“We believe employment is one of the most powerful tools for integration and empowerment. ”
In The Netherlands Bijlmer Bajes was notoriously known as the highest security prison of the country. Since the closing of the prison in 2016 it has temporarily been turned into a transit living space for newly arrived refugees in Amsterdam.
We believe that successfully integrating refugees into their new environments, in a motivating, uplifting way is an integral part of their journey. For this reason, Movement on The Ground partnered with The Refugee Company, to help connect newly arrived refugees to jobs – because we believe employment is one of the most powerful tools for integration and empowerment.
In our collaboration at the Bijlmer Bajes, Movement on The Ground has helped facilitate a coffee corner with help of Bocca Coffee and Intratuin, a rentable event’s space, a bar in collaboration with Heineken and a restaurant.
The aim for all of these initiatives is both bring activity, light and life to the space as well as to offer residents a training platform to develop their skills to find employment in The Netherlands.
- This project seeks to employ 90 people by the end of 2017
“Kara Tepe’s heartbeat.”
What’s more fun than meeting friends to see a movie, to listen to music or just joke around? Those joyful moments probably define more who you are than your daily job does. So what’s a village without a place to meet others? Exactly. That’s why we financed and constructed a Community Centre in Kara Tepe refugee camp. It’s pleasantly shady in summer and cozy and warm in winter, but most of all, it’s a welcoming social hub where kids can play with each other, where people meet up for a cinema-night or dance away with songs from home. We believe building this community center is providing a powerful source of distraction, empowerment, stress-relief and community building. For that reason we are proud to say this community center is the heart beat of refugee camp Kara Tepe on Lesvos.
- 200 people spend time in the community center each day
- Every Saturday we host a movie night
- Each week we host a women’s activities
- Children’s activities are held daily in the Community Center; arts and crafts, reading books, writing, playing games
- We are collecting books to create a library within the Community Center
“In the Movement on the Ground soccer arena every boy or girl shines like a star.”
Who doesn’t dream about being the next Ronaldo or Messi? Being far from home probably makes that dream a little less realistic, but we want kids to have dreams and hope. As part of this wish, to preserve dreams, we have created the opportunity for boys and girls to run around, kicking a ball with big smiles. Our coaches, both volunteers as well as refugees, train using the F3 methodology, which was provided by Street World Football (UEFA) whom have financed the running of this years football program. This methodlogy brings out the best sports has to offer; an opportunity to socialize with other kids, release stress and surplus energy and forget reality for a little while. In the Movement on the Ground soccer arena every boy or girl shines like a star!
- 150 boys and girls get coached to play football each week
- 4 training sessions a week, 50 children in each training session
- Training takes place on professional soccer pitches
- Life lessons such as fair play, equality between sexes and learning and improving above winning are some of the main lessons taught by F3
THE GIVING FOOD TRUCK
“The Giving Food Truck can provide up to 10.000 meals per day.”
Thinking of a food truck you probably imagine two hipsters grilling burgers in the back of a decorated van. Well think again. The Giving Food Truck is one of the largest professional mobile kitchens in the world! We can cook up to 10.000 meals per day! To add healthy and nutritious food to the daily camp menu Movement on the Ground drove the truck all the way from Holland to Lesvos. Right from day one our voluntary cooks have been roaming the Mytilini markets to support the local economy while preparing the food side-by-side with the residents of the island.
The Giving Food Truck has been one of the very first initiatives of Movement on the Ground and it’s still one of the most important projects we have done so far.
- The meals provided are focused on using local nutritious whole foods
- The meals created in the food truck use ingredients that are familiar to the camp residents so that they can feel a little closer to home
- We involve camp residents in the cooking which allows them to make the food they like to eat. This connects us to empowering and bringing back dignity to the people living in the camp, allowing them to make their own food, instead of being given food already made.
“Power to the people.”
If you come home at night you probably switch on the lights without thinking and while asleep you charge your phone for the next day. Just try to imagine if that would no longer be possible. It’s not that easy is it?
Electricity is so much more than a glowing light bulb. It provides access to computers and smartphones connecting refugees with the outside world and their families. Streetlights make women feel saver when going to the toilet at night and kids are able to study and read after sunset. The Movement on the Ground solar panel project has been set up to bring power to the people. Using the sun as the source of energy the panels fit perfectly in our strategy to build up a sustainable and self-sufficient camp.
- 146 euro covers the cost of power for one family (home) for 1 year, this means approximately 12,50 euro per month!
- By installing solar panels we not only provide light where otherwise there would be darkness, but we are also providing a sustainable source of energy!