Transferring knowledge in the agro-livestock field to disadvantaged and vulnerable groups is the aim of rACCOGLIAMO, a project which started at the beginning of March and which consists of a training course focused on the sharing of responsibilities between local residents, mostly elderly, and the beneficiaries of the project: 5 asylum seekers hosted in the accommodation center of the Municipality of Solero and 5 unemployed individuals from Solero.
The initiative, developed by Eri in collaboration with the “Amici di Solero” Association, which has deep roots in the community, and the San Perpetuo parish, includes different types of activities: poultry farming, compost production and vegetable farming according to the growing season. Thanks to the close cooperation with the “Amici di Solero” Association and the Parish, elder local farmers and members of the Association and parishioners has been involved in tutoring and mentoring activities to support the beneficiaries of the project. For the realization of the project, the Municipality of Solero has made available, free of charge, the necessary land for the vegetable farming, the poultry farming and the production of humus (the so-called worm farming).
The young people involved in the project mainly have a Central-African origin and are aged between 18 and 25 years. Other than them, a group of individuals belonging to the most vulnerable groups of the local community will take part in the project.
rACCOGLIAMO originates from the desire to offer concrete possibilities of inclusion and economic and social independence to disadvantaged people living in the Municipality of Solero: through the social and occupational integration of participants, Eri wants to promote an improved perception in the population of the foreign presence, also thanks to the acquisition of vocational skills and a proactive approach that goes far beyond the mere assistance. The active involvement of the local population is a valuable knowledge and mutual recognition tool.
The activities included in the project aim to contribute to the livelihood of the people involved, as well as the selling of the resulting products locally, in the markets which are held regularly in the area. The professional skills acquired by the beneficiaries will be spent in the eventual creation of a social micro-enterprise.
For some of the individuals involved this is the first professional experience in Italy, for others it is an effective way to enter the job market, feeling a real part of the local social fabric again. The project proposal has been made, according to a networking logic, consistently with the actions already developed by Eri the territory.