Picture shows one of the rooms of the multi-functional space promoted by Ikea in Corsico. PHOTO Courtesy of Spazio Polifunzionale Corsico: Ikea and Progetto ARCA
Picture shows one of the rooms of the multi-functional space promoted by Ikea in Corsico. PHOTO Courtesy of Spazio Polifunzionale Corsico: Ikea and Progetto ARCA

"Second Life Building", a former office building turned multi-functional space, has been inaugurated in Corsico, near Milan. The space will host some 20 refugees.

A former office building is today 'home' to people who have been forced to flee their countries. Entitled the "Second Life Building", the space opened on Tuesday, September 15 in Corsico. The initiative is financed by IKEA.

The building is a multi-functional space created in collaboration with local institutions and associations operating on the territory, according to organizers. The first floor of the building will be dedicated to hosting about 20 refugees, in particular mothers with their children.

Apart from housing, the project aims to provide tools of integration as well, such as the possibility of attending Italian-language courses and enrolling children in school. The space will be managed for two years by the Fondazione Progetto Arca.

A space for social entrepreneurship

The project is part of a wider campaign promoted by IKEA Italia "Un posto da chiamare casa" (A place to call home), which has contributed in 10 years to the implementation of over 750 hosting projects across the national territory.

The ground floor of the building in the fall will reportedly become a hub for the delivery of lightweight IKEA packages (under 30 kilos) through cargo bikes. This is due to a collaboration with the Milan-based delivery service So.De -- Social Delivery. The company's mission is to help the integration of socially-marginalized workers into the labor market.

"We are happy to be able to provide one of our buildings and our resources for the creation of a multifunctional space, dedicated not only to housing but also to social entrepreneurship," said in a statement Asunta Enrile, Country Manager of IKEA Italia.

We work to promote hosting, says mayor

"Many municipalities have been active in the organization of food banks and aid for the Ukrainian people since the beginning of the war," said the mayor of the municipality of Corsico, Stefano Martino Ventura.

"Then the media's attention slowly dropped on a conflict which continues to be at Europe's doors. We have continued to work over the past few months to create places for hosting. We have done it at the social center Curiel with a project for Ukrainian children, and we are doing it today for Ukrainian families thanks to the project of IKEA and the foundation Progetto ARCA, which I thank, and in which we have believed since the beginning," the mayor went on to say.

"We will continue to work, also in collaboration with businesses, to create places and moments of social and collective growth," concluded Ventura.

 

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