So is this section only aimed at professionals?
Yes and no. First and foremost, it is true that the information is primarily aimed at the authorities, professional organisations and asylum centre staff. However, there are also elements that are aimed directly at refugee parents and thus also at children and young people – and in over 30 languages! In this way, centre staff can also make this information directly accessible to families in asylum centres: simply, online and in their mother tongue.
Do you also collaborate with other NGOs on this specific section?
There is certainly a “with each other”, yes. That also makes sense in this area. We don’t only want to draw attention to our services, but also to the work of others in important areas such as mental health. For example, we have a calendar of events in which we draw attention to events, also from other organisations, on the topic of asylum and migration. This is an important service for professionals.
What’s the “next big thing” from your team?
We are currently in the middle of the second Covid-19 wave in Switzerland. In this situation, we have developed a new product: the so-called quarantine box. Unfortunately, it is the case that – as is the case everywhere – families have to be quarantined in many asylum centres. In the centres, families are then usually only in one bedroom, which is not designed for families with children to be in there for up to 10 days – without being allowed to leave the room. The idea of the quarantine box is that we provide the asylum centres with a range of different toys, craft materials and instructions (based on our learn and play kitfrom the spring). This way, families with children receive age-appropriate games and activity instructions in their rooms and the children still have something to do during this time.