Connecting local responses around the world
Dear reader,I met a young woman called Sara here in the Netherlands of Syrian descent. Sara is taking the SALT course on community development for refugees (people that have received a legal status),…Continue
“What accent do you have? You're not from around here.” Even in a country that values social equality, there are historically rank differences between urban citizens from the large cities and the administrative centres on one hand, and residents from remote rural areas on the other hand. In the 80s of the last century, candidates from rural areas (speaking with a distinct accent) were not accepted for trainee positions at a large bank. …Continue
I ran into this video with Archbishop Tutu .
"A person is a person through other persons. I am human because I belong, I participate, I share. (...) You and I are made for interdependence. You and I are made for complementarity. You have gifts that I don't have. I have gifts that you don't have", Tutu says.
I find Tutu's words (and the Ubuntu perspective) very…Continue
How to start a conversation on migration?
We started a 7-day course on strengths-based facilitation of refugee groups in the Netherlands by letting participants (some of them with migration/flight history, and some Dutch) ask each other the following questions:
- Where were you born? Where were your parents born?
- How did that shape you as a…Continue
In Utrecht, in the center of the Netherlands, we came together to learn about SALT as a strengths-based approach to assist refugees in making a new home, building new networks etc. More importantly, we came together to learn from each other about diverse perspectives on inclusion of refugees in Dutch society.
Only 6 out of the 20+ participants are born in the Netherlands in a Dutch family. The rest of the group consisted of (former) refugees from Eritrea, Syria, Iraq, Kosovo, Burkina…Continue