Last Friday, Here to Support received the Ab Harrewijn Prize 2016. This was announced during a ceremony at the Pauluskerk in Rotterdam. We are pleased and honored Here to Support has been noticed among the 38 proposed initiatives. The sum of 5000 euro associated with this award will certainly be well spent to set up own Refugee Media Platform.
The prize was awarded this year for the 13th time to an organization that has deployed in an original way to people in need in our society. Ab Harrewijn, politician for GroenLinks, died of a heart attack in 2002. In his work he was heavily involved in people at the ‘bottom’ of society, such as the homeless, addicts and benefit claimants.
From the jury: “Here to Support organisation derives from a group that can hardly exist on the fringe of society, rejected asylum refugees can not return even to their own country. According to the jury it is special how the focus of Here to Support does is not on humanitarian support – how important it is – but on creating perspective through cultural expression and education. For example, a group of people deemed to be invisible, audible and resilient. They show that you, even if others reject you, you can uphold dignity by joining forces. “