Refugee Project Maastricht
Volunteer-led organization connecting refugees, students, and local residents in Maastricht
Photo of Alejandro from Refugee Project Maastricht by: Olga Hesse
Refugee Project Maastricht is a volunteer-led organization that connects refugees, students, and local residents. It was founded in 2015 with the goal of building bridges and making people feel at home in Maastricht, no matter where they come from or how they got here. The organization encourages diversity, inclusion, solidarity, and intercultural understanding.
With over 100 volunteers and 1500 participants per month, the thriving community centre in the heart of the city hosts weekly activities for different age groups. Whether it is language cafes, mindful art sessions, music workshops or sports; Refugee Project Maastricht holds space to share skills and beliefs, to grow and to learn for everyone.
The engagement and mutual contribution to well-being within the community is a reminder that we all have the ability to make a positive impact on someone else’s life. Beyond that, it is vital to recognize the importance of human rights in everyday life as everyone deserves their rights to be respected, validated and encouraged. By empowering the community through acknowledgement of their integrity, skills, and knowledge, Refugee Project Maastricht contributes to an environment in which people can grow and learn from each other.
Written by: Marie Theis, with the support of Refugee Project Maastricht