As scholars, advocates, practitioners and professionals in the field of human rights, we are often critical of position, approach and impact; as we should be, to ensure that best practices are being made in regards to promoting better livelihoods, equality and justice in the world. Praxis Community Projects, based in London, UK has at its heart a strong commitment to transformative change.
Praxis, taken from the Greek word Praxi means action. True to its name, Praxis is an organization that has answered the call to serve marginalized populations and really act on the behalf of migrants by helping them access resources, realize their rights and offer trainings that reinforce self-advocacy and empowerment.
Though, Praxis works with several migrant groups, The Praxis Family Care (PFC) Group is recognized for its comprehensive approach to raising consciousness and addressing the needs of girls and women, who have been trafficked for sexual and domestic labor and are seeking asylum.
Representing various countries in Africa, Asia, and parts of Eastern Europe, their unique experiences and hardships distinguish the ladies of PFC and reflect the strength, resilience, and varied personalities that they bring to the group. Coming from diverse walks of life, these women are united under a common experience and the aspiration to achieve more in their personal, professional, and family lives.
PFC supports women and their children to recover from the trauma of their past, rebuild new lives, and resettle in their communities. This rehabilitative and reintegration approach is proven to be successful and is sustained through engaging and interactive workshops, relaxation techniques such as yoga and dance, day trips, and social and participatory activities.
Praxis, the UK based organisation, addresses issues such as Housing, welfare, health services, ESOL for work and preventing destitution.
The objective that is taken in working with PFC is two tiered: holistic health, which focuses on mental and physical health, and empowerment; where issues around Lukes dimensions of power: ‘power over’, ‘power with’, ‘power within’ and, ‘power to’ are accentuated. Correspondingly, the PFC also follows the Praxis community wellness model, where components of the personal, relational and collective development are reinforced in all of the programming and activities.
Most impressive, is this organization’s ability to mesh gender sensitive approaches such as the feminist community building model, social relations framework and popular education, with special attention to culture, pedagogy, agency and voice. Additionally, Praxis does not shy away from new and innovative ways of incorporating participants in their own processes of change through methods such as reflective, practice, art therapy and theater.
The women of PFC have responded well to the support that they receive at Praxis. They enjoy coming to weekly meetings/workshops, interacting with other women and being able to have access to tools that help them shape their own lives and policies that affect them. Thus, these ladies continue to grow in new and exciting ways. Likely, the staffs at Praxis are dedicated to championing their success. Consequently, there is great infrastructure at Praxis to continue to cultivate these women as agents for change in their lives and in their communities.
Congratulations to Praxis Community Projects for their hard work and commitment to gender equality and human rights! Innovative, inspiring and dedicated to transformative change
“Praxis Community Projects is committed to working with vulnerable migrants. We are deeply concerned for the safety and well being of refugees, asylum seekers, refused asylum seekers, people with limited or no recourse to public funds as a result of their immigration status, young unaccompanied asylum seekers, victims of human trafficking, foreign national offenders and others who find it difficult to settle in the UK.
Founded in 1983 through a legacy of the late Robert Kemble, Praxis has worked with people from some of the world’s most dangerous and troubled locations including Latin America, Francophone Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Middle East.”
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