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“Bulding bridges” is an inclusion program for vulnerable people. It is the continuation of the pilot project “Fare Sistema Oltre l’Accoglienza” and will implement various training activities, work and social integration.

Unemployment in Italy is around 12%, while youth unemployment is 35.1%. Among the young people looking for work there are also more than 15 thousand Unaccompanied Foreign Minors.

The majority of young foreigners, but also adults, failing to bear the weight of basic Italian literacy, necessary to access vocational training, results in the abandonment of their studies. They then risk falling into a spiral of marginalization or becoming victims of illegal labour exploitation.

So young people have difficulties accessing the legal labour market and many of them not having a contract, cannot obtain a residence permit.

Therefore in Italy, without a concrete solution to support integration procedures, social and work integration are at a high risk of failure.

Hardships and difficulties in social and work inclusion are also felt among the younger and more vulnerable Italians, not just those linked to migratory dynamics.

Bulding bridges’s purpose is the insertion of young people and adults, minors and adults, foreigners and Italians in socio-working contexts.

The Program achieves its objectives through the creation of a national network, made up of families, companies, associations and institutions. But above all it is made up of people, of social actors, who can interact, cooperate and facilitate the insertion of the weakest in our society.



The series of strong earthquakes that occurred in Italy in the regions of Lazio, Umbria, Marche and Abruzzo from 24th August 2016 have caused, in addition to the collapse of houses and the loss of many lives, even the collapse of small productive activities, small trade businesses and the tourism present on the territory.

Several companies have lost the premises to carry out their activities or the necessary machinery or raw materials; many goods have been stored in warehouses without being able to get to their final destination. In different situations, the workers of the damaged businesses have been unable to return to work either because they were forced, together with their families, to displace in safer areas, or because the companies themselves were.

RImPRESA project aims to:
– Support the economic recovery of the businesses affected by the earthquake;
– Ensure the sale of local products, especially those stored before the earthquake and then those of more recent production;
– Promote the recovery of restaurants and tourist accommodations;
– Promote the relationship between the businesses, and cooperation and synergy for better productivity;
– Build stable relational networks between AIPEC member companies and the damaged businesses, shops and accommodation facilities;
– Contribute to the spread of a local Supportive and Sustainable Economy, which goes beyond the emergency period.

In coordination with the Civil Protection that has the full picture of the affected companies and knows which aid has already been distributed, we will work in the territories along Via Salaria, in the area between Amatrice and Ascoli Piceno, in the Val Nerina, and in Northwest Abruzzo: these are rural areas whose economy is mainly based on agriculture and livestock farming of sheep and cattle, and whose main clientele was made up of the local population and tourists. It is important now to create a potential customer base outside the areas affected by the earthquake, so that businesses are not forced to close.

The project consists of two complementary actions:

RImPRESA PROJECT – ENTERPRISES, to provide companies with raw materials, machinery and small-scale infrastructure;
RImPRESA PROJECT – SPG, to promote the purchase of products from the affected companies and to recover local tourism. For this purpose 4 Solidarity Purchase Groups (SPG) will be undertaken.

RImPRESA is sponsored by:

– AMU – Action for a United World Onlus (leader)
– AFN – Action for New Families Onlus
– Abbraccio Planetario aps
– AIPEC – Italian Businessmen Association for an Economy of Communion
– B & F Foundation aps
– Focolare Movement
– Vincenzo Casillo Foundation


Migrants very often belong to different categories of people, because the motivations for leaving their country of origin are various (wars, human rights violations, poverty). The project “Let’s House Together” is directed to a particular category of migrants, refugees or applicants for international protection: people who are running away from places where there is a war or in which they are subject to personal persecution.

The migrants arriving in Italy are in terrible conditions, either caused by the situation in their country or because of the trip they had to face. But the reception models proposed by public institutions show several limitations, lacking to meet the real needs of the people as well as in promoting forms of effective and durable integration.

“Let’s House Together” it is a pilot project that offers a specific and personalized course of accompaniment, in order to lead the beneficiaries to achieve economic and relational autonomy. The project aims indeed to establish a widespread and sustainable hospitality, made in a community framework, in which the local community itself takes care of refugees or applicants for international protection. This will have a beneficial and positive impact on all parties involved, which should lead to a real and tangible integration of the people received within the host territory.

The beneficiaries will be families of refugees and/or asylum seekers, identified on the basis of the following criteria:
• Refugees who have a valid permit to stay in the national territory;
• Families with particular attention to single-parent families with single mothers;
• Beneficiaries that are strongly motivated to enter this accompaniment path and interest to settle in Italy.

Main Activities
Initially the Association Una città non basta NGO (One city is not enough association) identifies a host community and a housing solution suitable for the needs of each of the three beneficiary families.
The Association shall provide for the payment of rent, household expenses and general expenses from the start of the reception up to when the families will reach economic autonomy. In the second year of the project expenses will be gradually reduced.
For each family there will be a tutor, as a constant referent, and a group of people in the community will act as support for the start of the integration path of the family.
Other activities will be targeted to accompany families so as to make them autonomous from an economic point of view and from a relational perspective. Professionals will be identified within the host community who will voluntarily provide their support in helping beneficiaries to lay the foundation of integration through knowledge of the language and the handling of administrative and bureaucratic practices. Families will also be accompanied in the search for a job. If necessary, the project will also offer the possibility of a psychological support to cope with any trauma suffered by refugees both in their home countries and during the journey. This service is provided by AFN non-profit organization, the project partners.

The host communities, as well as offering support for the material needs, will take care of providing opportunities for interaction and exchange, including special events dedicated to intercultural issues, to help beneficiaries learn about the new place and people, but at the same time help the community to learn about its new members with all the richness and beauty that comes from this exchange of cultures and traditions.

The project started in January 2016. AMU will support it for 18 months, from June 2016 to December 2017.


Eastern Sicily is one of the main destinations of migrants (refugees and asylum seekers), whose arrival from the Mediterranean is the biggest humanitarian crisis in the territory. The presence of Unaccompanied Minors, particularly in the age group 16-18 years, landing on the Sicilian coast with no family is very significant.

The primary goal of unaccompanied minors who arrive in Italy is to find a rapid job placement in order to get a minimum income to send to their families of origin. This of course can be detrimental to an adequate education path. In addition, the educators/operators of the host communities have a weak experience on the specific issues of integration work for these young people from different territories and bearers of cultures very distant from our own. There are also plenty of Italian young people in these reference areas who live an equally difficult situation, housed in foster homes because of family problems. Most of them have not completed compulsory school and therefore have little chance of accessing the employment market.

We have therefore initiated the project “Making System Beyond Hospitality” to promote social and economic integration of these young people and avoid the constant danger of their recruitment by criminal organizations. The program is aimed at young people coming of age or just over 18, both Italian and foreigners who are in times of economic and social vulnerability.

The project activities are divided into the following three components:

  • Vocational training and internships in various business, support during the employment and self-employment placement;
  • Advanced training courses for reception operators and for young intercultural mediators;
  • Creation of a national network of businesses and families with local meeting points for the reception and the support in the socio-economic inclusion of the young people involved.