To support refugees and asylum seekers who live in London and struggle with social isolation and loneliness
by Four wings Global Project in London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Four Wings Global Project CIC is a cultural and community centre which supports refugees and asylum seekers with integration into host communities.
I am a political activist and work with refugee communities. I have two experiences working in Sudan and Egypt. As a journalist travelling to refugee camps in these countries, we prepared a space for them in these camps to support their mental health and wellbeing.
Due to our work, both myself and my family were targeted by government and security services. We managed to escape and seek refuge in the UK and we wish to help others to start new, fresh and fulfilling lives away from the pain and persecution that we have experienced and so many others.
Opening a World Food Cafe to the public
We’ll operate on a daily basis and once a month serve food from a specific global region of a community member, and celebrate that community through a cultural event.
(An example of a cultural cafe in Lebanon)
Through a mixture of voluntary work and employment where appropriate we can offer vulnerable people the chance to find the confidence, training and experience they need to develop their skills and improve the opportunities available to them.
Our first site will be in Lambeth, South London. The ambition is to open these cafes and cultural spaces all across London to unite the public and better integrate our communities.
(Example of a refugee food festival at a school in France)
When we have a coffee shop and cultural space we can generate multiple sources of income from:
Refugees need our care and support, they are often like in the case of my home country of Sudan, fleeing for their lives to escape war. People arrive in the UK and other host countries greatly traumatised by their experience which makes it even harder for them to integrate and find peace and stability in their new home.
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