Connecting local responses around the world
Since 2015, a big group of people started to ask for refuge in the Netherlands. For some people this created fear: how will we be able to live together? We come from different worlds: will this work?
Then we heard the story of Beho, where refugees in a small Belgian town took the lead to invite their Belgian neighbours to get to know each other, share stories, skills and help each other out.
This inspired us to start looking for strengths of refugees in the Netherlands. What is their dream for the future? And for those who were granted permission to stay here, how can they collaborate with Dutch citizens to create a society everyone likes to live in?
From the 2nd to the 4th of May 2017, we got together with a group of 16 professionals and volunteers working for the Dutch Refugee Council. Big part of our group were former refugees who are now working to help others.
We visited a few inspiring groups of refugees in the Netherlands to discover their strengths. This inspired our group to rethink the work we are doing.
The question became: how can we listen to people's dreams and take them seriously? How can we support refugees in supporting each other to reach their dreams, and connect them to our networks?
We commited to exploring this together in a period of 6 months starting from May 2017, each of us by applying SALT and CLCP in our work. On this page we will keep you posted on our learnings and results! Stay tuned...