“Treasure Hunt” promotes the integration of newly arrived migrants

“Treasure Hunt” promotes the integration of newly arrived migrants

“Treasure Hunt” promotes the integration of newly arrived migrants

AIDGLOBAL organizes a “Treasure Hunt” to encourage integration and lead to the discovery of the Galinheiras neighborhood in Lisbon.

Last Saturday, November 12, the parish of Santa Clara was the scene of another initiative of the project “NEAR- NEwly ARrivedin common home”, in which about 44 newly arrived migrants, including refugees, community agents and university students from Iscte-IUL, from Congo, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Benin, Guinea and Ghana, were involved.

This meeting aimed to introduce Portuguese culture to the participants while discovering the neighborhood’s treasures. Cooperation, a sense of belonging and (re)discovery were the great guiding features of this lively morning.

From 10: 00 a.m. the participants began to meet at Largo das Galinheiras – a meeting point chosen to start the activity – and here they were divided into 4 teams to start this adventure. Always supported by an AIDGLOBAL member, the competing groups were guided by digital maps, through the Action Boundapp, which challenged them to solve quizzes and play activities for which they were awarded points.

As they walked and fulfilled the challenges proposed by the map, they got to know their team better and improved their performance in the different games that appeared to them along the way. As soon as they realized the existence of different characters, who waited for them in the four posts, the participants showed great enthusiasm to continue the proposed activities. Painting a Mural on the theme of interculturality under the guidance of a local artist and grafiter, singing verses of a song with a fado singer, learning to dance the Vira with a minhota and even racewalking a few meters, in honor of an Olympic champion resident in the place were the main challenges prepared so that all those who participated in this outdoor game felt more comfortable and predisposed to continue their integration process in Portugal.

The treasure hunt ended with the offer of lunch at the Dona Mimi restaurant. It was also here that the “Unconventional Map”, created throughout the project, was exposed and delivered — in an individual version — to each of those present.

The activity was closed with moments of animation and conviviality between everyone and, even though all the teams had fulfilled the challenges, an award was given to the one who added more points. Each of the winners took home a plant, as a symbol of the creation of a new life, which can only be built with love, patience and care. Hence, the great closure motto was: “to create new roots”.

The realization of this initiative was only possible thanks to the collaboration of the Visual Artist and Grafitter, Rui Ferreira aka RAF, the Fado singer Marcelo Costa, the Olympic champion Fumilay Fonseca, and the producer and video editor, Miguel Marques of MuseMotion contributed to the success of this “Treasure Hunt”.

AIDGLOBAL thanks all of them, grateful.

NEAR – NEWLY ARrived in a common home” is a European project financed by the European Commission, within the scope of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) with the ISMU Foundation as a promoter and as partner entities Tamat, CARDET, the AIDGLOBAL and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

In Portugal, this project is being developed in the Lisbon.