Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative (DAFI) Program
Through a program sponsored by the German government, UNCHR offers higher education scholarships for refugees so they may start or complete tertiary education in their host country. The program also provides financial support so the students can validate their degrees or obtain the necessary documentation to restart their studies in the host country. HIAS is UNHCR’s implementing partner overseeing the administration of the DAFI Program.
As of December 2007, the DAFI Program in Ecuador supported 27 students studying in universities in Lago Agrio, Quito, Ibarra, Santo Domingo, Cuenca and Ambato. As part of the DAFI program, the grantees are asked to volunteer to train other refugees in their area of expertise or in a skill they have gained at university (i.e. first aid, environmental conservation) and/or by collaborating with other HIAS Programs (i.e. supporting recreational activities with refugee children).