The people of this place would like to advance on different projects with the group of volunteers and with neighbors who would join the team during this period:
- The carpentry workshop: for the moment it is a simple old hangar. The idea is to build wooden walls, straw and earth-straw and redo the roof. Natural materials are preferred.
- Welcoming migrants: residents have just obtained a small prefabricated building to give their passing friends a more comfortable place. But it still needs to be properly insulated, finished fitting it out, fitting out the surroundings in anticipation of winter days. Here too, wood, straw and recovery are favored.
- Collaboration with the Collectif S13: participation in the reception activities of migrants of the Collectif: preparation of meals ... Meeting of citizens inverted in the collective, sharing of experiences ...
- The organization of a festive moment in the summer: this place is also animated by festive moments, meetings, musical exchanges with friends, families, people from the neighborhood ... In order to end the work in a good mood with international volunteers, the locals want to organize a party. The volunteers will help to arrange the spaces, to set up the bar, the sound system, to decorate the place ... And then to party :-)
Participation in the life of the Grouped Habitat: vegetable patch, site maintenance. Evenings and weekends will be free.
Unterkunft und Verpflegung
Volunteers will stay in a prefabricated module or in a tent, depending on the weather. Mattresses (and tents) will be available on site. The showers and the toilet will be outside.
Take your sleeping bag. Please note, nights can be very cool in Belgium.
The collective kitchen will be available for the volunteers and they will prepare their meals themselves. Possibility of vegetarian food. The group will have access to the collective vegetable garden.
Lage und Freizeit
The housing project is located in Ham sur Sambre, in the commune of Jemeppe sur Sambre, in the region of lower Sambre, in the province of Namur. This small town is located between Namur and Charleroi.
Wer organisiert das Projekt?
Le Hameau de la Ferme du Terril” is an intergenerational house project with the status of a private foundation, founded in 2014, by citizens questioned by the unequal world in which they live. They want their place of life to be a place where they can experience another way of living, made of simplicity, solidarity, but also an alternative way of life, allowing them to limit their individual consumption by pooling resources.
“Le Hameau de la Ferme du Terril” is a grouped accommodation made up of 6 houses in which one 10 adults and 8 children live, from 20 months to 70 years old…
This housing project is located on the site of a former coal mine then occupied by a farm. There are many buildings and a field of 5 hectares on which several collective projects have already been carried out: large vegetable garden, orchard, ballad path on the slag heap, hut for children, chicken coop, fenced land for sheep.
There are also collective spaces, some of which are furnished, such as a kitchen, a shower, a food storage and a laundry room. Others are in the process of being realized: pottery workshop, carpentry workshop and a multitude of others! In these spaces, the residents would like to be able to host meetings, workshops, training courses promoting the search for a simple and creative life, sharing of knowledge and skills,
This housing project is based on the philosophy of the Community Land Trust. Thus, if each family has its own house, the collective living spaces and the land belong to the foundation. The profit is disinterested. The objective is to maintain access to the housing project, built as a place for collective living, promoting living together.
The intention of the residents is that to welcome and open up, to the neighborhood, but also more broadly.
For 1 year, the inhabitants of this place have welcomed 5 or 6 migrants in transit, three days a week in order to give them access to basic needs such as food, rest, warmth and hygiene (washing, washing clothes). These people are from Eritrea, they are guided by the Collective S13 which works with migrants who "camp" on the Spy motorway service, on their long migratory journey.
Tamines train station on 08/07.
This is a project for volunteers sensitive to the environment and green building techniques, interested in the theme of sustainable development. An interest in activities with migrants is also required.
Manual labor can be physically heavy. Bring good shoes and suitable work clothing as well as waterproof clothing in case of rain. If you have a musical instrument, it is more than welcome!
A motivation letter linked to the project is requested.
We encourage all our volunteers to prefer “eco friendly transportation” to come on their volunteering project. So think twice and come by bike or hitchhike until your project! Do not hesitate to have look on bus companies, car sharing companies or trains.
* We encourage volunteers who come by plane to offset the carbon emissions of their flight. For example via www.greentripper.org