Asylum Seekers

Statement of accommodation for refugees
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in” (Matthew 25)

I just want to take a minute to create awareness of a particular need in our area. Some of you may have seen that your communes are now asking if you have space to house a refugee as a paying tenant. What you may not be aware of though, is that this is a critical aspect of a refugee’s ability to integrate and become productive. Since without a private address, a refugee who has been given a permis to stay in Switzerland cannot re-enter French language courses, be eligible for other state funded training or enter into employment. Therefore, it is critical for them to find a place to live in order to be a productive member of our society.

The Swiss government provides roughly 600 to 650 francs per month, directly to the landlord, for a studio apartment. However, refugees are typically discriminated against by landlords and find it extremely difficult for many reasons to be able to secure their own housing. So I am reaching out to you to see if you are able to consider this or know of someone who might be able to help. As you may know, we do work with a number of them in our area and some of us can vouch for their integrity. So if you are interested or know of anyone who might be, please speak with Anne Dyer to learn more. Anne herself has welcomed Abel into her home and knows more of the details to help you make an informed decision.

Clothing
In good condition (mainly casual) for young men, along with shoes, belts, hats, scarves, gloves and wallets. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Dyer on 022 369 11 17. Thank you!

Mama Africa
Mama Africa in Gland is closing down April 1st but Mama Africa 2 in Nyon will remain open. We will still be contributing to the vestiaire in Nyon.

Could you help serve a meal on just one or more evenings between now and June in Nyon?
A local restaurant is providing a meal once a month for 50 asylum seekers in Nyon and volunteers are needed to set up, welcome, serve, clear up, etc.  The remaining dates are May 10th and June 7th and the place is the basement of Westlake Church. If you could help with one or more of the meals, please speak to Carolyn email  or Joy email , or contact Cathy Overly directly email .

European Refugee Crisis
Please find an article on the European Refugee Crisis, written by Duane Poppe, a member of our church. This summary follows the discussions and outcomes of a recent conference on the crisis, which brought together governments, NGOs and faith-based organisations.

Secondly, if you would like to know more about how to help locally with refugees, there is another file explaining what is going on in the La Côte area.

Finally, Duane has also provided a sample letter should you wish to contact your political representative / MP concerning the refugee crisis.

 

 

Need help with odd jobs or in the garden?
Strong, hard-working, trustworthy young men (Eritrean refugees) available on a regular or casual basis, no job too small. Have work permits, accident insurance, and references.  Contact:  Joy email  and Duane Poppe email  for recommended rates and availability: Or Laura Lafortune email .