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Meetings in our multicultural motherland

The Awakening Awareness project aims to gather people from different backgrounds together to work against prejudices and towards a better understanding. One of our central topics is migration and refugees, that we implement in co-operation with our partner organisations and immigrant volunteers. We intend to deal with these topics on the workshops, which will be organized along with our summer’s voluntary camps, taking place all around Finland, but also through the camp themes, visits, smaller projects and media.

Grassroot encounters, and acting together towards a common goal, are important principles that KVT and it’s head organisation SCI use as a method in order to increase global knowledge and understanding affecting prejudices and attitudes. Prejudices often come into being through mental images, lack of intercultural encounters, wrong information or lack of information. Awakening Awareness aims to promote these kinds of encounters and experiences among people of different ages and different backgrounds. By inviting immigrants and asylum seekers as equal partners to our projects and camps, we bring interculturality and the realities of the global south close to Finnish people in their familiar environment through concrete means. We also wish to offer immigrants living in Finland possibilities and channels to act and to be heard as active citizens in our internationalizing homeland.

 We asked the following questions from our participants:

1. Why did you decide to participate on a KVT project and what did you achieve from it?

2. In Awakening Awareness project our aim is to spread the knowledge of global responsibility, human rights and equality through the theme of migration and with the help of immigrant participants.

a) How do you think the immigrant participants can contribute to this global education theme and why is it important that they participate?

b) How can it be useful for them to be active in this, or in any other similar field?

3. Would you encourage other people to volunteer in these kinds of projects and why?

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1. I decided to participate on a KVT project in order to learn about how to foster peace among people from different cultures and backgrounds, meet new people and learn more about their cultures and way of life. Through the project I became more aware of human rights and overcame some prejudices and stereotypes about people and I also made new friends.

2 a) I think Immigrants can contribute to the global education theme by sharing first-hand information regarding their experience as immigrants and how it feels to be away from the comfort of their home countries. It is important for us to participate so that one could learn about their rights, especially the fundamental human rights.

b) It is useful for them so that they could be enlightened on the current trends in the society. It could also be an opportunity for their voices to be heard and meet new people, both other immigrants and the natives, thereby integrating into the society.

3. I would encourage other people to volunteer in these kinds of projects because it educates them of their rights, helps them deal with some prejudices associated with particular groups of people, gives them the opportunity to meet other people and make friends. It ultimately makes them happier and more at ease with people.

 

Nawid Safar – Afghanistan 

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1.I decided to participate on kvt project because I like to be an active person. KVT’s projects are also a good opportunity to do something different, to meet new people, make new friends and to be happy during the camp with different people from around the world. I have learned from the projects  a lot of new and good things and made many new friends around the world and I met many different people with different backgrounds. I think that without KVT, it is not possible for asylum seekers to do all these things.

2. a) I think the immigrant participants help a lot in this global education theme. They can spread understanding, share their own experience with others,  and so defend human rights together.

b) It is very important that we participate to these projects, because we can get recommendations, find better ways of communication and most importantly it is useful for ourselves to be active and to have connections with people. It is important to me to be an active person in the community and to have connections with organizations that work for peace for example KVT and SCI.

3. Of course I encourage other people to volunteer in these kinds of projects, because it is a good project that works for peace and understanding and spreads knowledge about global things.

Nana Yaw Boachie – Ghana

 

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1. Interestingly I had the opportunity of knowing about KVT in two different occasions; the first was from a colleague who is an immigrant and had previously participated on these camps and the second was an official encounter with the coordinator Emmi, who visited Kemi’s reception center for the purpose of introducing the programs of KVT and Awakening Awareness. I opted to participate in order to make new friends, which includes getting knowledge and understanding about new cultures and also getting along with different people in order to be active and responsible. With a specific reference to the program that I participated, I was taught into knowing more about human rights and global responsible issues. Moreover I had the best time getting to understand people from other side of the world.

