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January 2017

Welcome in a new year together! Few days ago also the Chinese New Year’s Eve passed, and we are officially in 2017. In this newsletter you’ll find many update from our volunteers around the world, from Turkey, Macedonia and Malaysia. Update about project and campaigns, a new logo PATH and a call for application for an interesting seminar in Spain. And what is clear from SCI contents, is that most of our effort and focus is on migrants and refugees. Because, despite of the many walls around all Europe and the world, we at SCI believe in “Building Bridges” instead of walls. 

Voices of Volunteers
SCI's approach to the "Refugee Crisis"
Go Visual! Icon Dictionary on Migration 
PATH - Memories on the road
Latest from Jafra Foundation 
From the Archives 

Voices of Volunteers

This month thanks to SCI Italy we travel and we can hear the story of Kurds people; with Leila we travel since Malaysia to discover the two most recent workcamps she attended, and we came back to Europe thanks to two EVS, Dorian and Jannika, in Macedonia during last fall. And then we move just a little bit to reach Ania in Greece and Helena in Turkey.



SCI's approach to the "Refugee Crisis"

10 volunteers and representatives of SCI branches, SCI's Building Bridges Campaign and international project groups were gathered for 4 days in the sunny, snowy office of VCV Serbia. The cosy place did not necessarily reflect the critical topic discussed: the so called "refugee crisis" and the possible approach of SCI, events foreseen to support the struggle on the field and to increase the awareness on the present situation. More here.

 

Go Visual! Icon Dictionary on Migration

The project “Go visual! – Creative education about migration” (lasting from June to November 2016) is a part of the SCI Building Bridges Campaign on refugees, and in line with the current developments in Europe regarding migration. The project leader is One World Association, the Polish branch of SCI and in these days they approved the output of the training course: an electronic publication with a set of 51 icons – simplified drawings – that allow to visualise in a few seconds concepts like: refugee, persecution, migration, discrimination, support, integration, etc. The icons are easy to redraw and need no artistic skills – literally everyone can copy them! Here the article


PATH - Memories on the road

The Path project is growing! First of all we have a new logo, check here! Beside, The short movie "Stay" - present also at 76th ICM last december for the Pierre Ceresole Awards - was created within the international youth encounter, the study camp "Solidarity with refugees" that was hosted by SCI Germany. In the August of 2016, a group of young volunteers from all over Europe lived in the village of Friedland for two weeks. During this time they worked in a community garden, organized workshops with refugees and researched basics of the history of the Lager Friedland in cooperation with the Museum Friedland. In 2017 another SCI study camp will take place in Friedland, being a part of PATH. Stay tuned for more information.


Latest from the Jafra Foundation

The conflict in Syria has been continuing for almost 6 years now and the situation seems to become more and more hopeless. Yet, Jafra, a Syrian NGO and contact organisation of SCI, keeps on working within the difficult circumstances to bring relief and hope to the people. Last week, Wilbert Hesloot from SCI’s No More War team, conducted an interview with Wesam, a key-figure in Jafra Foundation, currently based in Beirut. Read the interview here


From the Archives

"When I looked for some printed SCI materials from the 1980s, I randomly encountered these old leaflets issued by the International Secretariat of SCI, explaining SCI's Origins & Aims, how SCI works“. Here the full article. 


 

 

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