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Refugees Are Not Alone

Aws al bayati, president

“Refugees didn't just escape a place. They had to escape a thousand memories until they’d put enough time and distance between them and their misery to wake to a better day.”

Activities

RANA’s original approach was the search for emergency shelters in hotels and homestays, collecting donations of clothes or food. Since then, the needs have evolved. Today, our activities are part of the long term: helping refugees to integrate into this new society that will become theirs and that of their families.

Since October 2020, RANA has embarked on a new project: “Language Learning Mothers” (LLM), which aims to offer migrant mothers the opportunity to learn French while their children are taken care of through playful activities.

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Language Learning Mothers

The idea behind “Language Learning Mothers” was to give French classes to isolated mothers and/or mothers who were in need of help. During the class hours, RANA volunteers looked after their children by playing games or organising activities adapted to their age. The project began in September 2020 at the Maison des Femmes in Schaerbeek. At RANA, we realised that this project responded to the concrete needs of women who want to integrate better into the socio-economic fabric of Brussels.

Buddy

The « Buddy » project is the central pillar of RANA. It is a sponsorship system that operates on the basis of the individual accompanying a refugee by a RANA volunteer. Refugees are thus accompanied in their search for housing or language courses, in their administrative procedures, in their enrolment in school for young children or at university for older children and in their efforts to find a job … or just to have a coffee and chat a little! The goal is, as and when, they feel as independent as possible.

Events

RANA members are convinced of the richness of a plural society, marked by dialogue and exchange, where everyone finds a place where they can play a role. It is to this image that the RANA family has been created and it is this wealth which it wishes to promote. To this end, RANA periodically organises cultural events, mixing music, dance and other artistic disciplines, often accompanied by the discovery of culinary riches from elsewhere. The refugees that RANA accompanies take an active part in the organisation of these events.

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