Experiences

A few years ago, Marc Speijers (53) got to know Welkom in Utrecht in a particularly interesting way. By going winter swimming with Katinka, one of the founders of Welkom in Utrecht, he heard about the many interesting projects that the foundation is involved in. He started working as a permanent volunteer to help refugees.

His desire to contribute something concrete and to work with refugees brought Marc here. ‘At Welkom in Utrecht they really think along with people. I really like the freedom I get. And as a volunteer I have some extra leeway to make a difference for someone. If a refugee has a problem with a gym, for example because there is a lack of clarity about his subscription, I will go with him to mediate. That does not fall under the tasks of Welkom in Utrecht, but it can influence someone’. He likes to contribute something small. ‘A chat with someone in the Kanaalstraat, exchanging a smile with someone at the AZC, it always motivates and stimulates me in my volunteer work. A simple conversation, a smile or a look of recognition, it is worth so much.’

At the moment Marc is mainly involved in registering asylum center residents for the U-pass and finding volunteer work for residents of the asylum center and status holders who live independently. ‘Many of the children and younger asylum center residents benefit greatly from a bicycle that they can buy with the U-pass credit. Because their school can be anywhere in Utrecht, travel time by public transport is sometimes long; then a bicycle is useful. I sometimes go with a resident to the bicycle shop to arrange a good bicycle together. Adults often use the U-pass to exercise. It is of course nice to be able to go to the gym for instance, and not to have to sit in the asylum center for some time.’

Volunteering also helps to get out of the rut of life in ‘the camp’ as the asylum center is also called by the residents. But there are more good reasons to volunteer, Marc knows. ‘It helps, for example, with learning Dutch. For many, this does not go fast enough, despite the compulsory integration and the language cafes they attend. Furthermore, by volunteering, people can get a better picture of Dutch society. As an example, several asylum seekers have already worked as assistant caretakers at various schools in the city. Doing so, they build their own network and relieve the caretakers who are often busy and happy that there is someone to help them. The knife cuts both ways. Also, shorter-term volunteering is popular. We had many contacts with festivals. Asylum seekers helped with the construction for example at the 5th of May festival, Tweetakt, the Film festival, but also with the marathon.’

Marc does not sit still during the Corona period either, so he and his colleagues Frank and Ghedamdeveloped a walk around the AZC. ‘Here, too, the aim is to allow residents of the asylum center to be more into contact with the surrounding in which they live. I sometimes try to imagine what it is like to have to completely rebuild your life in a new country. I always decide that learning the language and having contacts with people in the surroundings are important to be able to connect. I am therefore very happy that the activities of Welkom in Utrecht are aimed at this. And that I can make a small contribution to that myself.‘

Text: Sofie Croonenberg

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On 19 May the time had come. The ‘hand out Iftar’ was organized by Welkom in Utrecht in collaboration with De Dominicuskerk in Oog in Al, Het Wilde Westen and De Wijkplaats. The goal was clear: get 465 dishes from 14 chefs [see names below text] who cooked in different places all over Utrecht all to one place – and hand these dishes out. But this was not an easy task. There was a lot of cycling, including with a ‘bakfiets’, lent by Kafé België, which went back and forth five times from all neighborhoods in Utrecht to the Dominicuskerk to get everything in the right place at the right time. Amazingly, everything worked out. 150 packages were made for adults and approximately 20 slightly smaller packages for children.

Usually people eat together at Iftar – the meal after sunset during Ramadam. Not only family, but also neighbors and friends join. Unfortunately, this was not the case during the COVID-19 outbreak this year. As a solution, this ‘hand out Iftar’ was quickly organized. By handing out the Iftar packages at an appropriate distance, everyone could safely come by to pick up a package and enjoy the same meal at home later. Packages were sent to elderly people living alone, financially weaker families, undocumented migrants, and residents of the AZC.

And even though often only one person came to collect several packages for family or neighbors, and they could not eat together, the feeling of connection was still there. Volunteers from Welkom in Utrecht walked to the church at an appropriate distance with the residents of the asylum center and the cooks of the delicious meals came from all kinds of countries with different religious backgrounds. A meal was also brought to the AZC for a few people, which caused heart-warming reactions. In short: it was an event that was all about connection, especially in these distant times.

