Two members of the Quested Peace Cooperation Circle, along with 30 youth and social workers, participated in “Traveling to Nowhere,” a training course held in Madrid, Spain under an Erasmus+ program (an EU-funded program to support education, training, youth and sports), from the 27th of November to the 1st of December, 2016.
The participants, who represented 15 non-profit organizations coming from 15 countries, gathered in this training to share their experiences of helping in the refugee crisis and to spread the awareness of the human side of refugees. The training is meant to shade light on refugees' realities and sufferings in their new world, since media coverage of conflicts in war-torn countries and the influx of refugees to other countries often seems to overshadow other essential issues concerning the lives of refugees upon reaching their destination.
The training tackled many topics related to integration, sensibilization, social inclusion and refugees and immigrants' human rights including the right of asylum.
The program included displays about the current worldwide refugee situation, and facts and myths about refugees, as well as participants' stories and experiences pertaining to refugees.
A good portion of the training was dedicated to highlighting the gap between the ‘Universal Human Rights Declarations’ and the realities of refugees and immigrants. Also, the intercultural learning dimension prevailed all over the training activities.
The participants suggested many ways to help refugees and immigrants, such as:
- Host refugees and asylum seekers in your home.
- Volunteer your specific skill... teaching language, math, sports, etc., psychological support, assisting families with finding apartments, completing necessary paperwork, etc.
- Help refugees to integrate into their new culture. Invite refugees to dinner or accept an invitation to dinner at the home of a refugee. Invite refugees to social events (like a wedding party, Christmas party, picnic, camping, etc.)
- Provide economical support; employ refugees, or distribute essential items like clothing, hygiene kits, furniture, etc.
- Offer opportunities for refugees to volunteer in your organization.
- Hold awareness and fundraising events to support refugees.
Participants' countries and organizations:
- MACEDONIA: Zdruzenie Jasna Idnina
- JORDAN: Quested Peace- URI MENA
- EGYPT: Training Without Borders
- BOSNIA: UDRUZENJE " MLADI VOLONTERI"
- GREECE: United Societies of Balkans
- CROATIA: Mladi za Marof
- GERMANY: Litauischer Jugendbund in Deutschland
- BULGARIA: International Center for Development of Education and Training
- ROMANIA: Asociatia Dominou
- PORTUGAL: Associação Juvenil Falcões da Europa – Eurohawk
- TURKEY: EDOSK The Association Board of Directors
- POLAND: Stowarzysznie "Nsz Lag-nasza wies"
- FRANCE: Afrique Nouvelles Interdépendances
- ITALY: AYUNTAMIENTO DE PIRAINO
- SPAIN: Adefis Juventud Internacional (hosting organization)
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