So we know that LGBT people face unique challenges in the Arab World. Great. So what do we do about it? How do we translate our heartfelt intent into meaningful action?
At Rainbow Street, we strive to keep it as simple as possible:
Connect with marginalized LGBT Arabs who need immediate assistance.
Verify their needs and identify what Rainbow Street can do to help.
Strategize with the individual to develop an effective action plan.
Mobilize to assist the individual, assessing and restrategizing when necessary.
Empower the individual by connecting them to their long-term goals.
Rainbow Street has various channels that individuals can use to connect with us. Our main instruments are our website, social media, and good old fashioned word-of-mouth. Occasionally, Rainbow Street will reach out to an individual who has been referred to us by a concerned friend. Here are the main ways that Rainbow Street connects with potential beneficiaries:
Our Care Coordinators live in-country and are trained to verify and assess the needs of potential beneficiaries. This process starts with a detailed personal interview in which the Care Coordinator learns as much as possible about the personal background of the individual, including the risks they face, their needs, and their long-term goals.
Based on the information gathered during the individual’s personal interview, the Care Coordinator recommends specific steps to assist the individual. The Rainbow Street team reviews these recommendations and, based on resources available, determines a specific action plan. Plans are finalized in close consultation with the Care Coordinator, the Rainbow Street team, and, of course, the individual.
Once the Board has approved the action plan, Rainbow Street can start supporting our new beneficiary. This assistance may include many elements, including:
Legal research for migration
Regular support group meetings
Healthcare and health information
Cash assistance for basic living expenses