SENCIT: The sensitization of citizens in the field of immigrants' and refugees’ inclusion to the hosting society (Exchange of good practices in adult education)” 2018-1-PL01-KA204-050850
The central aim of the project is to develop and pilot sensitization methods and tools, addressed to the hosting society in the participating countries. Project partners compile and exchange good practices for sensitization of local community as it regards to migrant and refugees’ inclusion process.
Kuchnia Konfliktu – The Kitchen of Conflict
The 'Kitchen of Conflict' (Kuchnia Konfliktu) this is the business project in Warsaw that helps refugees and immigrants to integrate into the Polish society through providing the bar with refugee and immigrant food.
The aim of this initiative is not only to help the newcomers to function better in Poland, but also to change the negative attitudes towards them among Poles. Through the kitchen towards to acceptance.
We, as SBICO / Ad Meritum, call this method: “Integration through entrepreneurship”. In this method the target group – the newcomers, from non-EU countries are looking for new home and new life in the host country, the mentors of entrepreneurship, who come from the host society, create a business idea for the newcomers, in which they will find the source of their maintenance, in accordance with the law.
However the business idea - providing the bar with refugee and immigrant food – was created by the hosts and the hosts are the business owners, who hire the newcomers, the newcomers themselves are also deeply involved in running the business. They are perceived by business owners as partners in business and even as just friends. They feel responsible for the business and they treat the bar as the place where they host people.
“… instead of convincing people that refugees are cool, or that they should not be afraid of them, we show that we are friends with them, we run a cool business, we have fun together and support each other. Nor is it that we create this place for them. They co-create it with us and feel they are responsible for it. Most do not treat the kitchen only as a workplace but feel as hosts here.” (Jarmiła Rybicka, one of business owners, https://www.euractiv.com/section/central-europe/interview/kitchen-of-conflict-through-the-stomach-towards-tolerance/?fbclid=IwAR0eWUDqpJZRFoSi2bUCO5DBw0nOny5fcYlUgddY9HJ6geKb3SoI1R8KQY0 )
The newcomers function better in Poland, integrate into the Polish society through cooking and serving their national cuisine.
There is a change of the negative attitudes towards them among Poles (Through the kitchen towards to acceptance).
Project video interview with one of the newcomers working in the bar: “The kitchen of Conflict”
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Project number: 2018-1-PL01-KA204-050850