"Seeking utopias that every so often you realize". "I don't do this trade, I am in charge of libraries, in particular, I try to build libraries welcoming," explains Antonella Agnoli, of the Association of Families Welcoming of Bologna. "I try to cultivate utopias that every so often you realize". The association was established in December of 2018. The cooperative with which they were working, Antonella and other people has reported that a series of foreign guys would be entered in the "project uncertainty" because of the Decree Salvini. "We were all worried," recalls Antonella Agnoli. "We said to ourselves: we must do something. For some strange reason we became immediately very popular in Italy".
How did the idea for the first problem, the house. So the families cosy have decided to buy the page of a national newspaper. "We are the ones that if they are taken to their house", was the text of the advertisement. Today, there are families comfortable in all of Italy, the volunteers who take care of foreign students, associations that deal with the housing problem. But how was this idea born? It all started from the initiative of thirty families are very different, a social and cultural level. "We are without children, we have a large house in the centre of Bologna," says Agnoli. "A family was formed by a lady, that is a separate the room of the daughter who lives in London was free." "The guys coming are all still at our house," says Antonella. "what are we, 16 years old, has been asked to do theatre, to share with other guys. Now he is doing the university. They have an oral culture with a different learning ability, often they learn to memory and reading a book is very difficult".
Because they are not yet out of the houses that host them? "The biggest problem is to find a home," explains Antonella. "They also found work. Perhaps they could find a home in the Apennines, out of the belt bolognese: but then they would not have to go to work". In fact, the families welcoming bolognesi are present in the four tables of work with the Municipality of Bologna, and the table main work has been on the house. Agreement was reached with Banca Etica, a fund of 10 thousand euro, thanks to microcredit. "We will go on the rental market normal, to not go in contrast with the popular houses and the rankings, and we need to ensure six months of the deposit". It must be said that the gentrification does not make it easy to search for a house, and it is also a problem for students.
Also in Rome, there are families comfortable. families comfortable are also found in Lazio region, Rome: the Association is called WINGS, which stands for Hospitality Integrated Free. Maddalena Grechi, the president, and Lodovico Mariani have a sensitivity and a particular experience, having worked in the international Cooperation, and having had the opportunity to meet with migrants and refugees both in countries of origin and in Italy. "We realized that a climate that was starting to tighten in 2017," he says Maddalena Grechi. "I had the opportunity to follow a theatre made by the refugees, where there was a guy who was in need of a accommodation, and we decided to support it. It's become a consistent regular at our house: we adopted him. But you came here, of age, out of the reception system. He is in particular need of human relationships, something that is usually in the reception system is not expected."
And sometimes everything turns into true co-existence. In some cases, the relationship is cohabitation, in other cases, it is related more to the support in legal issues, still others in the help to the study. It was asked Maddalena Grechi if there were problems, or negative reactions to their choice. "I think that everything is always linked to the knowledge - discuss - the guy that we elected to his family, the first times that he went out and came by the house with their own keys, has aroused some suspicion. Had been stolen something in the garden, and somebody said: "we saw a guy enter and exit. We have said: but that is our child." "I believe that fear and distrust are natural, but also the daughters of the climate that we have experienced in the last few years," says Maddalena.
Unprecedented, even among those who say "First italians". "But I see a lot of cracks opening. Also, who says, “before italians”, then also says “but I work with a tunisian, he is good, he's nothing to do”. It's always the unknown that scares you, but when you have a personal relationship changes everything. It's one of those experiences where parties with the idea of helping someone, but you end to be the one who is helped, who is enriched by the experience". "I do it for my children," says the president. "And where there are children, the integration process is very fast."
actions stronger than words. The work is bigger than the one against the neighbor, who is out of the projects, but sees the reality every day," he adds. We want to demonstrate with actions and not with words, that coexistence is possible". It is a path full of satisfaction. "The larger ones are when you realize that the guys can move independently, and when they achieve results," he explains. "Their history is complicated, painful, traumatic, and here are the obstacles the giants in the bureaucracy, it is difficult to have in hand a document, open a bank account, have a contract for regular work, to rent a room. Are all the goals that we share with them," says Maddalena.
Parma students and foreigners in co-housing. But there are many companies that are trying to find solutions, especially at the level of living. Tandem is a project of the Ciac, Parma-born in 2016. "In many projects related to the Sprar, we realized how the construction of meaningful relationships had remained somewhat in the background," explains Chiara Marchetti of the Ciac. "And we thought that the building of social links between refugees and italians could not be left to spontaneity and chance". Parma is a university town, there are many people who come from outside and are not able to take root in the territory. "The idea was to experiment with cohabitation and co-housing between students and foreigners," explains Chiara Marchetti.
Responses to cultural and political co-existence. "We used three flats in three years, hosting more than 40 kids who have not had to pay anything." "The life is not said to be the bearer of future relationships lasting", reflects Chiara Marchetti. "Thinking about how small numbers of people live together, we can hope that these experiences, at least in the palace, can also spread to other subjects. Today, more than ever, it is necessary to give answers not only educational, but cultural and political coexistence. There is only one answer to the well-being of the people; it thus becomes urgent to give an answer to those who are excluded to the reception building.
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