Today a group of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group employees attended the official opening of the new Minor-Ndako centre in Dilbeek, Brussels. The crew of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group assisted with cleaning, paining and preparing the home for the children that live there now. In the beginning of 2016, due to the growing refugee crisis, Minor-Ndako once again needed to expand rapidly and create additional housing space for unaccompanied minor refugees arriving in Belgium. In November we helped clean and prepare this former elderly home, a building which had been empty for several years. Since early January the centre has been turned into a brightly coloured and welcoming home for around 20 children. The children, between the ages of 8 – 14 years minor refugees from Afghanistan & Syria and also a younger group of children who are temporarily placed in Minor Ndako’s care.
Even before we joined forces to touch up this Minor Ndako center, we were already connected to the organization and their fantastic work in giving young refugees a better and sustainable future.
In our Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Leuven, one of our colleagues is Ajmal who lived for a year with Minor-Ndako when coming to Belgium from Afganistan and now has a great future ahead of him in the hotel.
The Radisson BLU EU Hotel in Brussels donated a large amount of inventory to Minor Ndako. A new future for this hotel (now the first Radisson RED worldwide) gave a new future to the existing furniture. Minor Ndako was brightened up with beds, desk lamps, chairs, matrasses, seats, and a list of other gear.
Today the team who helped cleaning & decorating recieved a tour of the centre. Inge Huijbrechts, Vice President Responsible Business said: “It’s fantastic to see who our modest contribution and the work of the Minor Ndako team has brought life into the centre and created a living space of the children in need. These youngsters now really get the support they need and a prospect to a better future”.
Minor-Ndako offers adapted care and helps children, youngsters and their context in problematic situations. We focus on children from all over the world, in particular the most vulnerable among them. Participation and inclusion in society are the cornerstones of our approach. We assure qualitative aid and offer children and youngsters a warm nest that gives them energy and power to go on with their lives. With persistent engagement we aim at finding a durable solution for each of them.