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 again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace.
The Worldhouse is a center of information, counseling, education and culture for undocumented migrants – people with few rights; searching for new perspectives. Since 2008 it has grown to a familiar place for undocumented people. The Diaconie of Amsterdam and Luthers Amsterdam are the initiators of the Wereldhuis.
Approximately 15.000 undocumented people live in Amsterdam; all of them have their own story. Some of them are refugees or rejected asylum seekers. Many came as labour migrants, often working as domestic workers. Others are victims of human trafficking or a failed marriage migration. They come from 50 different countries outside the EU: From Ecuador to Ghana and the Philippines. The Wereldhuis is the place where they are not dependent on others for a while. They can come here for advice and counseling. They can become active and emancipate. Most of the activities in the Wereldhuis are developed by undocumented migrants themselves. We host several grassroots organizations for undocumented migrant workers. An intense and strong social network makes the people of the Wereldhuis more powerful. Actively volunteering gives them better perspectives as well.
All activities at the Worldhouse are free of charge.
Help in crisis situations
If you have problems and you would like to have a confidential conversation with a pastor or a social worker you can make an appointment with them. Once in a week there is a lawyer at the Worldhouse who gives free legal advice. Dokters van de Wereld gives information about access to healthcare every Wednesday morning and also every first Wednesday evening of the month. Make an appointment for all the counseling hours during the open house hours or email us.
The Worldhouse speaks out
Migration is of all times. Labor migrants of Amsterdam are part of global processes. The Worldhouse neither judges the motivation of a migrant without success on the plans. The Worldhouse takes part in the debate around irregular migration and raises their voices when people are oppressed. Therefore, we organize yearly conferences in order to show in the publications and research the situation of our network partners and, of course, to help to undocumented migrants to raise their voices by themselves.
Education and activities related to Human Rights and Empowerment:
People without papers have some basic rights in the Netherlands, for example access to health care, a right to legal help, education for children and protection from trafficking. It is important to know these rights very well. The Worldhouse offers continuous information about all the issues related with the Basic Rights of the people. Also visit our website www.paspoortamsterdam.nl for more details on your Basic Rights.
During opening hours, you can participate in all the activities and projects
On weekdays all the people can eat for free, giving in return their help to the Wereldhuis, for example with the maintenance, the cleaning, the servicing of the food, etc.
The Wereldhuis has a hairdressing service for free, once in a week. There is also a stock of clothes for free, from which you can choose from, with a maximum of three pieces.
During the week, there are courses of language (English, Spanish and Dutch) and computer classes as well.
Check our calendar for further information.
On Wednesday, from 18:00 we have a project called “Faces of the World” in which is shown a lot of documentaries, videos, films and the discussion around all the most interesting topics that concern the entire world. At the end, a dinner is organized for all the participants.
On Friday the Worldhouse offers a project called “No paper work” that aims to train each participant in basic knowledge of work related issues.
If you are interested and you want more information come by or mail us about the “No paper work project”
You will have more opportunities 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 Worldhouse for a computer course!
Currently, The Worldhouse is working on how to develop projects which aim to the personal empowerment of undocumented people. We all have skills; you only have to know how to use it! If you are interested and you would like to participate in one of our projects, enter at the “empowerment” part or look at the calendar and be informed of the activities!
Every Friday evening it’s time for the Worldhouse fusion band. Come along at 6 p.m. if you like to make music! During the weekends, The Worldhouse offers as well Salsa lesson, guitar courses and much more cultural things! For further information, check the calendar and the timetable in the Wereldhuis. There are also parties, special events and changing exhibitions. Check our folders, facebook page and our website for more information. Moreover, if you would like to be updated with the latest new about the topics related with undocumented people, or you want to know more about the activities and projects at the Worldhouse, listen to Radio HER.
Many labor migrants try to make their position stronger by joining a self-organized group. Several grass- root organizations meet up at the Worldhouse every week. They organize trainings and parties.For more information check the information in the Worldhouse and on the website.
The Worldhouse is open:
Monday: 10.00 – 18.00 Open house
Tuesday: 10.00 – 18.00 Open house
Wednesday: 10.00 – 18.00 Open house
Thursday: 10.00 – 18.00 Open house, special activities for women
Friday: 10.00 – 18.00 Open house
Saturday and Sunday: courses/workshops migrant organisations
Come along during our open hours to use the internet, to meet your friends, to make an appointment for the counseling hours or to enrol for a course, activity or project. The Worldhouse looks forward to seeing you. Come and participate as a member of this home. “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.