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Rwanga Foras Provides Business Training for Young Refugees

ERBIL, Kurdistan, March 29, 2017 - Rwanga Foras in partnership with International Finance Corporation (IFC) held a training workshop to provide additional tools and knowledge on how to strengthen and improve the Problem Solving Skills of the young refugees residing in Darashakran Refugee Camp in Erbil.

Over 12,200 refugees fled their homes and took shelter in Darashakran refugee camp including many university students who could not finish their education in Syria.

The aim of the training was to help them finding jobs focusing on identifying their problems and look for solutions. “We decided to have customized trainings given to various groups of people in various sectors, according to a procedure called “training assessment needs”, which is defining the actual personalized needs to match the training. By these trainings, we hope to be a successful part of the individual participants for their future, since our goal is to support and offer solutions to difficulties’’ said the trainer Aras Mufty.

The full day long training started with trainings on recognizing the problem and followed by two more sessions about analyzing the problem, choosing and implementing solutions. The participants were selected after a series of interviews to identify their weaknesses to help them improve it through the course objectives.

'' The training was very important for us. It helped me to realize that there are always many ways and options. It also helped me to think outside the box’’ said Parwin Kamal, 26. One of the participants. 

In addition to teaching, the techniques and methods of problems solving, participants carry out a number of training activities. '' The training was vital for us besides the knowledge, the positive environment of training and the activities motivates us and encourages us to positively look for solutions'' added Jwan Abdulkarim, 28, participant.

The training is being held as part of the agreement between Rwanga and The IFC, a member of the World Bank Group to provide trainings to the refugees’ camp & host communities and to bolster the country’s private sector amid current challenges and crises.

IFC Delegation Visits Rwanga Foundation

Erbil,  Kurdistan March 9, 2017: International Finance Corporation (IFC) member of the World Bank Group visited Rwanga Foundation Headquarter in Erbil governorate to discuss on the current scenario and providing vocational trainings for youth in Kurdistan including IDPs, Refugees and Host communities. Mr. Mouayed Makhlouf - the Regional Director of Middle East and North Africa Region voiced his opinion “I am happy and amazed to see Rwanga Foundation projects devolved to help the youths in Kurdistan, especially the recently organized business edge training in Erbil and the vocational training project in Duhok governorate. He further assured that IFC have a plan to support Rwanga Foundation in imparting training projects in Kurdistan region and whole of Iraq to equip them with skilled trainings and prepare them for the private sector market.

After the meeting, IFC delegates along with Rwanga Foundation team paid a visit to Bahrka camp in Erbil to meet the IDPs, experiencing their needs in terms of skills improvement for their future. The IDPs were deeply impressed about this visit and praised the delegates for listening to them and providing assurance for their needs.

Previously, on October 16th, 2016. IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, signed an agreement with Rwanga Foundation to jointly provide business edge trainings to host communities and refugees in Iraq as a part of the efforts to bolster the country’s private sector amid current challenges and crises.

IFC, Rwanga Foundation Take Business Skills Training to Refugee Camps in Iraq

Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, October 16, 2016—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, signed an agreement with Erbil-based NGO the Rwanga Foundation today to help it provide business training to host communities and refugees in Iraq, part of efforts to bolster the country’s private sector amid current challenges.


Under the agreement, IFC will help the Rwanga Foundation deliver business skills training to up to 1000 refugees and internally displaced people every year by building the capacity of its trainers, providing customized content, and conducting regular assessments. Rwanga’s aim is to improve access to education and educational standards in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and beyond.


“Over 3 million people have been displaced and moved from their home towns during the past few years,” said Abdulsalam Medeni, Chief Executive Director of Rwanga Foundation. “Our partnership with IFC will help us deliver vital business training for them, helping them to find jobs, build their own projects if they are unemployed, and support growth for those who are already employed.”


IFC has a long history of designing skills programs to improve management capacity and business performance. These include training in key managerial areas like finance, marketing, quality, HR, and personal productivity skills. Internationally, IFC has access to around 500 trainers and 91 highly skilled training providers who have delivered this type of training to more than 200,000 individuals across 64 countries.


“Our partnership with Rwanga has provided us with a new and creative way to reach Iraq’s refugees and internally displaced people,” said Ziad Badr, IFC Principal Country Officer in Iraq. “People inside the camps are eager to provide for their families and communities. Through the business skills training program, we are giving them the skills to help them become productive and find jobs and new lives in their hosting communities.”

The agreement is part of IFC’s Fast Iraq project, which aims to enhance the business performance of Iraqi micro, small and medium enterprises by developing their managerial capacities. IFC has already helped over 12,000 individuals in Iraq improve their business skills.


