How it works

The aim of the programme is to provide our trainees with the knowledge, skills, network and emotional support to successfully enter and thrive in the labour market.

For 12 weeks, a group of 8-10 women attend their traineeships (part-time), while also attending a weekly workshop at our office where they learn additional hard and soft skills, ICT skills, how to manage their finances using the Dutch banking system, cultural norms in the workplace.

For businesses, our specialised matchmaking service allows them to meet with qualified candidates to fill their vacancies. We also provide educational workshops on the benefits and labour laws associated with hiring refugees, as well as manage the administrative paperwork associated with the hiring process.


We believe that responsible businesses can play a instrumental part in bringing skilled refugees and migrants into the Dutch labour market. Our social enterprise employment services brings new skills and talent into your business.

Through our rigorous matching service, we make it easy for you to support talented and skilled refugee and migrant women professionals, ensuring that they meet your business needs and requirements.

As part of our pre-screening service to candidates, we work with them to prepare their profiles so that they are as competitive as possible. We also facilitate the interviews between you and the candidates, and provide them with interview coaching so that they are well-prepared for the big day.

Psychosocial and emotional support

The foundation of the Lotus Flower Programme is psychosocial and emotional support. That’s why each trainee is matched with a female mentor who can provide both emotional and practical support – whether it’s answering questions about cultural norms in the workplace or issues surrounding childcare.

The programme also acts as a form of group therapy, which allows the trainees to receive and provide support to each other for the duration of the programme. This provides hope, universality, group cohesiveness, imitative behaviour, interpersonal learning and more.


For the duration of the programme, our trainees are matched with a mentor who can provide the extra support they need. The trainees meet with their mentors once per week to receive additional guidance and support – whether it’s questions about integrating into the workplace or any general advice about child care, banking, interviews, etc.

The aim is to provide ongoing support to our trainees, and being proactive in addressing any potential problems that may arise during the programme. 

Why the lotus flower?

‘No mud, no lotus’ -Thich Nhat

A lotus flower begins growing at the bottom of a muddy, murky pool, and slowly emerges towards the surface, bursting out of the water into a beautiful blossom. During the night the lotus closes and sinks under the water, and emerges again with the sunlight of a new day.

To us, the lotus in the mud symbolises the hardships and difficulties that many of our participants have endured. As with the stem growing toward the surface of the water, we support our participants through their experiences, through their difficulties, learning lessons along the way, removing the obstacles and overcoming adversities. As the petals unfold, they too unfold, and become like a lotus rising from the murky waters and flowering into something beautiful.

Get in touch!

Interested in learning more about our Lotus Flower Programme? Get in touch with our team!

Fabio KanagaratnamLotus Flower Programme