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Writing contest – report from the first meeting!

On 30 April at the Hoover Square the first meeting from the cultural-entertainment series dedicated to Africa and implemented on the occasion of an all-Poland writing contest “Africa is a continent in the shape of the human heart” took place. The contest is organized by the Foundation for Somalia in cooperation with Stowarzyszenie LiteRacje, the Faculty of Polish Philology at the University of Warsaw and the publishing company Weltbild.

During the meeting the ambassador of the foundation for Somalia, a journalist and a photographer Konrad Piskała, shared his impressions from an incredible journey to Africa during which he gathered materials for his book. Konrad presented photos from the journey, described the unusual people he met and the places he saw. He told the audience about the current situation in the capital of Somalia – Mogadishu. Elmi Abdi, a Somali who has been living in Poland for years, described how he landed up in our country.

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Secondary school students from Nowe Miasto nad Pilicą meet Somalia

On 25 April 2012 the team of our foundation visited the Secondary School of General Education in Nowe Miasto nad Pilicą. Elmi Abdi and Aleksandra Lauk talked about the history of Somalia, its current situation and humanitarian aid in the Horn of Africa. Students got to know about the education of children in Somalia, in which there has been a civil war since the 90’s. During the second part of the meeting a Somali Assli Hassan read a fragment of the Koran – the holy book of Islam and dressed up volunteers in traditional Somali outfits. Elmi Abdi with his short drumming concert encouraged students to learn to play drums.

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Afrykamera

Afrykamera 2013On 19-26 April in Kinoteka in Warsaw VII AfryKamera – African Film Festival took place. The films within the festival were also presented in other Polish cities, e.g. Gdańsk, Kraków, Białystok, Poznań, Lublin, Wrocław and Katowice.

During the festival the audience had an opportunity to get to know the culture of the incredible continent Africa from various perspectives, as in this year’s edition of the festival apart from films directed by the Africans also documentaries of Polish directors were presented. The best Polish artists were awarded within an event “Nasz Afrykański Obiektyw. I Afropolskie Nagrody Filmowe”. Two awards were given: audience award and jury award.

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Stories in the rhythm of Africa

We invite you for a series of cultural and entertainment meetings devoted to Africa. The guest of the first meeting will be the ambassador of the Foundation for Somalia, a journalist and a photographer Konrad Piskała.

The meetings are implemented on the occasion of an all-Poland writing contest “Africa is a continent in the shape of the human heart” organized by the Foundation for Somalia in cooperation with Stowarzyszenie LiteRacje im. Tadeusza Boya-Żeleńskiego, the Faculty of Polish Philology at the University of Warsaw and the publishing house Weltbild.

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Information and Integration Centre for Refugees

Our main aim is to help refugees and immigrants staying in the territory of Warsaw and its surroundings. The Information and Integration Centre for Refugees, with its seat in the office of the Foundation for Somalia, is led by a team of experts supported by volunteers (including: a legal advisor, a career advisor, a cultural mediator, translators/interpreters and teachers).

The experts implement activities of educational and informative character directed both to persons applying for the refugee status and under international protection (Polish language courses, legal advice, career advice, informative brochures, etc.). Within the project also integration workshops will be taking place.

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