Working mainly with North African families, we offer support to families living in poverty, so that their children can stay in school, have nutritious food, find reasonable accommodation and help with papers. Our focus is on women from Morocco and Algeria who have experienced domestic violence and are in need of safety and support as they raise their children.

Background

St Josse Ten Noode is one of the poorest areas in Belgium, with many of Brussels' estimated 100,000 people living without papers making it their home. The area has many immigrants from Turkey, Morocco and Algeria who are often struggling with poverty and risks of exploitation.

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What we do

Oasis Belgium works with the vulnerable children of refugees, asylum seekers and families struggling with poverty in the centre of Brussels, helping them to stay in school and providing food. We particularly support mothers from Morocco and Algeria who have experienced violence and need safety and support while they raise their children. As well as helping the children, the project also works with their parents, helping them to regularise their papers, and then find contract work. It is a long-term project, which believes that the care of the children means a holistic approach to stabilising the entire family.

The work began with helping families and children in one of the biggest squats in Europe, but when the police raided this squat and most of the families had to move to temporary homeless shelters or other makeshift accommodation, Oasis Belgium began helping them to find new accommodation and to support the children in school. 

One North African woman with a eighteen month old child was violently evicted from the squat where she was living, and faced life on the streets during winter. The project was able to find her a shared flat to live in and helped her feed herself and her child.

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