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Social Business Idea Challenge - Final Conference
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TRY team is organising a design label competition in order to support refugees
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TRY in cultural exchange event hosted by Caritas
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28/10/2017
Arabic dinner with VA Caritas and refugees in Vilnius
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28/10/2017
TRY team joins Red Cross event on music night in Refugees and Migrants center InLT in Kaunas.
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Friendly match between two European basketball “beasts” Lithuania and Spain.
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Organic tattoo is a beautiful way to adorn your body for a temporary time. TRY team was introduced to "chna" paintings.
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The smell of popcorn and the joy of friendship filled our office while for an evening it become a cinema theatre.
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On the 4th of July our team participated in the annual running marathon in Vilnius.
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The Social inovation festival BiZzZ'17 is where our team started the Social Business Idea Challenge
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"Bingo" ! We hope that we didn't wake up our neighbors while playing this game in our office.
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The solidarity was building up nicely on the football pitch.
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On the first weekend of October we found ourselves warm in the company of good friends and even better food.
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Live libraries are the best way of getting to know the real life experience of people. In this case the people who had to fled their home countries to look for a political asylum in Latvia or other countries, but currently residing in Latvia.
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This international night was dedicated to connecting cultures though music. Music has been one of the elements for the survival and the sustenance of the people’s culture. It has been one of the main ways people express themselves and show to the rest of the world what was happening to them.
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On September 14th, we invited people to challenge themselves to a Quiz about Arab Culture
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On August 21st, an italian dinner was organized in our office.
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By coming together again youngsters continued the previous Loesje creative writing workshop, to reflect about impact of creative writing and work on promotion of the results in the streets of local town.
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Creativity and innovation is one of the key aspects for successful implementation of various projects. Especially as challenging ones that involve integration and intercultural understanding.
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The event gathered people with various backgrounds and colours for the common goal to explore the possibilities of the integration activities in Latvia.
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Games are probably the best way to engage communication among people from various cultural backgrounds. Rush to succeed in a game flushes away the shy nature of a person.
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There is large community of Ukrainians living in Latvia. Recently there are as well refugees arriving from Ukraine to Latvia, people who are forced to leave Ukraine of different age groups. These people need support from the local society to get to know the life conditions and opportunities in Latvia.
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On August 22nd videogames knocked at the door of Rukla Reception Centre bringing joy to the children living there
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On August 10th ‘Together:Refugees and Youth’ team has invited people to come to their place and make hot-dogs together.
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On 9th August volunteer Ineta, professional folk dancer, has visited Rukla Refugee reception centre for the first time of her life.
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On August 2nd, the ilusionist Rokas Bernatonis delighted the Rukla Reception Centre refugees with an amazing show
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On 18th July ‘Together:Refugees and Youth’ team has invited young people and refugees to make a DETOX-day and play board games together in really nice and cosy Vilnius Youth centre ‘Mes’.
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Integration for the people of other skin colour in the Baltic’s is a challenging task, as the fact that they stand out of the crowd is drawing attention to them in a regular every day situations. The ‘’Afrolat’’ community in Latvia unites people of African roots, or from mixed families where one of the parents is from Latvia and other with African roots.
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Students are one of most socially active parts of the society in Latvia. Meeting, involving local youth and youngsters from countries they were forced to leave was organized to have an open space for further common activities within TRY pilot programme and after, to encourage common projects for social business challenge and creation of initiatives for successful refugee integration social business ideas.
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Movie night of promoting the tolerance and mutual understanding among people of various religious backgrounds. Flyers with information about T.R.Y. project were distributed among the attendants to raise awareness of the refugee situation in our region.
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Event’s main focus was to inform the interested people regarding the Kurdish traditions and current day political situation.
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Workshop was organized to promote the idea of the project for youth ‘’T.R.Y’’ among the kids of former Latvian refugees, who fled Latvia during Soviet occupation times. Non-formal education methods, group work, various discussions among youngsters in smaller groups were engaged.
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Latvian youth has the main role in the integration possibilities of the people who have come to Latvia due to various reasons. Their point of view is a major element of interest for planning successful future activities in the field of integration and inclusion.
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Workshop was aimed to engage into discussions about possibilities to involve refugee youth in common events with the minority groups living in Latvia for generations. In this case the Polish community, who still keep the links with their ethnical homeland Poland.
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Event was aimed for informing people about the real life conditions of Eritreans. Why people flee from Eritrea and how perilous their journeys are. Main speaker of the evening was Filmon who has escaped Eritrea himself.
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Hard to describe the feeling of being in the asylum center for people who had been forced to leave their homes for seeking security for themselves and their families. In Latvia most of the refugees are families with small children.
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Meetup gathered young people of various backgrounds and countries of origin. They all share the same situation of being in Latvia at the moment for uncertain period of time. Lacking communication with local youth is the main concern that builds the walls between locals and newcomers.
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13/7/2017
On 12th of July refugees discovered their green fingers by taking part in Garden Day organized in partnership with VA Caritas Užsieniečių integracijos programa.
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On June 11th, Lithuanians had the chance to get closer to refugees through firsthand witness and a 3D movie experience.
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Food is the one of the most unifying forces; it does bring people together. Furthermore cooking meanwhile sharing stories of the people and their countries made attendants not only experience the feelings, worries and happiness but come closer to each other, creating the atmosphere of a family dinner.
