The Refugee empowerment and support taskforce


The Refugee Empowerment and Support Taskforce (REST) believes that the world’s top experts on refugee and humanitarian crises are refugees themselves. This guiding principle is the basis of what we call the “shoulder-to-shoulder” model. The REST creates a continuing dialogue with refugees and their neighboring communities, listening to the problems they face every day. The REST works shoulder-to-shoulder with these communities to develops projects that are sustainable, community-focused solutions to those problems. (All our programs are proposed by refugee community groups.) We then work with these refugee communities to turn their proposals into reality and implement them. Our methodology empowers refugees, helps them reclaim their agency, develops communities, fosters self-reliance, and improves lives.



Find out about the refugee crisis, why we do what we do, and how our partnership with the Mahama Camp has made an impact.


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Thank you to Maija Mikkelsen for partnership with the The REST and for her contribution of the many photographs used on this website.