fostering social bridges

Projects focused on building bonds beyond borders

Decisions at a crossroad

 

HOM’s street campaign, Decisions at a Crossroad, aims to shed light on the harsh realities refugees encounter on their journey towards protection. Inviting people to spin this wheel encourages everyone to actively reflect on how solidarity and human rights can transform EU policies for a more compassionate world.

Step by Step

HOM worked as a distributor on the donation of more than two hundred pairs of sneakers throughout seven organizations that support and/or host refugees in the Porto district. English charity Sal’s Shoes idealized the distribution, while the shoes were produced by TOFEL, a Portuguese company in Porto. HOM’s volunteers took care of picking up the shoes from TOFEL, contacting organizations and distributing the shoes according to each entities’s needs.

Humanity Has no Borders

 

2023’s Refugee Week marked HOM’s first street campaign, which focused on spreading compassion and creating a space for dialogue in which we could discuss refugee rights together. On the main streets of Oporto and Lisbon, Portugal, passersby could look into a mirror to find messages of humanity and calls to action, and were invited to collect and share hand-made flowers with messages of hope inside.

Breaking Borders Through Art

BBTA is a project that aims to bring together what art and human rights have in common, bringing together artists with migrants. The artistic products were auctioned and the funds reverted to the NGO ForRefugees.

UNTOLD


UNTOLD is a virtual exhibition curated, developed and financed by ASTRO that showcases the 70+ pieces developed in HOM’s Breaking Borders Through Art project.

Refugee Week 2022

 

Celebrating refugees is celebrating the resilience in their journey and their unique perspectives and abilities as individuals. For Refugee Day on June 20th 2022, together with Rethinking Refugees, we organised a very cosy online activity as a means for cultural exchange. Check out our take on the day and the amazing performance from Arash Rafaat.

refugee week

Volunteering 101


HOM conducted a volunteering workshop for students of the University of Beira Interior, developing projects to support forced migrants.

Design for Change

 

HOM was part of a project organised with Design For Change, a international project focused on the empowerment of young people.

This project was one of the five winners in Design For Change’s national competition. The 500€ prize served to provide educational materials to the winning school, Campos Melo, in Covilhã.

Pop the Bubble


Pop the Bubble represents a place where talent, creativity, reflections and sharing prevail. We aim to be the bridge that connects our followers to you. We focus on bringing you a diversified portfolio of our follower’s minds, thoughts, values and emotions. This way, we grow together and learn how to value each other. There is value in all of us.

UBI Welcoming Project


The University of Beira Interior (UBI) is hosting two Syrian families under the UNHCR resettlement program. HOM supported with organizing clothes for the families, collecting and distributing goods, accompanying the families through the city and creating a solidary garden.

University of Beira Interior

Born On The Other Side


Photography exhibition by Yousif Alshewaili, an Iraqi refugee who is on the island of Lesvos reporting the inhumane conditions in there – in here, Europe. This exhibition took place in May 2021 at the Faculty of Health of the University of Covilhã. The artworks were auctioned and the value donated to the NGO Choose Love, which works in Greek refugee camps.

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