Back 2016 in Brussels, a group of citizens got involved in the welcoming newcomers (asylum seekers, refugees, undocumented people) in the wake of the reception crisis occuring in Belgium. In a context marked by a lack of inclusivity and meeting spaces, they got to witness just how difficult it can be for newcomers to actually meet and bond with the local population. Yet, having the possibility to develop social capital is essential to feel fully included in Brussels! It allows one to learn and practice a language, to discover the city and its culture, to access more professional or housing perspectives. Most of all, connecting with people is central to everyone's well-being and self-esteem!
SINGA's main goal is to facilitate those connections between newcomers and Brussels locals, through collective activities, duos (Buddies) and flatmateships. Those encounters have a potential to broaden opportunities for newcomers, and to enrich the Belgian society with a diversity where each and everyone finds a place to develop their own potential.
Comme A La Maison, création de colocations solidaires
Newcomers/locals groups of people meet around common passions, sport and cultural activities
SINGA's community headquarters! In this place reigns a strong energy. It is the perfect place to chat, meet, and play games in a cosy atmosphere.
Duos making between newcomers and locals to discover Brussels and the SINGA community
"CALM" (Comme A La Maison): French acronym for Make Yourself At Home, fostering refugees inclusion with inclusive flatsharing
OUR PROJECTS IN A NUTSHELL
Above all, SINGA is a Brussels-based multicultural community composed of professionals, artists, athletes, students, coming from all over the world and who are willing to know and understand one another. In an ever-more diverse society, SINGA offers opportunities to meet and develop new friendships, through weekly sports and cultural activities, through a Buddying project and through flatsharing. Most of all, SINGA offers a community life centered on solidarity, participation and connecting people.
At SINGA everyone can get involved, for a couple hours per week, per month or per year. You may have an empty bedroom to rent, you may want to join a soccer game, or play drums at a SINGA Bazar... Before you know it, you are changing somebody's day, or life!
SINGA signifie "lien" en lingala.
Né en France en 2012, SINGA est aujourd'hui un mouvement international présent dans de nombreux villes dans le monde !
EDUCATE & INFORM
SINGA raises awareness within the host society on the many ways in which immigration is a source of cultural and social wealth. We believe real-life encounters actively contribute to the dismantling of representations, stereotypes and prejudice towards asylum seekers and newcomers. Rather than caricaturing migration matters, SINGA seeks to broadcast comprehensive, reliable and useful information.
Connect newcomers with members of the host society. SINGA's true purpose is to connect people, and to contribute to a society that is more inclusive and solidary. To do so, SINGA creates opportunities for people to know and discover one another, and to learn how to live together in the best conditions.
Innovate through the search for new ways of tackling the obstacles newcomers often face. SINGA promotes an inclusive and egalitarian approach, enabling each and everyone to be an actor of change while supporting them in their individual projects