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Giving back through yoga with Yoga Loto and MFR

Jul
14

  There is an event for everyone with Madrid for Refugees, which is how I found myself lying in Retiro Park this past week alongside ten or so other international yogis. It was starting to cool off, with the sun in that twilight spot that casts soft light on the trees. The sounds of birds and joggers faded into the background as our guide, Eleanor from Yoga Loto, introduced herself and led us in a few


Outside with MFR: A hike and a swim in Pantano de San Juan

Jun
28

My name is Josie, I’m 22 years old and moved to Madrid three months ago to teach English. I have always loved the Spanish language and culture so I am in my element in Madrid! I love experiencing different cultures, meeting new people, and getting involved in volunteering projects. I came across MFR whilst researching volunteering opportunities in Madrid. It immediately struck me as a distinctively heartfelt non-profit organization that projected a real sense of


Refugee Food Festival

Jun
19

If you’re looking for a delicious way to support the refugee community in Madrid and to celebrate World Refugee Day, look no further than MFR’s and ACNUR’s co-collaboration with the Refugee Food Festival. Food is a powerful and universal way to bring people together, which is what inspired French NGO Food Sweet Food and their co-organizer, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, to found this unique culinary event. Last year as part of World Refugee

Figures at a Glance

World Refugee Day

Jun
12

Many of us are aware that the world is currently facing the biggest crisis of forcibly displaced people in history. The UN estimates around 65.3 million people* have been forced to flee their homes because of persecution, war, or violence. That’s almost 1.5 times the population of Spain. When a person flees their country’s border for one of these reasons they’re defined as a refugee under international law. Even though a person may want to


Laughing for good reason—Madrid for Refugees’ first benefit comedy night

Jun
05

This past weekend was jam packed with events supporting Madrid of Refugees, including their first ever benefit comedy night! In collaboration with Freshly Comedy, Fox Jokes, and Stand Up Yours, Madrid for Refugees hosted two English comedy shows at the Beer Station, just off Plaza Santo Domingo. While guests swilled beers before the show, the comedians bellied up to the bar and said friendly hellos. Just before 9:30 pm, the first group made its way


Chefugee, Pop-Up Dinners Featuring Homemade Cuisines Around the World

Apr
19

Originally posted on Naked Madrid by Daphne Binioris Chefugees are monthly dinners organized by Madrid for Refugees, where the entire menu is prepared by a refugee seeking work opportunities in Madrid’s culinary scene. Six events have been held so far, each with a different location and setting, featuring foods from Syria, the Ukraine and Venezuela. The upcoming dinner will be from Cameroon and if you want to attend (I highly recommend you do), you can


Madrid for Refugees Hike

Apr
04

On March 4th, the Madrid For Refugees team became intrepid explorers as they took on some of the biggest peaks in Spain, that’s to say they went on a fun-filled hike to the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park. This blog narrates the experiences of two new volunteers of the MFR team, Daisy and Laura, as they took part in their first adventure with MFR. Daisy: On the day of the hike, we all met at Nuevos


Whatever you do, do something

Mar
12

I am enough of a scholar of history to be troubled by the present. I was born roughly fifty years after the holocaust; less than twenty years after the Khmer Rouge’s killing fields in Cambodia; the very same month that the genocide began in Rwanda. Perhaps you, like me, have been critical of the generation that came before, the generation that sat still, turning a blind eye and letting it happen. I’ve visited “Never Forget”


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Hosting a Chefugee Dinner

Feb
14

Maybe you’ve heard of Chefugee or attended one of the dinners, either ways you’ve liked the idea, and for that we say thank you! I’m here to tell you that Chefugee is an open project and that you or anyone else can start their own dinners. I come from the programming world and I know that what makes a great open source project is great documentation. But enough about programming over here, I’m going to


Raising awareness at Impact Hub

Feb
06

On Thursday November 17th, Madrid for Refugees co-sponsored an event at Impact Hub, along with MakeSense and MKS Rooms, two social entrepreneurship organizations in Madrid. The name of the evening was The MKS Room for Refugees: Waynak. It focused on the artistic and entrepreneurial solutions that are being deployed in Spain and across Europe to promote awareness and rehabilitation with regard to refugees in those territories. Being an art aficionado myself, I was immediately drawn