Welcome

We have inherited a large house, a great “world house” in which we have to live together – black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Moslem and Hindu – a family unduly separated in ideas, culture and interest, who, because we can never ever live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace.

Martin Luther King

Welcome to the Worldhouse!

The Worldhouse is a center for and run by undocumented migrants – people who have only limited rights and who are searching for new perspectives.

In the Worldhouse there are all kinds of activities, both educational and recreational. Next to that there is counseling, referrals to medical and judicial instances and a daily warm meal. Since 2008 the Worldhouse has become a place for undocumented people, a place where they can feel at home. The Diaconie of Amsterdam and Luthers Amsterdam are the initiators of the Worldhouse.

It is estimated that about 15.000 undocumented people live in Amsterdam and all of them have their own story. Among them you find a lot of refugees and rejected asylum seekers. Some came as labour migrants, others are victims of human trafficking. These people come from many different corners of the world and in the Worldhouse we see more than 50 nationalities coming together. The Worldhouse is the place where they can find some peace of mind, get advice and counseling, and in the end hopefully emancipate and become active, for instance as a cook or housemaster.

This is the special thing about the Worldhouse: most activities are organised by undocumented migrants themselves. This distracts them from their daily challenges and helps them regain their dignity and get better perspectives in the future.

All activities at the Worldhouse are free of charge for undocumented people.

Counseling
If you are facing problems as an undocumented migrant and you would like to have a confidential talk with one of our social workers, you are welcome to make an appointment. Once a week on Wednesdays, there is also a lawyer who can offer free legal advice. An appointment is necessary though. ‘Dokters van de Wereld’ is an organisation that supplies psycho-social and medical help on Mondays and Fridays.

Human Rights and Empowerment 
Many undocumented migrants are not aware of the fact that they do have some basic rights like access to medical care, a right to legal help, education for children and protection from trafficking. It is important to know these rights very well. Therefore the Worldhouse provides trainings on this. Check this website for more information on your basic rights: www.paspoortamsterdam.nl or: www.basicrights.nl

Meals
The Worldhouse is open 5 days per week. On these days a warm meal is served. You can take part in this meal after you have had an intake. The meals are cooked by migrants so they always have a special Worldhouse flavour that you will enjoy!  Please note that we encourage people to do something in return: any help you can offer to the Worldhouse will be highly appreciated. Things to think of are: cleaning, cooking, organizing activities etc.

Activities
We offer different language courses like Dutch, English and French on different levels. In September and January you can register for these courses. There is no admission fee. Other activities are: yoga, salsa dancing, kickboxing, African dance, karaoke, movie nights and discussion groups.

Computer courses
You will have more opportunities in life if you know how to use the internet, how to edit texts or photos, send e-mails or create your own website. Enroll at the World House to become a computer-expert!

Worldhouse Fusion Band
Every Friday evening it’s time for the Worldhouse Fusion Band. Come along at 6PM if you like to make music!

Open Closet
As an undocumented migrant you can be vulnerable, especially when you are part of the LGBT-group. Therefore the ‘Open Closet’ was funded; a Worldhouse group that gathers on Friday evenings and creates a safe atmosphere where you can be yourself and get information on related issues and meet friends and soulmates. For more info, email Bo via: b.vanladesteijn@diaconie.org

No Paperwork
This is a special course that aims to train each participant in basic knowledge of work-related issues. This course is quite intensive and takes place twice a year. If you wish to have more information on this, or other activities, check the calendar or email us via: info@wereldhuis.org

Women group
The Women group takes place every Wednesday from 10.30 till 17.00. There are different activities like empowering sessions, beauty sessions and creative courses. Feel free to join this group and find strength and comfort together!

The Worldhouse is open:
Monday: 09.30 – 16.00 Open house
Tuesday: 09.30 – 16.00 Open house
Wednesday: 09.30 – 16.00 Open house, special activities for women
Thursday: 09.30 – 16.00 Open house
Friday: 09.30 – 16.00 Open house

Daycare at the Worldhouse

The Worldhouse is a center for, and run by undocumented migrants in order to empower them in their vulnerable situations.

The Worldhouse provides a warm lunch, information, both educative and recreative activities and counselling. This means we are a daycare center, opened from 9.30PM till 16.00 PM.

It also means we cannot provide night shelter or mediate in this, because that, unfortunately, goes beyond our capacities.

The Worldhouse is looking forward to seeing you. Come and participate as a member. Because: “Home is the place where you feel comfortable, where you feel accepted”.

Information on our website will also be soon available in Dutch, French and Spanish.

For more information
about your rights visit:
www.paspoortamsterdam.nl