Refugees in Ghana benefit from UNHCR’s livelihood program

UNHCR partners a Ghanaian Fashion Designer and UNHCR High-Level Influencer to train refugees to produce face masks in efforts to combat COVID-19. (File photo)

Rebuilding one’s life implies more than having a roof over your head and a safe place to sleep. It means reclaiming control of your future.

Most refugees and asylum seekers in Ghana are now able to provide for their families’ basic needs, become more resilient, and be empowered to shape their future.

For the purpose of economic inclusion, the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is supporting refugees to gain access to the labour market in their host communities, which in turn allows them to seize economic opportunities.

Rebecca Wanezie Izwani is an Ivorian, among thousands of people who fled the war in Cote d’Ivoire. She was only fourteen years, a teenager who saw the torture and killing of people during the conflict which began in 2002.

24-year-old, Rebecca Wanezie, now a Fashion Designer, recounts how UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, under its livelihood empowerment program has supported her family.

In 1993, Arnold Ahianu at age 7 escaped the conflict in Togo and sought refuge in Ghana. Arnold is now a florist, breaking barriers on the local market to earn a decent living in his host community.

A Cameroonian, Bernard Asogani Ekeng, is a migrant who moved from his home country to Ghana in search of better living conditions.

The Refugee Youth in the Country have not been left out of the UNHCR’s economic inclusion agenda.

They are producing a wide variety of products. They also have a variety of talents in the arts and music, which crossed borders with them, and sometimes reflects their personal experiences of being refugees.

From carpentry, artifacts and other artworks, most of them now have a source of livelihood.

UNHCR promotes economic inclusion of all refugees ensuring the poorest of them are not left out.

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