Today was such an exciting day for us at Tasnuva Shamim Foundation Ireland as we received an invitation from Minister Charlie Flanagan and Minister of State David Stanton to Launch the
“Communities Integration Fund 2019”
The Minister of Justice has selected 2 organisations for the Launch of the Community Integration Fund and we are honoured to be selected as one of the participants.
The day began at the Department of Justice and Equality with meet and greet, and photo sessions with the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charles Flanagan, and the Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton. We also had an amazing opportunity to meet High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) who was visiting Ireland.
The ministers and their team at Integration funds were impressed with our concepts promoting multicultural community in Ireland through our community integration project and contributions to Irish Society.
Tasnuva Shamim Foundation Ireland (TSFI) is a migrant-led charity organization with over 30 dedicated volunteers from diverse ethnicities and backgrounds.
The founder of TSFI, Shamim Ahmed Shagor had the opportunity to share our work on social integration, with the Ministers and the UN High commissioner for Refugees. This work is only made possible because of our amazing and dedicated volunteers and partners.
He further explains how such small funding can have a big direct and indirect impact on the community. This includes helping immigrants who live in isolation to connect with local communities, the long term impact of mental health and a happier society equates to a functional and contributing society.
It was an amazing experience to meet the Ministers and the team in the Department of Justice and Equality.
The day continued with a tour of Leinster House where we had the opportunity to watch the Dáil and Seanad in action. The hot topic being discussed currently is Brexit.
We were lucky to have the opportunity to see one of the original prints of the Proclamation of the Republic, which is also known as the 1916 Proclamation.
The day ended with lunch in Leinster House with Minister David Stanton and we are very grateful to have the opportunity to share our work and ideas with the Minister and to listen about his current focus in the Equality, Immigration and Integration domain and general discussions on inclusion, stereotyping and issues such as hate crime.
Thank you to Terence O’Hagan and team from the Integration Unit for being such a great host.