2. a) Since the issue of immigrants was core to the global responsibility as a topic, immigration was the focal point. Then it was important to involve us to also contribute to the theme and to talk more of how we each go through to our destinations and the purposes of doing so in order to condemn the stereotypes.

b) The usefulness in partaking in such events varies from understanding people from other side of the world to encouraging us to be active in the society. It brings us closer to the society and helps getting along with it. It gives the opportunity to exhibit the talents we have to support and psychologically stabilize conditions.

3. Counting on the reasons stated above and my personal experience as a volunteer, I will say it was a healthy experience of being adaptable to other cultures. Being responsible to the society and more especially adding to the society the skills that you possess is important.

Awakening Awareness, going around through pictures!

Check out the whole exposition HERE !

Visiting Kärsämäki Art and Culture Project 2.6.-15.6.

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Tavastkenkä Village Festival 5.7.-16.7.

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Awakening Awareness in Lieksa 4.8-18.8.

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The exhibition was also present in:

lammassaari summer party 1.6,

Siuntio reception center – Open door day 18.6,

Haapamäki locomotive park – open dance party 28.7,

Worlds of women event in Lieksa 10.8

Joensuu street action 16.8

KVT’s end of year party 23.11 at Peace Station

 

 

Puintipäivät 2013!

 

Nyt on kesä lopuillaan, ja koordinaattorikin on palannut takaisin töihin matkoiltaan. Kiitos kaikille kesän projekteissa mukana olleille, ja muistakaahan ilmoittautua lähestyville Puintipäiville. Paljon on vielä tehtävää, nähtävää ja puitavaa! :)

Summer starts to be over, and even this coordinator has returned from her trips. Thank you for all the great poeple that I had the pleasure working with this summer, and please remember to sign up for our Autumn Gathering. There still is a lot to do, see and talk about (:Puintipäivät-flyeri-315x197

Monikultturellin kesän avasi Lammassaari!

Lammassaaren pitkospuut

Lammassaaren pitkospuut

Matkalla Lammassaareen talkoilemaan. Osallistujia oli sen verran mukavasti, että tuli ainakin itselleni nämä pitkospuut tuttuakin tutummaksi!

Tarkoituksenamme oli tyhjentää erään vanhan rakennuksen vintti roinasta, jotta katto saataisiin kunnostettua.

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pölyvintin pimennossa.

 

 

Työ oli likaisempaa ja raskaampaa, kuin osasin kuvitella, ja siitäkös sainkin kyllä ystäviltäni kuittailevia kiitoksia.. Itse kuitenkin kuittailematta kiitän ja kumarran siitä, jotka osallistuivat ja lähtivät avoimesti mukaan tähän hulluuteen. Palkinnoksi tästä, saimme loistokkaat kesäjuhlat!

 

 

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Hymyilevä herra Habbad

Päivän paisteemme Habbad tartutti hymyäänsä muihinkin. Kun tapasin tämän pikku ilopillerin pari vuotta sitten Siuntion vastaanottokeskuksessa, hän oli se kaikkiin hullutteluihin mukaan lähtevä irvistelevä veijari, joka tekemättömyyden iskiessä pyysi minut hautaamaan itsensä hiekkaan. Talvella tavatessamme, hän halusi oppia hiihtämään, ja ennen kuin ehdin asennoitua häntä opettamaan, hän oli jo vikkelästi löytänyt vaaleanpunaiset naisten sukset, ja liukui omatoimisesti alamäkeä kohti lähimpää ojaa.

Nyt tämä hurmuri jo ilmaisee itseään, opiskelee ja käy töissä niin sukkelalla stadin siivittämällä kielellä, ettei voisi usko hänen  asuneen täällä vasta kolmea vuotta.

Ihanat ahkerat neitokaiset Laura ja Julia.

Ihanat ahkerat neitokaiset Laura ja Julia.

 

Tässä loistavat neitokaisemme, joilta ei ronskiutta ja raksa-asennetta puuttunut. Heidän kanssaan, ja Lauran spontaanin huutelun avulla, löysimmekin lähikulmilta parhaan kisastudion, jossa edes Suomen jääkiekon mm-finaaliin pääsemättömyys ei päiväämme romuttanut.

