What WE do
WE Organization fulfills its purpose through: Educational/Training and Consulting work. This comes in form of:
Aiming at fusing society around the concept of ‘understanding through interaction’, WE Organization has implemented several projects and programs with (Schools, Universities, Companies, NGO’s, and Governmental Agencies).
WE are the Refugees
WE organization is keen on addressing society’s most relevant themes of xenophobia and populism by connecting refugees with their hosting communities through the power of conversation.
So very often stories have been told about us! With the notion “Talk with us, NOT about us”, the work of ‘WE ARE THE REFUGEES’ is to ensure that we (the refugees) are the authors of our own narratives and that we are in charge of our stories.
Through the speeches we strive to raise awareness about the Refugee-situation in Europe; seeking to foster understanding and deconstruct the misconceptions surrounding refugees by encouraging effective communication between ‘The Newcomers’ and the local communities.
Via co-creation sessions & workshops, we bring together a diverse set of skills and insights on how to be and feel integrated; aspiring to make policy, practice and attitudes more Refugee-Friendly.
Why WE do it
Differences can lead us to designate certain groups as “OTHER” and less than fully human. To go forward, there has to be an awareness and understanding. We must first identify the walls that keep us apart and then knock them down; so we can move together into a better future.
WE envisions an inclusive society that embraces, celebrates and values cultural diversity. Society belongs to all of us. Differences – whether in age, ethnicity, gender, ability, religion or sexual orientation – are welcome, as they bring valuable new perspectives and approaches.
Established in 2016 by Adel AlBaghdadi, WE organization is a socially-driven and action-oriented initiative dedicated to helping cultivate moral and cultural values in the society.
Who WE are
Adel AlBaghdadi (1990), born & raised in Damascus –Syria. I went to Law School to pursue my dream of becoming a diplomat or working in one of the international humanitarian organizations and contributing to world Peace Building. After a long, risky, physically & emotionally tough journey, I arrived in 2015 to the Netherlands where I’m fortunately enjoying the safety and the freedom.
“Social changemaker”, that’s how I boldly call myself; because I make the daily conscious decision to be a part of the solution and not the problem. I am a firm believer in possibilities. I believe in a better future, and I’m determined to create it. For that reason, I founded WE Organization.
My personal experience isn’t about what happened to me, it’s about who I became because of it. It’s believing in my dreams and facing my fears that allow me to live my life beyond limits. Fortunately, I found my “WHY” and shared it with the whole world in this TEDx Talk.
See what people are saying
WE organization has co-organized several events with Stichting één land één samenleving, in relation to our annual ‘Nationaal Integratiediners’. Adel presented a valuable story about Syria and his journey to the Netherlands. He is in touch with a great network of proactive and inspiring people who are willing to share their unique stories.”
Benson van der Bij
Stichting één land één samenleving
At Salesforce, we wanted to highlight World Refugee Day among our employees. I considered it would be impactful if the story was shared in a positive light of how newcomers can thrive in their new communities when others are supportive and understanding of their circumstances. I liked the positive message on WE organization and Adel’s personal story.”
Adel’s presentation about his experiences and WE organization was engaging, compelling, and positive. He informed us about WE organization and its activities in fighting for inclusion and against xenophobia.”
Rotary Club Amsterdam West
WE is creating a positive narrative of how to succeed and flourish in difficult circumstances, not just a lesson for people open to learning more about refugees, but an important lesson in life, universally applicable and beneficial to all of us.”
Alarik van Doorn
Leiden University Law School