11th August 2016

What does it mean to be a refugee?

Why would someone leave their home and make what is often a dangerous journey to a new country?

What can we do to help refugees settle in our communities?

These were some of adar honour leadersthe questions around 60 young people wrestled with at the BUC Pathfinder Camporee as they completed their ADRA Refugee Resettlement honour.

This was the first time the honour has been taught in Britain and the sessions were led by a team from ADRA-UK comprising Programmes Officer Milimo Ninvalle, and volunteers Audrey Mutongi and Tarrick Haynes. The aim of the honour was to help the Pathfinders gain an informed view about the refugee crisis and think of ways their clubs could help refugees in their community resettle and integrate.

The first part of the honour involved the Pathfinders discovering more about refugees; who they are, the reasons they become refugees, the journey they take, and the legal challenges they face. More than one Pathfinder commented that there appeared to be a gap between what they read and heard in the media, and what they were being told by people with experience working in the field. They may have also been a little more sympathetic due to the fact they were staying in tents and at the mercy of the elements and not home in comfortable beds!

Britain has pledged to help adra honour volunteerresettle 20,000 refugees by 2020 (although only a few thousand have been accepted so far), so the next stage of the honour was to work out what the Pathfinders could do together as clubs to make a difference in their communities. A number of good ideas were put forward, and many of the Pathfinders liked the idea of finding a way to bridge the cultural gap through sports.

It was great to see that some of the clubs were already responding to the needs of refugees in their neighbourhood.

If you think your club could benefit from this new honour, contact ADRA-UK who are encouraging all clubs to participate in this award programme, and they will be happy to share teaching resources for the honour.

ADRA-UK is part of the ADRA network which is responding to the refugee crisis in Europe. It is now estimated that there are over 44,000 refugees in northern Greece so the migrant crisis is not over.

The ADRA network is on the adra refugee resettlement honourground working in three refugee camps in Greece; Petra Olympou, Herakles and Nireas, where they are assisting with hygiene awareness, counselling, translation service, primary healthcare, and shelter and food distribution for over 1,500 migrants and displaced people.

If you wish to help you can donate online and help us to continue to offer aid and assistance to these refugees.

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