Summercamp Sloterplas

Action for Peace #51

What is it about?

In Amsterdam, thousands of people live without a residence permit. (estimation 2013: 35.000) – They usually work in restaurants, cleaning jobs or in factories. During the COVID-19 period a lot of them lost their jobs and didn’t have any income. Many are depending on food donations right now. We distiguish undocumented people with and wthout asylum past. This workcamp is to support children from Brazilian families without asylum past.

During the workcamp volunteers will organise activities for 40 children of families who are in this situation.Children are 4-12 years old. The programme consists of visits to museums, theater, workshops, playing games.

At the same time, volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about the position of children of illegal migrant workers.

The workcamp is organised by VIA Netherlands in collaboration with ‘Giving Back’, an initiative that supports a large group of Brazilian migrants in Amsterdam. These families are living in the Netherlands for many years and are raising their children. The children go to school (any child has the right to go to school) but are not registered in the Netherlands. They cannot go abroad and parents have no money for holidays.

That is why we want to organise a week for them that will be unforgettable. With games, sports, a visit to museums and theatre. And of course we will cook food together and have a big Brazilian party at the end!

practical information

Volunteers are workcamp participants who have registered to participate in the workcamp.
They will stay at a scouting house, sharing work and life together in a simple accommodation.


When: 25th July until 1st August, 2020

Location: Sloterplas (Netherlands)

Implemented by: VIA Netherlands


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