SIVO Project: Helping Asylum Seekers

As of February 2016, there were approximately 1,950 asylum-seekers living in 12 asylum centres in Canton Lucerne. Two hundred and ninety-eight of them are in the City of Lucerne. Their situation is uncertain. Their days are only somewhat structured. They have little if no social contact with average citizens.

In March 2016, the government office responsible for asylum-seekers and refugees in Canton Lucerne approved SIVO’s proposal to organise a few regular activities in some of the larger temporary shelters. These activities will target minors who are alone and mothers with young children.  

SIVO is currently looking for volunteers who would like to spend 2 hours per week to:

  • lead a playgroup session with mothers and young children
  • host a coffee and games afternoon with young kids ages 8 to 17
  • accompany a group of young kids for an outing in the City
  • take a group of kids for a sport day

Please join us to make them feel welcome, safe and supported while they wait for their applications to be assessed. Together we can give them a little hope for their future! If you would like to volunteer for this project, please contact Evelin Bermudez.

What is SIVO?

The Swiss International Volunteer Organisation (SIVO) is a non-profit organisation founded in January in 2016. The main objective of SIVO is to assist international people in their integration process by providing them with volunteer work opportunities where they can make a positive contribution to their communities as well as to acquire new social, professional and German skills.

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