Portuguese Refugee Support Platform Receives European Citizen’s Prize 2017
PAR - the Refugee Support Platform has been awarded the European Citizen’s Prize 2017 by the European Parliament.
PAR - Plataforma de Apoio aos Refugiados is a Portuguese platform of civil society organisations involved in refugee work in Portugal whose aim it is to support the hosting of refugees in the current humanitarian crisis - and Corpo Nacional de Escutas (CNE), one of the National Scout Associations in the country, is one of these organisations.
So far, the platform has organised hosting projects directed at children and their families and has run a series of fundraising campaigns to be able to support activities in the countries of origin or transit.
“CNE is a founding member of PAR: since it’s very beginning in 2015, our association decided to join this nationwide platform, as we saw this as an opportunity for our members to get involved in refugee support activities, to become more aware of the importance of these subjects in nowadays society, and to get really engaged in such an important subject,” explains Joaquim Castro de Freitas, Deputy Chief Scout of CNE.
CNE’s objectives as member of the platform have not changed since autumn 2015, says Joaquim: “We want to keep the questions of human rights in general and the rights of refugees on our association’s agenda. We achieve this by sharing the platform’s initiatives regarding volunteering, support or fundraising activities, by encouraging the participation of our Scouts in activities on local community level and by empowering CNE’s local groups, units and Scouts to be able to contribute to mutual efforts as best as possible.”
The European Scout Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) joins others in congratulating PAR - Plataforma de Apoio aos Refugiados and its founding members CNE and Associação dos Escoteiros de Portugal (AEP) on receiving this prestigious award, which recognises the valuable work achieved by the platform and its members in supporting migrants and refugees.