Who we are

FOCUS
BACKGROUND
VISION
MISSION
WHY US
OUR EXPERIENCE
PARTNERS
COLLABORATORS
OUR TEAM

What is SGN?

Support Group Network, SGN, is a non-profit NGO initiated by refugees and collaborates with local societies. 

We design and implement initiatives that contribute to better integration and inclusion programs by offering needs-based, meaningful projects based on empowerment, self-organization and strategic corporation.

EMPOWERMENT

ACCOUNTABILITY
OWNERSHIP
RESPONSIBILITY
FREEDOM

Uniqueness

REFUGEES
TO
REFUGEES


TARGET GROUP

REFUGEES, ASYLUM SEEKERS, NEW ARRIVALS, MIGRANTS, LOCAL SOCIETIES AND ASSOCIATIONS AND NGOs, MUNICIPALITIES, GOVERNMENTAL INSTITUTIONS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS. 

Encouraging refugees own initiatives and support them in all fields: (social, cultural, educational, health and psychological care) and gather advocacy for their cases in all levels.
The organization is democratic and independent of political, national and religious parties.
The organization uses means that operates in line with European and international rules to promote the organizations goals.
Our values is accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity and integrity.

SUPPORT GROUP NETWORK'S FOCUS AREAS

EMPOWERMENT, SELF-ORGANIZATION AND ADVOCACY

Empower asylum seekers, refugees and migrants' own initiatives; provide them guidance, tools and resources to self-organize in different fields: (social, culture, education, sports, business, health and psychological care), and gather advocacy for their cases at all levels.

PROMOTE INTERCULTURALITY 

We believe that the Intercultural dialogue is an important tool for refugees, migrants and local society to grasp the concept of living together constructively in a world where the cultural diversity is respected and valorized. To develop a sense belonging to the community, promote participation for everyone to work hand in hand for sustainable development, and to find local solutions for global problems.

BUSINESS EMPOWERMENT & JOB MARKET INCLUSION

Business empowerment and job market inclusion is an open platform where we provide self-empowerment and guidance services that match the competence of the asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to the needs of local job market in order to give a wider knowledge bases, better tools and opportunities to become appropriate candidates that match these job market requirements. In addition, we promote entrepreneurship by providing entrepreneurial guidance to newcomers´ entrepreneurs and thereby the creation of new businesses or the development of the existing ones thus the creation of new job opportunities.

ACADEMIC INCLUSION

We promote and facilitate refugees´ and newcomers´ rights in a proper access to the higher education, opening doors and guide them to evaluate their certificates, to be able to contribute to the society using their experience. In addition, we help universities to reach out to a bigger number of newcomers who are interested in completing their studies or those who want to start with an appropriate program to study. Furthermore, we build partnership with academia on national and European levels for the inclusion of refugees and newcomers in higher education where we collaborate with European University Association (EUA), the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF), Committee for academic refugees, Institut français de Suède, University West and Gothenburg University.

Background

  • It all begins In August 2014 Support Group Network SGN started.
  • licensed in Sweden After two years of performing activites and projects at Restad Gård, biggest refugee camp in Sweden, SGN became officialy licensed non-profit organization  in July 2016.
  • ReAct Being supported by 
    Save the Children
     and The ReAct Project, SGN has been established in 13 cities and 16 camps.
  • Europe More recently the SGN concept is spreading throughout Europe.

Awards

  • Human Rights Award in 2016 for SGN from Västra Götaland Region, Sweden.
  • Lifelong Learning Award (LLLAwards) in category of Best Practice, SGN was chosen one of the best ten inspiring initiatives in Europe.
  • Integration award for best integration project 2019 for (Strong Women Network Project)
  • Two of SGN projects have been chosen in two different occasions by SKL (Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions) as model example that other Swedish municipalities should follow. 

Vision 

  • SGN want to function as an umbrella that gathers associations and individuals´ efforts aiming to enhance inclusion of asylum seekers, refugees through need-based activities and projects that challenge and change the traditional refugee reception and perception.

Background

  • SGN encourages the intercultural reception of refugees that respect human dignity.

Our vision is a world in which all refugees are guaranteed the right of survival, protection, development, inclusion and participation.

Mission 

  • Empower and encourage refugees and migrants own initiatives and support them in all fields: (social, cultural, educational, sports, health and psychological care).
  • Make refugees actors and stakeholders for their own matters. 
  • Gather advocacy for asylum seekers, refugees and migrant's cases at all levels.
  • Facilitating the academic inclusion of refugees who want to complete their high studies; bachelor, masters, or PhD.

Background

  • Promote the understanding of society's norms to create a better integration and inclusion of children, youth, adults and families and provide them the tools to become active members in the society, with main focus on: diversity, gender equality, women and youth empowerment and children rights safeguarding.
  • Increase refugees' employability and supporting them to start their own business.
  • supporting the academics to validate their certificates to contribute with their experience to their new societies.

