Their names are Claudine and Madeleine. The first one came from Jacmel (Haiti) and the second one is from Kinshasa (DRC). They’re both social street workers. Together for the whole month of July, they discovered in Brussels and in 2 other cities of Wallonia, the reality of Belgian social street work.
Who are the interns ?
Claudine is a street nurse in her country and is also volunteering in the National Platform of Street and Community Workers of Haiti (the Planatruch). She works in Jacmel, located less than 100km from Port-au-Prince, the capital city.
Madeleine is a social street worker at the Social Street Work Support Committee (the CATSR). As part of her work, she’s helping children in street situation in Kinshasa and tries to get them back to school.
The internship’s program
Funded by WBI, the Belgian public institution for international relations, their trip gave them the opportunity to meet many actors from Belgian social work. They could also visit different organizations such as AMOs (youth assistance), community houses, or the NGO Médecins du Monde.
In Brussels, Dinant and Liège they have talked with people of various ages, backgrounds and/or communities : young people, migrants, sex workers and have even received an introduction to capoeira thanks to Braz, a street worker from Molenbeek (Brussels) !
*Photograph : Madeleine (on the left) and Claudine (on the right) at Dynamo International