The project “Famílies² = participació x alimentació” (Families² = Participation x Nutrition) was started in 2009 at the Centre Obert Compartir of Ciutat Vella in Barcelona. Since then, we have been working closely with the families of our project, with the financial support of Carrefour Market. With the families we learn to share, to live together, to listen to each other, to respect and value each other, as well as to grow together.
The basic idea of the project was to support the educational capabilities of the families of the children who visit the project centre and to promote their social competences for life within the family and society, but also for the development of their personal autonomy.
Once a month, the families are encouraged to become active participants in the project meetings, and engage both individually and collectively, to discuss, reflect, respect other people’s opinions and values, as well as to learn with and from one another. For their participation they receive a small food basket and vouchers, which they can redeem in the supermarket.
Thanks to the positive take up by, and enthusiasm, of the families as well as their potential for self-help, especially from the mothers, we were able to increase the number of projects and turn them into a comprehensive programme, from which further projects developed: