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The Color Movement

The Color Movement is a co-creation between Catholic Sisters, Alight, and Sisters Rising Worldwide. Weaving together our strengths, we work to amplify and sustain the work of the Sisters as they spark change and save lives in some of the toughest communities out there.

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Gender-based violence prevention in El Salvador

Alight is co-creating programs and services with women and young people in El Salvador to ensure the internally displaced have access to safe spaces for healing and the opportunity to learn skills that break the cycle of violence and poverty.

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A lab for Nyabiheke Refugee Camp

A lab in a refugee camp is creating transformational, globally relevant change for displaced refugees in Rwanda

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Welcome Home: programs rebuilding Afghan community

Our work with our new Afghan neighbors began by setting up houses and has evolved into community programming and additional services to help families make connections and settle into their lives in Minnesota.

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Empowering youth in Jordan: A year in review with Questscope

Alight’s affiliate Questscope has been dedicated to supporting the mental health and well-being of young people in Jordan, addressing the significant challenges faced by this vulnerable population.

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Strengthening disaster preparedness in the Philippines

The Philippines is particularly vulnerable to changes due to global warming’s erratic rainfall patterns, droughts, and rising sea levels. This is why Alight is collaborating with local communities to ensure that people there can construct safer, more secure lives.

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Educating one million kids in Pakistan

Alight and Education Above All worked closely to reach and enroll children in quality primary education. Our efforts included engaging with local communities, educating parents, constructing new schools, training teachers, and designing practical solutions tailored to local needs.

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Partnering with Airbnb.org in Poland

Alight helps Ukrainians find safety amid crisis. Partnering with Airbnb.org, we've provided over 73,000 nights of free housing.

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Food insecurity in East Africa

Alight's comprehensive regional response works to preserve the peace and safety of displaced people by co-creating thoughtful solutions with their communities to build resilience and pursue the lives and futures they want.

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Pedacito de la Tierra

Pedacito de la Tierra transforms migrant shelters at the U.S./Mexico border into sustainable, supportive environments. It provides socio-emotional support, education, and community activities.

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Centering customers’ voices in Colombia with Kuja Kuja

Our affiliate Kuja Kuja, developed by Alight in collaboration with IDEO.org, is a cutting-edge real-time feedback system designed to monitor customer satisfaction with products and services. It captures their suggestions for improvement and makes this data publicly accessible.

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Asili: Co-creation at the core

A revolutionary model for people in the world’s most challenging places to build lasting, world-class essential services — for life.

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Clean hands and happy songs for young minds

Teaching kids about the importance of clean hands with a little help from our friends.

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World Refugee Day: Letter from Nairobi

On this World Refugee Day, we recognize the abundance, depth, and resilience of people journeying through the lived experience of displacement.

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Co-creating new livelihood opportunities in Rwanda

Alight helps communities of displaced people in Rwanda by creating solutions for their needs and promoting self-reliance. Recent initiatives for women and young people include mushroom farming, beekeeping, and a coding school. These efforts have significantly boosted community morale and self-esteem.

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Changemakers365: Meaningful change for $500 or less

At Alight, we launched Changemakers 365 in January 2017 to make real, tangible changes every day with $500 or less. Over 800 days, our global teams implemented impactful projects in countries like Bangladesh, Somalia, Uganda, and Pakistan.

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I AM A STAR: A global grassroots movement

Alight's I AM A STAR campaign transformed humanitarian relief by engaging the Somali diaspora to improve 170,000 lives through clean water, sanitation, and healthcare, raising over $70 million.

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Shelter Depot: a marketplace powered by co-creation

Shelter Depot is a hardware store that treats refugees and displaced families as customers so they can build lives of wholeness and agency in the new country they are a part of.

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Collaborative efforts at the Myanmar Public Health Conference 2023

Strengthening infrastructures, we are building Myanmar’s defenses against present and future outbreaks.

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A journey to health in Myanmar

The tuberculosis program clinic supported by Alight is restoring hope and saving lives.

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Protecting women against violence in South Sudan

Women and girls' centers are sanctuary spaces where some of the most vulnerable people have access activities, community, and healing.

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Weaving baskets full of hope in South Sudan

Women at the Nyangore Women and Girls Friendly space, a center run by Alight in Ulang County, are being trained in the making of bags and baskets using plastic straps.

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A world without malaria

The disease's days are numbered in South East Asia, and Alight teams are leading the way

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Space to listen

A shared meal, a shared conversation, with new friends in Jordan.

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Going remote: Questscope keeps kids in Jordan learning

Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19, the non-formal education program finds a solution.

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Co-creating LGBTIQ arrival guides for newcomers

“I love the fact that this has been created by us and for us. Nothing for us without us. Co-creation restores dignity.”

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ORAM’s train-the-trainer programs

Alight’s affiliate ORAM has been implementing a "Training of Trainers" (ToT) program for LGBTIQ refugees based in Kenya across the city of Nairobi as well as in Kakuma Refugee Camp.

