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VIEWS News May June 2016

Dear Members, Partners Friends and Readers

Summer has arrived in Belgium. A wet and cold one. That gives us the impression that we are far from it. Hopefully in your countries is different and you enjoy your beginning of the summer.

We are pleased to be able to provide you a new issue of your VIEWS News where you can read about Magda our third EVS volunteer, Wassime who send us some news from his EVS in Murcia, and we will delight you with some news from our nice celebration of 10 of adapted EVS, then Spain, Selma tells us how it is a big exhibition for technical aids and services for people with disabilities, we continue with two articles with a more local flavor; more exactly a report from Rosaria about a special political visit to our partner la Baraka by a Belgian youth minister and an adventurous week-end of a group of young people from both La Baraka and Views international. We will end with a call for youth exchange. . .

Before starting to read your Newsletter we would like to let you know that Melissa has finished her internship with the Executive Office. We thank her for all the work done for our organisation and wish her a lot of success in her future carrier.

Enjoy reading your VIEWS News

EVS part III introduction for Magda

She is the third one part of this EVS project. A dynamic person who dares to face to her challenges Magda let us know how this EVS is for her. Her project runs in the IRHOV the school for blind and partially sighted and other disabilities from Liège.
Read here Magda’s testimony about her project.

Experience Evs in Spain

In February we sent Wassime a young man from Belgium to Murcia, Spain for a six month project. Now that he is there for a while here is some news from him.

Read Wassim’s Article.

10 years of EVS

The previous issue we announced this activity. 10 years of adapted EVS and 20 years of EVS can not pass without big honors. During almost one week ex-volunteers, youth workers from our sending partners and interested young people in EVS gathered and had interesting discussion on the topic. All of them worked hard to provide also some guidelines for potentials hosting organization.
Rosaria our EVS volunteer gives us a very good overview.
Find here what some of the participants think

A small visit to a big exhibition

The EVS volunteers of Views international, visited "Le salon de l’Autonomie" on the 21th of April . The event took place from the 21 till 24 April 2016 at the Namur Expo in Namur, Belgium. It was quite impressive for us so we would like to share with you as well.

Read Selma’s article

First presentation of the Citizen Youth Forum
On Wednesday the 11th of May, La Baraka welcomed the Minister of Wallonia and Brussels Youth from Belgium, Mrs. Isabelle Simonis, the Board of Youth, and the Youth Department of the Ministry of the Wallonia-Brussels.

The purpose of that day was to allow the young generation to speak so that they can issue a critical opinion with respect to the citizenship charter.

The same day a platform for youth was launched.
Views had the opportunity to participate, please read Rosaria’s article.

Sports weekend in Brussels

Views and La Baraka organized a sports weekend in order to integrate visually impaired people in the sports world.

It took place in Brussels from April the 22nd to April the 24th.
Among the 11 participants, 4 were blind.

It was a very exciting weekend, during which tandem biking, goalball and bowling were organized.
Below, you can read a few stories on how sighted people have lived this experience

Call for applications

Fundacja Brajlówka wants to inform you that our project «Beyond the horizon» was approved by Polish National Agency. We want to welcome you to participate in the youth exchange which will take place between 9-17 of September 2016 in Poronin, Poland.

« Beyond the Horizon », is a youth exchange which provides a change for a young visually impaired and sighted people from Belgium, Croatia, Italy and Poland to meet around artistic, sporting and cultural activities.

Learn more about the Youth exchange

Call for articles

Have you got something interesting to let us know? Maybe a project, a useful peace of information for blind and partially sighted persons, a useful application or assistive technology to present? Then the VIEWS NEWS can help to spread it around. Send your articles at or to before the 15th of each month. You can also use our mailing list for questions or our Facebook page. Our calendar is also available with the newest events that will take place.
These info channels are yours so do not hesitate to use them.

As you can see at the end of this issue we are very proud of all what happened. And this all was possible thanks to our volunteers, to our partnership and all those who believe in our network. Other projects are in ongoing phase, like the Strategic Partnership, the EVS 2016-2017 will start this autumn and a youth exchange will take place within a partnership as you could all read. So do not hesitate to surf to our facebook group to get some moments from all these events and activities and we hope to see you in one of our future project.

The VIEWS International Team