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Lisanga: Supporting autonomous living for unaccompanied minors

Each year 40 unaccompanied minors receive support and practical assistance to help them build an autonomous life for themselves in Belgium.

Project dates 01/06/2010 - 30/05/2012
Total budget€323 065
EU contribution75%
Name of the entity managing the projectMinor-Ndako
FundERF
CountryBelgium

Project Description

Once recognised as a refugee, an unaccompanied minor is required to leave the federal reception centre. The ‘Lisanga’ programme offers assistance to the most vulnerable of those falling into this category who have recently gained refugee status.

Steps towards autonomous living are made less unnerving with offers of practical assistance in many different areas, such as registration in the municipality, finding accommodation, practical household skills, education options, health insurance, and managing a bank account as well as a budget.

The ‘Lisanga’ project also provides the unaccompanied minors with psychological support and an individual personal contact. The youths are directed towards integration services and are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities to help them integrate into Belgian life. This assistance and support can either be requested by the minors themselves, or via their tutor at the federal reception centre.

Benefits and results

Each year, 40 refugees aged between 16 and 18 years old can receive support through ‘Lisanga’ project. They learn to live autonomously whilst developing skills in a wide range of areas. Without this project, the unaccompanied minors would have to manage their administrative, financial, educational, and social situation themselves. This project therefore fills a gap, providing continuity in support and assistance to refugees taking their first real steps towards better integration.

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