Monday 20 March 2017
Among the Rural Populations in Argentina

An article published on the international website of the Focolare Movement regards the TSNOA Project: Sustainable Tourism and Solidarity in the North West of Argentina. For more details, read the Project tab.

Sustainable tourism as a response to unemployment and the creation of new job opportunities. A strategy for the preservation of nature’s riches, as well as local development.

The solidarity tourism project that the Ministry of Tourism of Salta, has been promoting for six years supports small communities in the cities of Salta, Jujuy and Catamarca in the north of the country. It is enhancing the region’s natural resources in order to save the cultural richness and diversity that is linked to local history. At the same time, it offers professional training for the production of products related to the sectors of tourism, housing, transport and the sale of handicrafts and food products (jams, liqueurs, honey, and more). This has helped to avoid the migration of populations from rural areas to urban ones, preventing the increase of poverty areas in the big cities while protecting small communities that have a rich culture that is disappearing. (more…)

Friday 24 February 2017
Strategies for a real welcome

First results of the pilot project “Let’s house together”, aimed at families of migrants seeking asylum.

Shayeste and Mohammed, Nansy and Said – with their children Mercurius and Olivia – live respectively in Marino and Castel Gandolfo, in the province of Rome. What is different compared with other young families? Nothing apparently, but everything if you know their stories. Forced to leave their country, they have applied for asylum in Italy. After several months in various reception centres, now they live in two apartments and are trying gradually to fit into the local environment. But this is not the common story of asylum seekers, but rather an exception. Normally families like these spend a lot more time in reception centres, often managed in a welfare perspective, and do not even have the chance to study Italian. The moment they have to leave these structures they are totally unprepared to live independently in an Italian context.

AMU, in collaboration with the Association Una città non basta (A city is not enough) and AFN, has launched a new project to give a concrete answer to this increasingly urgent problem. The aim is to accompany asylum seekers families in local realities, in order to attain a full employment, linguistic and social integration. (more…)

Thursday 2 February 2017
Facts, figures and more about the project “Making system beyond hospitality” (Part Two)

In the second article we review the network of families and the training of operators.

Due to specific milestones, the network of families willing to accommodate young people of the “Making system” project gets stronger. In particular, the AFN offices (Association for New Families Onlus) work on creating a national network: they find families willing to accommodate young people at their house and accompany them throughout the job placement process. Several young people have already had the experience of family holidays, in Mantua, Vigevano (Milan) and Sicily (see photo). Altogether, 17 families have already accomodated a young migrant and are now an integral part of the national network.

Another goal is the training of the project admission operators to help strengthen their ability to promote job integration. Additionally, we offer training for young foreigners to become cultural mediators. Two courses were held for tutors on employment orientation for migrant young people, which was attended by 60 community workers. Also the first edition of the 6-month training course for cultural mediators was realised; it lasted for 500 hours, and 22 young people were involved. The subscription for the second edition of the course has already been completed. (more…)