What do we want?
The Eritrean Diaspora in East Africa (EDEA) is a community initiative dedicated to embrace our youth and to provide support to our youth so as to ensure their safety and protection.
EDEA’s Principle Aim is:
- To Empower and organize Diaspora Community in the East African regions in order to enable them become pro-active actors in meeting their needs and overcoming the challenges they face as refugees and migrants,
- To lobby and advocate for Eritrean refugees to obtain legal protection under the Geneva Refugee Convention and Protocol including the issuance of UN Travel Documents where necessary;
- To promote co-operative links with other organizations with similar objectives;
- To strengthen relation with regional and international institutions
- To collect data about Eritrean communities in East Africa by categorizing them on the basis of their demographic characteristics (such as gender, age, profession, etc).
- To place special focus on the youth and device ways and means of assisting them in finding educational and employment opportunities in their respective host countries.
- To support Eritreans to integrate within the host society and become productive members of the host country and society.
How do we want to do it?
- Provide free advice, advocacy and support,
- Involve our community in all aspects of the management of the organization in order to own the initiative,
- Making our services as accessible as possible for all community members,
- Identify various social and economic activities to be undertaken by Eritreans as individuals or as organized groups,
- Lobby for funds for projects and in their implementation,
- Promote harmony and cooperation in our community and celebrate our culture and identity,
- Promote cultural exchange and cooperation between our community and others,
- Identify youth-related activities and prepare projects and solicit funds for their implementation;
- Develop networking and advocacy activities on issues of concern to the organization;
- Prepare essential documents/information and disseminate such to relevant bodies;
- Carry out any other activity deemed essential for the advancement of EDEA’s aims and objectives.
Currently, the association has been running on a voluntary basis. EDEAs members are people with different professional background and limited time which sometimes strains the ability of the organization to progress.
Other challenge that the association is facing the lack of capacity to meet the objectives. Members of EDEA will need extensive capacity building in order to provide service.
EDEA’s focus is the Eritrean Diaspora communities within the East Africa region which includes South Sudan.