for women.

 

 

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2 years (2020-2021)

2020 : 1.075.000 € 

2021 :  1.128.000 € 

Kurdistan

 

This project revolves around the opening of non-profit Cafe in Dohuk run mainly by women from the Yezidi community.

 

It aims to offer a reintegration opportunity for Yezidi women who had been victims of ISIS violence, but at the same time to create a welcoming space for people coming from all backgrounds to share culture, time and a good cup of coffee.

 

Accordingly, on an individual level, the project addresses two crucial and mutually reinforcing aspects of life: mental health and livelihood. On a collective level, the Cafe is a space for people to meet, interact and rebuild a sense of community thanks to a tolerant and comfortable atmosphere. This will allow people from different ethnicities, religions and social circles to encounter, break stereotypes and move towards a greater social cohesion.

 

The profit of the initiative will be devoted to a health program which aims to help the most disadvantaged members of society address pressing healthcare needs.

 

Using the profits generated by the Cafe to help the most vulnerable members of the community will also help create a sense of empowerment for the community as a whole.

 

Employees will be chosen from beneficiaries of STEP-IN mental health services and a full training, including language courses, will be provided. Accordingly, the project will also be as sustainable as possible both in ecological terms but especially as a social initiative ideated to last.

 

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2020-2021

224.000 € 

Bosnian Serb Republic

 

Building a common future while respecting differences in Bosnia - strengthening competences and reducing the unemployment rate (Banja Luka)

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina is historically a meeting point for different peoples, cultures and religions within the Balkans. The 1992-1995 war left scars among the three main ethnic and religious groups.

 

This project envisages reconciliation between these three groups, strengthening people's capacities and reducing the unemployment rate. All project beneficiaries participate in reconciliation workshops and are encouraged to enter the labor market.

 

The project provides training tailored to market needs, organizes immersion courses, develops technical and business skills and encourages social entrepreneurship.

 

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2020-2022

242.000 € over 3 years

Bosnia-Herzegovina

 

The project is expected to contribute to local economic stabilization and sustainable peace between ethnic and religious communities in Sarajevo. It tends to promote the common values of all groups.

 

By working with several groups, women, young people, religious representatives and minorities, the project aims to create a social and human environment that will provide economic and social opportunities for everyone. Local economic progress will make it possible to curb the exodus of young people with promising potential from Europe and to recreate a certain stability in the country. Special attention will be paid to vulnerable groups.

 

Different approaches are needed for the different groups to be reached. This leads to more fundamental and focused results. Due to the differences between the target groups, the project team develops a personalized approach to better guide and respond to the basic needs of the people.

 

A social worker is needed to work with the Roma population, as well as material assistance before entering their communities, as unfortunately this is usually necessary to obtain permission to work in their communities and to continue communication. In addition, a special approach is needed for work with young people because of the needs of this population.

 

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2020 - 2022

750.000 € over 3 years

Jordan

 

Refugees, Resilience and Prospects for the Future at Amman, Jordan

 

The project aims to provide refugees with a dignified, decent and integrated life in Jordan in the first instance. Then, with the help of the UNHCR, it accompanies these people by training them to make their migration project or their return to their country of origin possible.

 

Two local organizations (the Jesuit Centre, established in Amman since 1989 and the Jesuit Refugee Service established in Amman since 2008) have decided to join forces and skills to respond to this double challenge for refugees: to rebuild themselves psychologically, socially and intellectually and, on the basis of this human and intellectual baggage, to rebuild their lives in their country of origin or elsewhere.

 

The project brings together Jordanians and non-Jordanians, residents and refugees, migrant and established workers, Muslims and Christians, women and men to teach them to know, respect, appreciate each other and live together. This learning will enable the most excluded to discover their potential, regain self-confidence and face their future lives with hope and determination.

 

Learning to live together and to be open to others is a priority for the Middle Eastern society. This project aims to contribute to this by promoting learning and the organization of cultural and sporting events where young people can assert themselves, develop and rebuild.

 

 

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2 ans (2020-2021)

274.750 €

 

  

Colombia

 

Accompaniment of young people in a training and job search process.
 

Syria

 

Community center in the devastated Midan district of Aleppo.

 

Since the end of the fighting in Aleppo, the inhabitants of Midan have helped to develop social projects involving the various communities. The neighborhood quickly became a center of reference by also developing recreational and educational activities. Thanks to these programs and training, we are today witnessing the successful integration of several Christian and Muslim communities, which is still quite exceptional in Aleppo.

 

The project consists of purchasing and rehabilitating a building in a war-torn neighborhood.

 

The project team helps rebuilding the life of the neighborhood by restarting useful activities for the economic and human development of the inhabitants. All faith communities in Aleppo are invited to take part in the project and to rebuild links between people regardless of their faith or origin.

 

English, music and computer classes are provided for children and vocational training that meets the needs of the neighborhood is provided for adults.

 

Social assistance is provided to the families most affected by the conflict.

A mental health component contributes to recovery from war trauma.

Training and peace education workshops are organized to encourage coexistence between people of different religions and make it an example for the city of Aleppo.

 

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2 years (2020-2021)

40.000 €

Iraq

 

Training of young people for peace and dialogue (Kurdistan and Iraq)

 

The project helps to promote social cohesion and peaceful coexistence in Iraq through dialogue and training.

 

It focusses on different target groups: children and adolescents, youth activists who wish to engage in peace dialogue within their communities, adult community members who have been affected by violence and trauma, community and religious leaders.

 

The project provides participants with information on human rights and the importance of tolerance and dialogue for a democratic and peaceful society, support the creation of a network of young activists and empower them to become active in their communities.

 

It facilitates the creation of meeting spaces for members of communities affected by violence and trauma.

 

 

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2020 - 2021

427.277 €

Iraq

 

Capacity building for trauma therapists and counsellors in Northern Iraq.

 

The project is assisting survivors of serious human rights violations in Iraq, Kurdistan-Iraq, and Syria, including victims of torture, genocide, political persecution, domestic and gender-based violence or terrorist attacks.

 

Twenty-five local professionals with training in psychology will be trained to provide appropriate therapeutic support to traumatized individuals and their families and to facilitate their reintegration into a non-violent society.

 

Six other participants, who have already completed previous training in trauma therapy, accompany the new training group as co-trainers/facilitators and will thus acquire in-depth knowledge and skills in the field.

 

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2 years (2020-2021)

48.785 €

2020 - 2021

2020 : 600.000 €

2021 : 600.000 €

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