You have the right to know!

21/05/2021

Imagine that you are coming to a foreign country. You don't know the language, you don't know the rules. You feel like a stranger, you don't know who to count on, where to look for support. In such situations, support will be provided by the Voivode of Kujawsko-Pomorski and the Emic Foundation.

The beginnings can be difficult

You must build your world anew. And the circumstances are not necessarily conducive to it: you are stressed by looking for a job, a flat, learning a new language, learning the rules of a different reality, often a different culture. In such cases, you need the support of family, friends and acquaintances. You already know that you have to build your home anew. Restore the remembered smell of coffee, paint the walls of the living room in your favorite color, meet new friends. You have the right to know in projects! and you have the right to know! Plus, we support migrants and migrant women in achieving independence in Poland. We always put a specific person first - says the board member of the Foundation, Sylwia Żulewska. We want the people we support to become independent: successfully master the Polish language and learn about Polish culture, be able to find themselves in the new everyday life and become a part of it, as well as gain financial independence.

Almost 1,500 people work with us

We support people from abroad in many ways: we teach Polish, help find a job and a flat, organize support groups, courses and trainings, joint integration outings that make life in Poland easier.

Our activity helps to overcome communication barriers in contacts with offices and schools. From 2018, together with the Governor of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, we are implementing the project You have the right to know !, and from January 2020, You have the right to know! Plus. Thanks to them, we run three advisory points:

Toruń, ul. Klonowica 40/1

Bydgoszcz, ul. Gdańska 128

Kujawsko-pomorski Urząd Wojewódzki, ul. Konarskiego 1

Over the last 3 years, we have supported nearly 1,500 people. We have completed over 5,000 hours of Polish language lessons and over 3,000 hours of legal advice. People who use our offer once are usually associated with the foundation on a permanent basis: they willingly participate in integration events, visit our Neighborhood Clubs or use the support of specialists: consultants, psychologists or legal advisers. We regularly inform about what we do on our website and Facebook profile.

Such comprehensive support is possible thanks to co-financing from the National Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund Program.

No matter where we are from, we share similar values and needs. We want to feel safe, surround ourselves with kind people, you want to have a nice job and enroll your child in a friendly school. We can only do this thanks to people like you. Let's create together the conditions for a better life, here in Poland, in your housing estate, in your apartment building, in your company, school or institution, says Przemysław Wyciechowski, president of the foundation's board.

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This is it!

In 2020, we opened two neighborhood clubs: in Toruń and in Bydgoszcz. Together with the animators, we make sure that everyone can spend their time creatively, and that the children can catch up in learning or pursue their passions. Some of the meetings are cyclical: the representatives of the Urban Housewives Circle have a million ideas for their meetings. Meetings of children with a psychologist, an afternoon with board games, culinary workshops, an internet cafe, training for a healthy spine online - these are only a small part of the activities that we carry out at the club in Toruń, comments Natalia Konwerska, an employee of the Club.

We operate using the institution's potential

When planning a project, you have the right to know! we knew that we had to work comprehensively: that simply reaching migrant communities is not enough. In 2018, the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivode appointed the Provincial Team for Migration Policy and Migration Management. It is made up of over 100 people, representatives of various institutions from all over the region. We are just finishing work on a diagnosis of how various institutions cope with serving people with migration experience. Our next step is to prepare a model of cooperation for institutions operating in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, which will facilitate cooperation with migrants and migrant women for many entities. We also cooperate with aid institutions in the region: we train their representatives in non-violent communication and responsible help.

Friendly school and work

Adults usually make decisions about moving. Despite the difficulties at the beginning, they catch the wind quite quickly: they get into the whirlwind of work and new duties. Children and teenagers start learning in a new school and the stairs begin. Everything is new! New core curriculum, different age system, different teaching methods. And all this in an unknown Polish language. We support the teaching staff in integrating children from abroad and we teach young people how to create a friendly atmosphere for new students.

A friendly school is not everything! We work with companies and support people from abroad coming to Poland in looking for a job, and we help employers to create conditions for peaceful, legal work in Kujawy and Pomerania.

You have the right to know!

You have the right to know program! and you have the right to know! Plus is implemented by the Governor of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship and the Emic Foundation, co-financed by the National Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund Program. It can be used by migrants and migrants residing in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship from outside the EU. You can learn more about the project on our website: https://maszprawowiedziec.com.pl.

Emic means knowing the culture in a relationship

Emic means getting to know culture by establishing a relationship with it. Be curious and help migrants get to know your world: your city, neighborhoods, favorite places and beloved people. Think how much you can learn from others by being with them.

You can support the project You have the right to know! Plus thanks to the donation for statutory purposes. You can pay it via the website: https://emic.com.pl/ or become our patron on Patronite: https://patronite.pl/emic.

 

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The project is co-financed by the National Program of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund