Returnee Reintegration Program

The Problem: Cut off from the main part of Senegal, the Casamance region has faced low-intensity conflict for over 30 years. In turn, many families from the region were forced to flee home. Until recently, refugee and IDP families considered returning home to be a long shot. Following recent development work and renewed optimism, many families have begun returning home, but without the resources to rebuild their homes.

The Solution: In partnership with PRM, our program will assist returnee families to return home by overseeing the construction of transitional shelters and the supply of clean water. Utilizing a participatory approach, families will work together to construct their homes utilizing local materials.

The Impact: So far, the project has assisted 250 families to build a basic home with a tin roof, and is set to assist an additional 257. The location of these new shelters will improve families’ access to healthcare and education and provide better opportunities for work.

Funder: U.S. Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM)
Duration:  2018-2020


Mustafa Omar, CEO

Mustafa Omar
Chief Executive Officer

Mustafa Omar has worked for Shelter For Life International in the field and Headquarters management positions; managing projects, leading new business development, and guiding operations around the world. Mr. Omar was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan and has worked in post-conflict reconstruction, Disaster Risk Reduction caused by human or natural phenomena, and market-revitalization efforts in Central Asia, East and West Africa, Europe, and Middle East for the past twenty (20) plus years. Mustafa holds graduate degrees in business administration and urban planning and is working on a PhD at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Topics of research and professional interest include Market Resilience and Social Risk-Management, Influence of Environmental Degradation on Fragile Markets, Impact of Improving Physical Space on Lasting Peace, and the Interaction between Modern Governance and Informal Market Structures.

Gordon Wright
Vice Chairman

Gordon A. Wright is Founder and President of over 40 years with JIMI International and is an Elder at Tulsa Christian Fellowship. Mr. Wright owned and operated a lawn and tree service business for nearly 15 years. Mr. Wright also served with the US Army for three years in the 1960s.Two of Mr. Wright’s years were spent in South Korea as a Brigade Intelligence Sergeant. Mr. Wright has provided mentoring and counseling to spiritual leaders around the world; with specific attention to individuals in Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet Bloc countries. Mr. Wright helped to found and direct East/West Resources International and Global Assistance Partners International. Mr. Wright has served as one of the original founding board of directors for Shelter For Life International. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Gordon grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.