The Humanitas project brings together women from different racial and cultural backgrounds to discuss the important circles of life through food. Women play a very important role in families and communities. They mould the lives of young children and influence the type of adults they become. Thus engaging with them, will help create a positive reaction to the diversity of ‘differences’ and ‘otherness’ we find in our society today.
Due to the Covid pandemic restrictions like many other organizations, we have to become innovative with the ways we work, to enable us achieve our goals. So to continue with what we believe to be a very unique project , we are inviting participants to virtual sessions of the project.
How does it work?
The project focuses on themes such as Love , Marriage, Child birth and Funerals. For each of the themes, we want participants to present a dish from their food culture that is significant to the theme. For example what food says love in your culture or what food is used for weddings. We will like you to make a short video clip introducing yourself and the food(s) you are presenting. We will like a small sample of this dish in your video and will reimburse you for the cost on submission of receipts.
Once we receive your video we will invite you to a virtual session with other women, to discuss the theme and also use the food to illustrates that different communities share similar dynamic cultural values
Sessions are grouped in different languages, so your presentation can be in Dutch, French or English
The Humanitas project is using food as a tool to bring women together; to build bridges between people and communities. We believe there is no socio-cultural tool suitable for starting conversations across cultures like food. We hope the shared values will show we are more alike than we believe.
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According to Brussels Times News outlet, over 1.2million people in Belgium have applied for temporary unemployment because of the Covid pandemic. Many more with low paid jobs which are not usually very secured, will also be greatly affected by this pandemic. Even those with seemingly stable economic status, have also felt the financial impact of this pandemic on their livelihoods.
Irrespective of one’s social and economic status, Christmas 2020 will not be the same as in previous years. We want to make the food security of our communities the focus of the 2020 Christmas festivities and also use the campaign to show resilient communities emerge in times of crisis, when people look out for each other.
We are initiating our FOOD SANTA Campaign from 15th December to 31st December 2020.
How does it work?
There are 2 ways one can be a part of this campaign;
1. Corporate participation: Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, many companies will no longer be holding their end of year festivities. Thus we are requesting Christmas donations of food boxes from companies for families that need support. Companies can decide what type of food to include in the boxes, although we suggest a variety of healthy non-perishable food. The boxes can have festive food too and small presents for kids, nothing ostentatious.
2. Individual participation: People can also donate food items or food boxes to us for those that need support or they can donate directly to the families.
For the Food Bridge vzw, the focus is always on initiatives that support communities while insuring food security, irrespective of race or background.
Running this campaign with our Helping Hand Project will need a lot of resources. If you will like to make a food donation or volunteer for this initiative, contact:
The Helping Hand Project