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Cultural exchange focusing on cooking in the neighborhoods of Athens

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A digital pop-up kitchen has been "traveling" for about a month and a half in the neighborhoods of Agios Eleftherios and Kato Patissia, with the experience of the "Za'atar" organization and brings gastronomic activities of cultural exchange and education.

Greeks and refugees living in Kato Patisia and Agios Eleftherios share an experiential cooking experience while simultaneously connecting to the zoom platform and learning to cook traditional dishes from Guinea, Syria, Algeria or other countries.

Each culinary activity focuses on a different culture, reflecting the multicultural composition of the group organizing the action.

The project is called Foodies and is part of co-Athens in the framework of the European pilot program of the Municipality of Athens CuringtheLimbo through the Company for Development and Tourism Promotion. Implemented by  Za'atar organization in collaboration with refugees enrolled in its pilot program Municipality of Athens Curing the Limbo.

Purpose

The aim of the action is the communication of old and new inhabitants of the city through food while at the same time, the participating refugees from the Curing the Limbo program acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for their professional rehabilitation in the catering industry.

The process

The participants, in each meeting, through zoom, are guided by the Zataar team, to use the materials they receive at home a few hours earlier and to cook. The recipes that are implemented do not include meat, as the action is designed based on the principles of sustainability and environmental awareness.

co-Athens

"Through co-Athens, we want the actions we choose to benefit the neighborhood and the residents. "With this criterion, the nine interventions that respond to a wide range of issues, from sports and technology to culture and education, stood out", he emphasizes Melina Daskalaki, authorized advisor of the Municipality of Athens for refugees and immigrants and president of the Development and Tourism Promotion Company of the Municipality of Athens.

Za'atar NGO

Its mission Za'atar is, by providing environments and stimuli related to education, vocational training and intercultural integration, to empower refugees and migrants in order to shape autonomous lifestyles.
The main place of provision of the above services is the polycentre Orange House, which is based in the area of ​​Kypseli, in Athens.

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