The partners in Home Away From Home are contributing together to the success of the project, and learning from each other through sharing their knowledge, expertise, experience and resources. All five partner-organisations (see below) have been inspired by stories that depict the successful integration of refugees in communities around Europe and therefore decided to research in depth the factors of such success and include them in our community building activities and youth work.
1. The Centre for Peace in Osijek, Croatia has been an active contributor to post-war peacebuilding and has extensive experience in community building involving peace teams, composed of mainly youth. Also, since 1998 the Centre has been providing legal advice and assistance to refugees, returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) concerning their repatriation or local integration.
2. forumZFD, since 1996, supports people involved in violent conflicts on the path to peace and strives to help overcome war and violence. Through dialogue events, educational work and campaigns, forumZFD actively advocates civil peace policy. forumZFD is currently working with peace consultants in eleven countries in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. Among other projects of peace and conflict work, forumZFD supports local communities in Lebanon and Germany in their efforts to integrate refugees and to strengthen solidarity between refugees and their host communities.
3. The World of NGOs is a Vienna based organisation that supports volunteers’ engagement for integration in Austria. Activities are focusing on European cooperation, volunteering, citizens’ participation, social inclusion of migrants, elderly people, women and youth, and experimenting with new educational settings and activating methods of participation.
4. The University of Westminster, in the heart of London, is itself one of the most diverse universities, with students from six continents and over 150 nations, many with refugee, asylum seeker and migrant backgrounds. The University will provide expertise in practice-focused research, urban education, youth policy, multilingualism and community engagement, based on European and global projects as well as on informal educational processes with communities and community organisations in London and beyond.
5. Tumult from Belgium is a youth-led organization working directly with refugees and migrants, with a large network of volunteers. Tumult is an organization with over 50 years’ experience of creating and facilitating peace building and non-violence training programmes for youth. In our project ’Home Away From Home’ Tumult coordinates the development of training modules for the training of youth.
Jointly, we build on the previous experiences of our participating organisations in working with refugees, IDPs, migrants and asylum seekers: on the work of our organisations in source, transit and host countries, in building networks and alliances, as well as in dissemination and advocacy. The complementarity of our expertise increases the impact of our work and of our own professional development as organisations and individuals.