Changing The Narrative: Revisiting Silatech

A little less than a year ago (May 2018), I wrote about a nonprofit in Qatar that had been working to empower marginalized youth and women in several Arab countries. (See the article here.)

I was tired of reading about the negative events in the world, and I stumbled upon Silatech and its mission on Twitter. I realized that we need to hear and see what the GOOD people of the world are doing to help others find jobs, acquire skills, and live a life they’d only dreamed about.

At the time, Silatech, which began its journey in 2008, was in its ninth year, and had already made huge strides in helping those who traditionally were locked out of jobs to find them, to acquire the skills needed to be successful in them, and to be able to help their families and themselves in the process. But I didn’t realize how much more the nonprofit would do in one short year, or how it would be able to celebrate its 10th Anniversary with so many accomplishments to showcase!

Fast-forward to March 2019.

The organization has just celebrated its 10th Anniversary in Geneva, Switzerland, and had as some of its VIP guests the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi; the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake; the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet; the Prime Minister of Somalia, Hassan Ali Khayre; and, of course, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Silatech and UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate.

But beyond the glamour of the event, beyond the dignitaries supporting Silatech and its mission, beyond the public part of it all — there are the over 1,000,000 young people and women grateful that Silatech has been able to help so much in just 10 years.

For those who didn’t watch the event, which was telecast live, here’s a clip that shows Her Highness speaking to those in attendance and all those listening, as I was.

I was moved by her announcement that Silatech plans, with all the commitments now in place, to continue its mission of empowering a total of 5,000,000 young people by 2022!

So, with all the negative press that still abounds, I love knowing that organizations like Silatech are standing firm, making a difference, and changing millions of lives for the better.


Susan Rooks
Susan Rooks
With nearly 30 years’ experience as an international workshop leader, Susan Rooks is uniquely positioned to help people master the communication skills they need to succeed. In 1995, Susan formed Grammar Goddess Communication, creating and leading workshops in three main areas – American grammar, business writing, and interpersonal skills – to help business pros enhance their communication skills. She also leads one-hour LinkedIn workshops (Master the LinkedIn Profile Basics) via Zoom to help business pros anywhere maximize their LinkedIn experience, offering it to Chambers of Commerce and other civic organizations free of charge. As an editor, Susan has worked on business blogs, award-winning children’s books, best-selling business books, website content, and even corporate annual reports (with clients from half a dozen countries), ensuring that all material is professionally presented. In April 2022, Susan became the Managing Editor of the Florida Specifier, a bi-monthly trade publication covering Florida’s diverse environmental industry. And although the focus is on Florida’s issues, many of these same challenges are found elsewhere around the world, so the readership isn’t limited to just Floridians or those interested in that state. But in all these endeavors, Susan’s only goal is to help everyone look and sound as smart as they are.

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