ፍናን /F’NAN/ in Tigrigna means ‘RESILIENCE’. In Eritrean culture, resilience is deeply ingrained. F’NAN came in to being by a group of like-minded Eritrean individuals to rekindle this Eritrean mantra and to start a conversation within the Eritrean diaspora, especially those in the United Kingdom. We say to rekindle for a number of reasons:
At this juncture, in a world full of unprecedented events, we are witnessing the suffering of our compatriots. They are seeking refuge, for much better words, for safer and better life in Western countries. We are also witnessing the traumatic experiences they have to endure en-route to reach their destination. F’NAN cannot judge these individuals as to why they are where they are. We have to respect their choices.
F’NAN is a non-political charity organisation. F’NAN focuses on the individual as a member of humanity–worthy as anybody else to walk on this planet in peace, safety and hope. F’NAN’s vision is to ignite hope in the individual by focusing on listening and empowering the individual.
Another important reason for the founding F’NAN is that we are experiencing first-hand the disconnect of the youth and their families–a very serious concern in our community. Some are so serious that they had devastating effect on families. As FNAN’ers, we strive to come up with innovative ways to address these issues.
F’NAN is founded as a solution platform with strategic leadership and highly committed volunteers–mostly professionals, under and postgraduate students–who are committed to alleviate the hardship experienced by new arrivals of Eritrean origin and help them to integrate into the UK society in a phased-fashion.
ፍናን | F’NAN is founded on aspirations of Building Eritrean Resilience.
To build a thriving platform – which opens innovative mentoring opportunities for Eritrean youth who live in the United Kingdom.
To positively impact our youth and guide them to achieve their full potential in all walks of their lives.
You could support us with event space, administration, training expertise, mentoring, donations and fundraising events. A small gesture will make a genuine difference in the lives of these young men & women.
F’NAN Eritrean Youth and Family Outreach is a non-profit organisation that works mainly, but not exclusively, within the Eritrean community, focusing on social engagement, inspiring personal and collective growth, guiding and mentoring the youth in the right direction.
Our aim is to reach out to young Eritrean men & women who live in the United Kingdom. We aim to provide One-to-One mentoring and guidance, which would help them to overcome cultural barriers, personal challenges and build their confidence.
Our Life Skill programmes are designed to help these youth recoup from their difficult situations and achieve their full potential in all walks of their lives.
F’NAN’s Youth and Family Outreach platform is built on a very solid foundation, our mentors are subject matter experts in their respective fields, comprising of doctors, behavioural psychologists, child therapists, engineers and technology entrepreneurs. They also come with immense cross-cultural working and life experiences, which is key to breaking cultural barriers, spreading hope, mutual respect and positive engagement.
Our mentor to mentee relationship can be formal or informal and may have substantial variation based on the initial assessments of a candidate, but the essential components of caring, empathy, consistent role modelling, teaching, and advising will remain the core focus.
Our programmes focus on imparting “transferable life skills” which enable youth to work effectively in a group or team to achieve their goals.
F’NAN may consider a candidate for scholarship-based Leadership programmes based on their assessments.
Wading through adolescence and young adulthood are difficult stages to navigate alone, for even the most privileged youth. Let alone young people carrying baggage of losing their loved ones in war, political trauma and surviving the ordeal of getting out of their own motherland.
Most of these young adults suffer from PTSD and/or other psychological problems due to their unfortunate circumstances. This can lead to varying degrees of impulsive and aggressive behaviour, anger outbursts, drug, alcohol & sexual abuse, violence and suicidal tendencies. Almost certainly crippling their well-being and growth.
NOTE: We are governed by extremely strict confidentiality rules protecting the counsellor and subject relationship, this enables free flow of information necessary for sound counselling.
Derived from the Latin word “advocare”, literally meaning ‘to call out for support’.
Experts say, advocacy is the means of
“putting a problem on the agenda, providing a solution to that problem and building support for acting on both the problem and the solution”.
To drive such an agenda, we need to collectively act by coordinating our efforts through – strategic thinking, information gathering, sharing & creating awareness on legal rights, outreach and persuading positive mobilization.
Last but not the least, most problems and dead ends occur due our own lack of awareness in the social setup. At F’NAN we make every effort to educate our youth and families of their rights be it legal, healthcare, education or simply respecting the laws of the land.
F’NAN runs several workshops on varied subjects to address the needs of the Eritrean Diaspora.
We were reluctant at the start, but so many of you asked us to include this donation section.
Some of us has a wealth of experience of how startup companies grow in the private sector. To our surprise we are finding ourselves with this charity idea called F’NAN whose growth and synergy is so unprecedented for a charity let alone a private company. To date from its inception which was first week of April 2019, F’NAN has amassed a wealth of methods, intellectual properties and other unique artifacts that would take, putting it mildly, six-months for a fast startup company to achieve.
This simply put is remarkable.
To keep this momentum F’NAN requires your support at this early stage of development–the fund raised is primarily to build F’NANs digital infrastructure–which has found great admiration from those of you who have experienced it. We need to start building F’NAN’s mentoring platform on a good foundation. We also need funds to rent public venues to spread F’NAN’s message to the community and all that is required to make an outreach activity effective. You can ask your friends and family to help as well. You can ask the companies and employment places to help. We want you to be creative, and be an important part of the F’NAN phenomenon.
ፍናንኩም ኣይፈለየና | Thank you