Our bakery provides food and trains refugees
APC Bakery is a separate sector in our organization (APC/CZA) dealing with food production and aiming to provide additional food rations to refugees and their children across Serbia. Among others refugees, APC Bakery is periodically providing food and sweets to unaccompanied children accommodated in Centres for Unaccompanied Minors in Niš and in Belgrade upon request from same institutions. We prepare falafel, fatayer, shishtaouk, rice, hummus, as well as other traditional home-made pastries and cakes typical of the Near East and Middle East, the regions from which refugees mostly come to Serbia. Moreover our activities are aiming to help refugees staying outdoors or in reception camps across the country.
Poor nutrition and unfair treatment in the reception transit camps are leaving refugees in dear and uncertain situation, struggling to cope with the existing challenges and trying to maintain modest and decent diet.
During the COVID_19 pandemic, our APC Bakery served thousands of refugees staying in the open, in private accommodation or in the collective camps and contributed to their more regular and nutritious diet.
Moreover, our food production sector not only aims to provide additional meals to refugees where they are needed, but also serves as a place where refugees are trained in the production of pastries, cakes and food through professional training and internships.
In this way, APC Bakery helps refugees learn new skills and train in occupations that are deficient in the country, which later benefits refugees to easily and quickly get a job and start a normal life.
Very important segment of our APC Bakery work is support and opportunity provided to enrolled refugees in establishing contacts and communication with local colleagues and local citizens/customers throughout their engagement. Thus APC bakery is helping them to strengthen their self-confidence and to create better conditions for refugees to integrate more easily into the local environment and make their integration in local community as painless and successful as possible.
This post was originally published on Home - Centar za zaštitu i pomoć tražiocima azila / Asylum Protection Center.