Reconnections Project – Reykjavik

Barka’s IS reconnections programme for the homeless Eastern European migrants in Iceland was started at the beginning of January 2017, following an invitation from the municipality of Reykjavik. Reconnections Programmes are financed by local municipalities. Barka IS helps homeless Polish and other Eastern European people not coping with life in Reykjavik to return to their home countries, either to enter rehab treatments, go back to their families, or to Barka Network programs (educational, creating work places) in Poland, or other organizations in Poland and other countries, which run reintegration programmes. Barka Network in Poland shows the perspective of helping to rebuild life from even worst circumstances.

Barka team in Reykjavik are: Jurek  and Magda. Jurek has a personal experience of homelessness and addictions, which he overcame. He successfully combated those difficulties, rebuilt his life within Barka Network programme in Poland and now is helping others.

Since the project has started we had 12 reconnections:
-first one took place in January
-the three of them took place in March
-fifth one took place in May
-sixth one in June
– one in July
– one in August
– four recnnecitons in September
50% of our beneficiaries decided to come back to their homeland went into the rehab centers and 59% are staying at Barka’s communities in Poland so far. Four of them reconnected and returned to the family (three in Poland and the other one in Lithuania)

Contact with Barka ÍSLAND team:

Magda i Jurek: