Playing games isn't only for children and sports are meant for all. Beyond having fun, Games from Around the World (GAW) will encourage better integration in our communities here in The Netherlands. It is designed to explore local Dutch and continental games and sports which cut across cultures. Playing these games and sports will open our eyes to how many traditional games are similar to those in different countries.
Secondly the unique games can reveal the beauty of people's cultural identity, and help people who are finding it difficult to integrate or make friends, to be able to use this medium to overcome these challenges. We hope that everyone can play, meet new people, discover new things, and remember good old days from their countries or origin, which they can have here in The Netherlands.
"I do believe that playing these games will help us to remember that first and foremost, we are human (...)" - Miracle Uche C. (Chairperson of UID)
We would like to thank again for everyone who joined us and made it a successful event! Also, a big thank you to our volunteers, donors, partner organisations and sponsors like Jumbo Supermarkten and WIJDOENMEE.NU Trefpunt Vliethage Stichting Mooi Escamp IVluchtelingenWerk Nederland VluchtelingenWerk Zuidwest-NederlandShe Matters!
Watch the best moments from our last big event this year and experience the beauty of how sports can help to build bridges among people even without speaking a common language! No matter of age, gender or cultural background we all had fun together, worked as a team to win games, shared an amazing multicultural food and laughed and cheered during the Tug of Peace.
“GAW is an amazing event that brings people together. I have been to other integration events in Amsterdam, but the events organised by Unity in Diversity are very different because they are organised by young people. The team is very nice and Miracle is amazing – every time she sees me she laughs. UID brings together very nice people and I hope they will organise more events – either like this or (something to) do with storytelling. At the end of the day, I even made a new friend, so you can also write that down.”
“I was a French professor in Syria. GAW is different from the Integration Chatroom in a way that it gives you a better opportunity to meet new people since it’s a very open space. I came here with my friends, the food was very nice and these events are important because you can create relationships with new people. I want to keep working on my Dutch skills so I can get a good job. ”
One of the most colourful corners during the Games from Around the World event was set up by Hala from Syria.
Upon approaching the table, you were engulfed by the amazing colours of crochet designs, and the warm smiles she shared with the attendees who gathered around her table to ask about her crafts.
When asked about her life she retreated;
“We would be here for days if I would talk about my life story…”
So, we talked about her passion, about her little crochet project which she started back in 2013 while living in Dubai. She always liked to create something and her friends in the Emirates, both Syrian and Emiratis, have supported and encouraged her to share her creations with the public. Her first debut on the market place turned out to be a success. Since then, she has turned her passion into a blooming Instagram business.
When she is stitching together a doll or an item, she does not just create a new item for sale, but she is placing her heart into the whole process.
Her motto is “handmade items made with love for you and for your loved ones”.
Hala has arrived in the Netherlands in 2015, where she has been trying to set up her business as well. However, as Hala stated, “to start here is really hard, not like in Dubai…some help about how to start a business would be really good”.
Hopefully, Hala will find a way to reach the stars with her business in the Netherlands as well.
Feedback from Hala about GAW:
“These events are good platform to grow.” (the business)
“Not many people know about the event.”