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Our Activity

All of the Kuchinate beneficiaries partake in at least one of the four project areas at Kuchinate:

 

  1. Economic Empowerment of vulnerable asylum-seeking women: Through revenue from sales and hosting groups, we are proud to be able  to generate about 50% of revenue towards income for  asylum-seeking women. During the pandemic, we managed to create emergency  support for all women of Kuchinate and their children, so that no one went hungry or homeless. 

  2. Advocating for shared community and the human rights of asylum-seekers and engaging the public in the refugee experience: Our studio has become the premier venue for first-hand, positive  interaction between Israelis, visitors from abroad and  asylum-seeking women in Israel. More than 3,000 people have  heard the stories of asylum-seeking women at Kuchinate in  formal group visits, thousands more informally as walk-in  visitors to our open studio or at external events such as participation in various art collaborations in Israel and around the world. This is crucial  for changing public opinion about asylum seekers, increasing  sensitivity towards their plight and enabling the Israeli public to consider it in light of their own refugee experience.

  3. Building the resilience of vulnerable asylum-seeking women through psychosocial support:  Kuchinate is an arts based resilience project which offers holistic support to Kuchinate women, many of whom are victims of torture and human trafficking.  Through the therapeutic designing and making of crafts and art works, through community support in the Kuchinate studio, meeting with groups and telling the collective story, self actualization in  the education project, and  through individual and group psycho social support, Kuchinate women heal, rehabilitate and support each other.  

  4. Education: The education empowerment project improves the Kuchinate women's personal and professional knowledge and skill base. This improves their standing in the community and their own families. Most classes are taught by members of the asylum-seeking community and created with cultural sensitivity and great attention to the needs of the women, with the aim of furthering their skills and abilities and standing in the larger global community. The education courses teach the women skills that can be used for personal and professional development that are capacity building, transferable and sustainable.