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.
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 while taking care of their children. For this reason, LLM is now entering into its third cycle, beginning on 20 September 2021.
RANA is also designing a program of cultural outings, bringing together refugees, volunteers and people who want to join the adventure and meet people. These outings are unique moments of exchange and sharing, which help to make RANA the big family she has become. They are also an opportunity for these people, who have fled their countries and sometimes live for several months in need, out of this daily for a friendly moment in the cinema, at the museum or visiting the Belgian heritage.
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. Nevertheless, autonomy does not mean solitude: we conceive RANA as a big family, where everyone finds his place. That's why we encourage refugees who have been helped to become sponsors themselves as soon as they feel ready.
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.
"A day from here diary" is the name of the theatrical performance that will take time before the holidays season in December.
This work is presented by SYatre Collective. The performance is the fruit of creative workshops and trainings that started in the summer of 2019.
Due to the support of RANA the team spirit, the project survived the confinements and social distance regulations.
The play deals with identity clash between the first and second generation of a syrian refugee family living in Brussels. Furthermore, it shed light on the dilemma of belonging lived by the four members of that family who are the parents and their 2 children.
Is it a sarcastic reality portrayed dramatically or a dramatic life fabricated sarcastically? Come and see yourselves.