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Economic empowerment and skills training for LGBTIQ refugees

100 LGBTIQ refugees across Kenya are currently enrolled in vocational skills training provided by ORAM.

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Co-creating new livelihood opportunities for women and girls

Since the 1990s, Rwanda has hosted over 150,000 displaced people from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of The Congo. Alight co-designs solutions with communities to meet immediate needs and build resilience, improving livelihoods and self-reliance.

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Bringing new plants to families in South Sudan

Through kitchen garden trainings, mothers learn to grow nutrient-rich food, boosting their financial status and family diets.

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Keeping the wheels turning

Alight Pakistan is committed to education, providing a mobile library van and sports kits to keep kids engaged and active. We’ve enrolled over 950,000 children in school, supplied thousands of non-formal schools with essential materials, and adapted to Covid-19 with initiatives like Radio Muallim.

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Welcome to Bidi Bidi refugee settlement

Alight is providing post-trauma counseling, working to prevent violence in the camp and helping run the reception center at Bidi Bidi.

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Reading, dreaming, learning

Building Nakivale refugee settlement’s first library

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Welcome to Thailand

The refugee camps where we work in Thailand are unique – most of our team at these camps are refugees themselves.

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Stopping the spread of Coronavirus in Southeast Asia

Teams coming together on both sides of the Thai-Myanmar border

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Building community and connection for refugees in Germany

Alight affiliate Questscope launched a pilot program in Berlin to assist Syrian refugees in navigating their new environment, from learning the language to finding a sense of belonging.

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Alight's 5-Year Strategy: Unleashing abundance

Explore our 5-year strategy, conceived in collaboration with global experts and local communities.

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Donor spotlight: Hahn Chang

Today we're giving thanks to our friend and donor, Hahn Chang! Hahn has been supporting and working with Alight since he was in high school, and more than a decade later he continues to bring friends and other young professionals to our cause.

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Donor spotlight: Dunn Brothers Coffee

We're raising our mugs to a fantastic friend and donor, Dunn Brothers Coffee. In 2014, Dunn Brothers teamed up with us as part of their holiday seasonal promotion. Together, we created the Changemaker Chocolate Bar, made from rich, dark-roasted beans. The sales proceeds resulted in $10,000 to help fund our work supporting displaced people around the world.

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The promise of safety in Wrocław

Vitaliy and his family fled their home in Odessa due to the war in Ukraine. After struggling to find housing in Poland, they found refuge through Alight and Airbnb. This stay provided them with a safe place to rest and plan their future.

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Stories from camp: Introducing Samia – a beacon of resilience and determination

Meet Samia, a 25-year-old Burundian living at Mahama Refugee Camp in Rwanda.

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A kind host in Krakow

When the war in Ukraine began, Mariola and her family wanted to help. Living in Krakow, Poland, they used their experience as Airbnb hosts to provide short-term housing for Ukrainian refugees through Alight's Airbnb.org partnership.

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Finding refuge at an Airbnb in Poland

Olena, a single mother from Ukraine, brought her four children to Poland for safety after their home city was bombed. Facing numerous challenges, including job loss and housing difficulties, Olena eventually found a temporary home through Alight's partnership with Airbnb.org.

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Hasinat’s journey from Kabul to Minnesota – a story of resilience and hope

Hasinat’s journey from Kabul to Minnesota is a story of resilience. Fleeing the Taliban, her family faced hardships. In the U.S., With Alight’s support, she found community and strength in Minnesota. Her story highlights hope and determination, reflecting the positive impact of Alight's programs in fostering vibrant communities for Afghan newcomers.

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Yuliia’s journey: Overcoming adversity and finding hope in a new land

Yuliia's journey from Bakhmach, Ukraine, to Boston exemplifies resilience and strength. Despite the war's devastation, she found hope and security through Alight’s Jobs Pathway Program.

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Creating sustainable homes in Kismayo

Since 2013, Alight has worked in Kismayo, creating sustainable communities focusing on housing, health, education, and climate resilience.

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Welcoming newcomers

A family of five is ready for a fresh start in Boston and grateful for newcomer support upon arrival.

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Doing the doable for Ukrainian families

Amid the crisis, Alight emphasizes "doing the doable" by collaborating with local organizations to provide essentials like food, medicine, and shelter. Our efforts on the Polish border and within Ukraine ensure immediate, impactful support.

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A Love Army for Somalia

Earlier this spring, a group of social media personalities, influencers, and athletes looked at what was happening in Somalia and wanted to do something to help. But right away they could see the scope of the crisis was far too big for their small group to make an impact.

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Alight and Questscope's Gaza emergency response

Despite the growing challenges in delivering aid, Alight and our affiliate Questscope have been relentless in our mission to provide critical support.