Chefs: ThanaaKasr, Hadia, Sahar, Binish and her mother, Rosetta, Karim and Ahmed, Ankie, Shadi, Hamest, Blessing, Anass and Fatima.
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Text: Sofie Croonenberg
Photo: Fouad Hallak

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Eline Bosch (52), a former high school French teacher in Utrecht, has been a regular volunteer at Welkom in Utrecht for a few years now. The wish had been dormant for a long time to do more than collect for Amnesty International or deposit money to other charities. The large influx of refugees in 2015 made her flip a switch: something had to be done. She started to  volunteer for various projects, including Welkom in Utrecht.

After her son got to know refugees in Utrecht through a school project, and evidently so did she, she decided herself to register with the Verhuispool of Welkom in Utrecht. And successfully, she now leads this group of volunteers. The people from the moving group help refugees to move house when they leave the asylum seekers center in Utrecht to their new home. It is a beautiful and personal project:
‘In that car you connect very intimately: someone starts their new life and I’m there to join them in this moment’

On arrival, Eline always stops by the neighbors, has a short chat and introduces everyone. By the moving group and all other activities she undertakes for Welkom in Utrecht, she has met many ‘beautiful, special and interesting people’, and she grants that to everyone. Via Welkom in Utrecht she also got in touch with a Syrian young man, of which she became a buddy. And Eline is still in contact with him every week: she helps with reading and writing letters, practicing Dutch, actually everything. Very useful to her, for both. ‘I also learn a lot from him! We’ve become friends. And really: I wish every newcomer a Dutchman, a buddy, a friend.’

Every Thursday morning there is a duty to report to the AZC. Then Eline recruits refugees for the activities of Welkom in Utrecht and other organizations with the team members of Welkom in Utrecht, other volunteers and translators. To her, it is very important that people feel seen. When AZC residents with volunteers go to the Centraal Museum by bus, or to the theater or, for example, skate for an afternoon with the employees of a company: ‘the personal and valuable connection occurs fast.’ Building a network is crucial for, among other things, finding a job, Eline believes. And in the end, having work ‘creates a sense of self-worth and independence.’

She also organizes the annual Welkom in Utrecht volunteer dinner. The combination of looking for chefs, volunteers from the AZC who help during the dinner and strolling endlessly over the Kanaalstraat to get all the groceries together, is a highlight for her to bring everyone together in restaurant KANTIEN. Her ambitions are large: ‘I would like to organize a huge dinner for all residents of the AZC in Utrecht in the courtyard of the AZC with chefs from all kinds of countries to connect more people.’

Text: Sofie Croonenberg

  • During the Corona crisis the recruiting at the asylum center stopped due to the safety of the inhabitants of the center.
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Welkom in Utrecht and WelnU have organised a language cafe especially for mothers, every Friday morning since the end of 2019 . Women, for instance from the asylum centre, can come here to improve their Dutch language skills. The best part is that they can bring their children as well. A volunteer from Welkom in Utrecht who used to work at a children’s daycare centre in Iran can connect easily to all the children who come in with their mothers. As a result, the mothers can enjoy the Dutch classes with a volunteer of WelnU without being disturbed. It’s not only informative, it’s a lot of fun.

Women of all ages and nationalities are scattered around the cosy attic working intently on their Dutch. For participants Shantie from the Netherlands and Dewa from Afghanistan, it has become a regular activity. With a warm cup of tea, they discuss difficult Dutch grammar questions. The two women have really found each other. Not only because of their teacher–student relationship, which is working out well for them, but they also share an interest in work. Shantie works as a midwife and Dewa is keen on working as a nurse in the Netherlands. So, although the two women do discuss Dutch grammar, most of the time the topic of conversation slowly
diverts to non-study related chatter. Questions such as “So where is a good place to become a nurse?” or “Do you know the registration deadline?” can be heard across the attic. A perfect coincidence.

At another table Juul, who is also a volunteer, is helping Roza from Eritrea to learn Dutch. Roza has been coming to the class for a few weeks and is getting acquainted with the alphabet. She’s struggling with it. Roza is very motivated, but because she cannot read and write her own language, the idea of learning a new language is something completely new to her. Juul is mostly working with cards of the letters of the alphabet to create words together as a way to make the language a little less abstract. Today they have a breakthrough. Up to this day Juul has always had to put the letters in the right order, but today as she says ‘coat’ to Roza and gestures towards the letters, Roza understands for the first time. She takes the right letters, puts them in the right order and points at her own coat while saying ‘coat’. Juul is tearing up. It means a lot to her how Roza can try so hard to learn Dutch, doesn’t let herself get down and comes to the language classes every week in good spirits – to finally understand the word ‘coat’.

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Every third Tuesday of the month, you can cook together with women from the azc and college students from Ichthuis at the Wilde Westen in Utrecht. Which means it’s possible you’ll  eat Somalian pancakes for dinner, but also a salad with brie cheese and a gingerbread dessert, all in the same evening!
One at a time the women enter the Wilde Westen, a cultural centre located next to the Oog in Al park. Coordinator Ankie is sitting at the table, folding clean laundry consisting of dishcloths. “Anyone want tea?” college students Kimberley and Ellinoire place the tea box on the table. Mother and daughter Aliya and Mariam, both from Iraq, are first to arrive. They came prepared: “we already baked a cake at home”, says Mariam. Every third Tuesday of the month people cook a lot of food in the community centre, and of course, they eat it too. This all is done by women from the azc and students from the Christian student association Ichthuis. This time is Fenneke’s first time attending one of these evenings. She’s a volunteer for Welkom in Utrecht. “I have no clue what’s going to happen”, she laughs. According to Ichthuis-student Kimberley “all of the food is tasty, always”. Although, she does have a favorite dish. “Rice with vegetables, which you flip around in a pan.” “Makloubeh!” Aliya calls it.

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‘It was a pity that I wasn’t able to communicate easily with the father because of his little knowledge of Dutch, but to see his sons skating, was awesome,’ said one of the parents of a Primary School De Kleine Dichter student who joined the ice-skating event on the Vechtse Banen on the 3rd and 5th of January. On said days, about ninety refugee children and their parents, some of whom live in the asylum seekers’ center and some independently gave ice-skating a try. For most of them, it was a first. However, there were some natural among them. Others fell down at every turn, but got back up on their feet again with a huge smile. As one of the children said: ‘Skating is difficult, but very nice.’ Twelve volunteers from Welkom in Utrecht helped. From OBS De Kleine Dichter twelve families went along. Children helped children, young people skated with young people, and parents were introduced to parents. ‘A few days later we already were invited to have dinner with a family in the asylum seekers’ center,’ said one of the Dutch parents.

This skating event was the first activity that was funded by last May’s charity run with children from the De Kleine Dichter. Welkom in Utrecht will provide futher activities during the often boring school holidays. On behalf of the refugees: thanks to the children of De Kleine Dichter !!

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On a chilly Christmas Eve, the wedding hall of Utrecht municipality slowly fills with people. The Utrecht Stadhuiskoor has been rehearsing here every Monday evening for months now 1xwjgzt. Joining them in special collaboration were Amer (29) and Hani (27), two musicians who fled the war in Syria. After conductor Paul Krijnen took his place, the chorus began with some warm-up exercises. Soon after, you could hear the first notes of Part I of Oratorium van een Vlucht (Oratorium of a Flight). The piece was written in Dutch and Kurdish. Conductor Paul Krijnen considers it important that the Dutch choir members experience what it feels like to learn a foreign language in a short time. It went well. “The choir members worked harmoniously and with great pleasure.” The choir leader is proud of his cousin Kay Krijnen who composed the piece. Kay travelled in 2012 with a group of Dutch artists to the Kurdish part of northern Iraq. The trip made a deep impression on him. The hospitality and openness of the people he met during the Kurdish New Year stood in sharp contrast with the violence that later hit the region. Both experiences gave him inspiration for his composition. “Oratorium van een vlucht is a tribute to all those who have the courage to leave their homes in order to build a safer and more liveable existence in a new unknown country,” says Kay.

Amer and Hani are good examples. The two friends grew up together in Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus. More than half a century earlier, their grandparents had also to flee their homeland. They brought their heritage with them through music. “We learned the ABCs together with DoReMi” laughs Amer. “Without music our life is meaningless.”  They are pleased that Welkom in Utrecht connected them to the Stadhuiskoor. The choir received them kindly and they helped each other through difficult parts in the work. It turns out that Kurdish and Arabic scales are slightly more complicated than Dutch ones. Hani and Amer precent the often difficult quarter tones. Conductor Krijnen instructed the choir, “At the end of it you may be tired, but this piece should be beautiful and bright; full of hope.” The titles of the various pieces are revealing: In the Throat of the Sea, Nostalgia, My Displaced Homeland. (In Dutch: In de Keel van de Zee, Heimwee, Mijn Ontheemde Land “In My Displaced Homeland we actually sing about our own flight story,” said Hani. He and Amer made the hellish crossing themselves over the sea from Turkey to Greece by boat. Now, their lives are taking shape with great momentum here in the Netherlands. They started an ensemble with some friends, performing throughout the Netherlands. Of course, they miss their homeland and the liveliness of their country before the war, but they love the peaceful and orderly life in the Netherlands, freedom and the friends they have made. The participation of the two refugees was warmly welcomed by the other choir members. Marga, a choir member who sings the alto part said, “In this way we could ‘do something’ rather than feeling powerless.” Hani and Amer feel at home at the choir antibiotic azithromycin. They may not speak Dutch that well, but that doesn’t matter. “We found each other in a universal language,” said Hani. “The language of music.”

Text & photos Johanne van Dijk.

More information about Oratorium van een vlucht you can find here.

Gaining inspiration for more activities? Welkom in Utrecht also supported the following:

  • In October, about thirty refugees from azc Utrecht participated in the first scene of the play All Inclusive, a play by the NNT – Noord Nederlands Toneel in the Stadsschouwburg Utrecht.
  • On 25 and 26 December more than 70 asylum seekers attended the musical The Jungle Book.
  • Several refugees now get music lessons, amongst others in cultural centre Het Wilde Westen.

These are just some examples of the activities. For more, go to our Facebook page.On a chilly Christmas Eve, the wedding hall of Utrecht municipality slowly fills with people. The Utrecht Stadhuiskoor has been rehearsing here every Monday evening for months now 1xwjgzt. Joining them in special collaboration were Amer (29) and Hani (27), two musicians who fled the war in Syria. After conductor Paul Krijnen took his place, the chorus began with some warm-up exercises. Soon after, you could hear the first notes of Part I of Oratorium van een Vlucht (Oratorium of a Flight). The piece was written in Dutch and Kurdish. Conductor Paul Krijnen considers it important that the Dutch choir members experience what it feels like to learn a foreign language in a short time. It went well. “The choir members worked harmoniously and with great pleasure.” The choir leader is proud of his cousin Kay Krijnen who composed the piece. Kay travelled in 2012 with a group of Dutch artists to the Kurdish part of northern Iraq. The trip made a deep impression on him. The hospitality and openness of the people he met during the Kurdish New Year stood in sharp contrast with the violence that later hit the region. Both experiences gave him inspiration for his composition. “Oratorium van een vlucht is a tribute to all those who have the courage to leave their homes in order to build a safer and more liveable existence in a new unknown country,” says Kay.

Amer and Hani are good examples. The two friends grew up together in Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus. More than half a century earlier, their grandparents had also to flee their homeland. They brought their heritage with them through music. “We learned the ABCs together with DoReMi” laughs Amer. “Without music our life is meaningless.”  They are pleased that Welkom in Utrecht connected them to the Stadhuiskoor. The choir received them kindly and they helped each other through difficult parts in the work. It turns out that Kurdish and Arabic scales are slightly more complicated than Dutch ones. Hani and Amer precent the often difficult quarter tones. Conductor Krijnen instructed the choir, “At the end of it you may be tired, but this piece should be beautiful and bright; full of hope.” The titles of the various pieces are revealing: In the Throat of the Sea, Nostalgia, My Displaced Homeland. (In Dutch: In de Keel van de Zee, Heimwee, Mijn Ontheemde Land “In My Displaced Homeland we actually sing about our own flight story,” said Hani. He and Amer made the hellish crossing themselves over the sea from Turkey to Greece by boat. Now, their lives are taking shape with great momentum here in the Netherlands. They started an ensemble with some friends, performing throughout the Netherlands. Of course, they miss their homeland and the liveliness of their country before the war, but they love the peaceful and orderly life in the Netherlands, freedom and the friends they have made. The participation of the two refugees was warmly welcomed by the other choir members. Marga, a choir member who sings the alto part said, “In this way we could ‘do something’ rather than feeling powerless.” Hani and Amer feel at home at the choir antibiotic azithromycin. They may not speak Dutch that well, but that doesn’t matter. “We found each other in a universal language,” said Hani. “The language of music.”

Text & photos Johanne van Dijk.

More information about Oratorium van een vlucht you can find here.

Gaining inspiration for more activities? Welkom in Utrecht also supported the following:

  • In October, about thirty refugees from azc Utrecht participated in the first scene of the play All Inclusive, a play by the NNT – Noord Nederlands Toneel in the Stadsschouwburg Utrecht.
  • On 25 and 26 December more than 70 asylum seekers attended the musical The Jungle Book.
  • Several refugees now get music lessons, amongst others in cultural centre Het Wilde Westen.

These are just some examples of the activities. For more, go to our Facebook page.

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In het schemerdonker op de wip. Daarna lekker pizza eten. Veertien kinderen van het azc hadden eind november een fijne vrijdagmiddag in speeltuin Rotsoord. ‘Ze zijn helemaal niet verlegen’, zo meldde Fleur (15) een van de organisatoren over de azc-kinderen ‘En ze konden het allemaal heel goed met elkaar vinden.’
De middag werd georganiseerd door een bijzondere groep teenagers: meiden tussen de 14 en 16 jaar uit de derde klas van het <a href=”http://www.gerritrietveldcollege click for info.nl”>Gerrit Rietveld College  en leeftijdgenoten met een vluchtelingenachtergrond van Ithaka, de Internationale Schakelklas in Overvecht.  Een leuke en nuttige mix, zo bleek. ‘Die meisjes van het Ithaka hebben heel erg geholpen tijdens de voorbereiding’, aldus Fleur. Ze gaven goede tips. ‘En tijdens het uitje konden zij natuurlijk met de kinderen communiceren.’ Een Syrische vrijwilliger begeleidde de groep vanuit Welkom in Utrecht. De meiden van het Rietveld kregen een training vooraf van de Nationale jeugdraad. 

 

 

 

Meer inspiratie opdoen? Welkom in Utrecht maakte ook het volgende mogelijk:

  • Op 25 september verzorgden drie meiden van de Werkplaats in Bilthoven een spelletjes-middag op het grasveld voor restaurant Kantien voor kleine kinderen uit azc Ravellaan. Een bewoonster van hun eigen leeftijd hielp mee.
  • In april verzorgden leerlingen van het Christelijk Gymnasium Utrecht een maaltijd voor een groep vluchtelingen.

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Heel trots stond hij daar, achter zijn lamsvlees aan het spies, Arabisch brood en diverse groenten. De Syrische kok Abdulrahman genoot er zichtbaar van. Samen met mannen uit Iran en Afghanistan bereidde hij op 17 september een lekkere maaltijd voor circa vijftig buurtbewoners van de buurt Welgelegen en even zoveel bewoners van het AZC aan de Ravellaan, dat in dezelfde buurt ligt. Het initiatief lag bij Welgelegen Ontmoet  een programma om bewoners van Welgelegen met elkaar in verbinding te brengen.

Het diner was niet speciaal gericht op vluchtelingen. ‘Het was een van de activiteiten van Welgelegen Ontmoet die we om de zoveel maanden organiseren voor en met alle bewoners van de buurt’, zo legt Irene Sinteur van Welgelegen ontmoet uit. Het is een logische insteek, zo meent Irene. ‘We organiseren een activiteit om van onze buurt een fijne leefomgeving te maken. En dat doe je met iedereen die deel uitmaakt van de buurt, dus ook de bewoners van de Ravellaan.’

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Ze kijkt terug op een heel mooie maandagavond waarop meer dan honderd mensen van alle leeftijden aan tafel schoven. Ze kreeg veel enthousiaste reacties. ‘Mensen hebben er ontzettend van genoten’, zo vertelt ze. Niet alleen van de heerlijke Syrische, Afghaanse en Iraanse gerechten. Maar ook van de gezellige sfeer in restaurant Kantien en van het samen zijn met ‘oude’ en nieuwe buurtgenoten. Er werden weer nieuwe contacten gelegd. ‘Sommigen daarvan zijn blijvend, zo weten we van voorgaande activiteiten.’

De koks werkten hard en met toewijding, meent Irene. Maar minstens van zoveel belang was het werk van al die vrijwilligers uit de buurt,  de belangeloze inzet van restaurant Kantien, die op deze maandagavond gratis onderdak gaf aan zowel koks als eters. En de intensieve begeleiding van Welkom in Utrecht. ‘Ik weet dat jullie het vanzelfsprekend vinden, maar ik wil het toch even noemen: zonder Welkom in Utrecht was dit echt niet van de grond gekomen.’

Oh ja, en voor wie dit leest en in de wijk Welgelegen woont. Op 17 januari is er een jamsessie gepland. Houd deze site in de gaten voor meer nieuws.

 

 

Nog meer inspiratie opdoen? Welkom in Utrecht maakte eveneens het volgende mogelijk:

  • 9 juli, een barbecue met de buurt en de nieuwe buren van het AZC aan de Ravellaan. Georganiseerd door Welgelegen Ontmoet.
  • 4 november. Samen koken en eten in Het Wilde Westen. met een gezamenlijke trommelworkshop vooraf azithromycin cost. Georganiseerd door een Nederlands zuivelbedrijf.
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Frans van Gisbergen kwam langs op de Open AZC dag op 24 september. Hij besloot dat hij ‘wat’ wilde doen voor AZC bewoners. ‘Waarom moeilijke toeren uithalen’, zo dacht hij. ‘Ik ga gewoon met mijn bootje de Utrechtse grachten op en neem een paar vluchtelingen mee.’ Zo gedacht, zo gedaan. Frans mailde Welkom in Utrecht, die benaderde een paar bewoners uit de opvang. En daar zaten Edriss en Mahdi op een woensdagochtend in oktober in het bootje van Frans. Dit is wat Frans erover schreef:

“Het is fris, als ik in mijn bootje stap om de grachten op te varen. Ik heb met Edriss en Mahdi afgesproken aan de Oude Gracht bij deTwijnstraat. Eenmaal daar aangekomen, blijkt dat ze bij Oudaen staan, dus snel nog even verder varen. Mijn gedachten vooraf – waar gaan we over praten, hoe zit het met de taalbarrière – waai ik weg. We zullen wel zien Read Full Article. Ik ben in ieder geval goed uitgerust met extra dekens en reddingsvesten, dus dat zit wel snor.
Aha, daar zie ik ze staan. Na een warme begroeting kiezen wij het ruime sop. Al snel maakt de begrijpelijke spanning plaats voor wederzijdse belangstelling. (more…)

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Tuinderij Amelis’Hof nodigde afgelopen zomer vluchtelingen uit voor de laatste ‘aanschuiftafel’. Zes azc-bewoners konden zo mee eten van de gerechten die waren meegebracht door de reguliere bezoekers. De voornamelijk vegetarische gerechten vielen erg in de smaak en het was ook erg gezellig, vond organisator Irene Veldhuijzen. Behalve gegeten werd er gewandeld door de prachtige tuin op landgoed Amelisweerd. Google translate hielp de namen van plantensoorten in Arabisch en Dari uit te wisselen. Al snel kwamen er verhalen los over de gewassen die mensen vroeger in het land van herkomst verbouwden. Singer-songwriter Anke Timmer zorgde voor een mooie afsluiting. Zo werd de laatste aanschuiftafel van deze zomer op de tuinderij een bijzondere editie.

 

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Roeivereniging Triton kwam met een bijzonder initiatief.  De vereniging betrok vluchtelingen bij de trainingen en gaf ze zo een kans door te stromen naar de nationale selectie. Er vond eerst een werving plaats, waar zeven gemotiveerde en enthousiaste deelnemers aan meededen. Daarvan bleven er een aantal een keer per week onder begeleiding van een coach van de vereniging trainen. Doorstoten naar de top is nog niet gebeurd. Maar wie weet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meer inspiratie opdoen? Welkom in Utrecht maakte ook het volgende mogelijk:

  • Afgelopen zomer organiseerde VC Majella een beachvolleybal toernooi voor bewoners van het azc.
  • Eind augustus deed Stichting Josko hetzelfde. Tijdens hun zomerkamp, ditmaal met Ierse jongeren, nodigden ze leeftijdgenoten uit het azc uit mee te doen.
  • Bij <a href="http://www.hvleidscherijn click over here.nl”>handbalvereniging Leidsche Rijn traint vanaf oktober een jonge Syrische vluchteling mee.
  • Voetbalvereniging Kampong laat elke vrijdagavond bewoners uit het azc meetrainen.
  • Ook bij basketbalclubs Cangeroes en BC Utrecht trainen meerdere azc’ers en statushouders mee, geeft een vluchteling trainingen aan een jeugdteam en draait een ander bardiensten in de kantine van Sporthal Lunetten waar beide clubs spelen.

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