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Ja sitten nämä hulivilit löysivät vertaisensa toisistaan, mistä seurasi punnerruskisa, ja kuivasurffausesitys, mikä näin meidän kesken kaipaa vielä harjoitusta.. ;)

 

Näitä sankareita ahkerampia en ole kyllä ennen tavannut!

Näitä sankareita ahkerampia en ole kyllä ennen tavannut!

Nämä kaverit eivät meinanneet suostua lopettamaan, vaan livahtivat aina takaisin ullakolle jatkamaan. Voi olla täkäläisille vaikeaa ymmärtää, että kun tarpeeksi pitkään päiviä laskien istuu ja odottaa, niin kaikenlainen työ ja tekeminen otetaan  innoissaan vastaan aikaa täyttämään.

Sanoinhan että vaatteet "saattavat" likaantua..

Sanoinhan että vaatteet ”saattavat” likaantua..

 

 

 

 

 

Pölyä pinnassa?

Pölyä pinnassa?

 

 

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Puhti pois?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oli rankkaa mutta hauskaa. Uiminen leväisessä merivedessä virkisti kummasti!

Viimeiset pystyssä!

Viimeiset pystyssä!

Kiitokset Maijalle kokkaamisesta, Eevalle järkkäämisestä, Maailma Kylässä leiriläisille vapaapäivänsä uhraamisesta, Kaarlenkadun vastaanottokeskuksesta mukaan lähtijöille ja kaikille muille mukaville vanhoille ja uusille tuttavuuksille, jotka olitte auttamassa. Erityisterveiset myös paljon puurtaneille Dannylle ja Lanjalle, jotka eivät päässeet mukaan juhlimaan työn tuloksia.

Satakielijuhlien kutsu 2013

Kiitokset myös Lauralle, Maijalle, Tomille, Harrille, Anulle, Eevalle ja Nooralle järkkäämisestä, Matinille mahtavasta muonasta, ja esiintyjille menevästä musiikista.

 

Yhteistä ymmärrystä -hanke alkaa!

KVT kannustaa Suomessa asuvia turvapaikanhakijoita ja maahanmuuttajia osallistumaan Suomen vapaaehtoisleireille. Leireillä eri puolilta maailmaa tulevat vapaaehtoiset työskentelevät jonkin yleishyödyllisen projektin parissa. Työ ei yleensä vaadi erityisosaamista. Osallistujien tulee olla yli 18-vuotiaita, mutta nuoremmat voivat osallistua vanhempiensa kanssa.

Suomen leireille osallistuvat turvapaikanhakijat ja maahanmuuttajat maksavat vain KVT:n jäsenmaksun, 10 euroa. Matkakulut leirille voidaan korvata ja ruoka ja majoitus leirin aikana ovat ilmaisia. Koska leirin yhteinen kieli on englanti, toivomme vapaaehtoisen pystyvän kommunikoimaan englannin kielellä.

Haku leireille on nyt käynnissä!

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Kuva: Hanna Laajalahti.

Mikäli sinulla on lisäkysymyksiä, älä epäröi ottaa yhteyttä sähköpostitse tai puhelimitse +358453422320.

Tutustu Yhteistä Ymmärrystä – projektiin täällä ja suomen leireihin täällä.

We invite asylum seekers and immigrants who live in Finland to participate in KVT’s volunteer projects. The idea of volunteer camps is that volunteers from different countries work together on a project that is of benefit to the wider community. Work doesn’t usually require special skills. You should be at least 18 years old, but younger people can attend with their parents.

Asylum seekers and immigrants participating in a workcamp in Finland pay for KVT’s membership fee, 10 euros. KVT covers volunteers’ travel costs to and from the workcamp and food and accommodation during the camp are free. We would wish that the participant could speak English, since it is the official language of the camp.

Apply now!

If you have any further questions, you can contact us by e-mail or by calling +358453422320.

More information about the Awakwning Awereness project from here and all the finnish volunteer camps can be foud from here.