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Event gathered young people from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, China, Romania and Pakistan. In a beautiful Rāmava manor in Latvia. To work on common ideas in supporting refugees and asylum seekers by usage of social entrepreneurship model. How to involve and motivate young people from Baltic’s to be more entrepreneurial and engage in local level actions and increase civic society competences.
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Wind rushing through the branches of tall and mighty trees, the smell of grass after light rain and astounding Lithuanian natural beauty. What more could you ask for a picnic and excursion in Lithuanian forest?
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Last Wednesday, in a mystical place, called Ūksmė, refugees and youth had an opportunity to delve into art of … Art! Sounds strange at first, but the more you try to understand, the more amazing it sounds. Participants had absolute freedom in painting on the sidewalks with chalk, using markers on the walls and using crayons and other means possible to unleash their creativity.
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June came to an end but our summer events just started!
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Have you ever thought that a Chinese girl and a Czech guy could join their hands and make a delicious šaltibarščiai? And what about a french girl making tinginys?
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Languages, words, grammar... How boring can it be. But with different games it can be so easy to memorise many words in a special way!
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On June 22nd, Lithuanian Caritas organised an international picnic in Vilnius near the White Bridge. Both Lithuanians and foreigners gathered to the riverside to share food and have fun together. Amazing event for Integration, where our team had a chance to participate as well!
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Event for introducing refugees and asylum seekers with the most popular Latvian tradition – Midsummer day or in Latvian JĀŅI.
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Event with games, energizers and discussions about several countries and how they see the people from other cultures. Workshop gathered around 30 youngsters from the local municipality of Ogre in Latvia to explore the diversity. And talk about the integration in context of refugee topic.
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Event was held at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. Official speeches from the UNESCO representatives enriched the importance of the event and addressed the main concerns of the people who are forced to become refugees.
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'VA Caritas Užsieniečių integracijos programa" hosted a language café for refugees and foreigners that want to practice their Lithuanian.
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"I’ve met so many who have lost so much. But they never lose their dreams for their children or their desire to better our world. They ask for little in return – only our support in their time of greatest need" — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres
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Hiking trip was organized in order to establish closer relations and non-formal learning regarding the environment between local youth and refugee youth. Games were played and nature trails were explored. Weather was very nice as well, warm and sunny.
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Main topic of the event was to explain what exactly Ramadan is, why it is done and how it benefits the health. These were the topics presented and explained during the event.
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Sport activity, gathering Russian speaking immigrants/refugees from Ukraine and local youth of Riga. Playing volleyball in Riga suburban sport and leisure center was chosen for this activity.
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Mexican, Brazilian, Egyptian sharing their life stories and experiences after moving to live in Latvia.
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12/6/2017
Latvia is a very green country and people from southern countries are getting very excited by the vibrant colours of the nature here.
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Skills and practical knowledge is the key to success. Also handcrafting can be considered as a way for integrating and learning practical knowledge and people’s attitude in a foreign country.
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Sometimes you just do not follow the plans and instead you just go with the flow! Economical difficulties in Latvia are causing emigration from Latvia to other European countries with higher income level. Thus creating ‘’economical refugees’’. Thus now, when facing with the fact of refugees from conflict areas, coming to Latvia. The attitude from local society is negative.
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Movie evening, sharing experiences about Ukraine and importance of religions in connecting people.
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During this evening, we were glad to welcome people from different countries, religions and social backgrounds. The attendants had the opportunity to live the reality of Moroccan lifestyle, through the eyes of a local, but also from the point of view of a Latvian. The Moroccan man, named Mo, made the evening colorful while he was showing us all the different places – houses, buildings, side-seeing – someone can find in Morocco and his home town Sadi. The latvian lady, Vita, she also shared her photos and her enthusiasm about the weather and the hospitality of the people.
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Preparation for multiplier event started already on April 28, with a promotional event in the "Baltic International Academy" in Riga, where the topic of social entrepreneurship was outlined from the TRY (Together: Refugees & Youth) project. The academy is a leading educational establishment in Latvia, educating social workers who are the main target audience in solving social problems, including the current day issue of integrating refugees from Middle East and other regions of conflict zones. Next step towards the multiplier even was a press conference held on the 8th of June in Europe House, Riga. It showed once again, the fact that refugee integration in Latvia is a hard topic. The project, aims and objectives were presented once again.
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Greece is being used as a testing ground for degrading asylum policies that fall short of the democratic values Europe would normally uphold. The accord struck last year between Turkey and the EU has been praised in some quarters for having slowed arrivals into Europe and reduced deaths in the Aegean Sea, but NGOs say the reality on the ground is that the deal has prolonged and exacerbated human suffering.
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Alaa G Al Aridi is Lebanese residing in Lithuania. PhD candidate Public International Law department at Vilnius University, the Legal advisor of the Baltic & Arab Chamber of Commerce-Lithuania, Member at the United Nations Association of Lebanon, Board Member and the Legal Advisor of the Lebanese Youth Coalition Party (Liberal Political Party) , in addition to his membership in several NGOs.
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Emmanuel's story of how he went from Uganda to Ireland and finished up in Vilnius - shocking, but truly inspiring experiences!
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International training course about refugee integration for youth workers took place in Kaunas, Lithuania on 14-18 December. Participants from Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Cyprus, Ireland and Egypt took part. 
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We are pleased to invite you to a training event in Kaunas, Lithuania, which will focus on refugee integration through youth work. It is a part of a strategic Partnership, dubbed “Together: Refugees & Youth” (TRY). The project is funded by Erasmus+. 
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We have presented research on refugee integration in Lithuania. It got really much attention from youth workers and the media!
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