International Organization for Migration works to ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.
In 2016, Ray of Light Foundation partnered with IOM to secure the release of 53 Ethiopian boys incarcerated in Malawi and to support their return and reintegration to Ethiopia.
The migrants were headed to South Africa when they were caught crossing the border without visas. Malawi is a transit country for migrants from the Horn of Africa heading to South Africa to find work. Due to a lack of alternatives to detention facilities, when caught, undocumented migrants, including children often end up in prisons. The Government of Malawi has asked for help in establishing a transit centre as an alternative to prison.
In addition to funding their release and return, ROL monitored the path of the boys to ensure they were successfully reintegrated into their home communities and were provided with educational and economic resources needed to ensure a successful transition.