Huiling, in Beijing, is one of the few Chinese NGOs dedicated to mentally challenged teen-agers and elders. It takes care of them mainly through the study of the basics for daily indipendence (Cooking, cleaning, going to the market, etc.) and art theraphy.
But also by teaching to the youngers languages, back-office and craftwork jobs, so as to let them self-empower. It also organizes family-houses and flats co-sharings in different locations around China.
Camp Nr. 4
Summer 2012. This is Camp Number Four, a Kachin refugee camp in Laying, tiny town along the border between the Chinese Province of Yunnan and Myanmar.
Laying's inhabitants - mainly women, kids and elders exaping from war - are not sick and do not suffer from hunger. But their condition is undoubtedly miserable, liminar and extremely precarious.
Mainland China's refugee camps are never declared to the United Nations. Therefore, even if the local governments organize help chains for these persons, the unofficial status of these groups of Kachin casts them away from civil society. They perpetually liva in a legal limbo, where there is no protection by UNHCR. They have no right to claim their refugee status and have no channce to claim the principle of non-refoulement, hence they easily end up trapped in the net of every kind of illegal activity present between the two borders (sexual slavery, drug trafficking, brides and slaves market, etc.).
L'Avventura di Latta
From an idea by the well-known Neapolitan artist and designer Riccardo Dalisi, the L'AVVENTURA DI LATTA, a workshop in the historic center of Naples, where refugees and migrants can learn how to work poor metals to produce fine art objects of design...
The Social Carnival of Naples
The "Social Carnival" was born over 30 years ago in Scampia, Naples (Italy), thanks to the Maestro Felice Pignataro and his GRIDAS.
It is a practice of active citizenship that had a constant growth during the last decade, when numerous official and unofficial neighborhood committees and activist groups from below flowered around town and growingly followed his art education model. Now there are more than 30 different associations and groups of citizens organizing volunteer workshops for children and families on Winter days, so as to prepare the numerous Carnival parades that cross the most symbolic places of town every year.
The "Social Carnival" has become a new tradition, born from social activism - a "popular" one - which highlights the instances for social claims, "giving voice to the instances of those who normally have less and whose voice is never heard. Children born in vulnerable contexts, migrants and their families, unemplied workers' families, etc., they all become protagonists of their territorial communities for one day...
Chi ROM e Chi No
CHI ROM E CHI NO is an association for social promotion, that was born in Scampia (Northern suburb of Naples), in 2002.
It is rooted in the territory and its mission is to create significant relationships between the local Roma camp and the Italian community, through mainly pedagogical interventions.
It works in the suburbs as a place for the experimentation and sharing of good practices.