Same Skies conducts community consultation workshops

November 1, 2014

We completed another visit to Indonesia, where we met with a number of stakeholders and consulted the broader refugee and asylum seeker community. In summary, we talked extensively with the people from an existing learning centre for refugee children. It is a grass-roots project initiated and run by the community. They identified the need for a second centre in a different area of town to ease the overcrowding of their centre. 

In summary, we talked extensively with the people from an existing learning centre for refugee children. It is a grass-roots project initiated and run by the community. They identified the need for a second centre in a different area of town to ease the overcrowding of their centre. 

They identified the need for a second centre in a different area of town to ease the overcrowding of their centre. We agreed to work very closely together, and the leaders have offered their full support as mentors for a second project based on their model. 

In addition, we conducted two community consultation workshops that were each attended by 60 people. Asylum seekers and refugees identified problems and solutions. After the workshops the community elected a committee of 12 people that we will work with to design, plan and implement the project. We expressed our commitment to financially support rent and start-up costs that cannot be sourced in the community. Same Skies will teach fundraising skills in order to empower the group to be self-sustainable after a while. There is no deadline for the opening of the centre and Same Skies has advised to take any steps in consultation with the local Indonesian community.

We will return to Indonesia on a needs basis, which has been explained to the refugee and asylum seeker community.

 

We were incredibly moved by the capacity and motivation of different individuals with diverse skills. Additionally, we were pleased to facilitate workshops and processes that were highly participatory, empowering people to take ownership over the strengthening of their own communities.

 

Many thanks for all your support!

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