Our core activities focus on providing education, training and dignified employment opportunities that will catalyze economic, social, environmental and spiritual transformation in the refugee communities we serve.
As we endeavor to to break the isolation of our displaced friends, we spend time with them through regular visits to refugee homes, engagement in the community and advocating for them with local officials and national neighbors.
In executing our mission, we work with international NGO’s, churches and private individuals, and seek every opportunity to engage and serve alongside host nation churches to meet individual and community needs.
IAFR moved into Madrid at the end of 2017 and is presently working on a concise description of the refugee related ministry context here.
Prior to relocating to Madrid, our IAFR team was serving in a small village in Western Asia, They partnered with an American agro-tech company in a first-of-its-kind farming facility using high-tech methods to produce traditional crops for the local economy and refugee community.
The technology is called aquaponics, which gets it name from combining the separate disciplines of hydroponics and aquaculture. Essentially, the method raises fish in a controlled environment to create nutrient rich fertilizer, which provides plant food for a soilless farming system. Aquaponics is a sustainable and chemical free form of agriculture that uses 90% less water than traditional methods to produce very high quality fish and produce.
The project began in April 2017, and has provided employment and directly impacted the lives of several refugee families. The jobs provide fair wages, good working conditions and opportunity for personal, professional and spiritual growth. If successful, the project will be expanded into other communities. Looking ahead, it could even serve as a blueprint for new initiatives across Western Asia, Africa and anywhere else traditional agriculture methods fall short, and where forcibly displaced people need jobs and healthy food.
Regardless of the culture, the dinner table is a place for family, fellowship and most of all, great food. Everyone knows that food is the heartbeat of culture, and whenever we meet people along the Refugee Highway one of the first things we do together is eat.
My Ethnic Table is a project designed to engage women where they spend the majority of their day… the kitchen.
The goal of the project is to provide an opportunity for the world and refugees to connect with each other through the medium of food. We spend time with women, hearing their stories and learning to prepare cuisine unique to their homeland. Those encounters are captured in writing and photos, with the aim of producing a very unique book that elevates the status of refugee women by sharing their heart stories and cooking secrets with home chefs around the world.
Refugee women have a voice, and it comes through loud and clear in the amazing cuisine they create. We can’t wait to share those messages with the world.