Type of Information
Arts agency ‚Artscape‘
Aiste Ulubey (Login to send email)
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Project HUMANAID ('Supporting refugee integration through the Lithuanian grassroots refugee-inclusion groups') seeks to increase awareness of asylum and refugee integration matters in local communities, to strengthen traditions of activism, to create/strengthen social networks between refugees and the local population, and to raise concerns around social issues that are of relevance to other vulnerable groups in society.
Issue/Challenge and Goal/Assumption
The project focuses on the inclusion of vulnerable refugee groups in Lithuania, e.g. refugee women, large families and those who have been forcibly returned or come back voluntarily after secondary movements. It aims to strengthen the capacity of groups promoting refugee integration through training, short-term coordination of activities and funding for volunteer initiatives, and to address key refugee integration challenges in Lithuania. These include housing and employment, combining child care services with vocational training/education, finding welcoming communities and forging links between refugees and local populations.
How does it work
The project's main activities are the following:
- advocacy, through strengthening the self-reliance of refugees;
- active engagement of volunteers and the wider community;
- assistance and support, including vocational training and educational activities for refugees;
- local events with refugees and community.
The project has created an online platform which mobilises and engages volunteers in grassroots initiatives; a number of training activities on various issues for refugees; events with local communities; various other related activities.
The project has resulted in six integration network meetings with key integration stakeholders; organised ten training events with 52 volunteers and 11 refugees; engaged more than 100 refugees in vocational training and educational activities; facilitated and encouraged volunteer efforts to assist 54 refugees.
The project ensures a welcoming, cohesive environment for refugees in their local communities and gives locals an opportunity to mix with people they may never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. Volunteers and migrants / refugees alike develop mutually beneficial social connections and understandings, awareness is raised of key issues facing certain (vulnerable) social groups, and these vulnerable social groups receive vital practical assistance and information in their new host society.
Who will benefit?
The project targets people who belong to marginalised migrant and refugee communities who might have difficulty in accessing necessary information in the majority language of their host country.
Source of funding and Resources used
The project received support from the UNHCR and Lithuanian Council of Culture.