Yesterday, I learned of a wonderful program that seeks to facilitate the integration of refugee and migrant women in Auckland, New Zealand, called Cooking and Friendship.
The concept is simple. Bring together women from many different cultures and create an environment for raising cultural awareness through sharing skills and other social values.
In Auckland, woman from Somalia, Burma, Sri Lanka and many other cultures join with women who are long-time residents to share recipes, learn new cooking skills, improve their English and make new friends. The result has been enhanced confidence and self esteem for the women.
This is a great idea that could be replicated almost anywhere!