Long before the revolutionary changes currently sweeping across the Middle East, Tharwa Foundation has been present on the ground working with nonviolence civil society activists in the hope of pushing for the kind of serious political and social reforms that could stave off the looming violent change. While success in this regard proved to be elusive, Tharwa activists remain dedicated to the cause and are trying to help mitigate the consequences of the various regional conflagrations.
Indeed, at this stage, Tharwa has two primary objectives:
- Provide micro-grants to refugees in emergency situations whose needs cannot be met by traditional NGOs with limited mandates. This might include providing tuition, the costs of medication, or any urgent financial assistance that is not of a recurrent nature. The amounts provided in these situations usually range between $200 and $2,000.
- Support young professional refugees trying to jumpstart their careers again by providing seed funding for their ventures. The amounts involved in this case range between $3,000 and $7,000 and are often meant to supplement existing budgets and close certain gaps.
Tharwa on the ground activists often do background checks and follow-up visits to ensure that our grants are used for the agreed purposes.