- Empowerment, Self-Organization and Advocay

- Promoting Interculturality

- Business Empowerment & Job market Inclusion

- Akadimic Inclusion

WHY US?
WHAT MAKES SUPPORT GROUP NETWORK UNIQUE?

Our Background

Support Group Network (SGN), is initiated by refugees for refugees and the hosting societies, so this is a unique point that we don't work with target group, we are the target group

 Our Networks


SGN has a wide network in refugee camps and in the new arrivals and migrants communities, and we  collaborates with local NGOs to deliver the highest quality projects. Connecting with different people and organizations on both local and international level helps us to better
initiative successful programs, projects and activities.

Our policies and governence model

SGN is a member based organization govern by democracy of members representatves who elect local boards that elect national boards.
SGN has
high standard of professionalism bounded by a set of policies and procedures, ethics and transparency. Our systems ensure we maintain a professional approach, live up to our responsibilities, and abide by our internal and external regulations.

Our Team

Our team is formed of diverse group of people who has experience from all around the world with backgrounds in the humanitarian fields and who are committed to empower their communities and do sociatal change. We put all our efforts into goals and results.
Trust, ownership, and transparency are the foundation of our activities.

Our Quality

Support group network (SGN) Is a member based non-profit organization, Which means that the quality management is a continuous process of planning, organizing, controlling and monitoring of resources to achieve desired objectives, impact and outcomes. It is a critical part of program management and it is not only left for our specialist staff but the Board of directors control it.

Planning capacity

We use the 7 Principles of planning and management capacity ((A.C.T.I.O.N.S)):

- Accountability
- Custodianship
- Transparency
- Integrity 
- Order
- Non-deficit financing
- Standard documentation

Our Experience

Support Group Network initiate different kinds of programs and projects including women empowerment, business empowerment, academic inclusion, vocational trainings and livelihood support, grass-roots capacity building and development.
our project covers all fields: (social, cultural, business, educational, sports, health and psychological care).

Our Team guide a lot of refugees to self-organize and
initiate a lot of projects and activities. SGN works in partnership with NGOs, authorities and private sector to create strategic networks that works around self-organized groups for achieve social sustainability.

In Support Group Network, we depend too much on the concept of self-empowerment and the initiative ideas! we believe in human rights, diversity and democracy. And that the rights are not granted from one to another, the human being is born with his right! The government, the civil society and the local community's mission is just to save those rights and make sure to deliver it to it's owners.

Partners

Collaborators

Our team

Alaa Alromeed


Lidköping Coordinator, Alaa.alromeed@supportgroup.se

Amneh Sadkah


Activity Leader, Intercultural Center, Amneh.sadkah@supportgroup.se

Bilal Almobarak


Gothenburg City Coordinator, Bilal.almobarak@supportgroup.se

Dean Matovu


Accountant assistant, Dean.matovu@supportgroup.se

Dick Eriksson


Future Strategist, Dick.eriksson@supportgroup.se

Elyaas Ehsas


Activities Leader, Elyaas.ehsas@supportgroup.se

Eman Taifour


Accountant assistant Eman.taifour@supportgroup.se

Freshta Neyayesh


Restad Gård Coordinator, Freshta.neyayesh@supportgroup.se

Ghufran Abu Idris


Activity leader, Intercultural Center Ghufran.abuidris@supportgroup.se

Inam Alghoul


Organizational developer (verksamhetsutvecklare), Inam.alghoul@supportgroup.se

Mahmoud Younes


IT Administrator, Mahmoud.younes@supportgroup.se

Manal Jarmoukly


Supervisor, Business Empowerment Manal.jarmoukly@supportgroup.se

Mohammad Alhussein


Project Manager, Youth Center, Mohammad.alhussein@supportgroup.se

Mosab Tato


Stuttgart City Coordinator Germany, Mosab.tato@supportgroup.se

Muayad Abukhaled


Mölndal City Coordinator, muayad.abukhaled@supportgroup.se

Najwa Abedalkareem


Götene City Coordinator, najwa.abedalkareem@supportgroup.se

Nayef Ahmed


Activities Leader, Nayef.ahmed@supportgroup.se

Nour Almardoud


Project Manager, DoubleCup, Nour.almardoud@supportgroup.se

Olga Gnida


Project Manager Culture, Olga.gnida@supportgroup.se

Rasul Alsodani


Spenshult coordinator, Rasul.alsodani@supportgroup.se

Sofie Gålbom


Organizational developer (verksamhetsutvecklare), Sofie.galbom@supportgroup.se

Yousef Ajaj


Executive manager (Verksamhet Direktör), Founding member, Yousef.ajaj@supportgroup.se

Ziyad Tarek


Project Manager, Business Empowerment, Ziyad.tarek@supportgroup.se

SUPPORT GROUP NETWORK'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Adnan Abdul Ghanl


SGN Initiator and Founding Member

Ammar Haj Redwan


Founding Member

Hanan Khalifa


Khalil Albash


Founding Member

Reham Maued


SUPPORT GROUP NETWORK'S ADVISORY BOARD