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Organisation for Friendship in Diversity

5th April 2014

NEWSLETTER WHO IS OFd? The Organisation for Friendship in Diversity (OFD) is a youth-led NGO working with children, youth and adults from local and migrant communities, to foster a respect for diversity and promote social inclusion. Founded in early 2009, the objective of OFD’s members has been to help cultivate friendship amidst diversity through cultural understanding.

WHAT WE DO + ORGANIZE free activities for children from all backgrounds + CREATE neutral spaces for different children and youths to meet, share, play, learn and have fun!

Dear friends... April 2014 marks OFD‘s 5th year of activity! This year has much in store for all of us. We‘ve come a long way since 2009 and with the launch of our very first newsletter we aim to keep you updated on all the interesting and fun stuff that is going on now and will take place each month. With the start of office hours in our new little den, a growing team and 5 running projects, lots of exciting challenges await! Keep in touch! The Team

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Supporting the cultural and social integration of asylum seekers and refugees in Malta. Promote sustainable solutions such as language classes, creative activities in the living environment and moral support in Open Centres, based on solidarity and equality.

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+ INVOLVE young volunteers in creative projectwork + ENABLE an impactng experience for young volunteers, children and families alike + COMBAT stereotypes before they are created

+ LOBBY and ADVOCATE for change in migration and human rights policy

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Sports and Learni ng Community Engagement

Financed by UN HCR Malta, OFD will help young Hal Far residents organise sports activities, and carr y out resear ch on access to sports in Malta.


Organisation for Friendship in Diversity

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES + 28th April - 3rd May OFD Volunteer Recruitment + 26th April InteraACT - Marsa Open Day

SUPPORT As OFD approaches the closure of accounts for 2013 we continue to work for funds and grants for 2014 and beyond to continue to provide all our activities for Free. This year the Summer Camp in particular will not benefit from EU funding so we are exploring different avenues. It is in times like these where your participation at future fundraisers and donations are warmly welcome. Keep your eyes peeled for the launch of our website, online donation facility, and OFD shop, with the opportunity of purchasing cool knick knacks and ordering Photo prints.

+ 9th April 7.30 pm onwards OFD Offive Drinks + 9th - 13th April Visit from European Playwor- kers Association + 17th April - Kids Day Out + OFD‘s 5th Year Anniversary Celebrations Also keep your eyes peeled for the next Football tournament organised Sports and Learning Community Engagement component of the UNHCR funded Age, Gender, Diversity Mainstreaming project. OFD is also supporting

VOLUNTEER PROFIL Name: Age: Country:

Cristina Martinez Collado 31 years Spain

Why did you choose to volunteer with OFD?

I was interested in volunteering with children from different nationalities and I liked that the project looked well organised

I have learned...

that the migrant children we work with are really independent, mature and self confident. I also learned how even the youngest children don´t feel there is a diference between race, skin colour or origin.

What was the most memorable moment so far?

The last day we did had group games, and after that we started to give them the diplomas for participating in the Summer Camp. We were all seated on the stairs and it was very nice to see how the majority of them were really nervous and excited to hear their name and go up and take their diploma.

What would you say to a potential volunteer to convince them to join us?

It´s an unforgettable experience and very enriching on all levels. I think in several cases volunteers enjoy it more than children, as in those two weeks volunteers become children again through their smiles.

10th and 11th May

Join us! IMPRESSUM Organisation for Friendship in Diversity 12, Triq Il-Kaffis SWQ 2361 Ta‘ L-Ibrag Malta VO/0279 Fon E-Mail

+356 2703 4255 /+356 9984 0896 info@ofd.org.mt

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