Waterford Integration Services (WIS) is an NGO providing since 2006 a range of support services to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in the South-East region of Ireland. WIS’s Access and Equity Framework ensures that they are responsive to the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities, supporting them in participating as full members of society.
Education Interventions include work with the Roma community, Asylum Seekers and Refugees. Among the initiatives there are: advocacy services, outreach and remote supports, education training and employment, youth programmes. WIS especially advocates for the engagement of women and girls in education and promotes a human rights-based approach to all programmes underpinning the principles of non-discrimination, equality and inclusion, consultation and partnership building.
WIS works with agencies such as the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland, International Organisation for Migration, European and Irish Networks Against Racism, Local Authorities, Government Departments, An Garda Síochána, Foreign Embassies and localised service providers to address the statutory obligations that Ireland has signed up to under the United Nations international human rights treaties.
Projects are financed with governmental and Local Authority funds, SICAP, and IHREC.