In December our activists organized acrobalance and juggling workshop for migrant children in the one of the migrant center on the border with Croatia.
Children always need some fun, so we decided to organized this workshop in order to learn them some new skills and to animate them. On this occasion, we had all day workshop and then artists performed the play for all people in the migrant center. Further, we had the New Year's presents for them, packages with the sweets for every child to say them that we know that they are in our country and somebody is taking care of them. Even they just want to transit, our message is: „If you decide to stay, you should know that you are welcome because migrations are ok, it is all about people.“
This workshop was organized as a part of the project „I am a refugee, I am migrant, I am human“, supported by Embassy of Norway and organization from Serbia Group 484. The name of the campaign is the message that we already mentioned „Migrations are OK. It is all about people“. Also, during the workshop, migrants have had the opportunity to learn more about the risks of trafficking in human beings and how they can prevent being exploited and what to do in the situation if children separate from parents, what is one of the different topics of the European number for missing children in Serbia 116000. We distributed leaflets and played the video spots from the campaign where they can read and see more detailed information about preventive measures and whom to turn to if they survive exploitation or in the situation when the child missing i.e. separates from parents.
The performed action benefits these people directly as it responds to their need for integration into the Serbian society. We expect them to have more information about the rights, and possibilities through the integration process, better acceptance from the citizens in local communities where they are/will be settled. Happiness in the eyes of the children, their smiles and excitement was proof that we did it very well.
After those activities, we were touched and honored by the invitation of one family to visit them and to share some more time together. They opened their door for us, but we felt like they opened their hearts to us, too. In one small room, they put all their world, the pieces of the past (little memories which they saved to keep them connected to the home they left) and bare necessities of the nowadays life (clothing, footwear, food, etc.). In a friendly atmosphere with the scent of cardamon tea which we drank together, we talked about dreams and desires for the next year.
At the end of the year, all people want the same from New, to be healthy and happy. Let's build the bridges of humanity and help the most vulnerable to be safe and to follow their dreams. They count on us!
Collage from acrobalance