Kisz Misz - taste of integration

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Kisz Misz - taste of integration: Finding practical solutions for the successful integration of forced migrants in Poland.

Warszawa, PolandWarszawa
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Poland has no solutions for the long term integration of forced migrants. With no possibilities to support themselves, in fear of homelessness, often they decide to continue their migration to the richer countries of Europe. "Terra" is the first social cooperative that implement practical solution for this population through "Kisz Misz"a project of catering of indigenous dishes to Warsaw community and in future through ecological food production.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Over 10 000 people each year come to Poland from different parts of the World - fleeing from armed conflicts, persecution and violence in hope to find safety in Europe. After years of waiting in closed or open centers, some forced migrants receive refugee status. At this time they are faced with the uncertain future and almost an impossible challenge to integrate with the society at large, enter a job market and survive. The greatest problems with integration in Poland have most vulnerable of migrants: unaccompanied minors, victims of torture and violence, families with single parents and families with many children.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

KiszMisz's activity is production of dishes from different parts of the world. Offering to the citizens of Warsaw tasty meals will help earn living for some of the refugees and give the clients a good "taste" of their various cultures. It will help to alliviate homelessness and promote intercultural dialogue. The project will also benefit Polish society by promoting an open approach toward Warsaw multicultural society. At KiszMisz migrants from South-East Europe, Asia and Africa are couched and supported with specific trainings. They enter Polish job market in a way that meets their needs. They don't cook tasty dishes of oriental cuisines, but also take in creating ideas for new projects that we can work on together.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We met Nana and Sandra in detention center where they spent almost one year waiting for asylum. We first met them as psychologists. They suffered human rights violations in the African country before coming to Poland and we diagnosed them having PTSD and depression. Finally they got protection and work permits but had no jobs, we continued with their therapy but they did not make much progress with no social support and their basic needs met. After KiszMisz was set up we invited them to work with us. Yesterday they cooked for 150 people on opening of exhibition about Polish people in Africa in Ethnographic Museum of Warsaw. They started to earn money and have hopes for the future, And finally could feel a part of life in Warsaw.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

In future, as we will develop a well working business, we would like to implement our ideas in other Polish cities, where are not as many refugees and asylum seekers as in Warsaw. We think about creating a chain of bars/restaurants/catering companies, specialized in indigenous cuisines form different countries. We are also open for possibilities that some of our beneficiaries will be ready to open their own business, specializing in one, their own cuisine – in that case we would like to cooperate and couch them through that process. We would also like to cooperate with Offices of Employment and other state agencies also working with refugees and asylum seekers, to identify more people who could benifit from our project as it will spread.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

We have number of NGOs and also public institution Warsaw City Family Center who try to prepare forced migrants to enter labour market through providing courses but none provides them jobs and couch them throgh it until they can be self-supported. In effect many forced migrants have selection of courses finished but still have no job. The most difficult is the situation of single moms with many kids and severely traumatised people. By our unique approach we try to find solutions for each particular situation.
Team

Team

we have designed the project managemant team to be composed of people with variety of backgrounds and experiences of working together with forced migrants, while some of us come from business background, we have also on our team psychologists, foreign culture experts, fundraisers, culture practitioners - we all share concern for migrants and look for the successful solutions.
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