The organization Les Amis des Migrants Suédophones en France used the funds from the Rights Now foundation to support Swedish speaking afghan migrants in France. Asylum seekers received information about practical matters and the organization also made efforts to increase awareness among the public about the problematic situation of the migrants. Funds were used to develop the website with facts and testimonies from the migrants themselves (www.lamsf.fr). The website presents valuable and useful information in Swedish, French and Dari.
The organization FARR provides support to refugees arriving in Sweden. The grant from the Rights Now foundation was used for the benefit of adolescents arriving alone to the country, without any family members or relatives. They in particular have been shown to face difficulties and risks. FARR offered them advise and information about their rights, about the asylum process and how the legal system works.
The organization ALEF, Adult Learning and Empowerment Facilitators, supports people living in poverty by education and training.
The grant from the Rights Now foundation was used to provide math lessons for people in villages in Togo in Africa. 70 study groups were formed at the village level for the purpose of learning math and discussing related matters. During 2020, a total of 1 400 persons between 15 to 40 years of age participated in the study groups. 74 percent of the participants were women.
According to ALEF, basic skills in mathematics are of great value to the people – in order to better run their agriculture farms and increase harvests. Knowledge in math has the potential to generate better income opportunities, and can thus be empowering and eventually lead to reduced poverty.
The organization ARF, Film and Culture for Human Rights, works to make Sweden more socially sustainable.
ARF reaches out to school children and the public through films on relevant themes, always accompanied by dialogue and discussions after the film sessions. The films which are shown by ARF highlight themes such as racism, social justice, minorities, democracy, housing and ethnic segregation.
During 2020, a total of nearly two thousand persons – pupils, teachers and others – participated in the activities arranged by ARF, according to the project report. This was made possible in part thanks to the grant from the Rights Now foundation.
As part of the project AMASO provided advice and counselling to migrants. They report: ”With the help of this project, we were able to run AMASO smoothly and help at least 50 deportees and 10 returnees, voluntary mostly with first hand advice post deportation to Afghanistan.” The advice often related to the type of practical support that was available for them in Afghanistan. “The process is a little complicated, but a little advice makes it easier for the deportees.”
AMASO also writes in their report: “Several others received support by the project to take Swedish classes. Some of them were those who are in the process of going back to Sweden through working visa, or have already reached Sweden. The others mainly chose to take English language classes, very efficient and affective for many of them. One of the beneficiaries has almost finished his English language courses and will soon get to advance level. According to him; “The opportunity provided by AMASO to learn the English language has been life changing for me. I was hopeless and left alone when I was deported, no one from the Afghan government or NGOs helped me.”
The organization Coloboratie Lund – Maxenu supports children in Romania who thanks to the organization can take part in after school activities and receive help with home work. Thanks to the grant from Rights Now Foundation, 20 school children living in Maxenu were able to participate in the activities during the year 2019. Their school results have improved and the project was according to Coloboratie Lund–Maxenu appreciated by the children as well as by their parents and the school staff. The organization Coloboratie Lund–Maxenu emphasizes in its report to Rights Now that the group of children consisted of both girls and boys, which promoted gender equality and integration in society for all.
Thanks to the grant from the Rights Now Foundation the organization GamCup could purchase 800 menstruation cups. These were distributed among women in the village of Tujereng in Gambia. The cups would according to GamCup contribute to the women saving money. The education which was part of the project also improved the women’s knowledge about their menstruation and reproduction. Awareness about sexually transmitted diseases, safety and hygiene is also increased as a result.
The organization Kodul Muga supports single mothers and girls in Kochia, Kenya.
Due to the covid-pandemic the planned education on sexual and reproductive health, including the distribution of menstruation cups, had to be postponed. Kodul Muga instead turned their attention to other possible ways of supporting the women and girls. The money was eventually used to support improved income opportunities for the single mothers, in this case in the form of hens. This turned out to be a successful and welcome source of income for the women. It was for example possible to use the money generated to pay for school fees for their children.
The Push Community Initiative (PCI) focuses on education about menstruation.
PCI reports to the Rights Now foundation: ”PCI is aware that Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is an essential aspect of hygiene for women and adolescent girls between menarche and menopause. Quite often, young adolescent girls tend to be less prepared for MHM and suffer from anxiety, apprehensions, fear and shame during their menses. Despite being an important issue concerning women and girls in the menstruating age group MHM is often overlooked by caregivers, parents and other stakeholders contributing to increased defilement and school dropouts.”
“Overall eighty (100) people have been trained on making reusable sanitary pads (90 adolescent girls and 10 adults (para-social workers). The para-social workers are helpful in mobilizing the community and cascading the information on reusable sanitary pads and menstrual hygiene management.”
“There is huge demand for empowerment skills in the community, most especially by women and girls. This was observed when the mothers and older women expressed their interest to join tailoring training and art and craft.”
“Push Community Initiative board and beneficiaries with pleasure, extend their gratitude to the Rights Now Foundation for the support and partnership.”