Niloufar Gharavi and Melina Hozhabri

@home in trasition

@home in trasition

Today 80 million people are displaced. Every day, an additional 28,300 are force to flee due to conflict and persecution. This project is the story of how tackling these common afflictions brought two migrant girls from Iran together.

The project, which was their master’s project at AHO, was shaped by their shared backgrounds, hopes, pains and skills. It was not only a school project, but a real-life concern to both of them.

The project is not about a singular or multiple problem-solving project, but about working together with a situation rather than defining problems to solve. The aim of the project was to create a different state of mind within the context of transition and to influence the social system with participatory approaches as a fundamental element of dignified reception.

By capacity building and raising self-awareness, the project is meant to motivate asylum seekers to recall their competences and wishes towards self-efficacy which affect every area of human endeavour by determining the beliefs a person holds regarding his or her power to affect situations. Consequently, the process of recalling, planning and taking collective actions based on available resources inside the reception centre, builds dignity, self-esteem and self-reliance among people. Such approaches could lift mitigating tensions and conflict in the reception facility and build bridges between different groups.

In addition, the inhabitants of each centre would co-develop towards a self-initiated future based on their abilities and hopes. This achievement will also remove the false hope of necessarily ending up in the host country and enrich their abilities to bring them broader horizons regardless of the decision the authorities make about their future.

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