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InBáze Community Centre

InBáze is an independent community centre for migrants and Czech nationals located in the capital city Prague. The structure is made of several departments, all aiming at fostering the integration of migrants in the Czech Republic: the employment office provides guidance for job search, the legal department offers consulting services while the community department helps with social or family matters.

The Centre's activities are facilitated by a multilingual team of intercultural workers for Arabic, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Russian, English and French speaking persons.

Issue/challenge and goal/assumption

InBaze wants to create a safe and open space for better understanding among people of different cultures. To foster the social and economic inclusion of people with migrant background within the Czech society, the Centre aims to help migrants:

  • understand the national administration and insurance system 
  • apply for residence or working permits
  • find a job or an accomodation
  • ensure the education of their children
  • learn the Czech language
  • get in contact with locals through sports and other hobbies
  • etc.

How does it work

The Community Centre offers several services - from psychotherapy to social consulting - which are available to minorities. These consulting activities by experts are supported by InBáze "dictionaries" which facilitates the intercultural work as they offer short descriptions of each service (family, job, social and civil law, Czech administration, health system, educational institutions, housing, crisis intervention, etc.) to migrants in seven linguistic versions. In addition to this core offer, specific programmes are tailored for different target groups.

Focus on Women

InBáze runs the successful Ethno-catering initiative where migrant women who are disadvantaged on the local labour market prepare authentic dishes based on their home recipes. The catering service is available for events with up to 1000 attendees (conferences, weddings, banquets, private parties, etc.). The cooked fresh food is also distributed to selected cafes in Prague. All profits are further invested into integration programmes.

Intercultural workers also organise a yearly multicultural festival call RefuFest, as well as cultural, artistic and sports activities for migrant children and their Czech friends.

All other activities are describes in annual reports since 2009.

Results

Besides the roughly 6000 thousand migrants InBáze serves every year, 700 people attend its Festival. On average, 20 migrants also find a job though its employment centre every year.

Both the overall project and the Ethnocatering initiative have been covered by media outlets on several occasions.

 

 

Evaluation

Since 2015, the Centre functions on the basis of a 5-year management plan and the team is currently, for the first time, going through a mid-term evaluation by an external facilitator. Prior to this, yearly individual interviews with employees served as internal evaluation and basis to initiate improvements. Read the activities reports for more information.

As of January 2017, the project database has been upgraded to also allow qualitative assessment by the beneficiaries through a questionnaire.

Who will benefit?

Minorities living in the Czech Republic are the main beneficiaries of the Community Centre. However, clients of the food catering initiative, Czech children participating in events and attendees of the Festival also benefit from the intercultural exchange opportunities.

Source of funding and Resources used

With an overall budget of 8 million euros, the project is funded by private donors, counts on a network of partners and is operated by a team of 26 employees, as well as numerous volunteers. Donors include the City of Prague, Czech Ministries, the European Social Fund, etc. Fund-raising campaigns are launched regularly to attract donors and volunteers.

Contact

Organisation
InBáze community centre
Name
Alexandr Zpěvák
Email
Function
Director

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