Ahmad Edilbi is introducing a new way to empower, integrate and build social capital in scattered, immigrant populations that have been affected by a political crisis or natural disaster. Using diaspora networks, he enables refugees to play an active and productive role, thus changing their status from helplessness to independence and promoting positive perceptions of refugees. His organization, Dubarah Strat, is expanding this vision by creating settlement centers in 6 countries, starting from Germany.
Ahmad is creating a system of support - entirely volunteer based - to enable refugees to integrate, find work, and establish a life for themselves in the countries they now call home.
Something beautiful happened on February 10. Ashoka welcomed Syrian Ashoka Fellow Ahmad Edilbi and his family to Canada.
After years of instability since fleeing Syria in 2011 due to threats, Ahmad and his family (his wife, Manal, and their boys Jad and Fares, ages 4 and 3) have now made Canada their new home.
It took five months to get Ahmad to Canada and it was truly a team of changemakers that enabled that moment.The team raised the funds and built a team committed to supporting Ahmad and his family in their first year of settlement in Canada. While we were a core group of 5 volunteers in Toronto -- Wendy Cukier, VP of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University (an Ashoka Changemaker Campus); ASN member Bill Young and his wife, Janet; Ammar Youzbashi, Ahmad's colleague from Dubarah; and Claudia De Simone (of Ashoka Canada), worked together with teams from their respective organizations and networks.