Facilitator in Italy

Manager at WEL©HOME SPRAR Centre (Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees)

Emanuele's Story

Ahmad was one of the beneficiaries of the SPRAR project ‘WEL©HOME’, which focuses on an individual’s skills and ambitions. I would define myself as an ‘institutional facilitator’ in Ahmad’s path towards social and economic inclusion in Italy. Ahmad is a smart and business-minded individual, who got where he is today because of his great determination, thoroughness and modesty. Up to this day, I still remember the day he came up to me with a business plan and budget, complete with all of his calculations to expand his future sushi restaurant even further.

“My personal advice to staff members of reception centres, but also to employers, is to be open-minded and ready to listen to an individual’s aspirations.”

Ahmad fully benefitted developmentally and practically from the various services that SPRAR offers. His family’s stay at the reception centre allowed him to save on rent and other expenses covered by SPRAR. I saw so much potential in his restaurant project, that I did not hesitate for a second to help him navigate the bureaucracy of the Italian system and expand his restaurant.

My personal advice to staff members of reception centres, but also to employers, is to be open-minded and ready to listen to an individual’s aspirations. It is also very important to support a beneficiary of international protection in validating their skills. I believe that openness and trust is the key to assisting refugees and asylum seekers who are willing to play a positive role in society.

Ahmad is a born leader; he is successfully running his own business and loves to work for himself. As I am a manager too and I face the same kind of pressures and responsibilities - we share a special bond of mutual respect. Even though Ahmad is not staying at the SPRAR anymore, we still get together to think of new collaboration ideas.

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