Their work gets more important by the day.
And now a Cork-based non-profit that helps refugees find jobs related to their experience and skills has been shortlisted for a prestigious European prize.
Recruit Refugees Ireland supports and protects refugees and International Protection Applicants in their search for work with reputable companies in their own fields of expertise throughout the whole of Ireland.
The online platform is one of only six competitors to shortlisted for the Council of Europe Development Bank’s CEB Award for Social Cohesion.
Another Cork project, The Sanctuary Runners, also made the final list, chosen from 21 countries. The group brings asylum seekers, refugees, and the wider community together to run, jog and walk.
Roos Demol, CEO said she was thrilled with the announcement: “Even being chosen from one of the many applications is an honour and it proves that tenacity and forward-thinking is paramount, even if the funds aren’t there.” she said.
“If your passion is strong enough, you can make an impact. I am especially thankful for all the support we have received since we set up in September 2020. The volunteers that have given their time to support people, often from their own shared bedrooms in direct provision have been invaluable support, without them we would not be here.”
“We are very happy with this news.” added chairperson Pierrot Ngadi.
“We have been shortlisted because we have proven who we are and what we do as a grassroots organisation. We care and support people who are in need. We are one of the grassroots organisations that works with volunteers and board members from different backgrounds.”
The winner of the €25,000 prize will be announced at an event on July 7th.