IOGT-NTO Movement Supports Refugees Allover Sweden
In December 2015, the Swedish government announced that civil society organizations would receive SEK 200 million for their work in support of refugees. IOGT-NTO is among those organizations and receives in total SEK 2 million (€215.000).
The IOGT-NTO movement (including Junis, UNF, NSF and IOGT-NTO) had been supporting refugees arriving in Sweden since summer 2015 in many different ways.
The work is ongoing ever since:
- Local clubs open the doors of their buildings to provide accommodation and shelter.
- Members are helping to cook food for refugees arriving at Stockholm Central Station.
- IOGT-NTO also helps civil society with coordination work to effectively provide places to sleep for all refugees arriving.
- Members are also coordinating the provision of food between the different venues where refugees find shelter.
- In Stockholm, a center for collecting donated clothes has been started in an old office of IOGT
- JUNIS visits asylum housing to help make everyday life for refugee children nicer, more fun and in doing so contribute to integration.
- Around the country, members are collecting clothes and other essential things to donate to refugees.
- In bigger cities, like Malmö, IOGT provides first-response food, warm clothes and welcoming smiles for refugees just arriving after their odyssey through half the world.
- NBV, the education association of the sobriety movement in Sweden is providing courses and workshop for refugees.UNF members have arranged a culture festival in Åkersund, Sweden
- IOGT-NTO’s national board decided in September to support all the local initiatives of members with half a million Swedish crowns (€54.000) extra.
The voluntary and heart-driven engagement and dedication we see among our members, shows what we stand for, says Johnny Mostacero, President of IOGT-NTO.
This work shows concretely that we are more than an abstinence organizations; but we work for democracy, solidarity and Human Rights and human dignity.”