Stories from Beneficiaries

Human Rights Training, Thai-Burma Border:
“The SDC School is very good. The subjects they provide are very beneficial to our community. They are good for jobs and very good for our community to help people. All students can benefit from learning these subjects”

Shar Myar Kay, resident of Karenni Refugee Camp #1
(Karenni Social Development Center: Human Rights Training Project 2014-2015)


Teachers’ Diploma Course, Sri Lanka:

“I’m really grateful to be given the opportunity to get the diploma. What I have received through this support is far valuable beyond salary increase. I feel myself developed so much and I’m far happier than ever. I’m really proud of being a pre-school teacher!”

M. Malarchelvy, teacher
(Preschool Teachers’ Diploma Course Support Program 2013-2014)


Emergency Eye Care, Chad:

“Now thanks to you I can admire my son’s beautiful face. I left the house alone to come here to meet you. Now I can walk alone, I will again prepare food for my husband and my children. I will also resume my activities as a small onion seller that I had to abandon because of my blindness. I am very happy”

Fatima Kaltouma, beneficiary
(Emergency Eye Care Outreach Mission 2011-2012)

Rights for Displaced People, Columbia:

“The project helped me to progress so much that I am now the legal representative of the women’s association of my area. I have learnt to be a leader, to manage responsibilities, to help others, to understand and demand my rights, those of the other women and of the displaced community in general. I am a different person now and am grateful for the improvements in my life which the project has brought about”

Eva Mape Bonilla, IDP
(Fundamental Rights for Displaced People 2010-2011)

Human Rights Training, Thai-Burma Border:
“This project and organisation is very valuable to our community, I would like to encourage this program to continue and recruit more applicants than in previous years. The subjects from this course are very important and it is valuable for our community to be able to discuss the political and legal issues. After the advanced course, I have got a lot of skills. I am now trying to improve myself every day”

Nga Meh, resident of Karenni Refugee Camp #1
(Karenni Social Development Center: Human Rights Training Course 2013-2014)

Resettlement Kits, Uganda:
“I am grateful to your people for sending you here to address the issue that matters to me most; the health and safety of my grandson. With this net I am assured of the health and safety of my grandson. A net like this one can save a life, it has already saved my life!”

Hellen Icoroit, LRA survivor
(Provision of Re-settlement Kits for Returnees 2012-2013

Resettlement Kits, Uganda:
“You have helped me, you have supported me emotionally, you have helped me build a house to stay in and I have plenty of food in my compound. I will eat some and sell the rest to help me buy the personal items I require. Thank you for walking with me”

Acam Resta, mother
(Provision of Re-settlement Kits for Returnees 2012-2013)

Teachers’ Diploma Course, Sri Lanka:
“This job is really worth doing and I want to continue working as a pre-school teacher all my life. I appreciate so much that I can become as I am now, through giving me a chance to take the diploma course”

M. Jeyawani, teacher
(Preschool Teachers’ Diploma Course Support Program 2013-2014)

 
Resettlement Kits, Uganda:
“Had it not to be for the resettlement kit, we would not be here. We are unbreakable, now making up for the past which has been lost”

Akello, class tailoring instructor
(Provision of Re-settlement Kits for Returnees 2012-2013)

Rights for Displaced People, Columbia:
“I feel that as a woman I am now strengthened and educated, more aware and more capable, I feel proud of what I am doing as a member of the displaced community and the president of the association, I feel hopeful about our future and very grateful to all who support us in this important work”
Ana Quilia Castro, mother of four
(Fundamental Rights for Displaced People 2010-2011)


Drinking Water Project, Sri Lanka

“With RIJ’s help we have been able to put up 10 tube wells at strategic locations in our village which are convenient for individual and family use. Now we have plenty water, it is not a scarce commodity anymore. I don’t have to get up early morning around 5.00am and I don’t have to spend nearly two hours
for the fetching water and I can send the children to the school on time.”
Panima Khala, mother of four  
(Drinking Water Project, Sri Lanka, 2006)


School Meals, Uganda 
“Children never used to return to class after lunch break, but now since we have had Refugee International Japan’s help, there is a meal provided at school and afternoon lessons are fully attended. The school has registered a boost in enrolment, by the time the project began we had about 343 pupils and now the number has risen to 410.”
Deputy Head Teacher at Opam Primary School Uganda, 2007
 
 “We can now resume classes in time since we eat at school, not like before when we used to delay looking for what to eat.”
“Absenteeism and escaping from school has reduced since food is being provided.”
Pupils at Opam Primary School
(School Feeding Programs for displaced communities in Uganda, 2007)    

Install Pumps, Gambia 
“This RIJ funded project has helped sustain the peaceful coexistence between the refugees and their host communities that continues to this day.”
Spokesperson
 (A project to install pumps in Gambia)