More than 170,000 asylum-seeking children and youth have arrived alone in Europe since 2015. As the Church responds, it can be beneficial to come together to consider how God asks us to continue to care for these youth. How can we share resources and learnings? What do we still need to better understand about their experiences and their dreams for their futures? Where does a dialogue on faith fit into our relationships with these youth? The Mobilised for Unaccompanied Minors (M.U.M.) Network serves as a gathering place for churches, ministries and Christian individuals who help (or want to help) unaccompanied children and youth.
MUM exists to facilitate the dialogue, share or create needed resources, and raise awareness among the churches who are not yet connected with these youth. We seek to learn together how best to come alongside unaccompanied minors as their new community, to empower them to find solutions to their situations and work with them as they recover from trauma and renew their hope for their futures. We also serve as a voice to the Church, community and governments on behalf of these minors.
We work together in several ways:
- Network of Ministries: We host monthly calls and connect via email and our Facebook Group to share best practices, identify gaps in care for unaccompanied refugee youth, raise awareness of the plight of these youth within our communities and advocate on their behalf.
- Resources for churches, our communities, and unaccompanied asylum-seeking youth: We work together to create or share resources for these youth and for churches and communities.
- Awareness raising: Through relationships with organisations and other networks, we raise awareness about the needs and vulnerabilities of these youth, as well as their resiliency and potential to build a solid future if given a chance to participate in community. Through these networks, we seek to connect youth with caring churches and individuals who can befriend them on their journeys.
Learn more about these youth, access resources and join the MUM Network: http://refugeeconnect.yolasite.com/Unaccompanied-Minors.php
Find out how your church can help: http://refugeeconnect.yolasite.com/how-can-our-church-help.php
For more information, contact Kaylee Kolditz.