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 7 reconnections:
-first one took place in January
-the three of them took place in March
-fifth one took place in May
-sixth the last one in June
– and the last one in July.
72% of our beneficiaries decided to come back to their homeland went into the rehab centers and 43% are staying at Barka’s communities in Poland so far. Two of them reconnected and returned to the family (one in Poland and the other one in Lithuania)
Contact with Barka ÍSLAND team:
Magda i Jurek:
- Tel: Magda +354 767 47 55 (PL, EN) Jurek + 354 782 02 68 (PL)
- Magda’s email: email@example.com
- Jurek’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org