Behind the scenes: Project Stand Up

It all started when a group of students at the Fugee School challenged the idea that girls should be given the same opportunities as boys. The newly formed youth-led Project Stand Up (PSU) initiative became a platform for supporting youth leadership, particularly around issues of gender equality and equal access to learning opportunities. They brainstormed…

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No more refugee and asylum seeker children left in Bangkok detention centre

HOST International, with the support of Thailand’s Department of Children and Youth, has made it possible for 27 families (51 children and 26 adults, all mothers or female caregivers and one father) to be released from immigration detention and government shelters into the Thai community. HOST International, working under the auspice of Peaceway Foundation, was…

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World Refugee Day 2019: In faith and freedom

By: Patnarin Wongkad, Case Manager – HOST International Thailand In honour of World Refugee Day, HOST International spoke with Nay Mun, a Christian-Jarai (also known as Montagnard) refugee from Vietnam. Nay is a husband, father of five children, and currently on bail under Thai immigration’s law for his serious medical condition. When we asked Nay…

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Meet the CandleLighters: 2019

HOST International has been fortunate in sourcing three talented volunteers to continue the work in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Jakarta. Meet our new Candlelighters: Marleen, Mereani, and Matilda. Meet Marleen Marleen is based in Kuala Lumpur with local NGO, Payong that works with refugees in the areas of education, enterprise and empowerment. She will be…

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Meet our Thailand team

HOST International is currently piloting a program in Thailand to support up to 30 families of refugees and asylum seekers to exit detention. We have been working with the Thai government and building partnerships with local NGOs to find alternatives to detention for families and as a result, we’ve formed a small but efficient team…

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Refugee-focused computer coding school RECODE joins HOST

RECODE, a Malaysian refugee-focused coding academy, has just joined HOST International as an education and livelihoods programme. Its co-founder Jeanne Makinadjian will also be a part of the HOST team as Program Manager and will lead the implementation of the program alongside a local Malaysian team. Jeanne, welcome to HOST. Can you tell us about…

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Meet CandleLighters volunteer Lisa

The “CandleLighters” Volunteer Program is an initiative of HOST International to provide development opportunities to staff by supporting them on volunteer assignments overseas. These opportunities are designed to enhance the capacity of overseas refugee host organisations that are closely aligned with the purpose, objectives and values of HOST International. Lisa is an employee of HOST…

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CandleLighters: a volunteer’s work through Malaysia

By: Jason Spierings, CandleLighters Volunteer It was about this time last year that my former manager contacted me about HOST International’s CandleLighters position. I had just finished my Master of Humanitarian Assistance and was keen to further develop my experience internationally. I jumped at the chance as it’s been a dream of mine to work…

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Teenage refugees educating on gender equality

By Callan Lawrence For millions of young refugees around the world, education is a bridge to opportunity and a more secure life. But those same young boys and girls are often prevented from attending school by more basic obligations, including caring for younger siblings, cooking, cleaning and other household chores. This is especially common for…

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Training gender equality champions

By Fatimah and Sabri We experienced many challenges and lessons throughout Project Stand Up and it continued as we started training PSU Champions. The goal of the training was to get PSU Champions confident about sharing ideas, challenging common misconceptions and inspiring them to make positive changes in the community. It would also build their…

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Towards Self Reliance: A model for assessing and responding to sustained vulnerability

Social workers need more guidance on how to best bring people through prolonged displacement and uncertainty towards a positive future. Image: Fancycrave on Unsplash. By David Keegan, CEO Becoming forcibly displaced throws a person into many challenging situations as they journey towards a better life. They invariably find themselves facing multiple barriers that include physical,…

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The role of innovation in refugee solutions

The 7th Annual Asia Pacific Consultation of Refugee Rights Representatives from Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, and Japan. Image: APRRN. By David Keegan, CEO We are in a time where governments and NGOs are asking, and being asked, questions about how we can do things differently to meet the protection needs of the world’s…

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Meet CandleLighters volunteer Zoe Stewart

The “CandleLighters” Volunteer Program is an initiative of HOST International to provide​​ development opportunities to staff by supporting them on volunteer assignments overseas. These opportunities are designed to enhance the capacity of overseas refugee host organisations that are closely aligned with the purpose, objectives and values of HOST International. Zoe, 31, is a few days…

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Meet CandleLighters volunteer Jason Speirings

The “CandleLighters” Volunteer Program is an initiative of HOST International to provide development opportunities to staff by supporting them on volunteer assignments overseas. These opportunities are designed to enhance the capacity of overseas refugee host organisations that are closely aligned with the purpose, objectives and values of HOST International. Jason, 31, is a few days…

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