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Egypt: Refugees and host communities receive support for establishing social businesses

"Egypt: Sudanese refugee able to launch training center to help other refugees thanks to “Sunrise Project”", 13 August 2018

Alamin Abkar, a married 34 year old father of three, has been able to launch his own business in Egypt thanks to the Salesian Missions Sunrise Project. A refugee from the Sudan who is responsible for caring for his wife and children, Abkar is blind but did not want to let his impairment stop him from earning a living in his new community. With seed funding provided by the Sunrise Project, Abkar... started the New Vision Center. This social and human development center offers a variety of courses including English language, computer and IT, human resources and human development and social psychology. Abkar aims to improve the skills and capabilities of refugees and enhance their performance and effectiveness in their new society. He is also helping to reduce illiteracy among the refugees and aid youth in skill development for employment. Through the Sunrise Project, 400 refugees and vulnerable Egyptians are receiving support and 80 graduates from the program were invited to participate in in-depth seed fund grant training. These graduates submitted entrepreneurial project plans to the Sunrise team which chose to fund approximately 40 projects. Selected grantees, like Abkar, received $500 and six months of mentorship to launch their businesses...