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Supporting Ethiopian families during conflict

Alight is providing thousands of refugees and displaced persons with medical care and clean water.

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An award-winning design project in El Salvador

Puliendo Talentos (“Polishing Talents”) helped Salvadorians formalize their businesses and revitalize the local economy in vulnerable communities affected by the pandemic

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Alight’s flood response in Pakistan

The recent devastating floods in Pakistan have left millions of people homeless and one-third of Pakistan underwater.

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Alight deploys rapid response team to Poland

Alight has sent a team of rapid-response aid workers to Poland to support fleeing Ukrainian families in a moment of crisis.

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Alight welcomes social innovator Jocelyn Wyatt as new CEO

Alight is pleased to announce Jocelyn Wyatt as our newly appointed CEO. Jocelyn is a long-time collaborator with our organization.

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Alight welcomes Zohra Zori as Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer

Alight is pleased to announce Zohra Zori as our newly appointed Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer.

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Syria and Türkiye earthquake response

Alight, in partnership with Questscope, is actively supporting earthquake survivors in Syria. Our efforts focus on food, shelter, and protection in Aleppo and rural Hama. We're providing hot meals, emergency rations, blankets, dignity kits, and repairing shelter facilities.

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Minnesota groups at the forefront of relief efforts in Sudan

Humanitarian agencies warn of famine in the country, noting that more than a third of the population faces acute food insecurity.

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Friendship, Pride, Allyship: Meet Kyle, a LGBTQIA+ Refugee Advocate in Minneapolis

Kyle Kvamme, the Communications & Development Coordinator for our affiliate ORAM, spoke with USA for UNHCR to share his inspiring journey as an advocate for LGBTQIA+ refugees.

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How coding training nurtures software developers from Mahama refugee camp

A coding training initiative in refugee camps in Rwanda is changing lives - and there's more on the way.

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American citizens can now sponsor refugees. Here’s how it works.

The U.S. has launched the Welcome Corps, offering ordinary citizens the opportunity to provide financial and moral support to refugees during the initial stages of their moves.

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At these camps, refugees can give real-time customer feedback

Treating refugees as customers, a new service now asks them if they were satisfied with the services at Nakivale refugee camp and if they have any ideas for improvement.

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I know firsthand how international aid fails refugees. Here's how we can fix it.

Five ways to improve international aid from Abraham Leno, executive director of Alight’s affiliate Eastern Congo Initiative and a former refugee himself.

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Alight and Airbnb.org receive Anthem Award for collaboration

"From War to Welcome" showcases the power of partnership in guiding displaced Ukrainians to safety.

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Podcast: The leadership journey of Muhammad Idriss

From his humble beginnings to leading Alight’s work in Sudan, Idriss shares his inspiring leadership journey.

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Two Oromo refugees pay it forward by sponsoring a stranger through Welcome Corps

As unprecedented numbers of migrants are crossing into the U.S. and seeking asylum, and two refugees who know the difficulties ahead firsthand have stepped up to help.

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Backlog of asylum seekers affects Minnesota agencies, families

As unprecedented numbers of migrants are crossing into the U.S. and seeking asylum, Minnesota legal aid and resettlement agencies are seeing the impact—and it’s leaving many families in limbo.

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Sharing about giving: Let your light shine

What started out as a favor turned out to be a fascinating social experiment for an author and speaker known for advocacy and helping others.

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Former refugee pays it forward to those looking to make Minnesota home

One Twin Cities man who came to America 20 years ago is paying it forward to new refugees making their home in the North Star state.

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Minneapolis-based nonprofit accepting donations for Gaza

Minneapolis-based Alight is mobilizing to help civilians caught in the conflict, accepting donations for Gaza.

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Q&A: Zohra Zori on Alight’s work with displaced communities

As someone who always wanted to be part of something bigger than herself, Zori was drawn to working in the nonprofit sector.

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Minnesota aid groups seek volunteers to help Afghan refugees

With more than 700 Afghan refugees arriving in Minnesota, resettlement agencies are mobilizing to set up permanent housing for families — and appealing to volunteers for help.

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Ukrainian children thrive in Minnesota after losses in the Russian invasion 2 years ago

Artem Fedorenko, a 10-year-old Ukrainian boy who lost his arm in a bombing during the Russian invasion. He relocated to Minnesota for a prosthetic and has since adjusted well.

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Shelter Depot: a marketplace powered by co-creation

Shelter Depot is a hardware store that treats refugees and displaced families as customers so they can build lives of wholeness and agency in the new country they are a part of.

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I AM A STAR: A global grassroots movement

Alight's I AM A STAR campaign transformed humanitarian relief by engaging the Somali diaspora to improve 170,000 lives through clean water, sanitation, and healthcare, raising over $70 million.

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Alight and Questscope's Gaza emergency response

Despite the growing challenges in delivering aid, Alight and our affiliate Questscope have been relentless in our mission to provide critical support.

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