Our methodology is designed to:

  • Build the capacity of refugees and hosts

  • Foster self reliance and the reclamation of agency

  • Contribute to the development and strengthening of lasting communities.

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Each of our programs has been entirely designed by local communities. Our programs begin when a displaced community proposes a project based on their jointly-identified needs.

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Next, the REST begins a process of dialogue and review to ensure that these programs have clear mechanisms for sustainability and inclusive community development.

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All people have dignity and deserve to be treated with respect. The REST believes that providing care for refugees, displaced people and vulnerable populations requires a rights-based approach that recognizes the agency and capacity of displaced communities.

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These key beliefs are the inspiration of our “shoulder-to-shoulder” approach, which begins with dialogue between refugees, their host communities, and donor organizations—like REST.