RANA (Refugees Are Not Alone) is a Belgian NGO, registered since July 2016, that provides essential assistance for the inclusion of refugees arriving in Belgium, accompanying them individually so that they can start afresh and live independently.
The project came into being spontaneously in the autumn of 2015, at the initiative of a group of European Parliament volunteers, appalled that hundreds of asylum-seeker families were forced to spend chilly nights outside. As new people have joined the project, RANA today brings together tens of motivated citizens from Belgium, Europe and beyond. RANA has been registered with the Belgian authorities as a non-profit organization (ASBL) since July 2016.
If the original approach of RANA was the search for emergency shelters in hotels and homestays, also collecting donations of clothes or food. But since then, the needs have evolved and RANA too! 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. By understanding their needs, we accompany them individually in their administrative, medical, professional or linguistic procedures; from housing research to academic orientation. But RANA is above all a moral and psychological support so that these people do not feel alone.
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.
We are a diverse and motivated team working to provide first assistance and supporting refugees’ integration. RANA benefits from an interdisciplinary and diverse group of people who believe in creating fair conditions for refugees.