Hawanatu
Sierra Leone
With the support of her mother, Hawanatu sold some properties which she used to pay for her trip to Kuwait. She was placed with two different host families for work. She was not paid for all her work and ran away before she was caught by authorities and deported.
Hawanatu attended the Saint Helena Secondary School in Freetown. She holds a Higher National Diploma in Travel and Tourism. She currently engages in business and aspires to attain higher education. She has good communication skills and interacts well with people.

Returned migrants play a central role as Volunteers in the development, planning and implementation of the Migrants as Messengers campaign.

Through their stories, the learnings from their migratory experiences and their creativity, MaM Volunteers are the principal authors and actors of the campaign. From 2019-2022, a community of more than 300 volunteers across 7 countries will develop and grow. This community will also have access to diversified training and capacity-building opportunities and be invited to regular activities to support the development of an organic and sustainable community. Female engagement plays an important role within the MaM Volunteer community as they will take the lead in shaping women-to-women dialogue sessions and engaging female audiences more generally.

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