It is also part of IFC strategy in Iraq to help the private sector develop a non-oil diversified economy, and address the challenges that hinder job creation and business development.



About IFC

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Improving the Career Opportunities for Young People in Duhok Governorate

Duhok -17 January 2017: The German Federal Ministry forEconomic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Rwanga Foundation in partnershipwith Help Organization together singed a joint project to improve the careeropportunities for young people. The project’s aim is to develop the vocationalskills of one thousand female and male youth from the three communities ofrefugees, IDPs, and hosts in Duhok. Furthermore to eventually enable them toenter the job market to support themselves and their families. The projectincludes vocational training courses on eleven subjects:  welding,mobile phone maintenance, carpentry, air-conditioning maintenance, electrics,mechanics, sewing, PVC (Plastic/Aluminum Works), computer, hairdressing andhandicrafts. 

The project costs 815,000 Euros and is entirely funded bythe German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Thetargets are 1000 female and male youth (aged 18-35) including 350 refugees, 350IDPs, and 300 youth from the host community. The one thousand youth areconsidered as the direct beneficiaries of the project; however, when theycomplete the course and start working, their families (around 6,000 people)will also be the beneficiaries of the project indirectly. The projecttimeline is two and a half year, and each course takes two months and a half(45 working days) -the training is held five days a week.  

As a result, Rwanga Foundation officially opened itsoffice in the Duhok Governorate to further operate the project's processes anddevelopments, as a part of Rwanga Foundation's mission, to provide services,design policies and build capacities to enable easier access to education andimprove its overall standard in Kurdistan and the greater global community.

Peshmerga and Security Forces’ Martyrs Endowment Project

Erbil, Kurdistan- October 26th 2016: As a part of its mission, Rwanga Foundation with the financial support of Marathon Oil KDV B.V. contributed its support and appreciation to the Martyrs’ families as a tribute to those brave fighters who fought against the so called the Islamic State (IS) the terrorist organization.  Each Martyr’s family will be receiving US$ 850 on or about October 26, 2016 in the first phase of this project, and in the next phase, Rwanga Foundation teams will be heading towards the cities and villages within Kurdistan Region to reach most of the families of martyrs in order to provide this cash payment assistance.

Rwanga Foundation considers the support it provides to the Martyrs’ families as its focal responsibility. Hence, Rwanga Foundation in 2015 prepared its groundwork to reach its partners and generous donors in order to help the families of martyrs and have achieved this by helping approximately 1,000 martyr’s families until today.

Marathon Oil KDV B.V. is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) which company group is an international independent energy production company. Based in Houston, Texas USA, the company currently operates in North America, Europe and Africa.

Rwanga Foundation is a Kurdistan headquartered International Foundation that officially launched its activities as of September 2013. Through its four main sectors – Education, Youth, Environment and Vulnerable group, the Foundation operates to support and promote people and issues of concern through development in various short and long term projects and activities. All projects are carried out in accordance with the Foundation’s internal policy, strategy and objectives in coordination with the Government, National and International humanitarian organizations. Our vision is a world where quality education is accessible to all and our mission is to provide services, design policies and build capacities to enable easier access to education and improve its overall standard in Kurdistan and the greater global community.

Rwanga Foras Offers Free Trainings at the University of Sulaimani

SULAIMANI, Kurdistan (April 6, 2017) - Rwanga Foras team provided senior  university students of the University of Sulaimani with three days of employability  skills trainings workshops to assist them improve their skills and personal attributes that make fresh graduates more likely to  gain employment  after their graduation  and to be successful in their chosen occupations.

''The aim of the trainings were to prepare them to work and step onto the market including teaching them how to create an impressive resume, register them on the Foras Website, tips for navigating the online application process and Interview techniques'' said Shano Ibrahim, Trainer and Senior Employer Outreach Coordinator at Rwanga Foundation.

The training took place at the main campus of the University where some 100 senior students attended.“Work ethics was also one of the key topics of the trainings to teach them how to develop the feeling of loyalty and attachment towards their work, after finding a job'' she added.

Rebin Hushyar, Senior Employer Outreach Coordinator at Rwanga Foundation added''we also encouraged them to participate in volunteering to help them to gain some experience and skills before they apply for a job''.

The trainings were offered on 3rd, 4th and 6th of April 2017. After the training, all the participants were encouraged to take FREE online courses on Foras Website to train them more on their chosen fields.

The Foras Project in Iraq, has been handed over to Rwanga Foundation in January 2016. The project, managed by Silatech and Microsoft and Rwanga Foundation, works all over Iraq to register companies, provide job opportunities and deliver training courses. The total direct beneficiaries of last year were 223,831 mainly youth.