I was also saved from having to explain how to make fifteens in French which helped. Having an SB Overseas volunteer to translate into Arabic and Dari was extremely advantageous. The youth had lots of questions and were eager to learn about different cultures. It was amazing how motivated they were. The activity was so successful that we repeated it again in a different centre two weeks later. My family certainly wasn’t complaining about the abundance of fifteens.
Coronavirus has changed the nature of meetings and workshops for us all. I am now entirely familiar with the frustrations of zoom meetings. However, using zoom has also been advantageous for teaching IT skills to the youth in the centres, an extremely beneficial skill for integrating in today’s increasingly online world.
Sharing a favourite childhood treat via the internet with a group of patient, kind and motivated boys was definitely a highlight of 2020. We must continue to connect with one-another despite lockdown and to share moments of joy. We at SB Overseas are so pleased that we have managed to build a bridge to communicate with refugees in these centres and that we have continued this line of communication during a pandemic. We hope that it will soon be possible to have more of these connections in person to strengthen their integration into Belgian society.