6 January 2016
SOAS students have launched a new project in London to help to settle incoming refugee families from Syria. Through sport sessions, cultural events and translation services, the students will be helping twenty Syrian refugee families who have recently been housed by the London borough of Camden
The project, Camden Cares, was initiated under the ParliaMentors programme, a UN award-winning leadership enterprise which offers a platform for university students to effect social change in their communities under the guidance of MPs and Peers. The SOAS undergraduates behind the project are Emmanuel Etuh (Law), Ramie Farag (Law), Raphael Gregorian (Economics and History), Mounir Haddad (Law) and Nazgol Kafai (Law and Social Sciences).
Mounir commented: “There is no other institution in the UK that houses this many Arabic speaking and learning students so we wanted to take advantage of this”. The founders of Camden Cares have used SOAS’ expertise to engage with refugees in areas that are commonly overlooked, as the scheme involves activities that encourage familiarity with the language and culture in London. Events will also include a tour of Arsenal stadium and a trip to the London Zoo over the course of 2016.
Etuh also highlighted: “The resources at SOAS are unlimited because so many people are studying Arabic as part of their degrees”. SOAS holds a wide range of courses not offered anywhere else in the UK and the School has a long history of sending uniquely skilled graduates into the world in order to make a visible difference.
Camden Cares receives support from 3 Faiths Forum (3FF), 02 Think Big and Arsenal Hub, which is a community advancement incentive run for adults and children in Islington.
If there are any Arabic speakers who are interested in getting involved or volunteering their skills to the project, please contact Raphael on 593797