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At YWED, our initiative focuses on empowering youth, girls, and women by providing them with employable vocational skills for a brighter future. We champion youth autonomy, seeing it as a paramount path for personal development.

Youth and Women Engaged for Development

Youth and Women Engaged for Development

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi

We support communities from:


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Refugees Supported

Advocacy and campaigning, Educational training, Language training, Vocational training, Refugee community building support

Children’s rights, Crisis and conflict, Disability rights, Economic and labour rights, Environment

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"Our recent success story stems from a project we launched on making reusable sanitary pads and tailoring. Through this, we reached 100 women, girls, and youth. Following the training, 30 of them have initiated their own businesses to generate income."
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Why is the Taking The Lead network important to you?

"Taking The Lead is very important for its initiatives and capacity building and trainings for RLOs, this will strengthen RLOs and enable them to increase effort, efficiency, and effectiveness in tackling refugee challenges."

With more funding and resources, our organisation could...

"deliver our services effectively to more people in need and create an impact on our community and on the world."

A shift from negative to positive narratives about refugees would lead to...

"transformative. Such influence would lead to significant changes across numerous households, families, and communities."

If refugees could influence decisions that affect them, it would mean...

"higher self-esteem which would encourage self-reliance among refugees."
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"If we achieve the 4 goals, refugees will be self-reliant decision makers and actors of change. People will believe in themselves and will have gained the capacity to take part in several activities, from advocacy to training to technical work."

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