Project Update: Lighthouse NGO – Ukraine

Lighthouse NGO set up a telephone helpline to counsel LGBTI teens in Ukraine. To promote their helpline, they advertise online and on huge billboards in several metro stations. So far, they have already had a few successful calls and we hope there are more to follow.
Visit our Lighthouse NGO project page for more information about the organization.

Project Update: “ELEMENT” – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Center for Youth and Education and Mobility “ELEMENT” organized a four-day training camp for young LGBTs in Bosnia and Herzegovina. On the first day, they kicked off the training by getting to know each other and sharing personal stories. This created created a safe and open environment. These activities were followed by exercises to gain skills and the knowledge needed to become LGBT leaders in their local communities. These new LGBT leaders, also known as ‘Change Agents’ will educate people locally on LGBT themes and advocate for LGBT rights. After the camp, the participants decided to combine forces by forming a network of LGBT activists.
We think Center for Youth Education and Mobility “ELEMENT” is right on track with strengthening the nation’s LGBT community. For more info on this project visit their project page.

5 new LGBTI projects funded

The second review cycle of 2016 resulted in 5 newly funded projects: Association of Russian-Speaking Intersex People (ARSI), OGERA in Uganda, Solace Brothers Foundation in Ghana, Humanity First Cameroon and Solidarity Foundation in India. This quarter, PlanetRomeo Foundation granted € 20,306 in total.

Project Result: Pride Equality International

George Reginald Freeman is the director of Pride Equality International and a former refugee who fled from Sierra Leone to Europe. He initiated the project ‘Why Me’ to increase solidarity amongst African LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees. During a 2-day photo-voice workshop, all refugees told their personal stories and shared their experiences on being a LGBTQI refugee in Europe. One participant stated: ‘…In the homeless shelter we had homophobic residents who make comments like “gays are disgusting people” and when I reported to the social worker he told me to be discreet about my sexuality, as most of the people staying are religious people…’. With PlanetRomeo Foundation’s support, the workshops were held in Spain, Belgium and France. Pride Equality International hopes to roll out their photo voice workshops in more European countries.

All testimonies were documented and a selection is published in the ‘My Voice Counts’ report. Additionally, the report contains recommendations on how to improve the situation for African LGBT refugees and asylum seekers. Pride Equality International presented the report during a human rights advocacy session in Spain and it will be shared with other shareholders also in order to improve the position of LGBTQI refugees and asylum seekers.

The full testimony report ‘My Voice Counts’ can be downloaded here.

Project Update: Forum for Dignity Initiatives – Pakistan

Our funding enables Forum for Dignity Initiatives to organize six dialogues between transgender women and high school students in Pakistan. The first dialogue out of the series “We are not children of a lesser God” took place in the School of Business Management in Islamabad. By means of these gatherings, students will be informed about gender roles and trans* issues which also help to bridge the gap between the transgender community and mainstream society, where trans* people often face social exclusion.

Project leader Uzma Yaqoob told us FDI received a huge round of applause for this initiative taken by them. Thereafter, the university and the students requested more of these dialogues.