Médecins du Monde at the Jacques Brel hostel - Auberge de Jeunesse J. Brel asbl
Project dates: 10 April to 31 July 2020
At the end of March 2020, when the first lockdown was imposed on us and tourists were no longer visiting, Bruss' Help approached the Jacques Brel hostel. The aid coordination centre was looking for facilities to host Médecins du Monde, which had formed a consortium with the Red Cross. The idea was to set up a day centre for vulnerable persons and refugees. The hostel was then made available to Médecins du Monde’s teams to provide first-line care to people in need. The beneficiaries received a meal and had access to the showers. They could rest, do their laundry, chat, and write texts and poetry.
Feed the culture - Feed the culture asbl
Project date: June 2020
Feed the Culture is a citizen platform for food distribution launched in June 2020 and aimed at workers in the cultural and creative industries, and the events sector in the Brussels-Capital Region. The strength of FTC lies in its volunteers, who all come from the cultural sector. This weekly initiative is free of charge, with no need to show proof of identity. 98% of the distributed foods consists of items that went unsold, with a focus on food that can be cooked. Culture is an integral part of society and everyday life. Feed the Culture aims to keep it that way and ensure that after this crisis, we will still have creators.
Hirond'ELLES – MolemBike
Project date: March 2020
The (first) lockdown was not easy for most people, but for families living in social housing along the canal in the Brussels-Capital Region, squeezed into small flats with little greenery around, it was even harder. That’s why the MolemBike Hirond'ELLES bike rides resumed as soon as the first lockdown was lifted. Three to four times a month, the association organised a lovely bike tour to show the city to the women from these families and treat them to them a well-deserved break from their often complicated lives in Molenbeek. Not only did this biking initiative provide a sense of relief, it also put a smile on the faces of the mothers and their children.
Welcome To My Garden - Welcome To My Garden (Project under Open Collective Brussels)
Project date: launched in March 2020
Welcome To My Garden is a network of citizens offering their garden as a free bivouac space for Slow Travel enthusiasts. Launched during the first lockdown, the platform has since enabled thousands of people to travel slowly (on foot or bike, by kayak, with a donkey, etc.) through Belgium. Beyond the citizen network, Welcome To My Garden wants to make slow travel the new normal and offer travellers the possibility to reconnect with nature, themselves and others in a sustainable manner. In less than a year, Welcome To My Garden already has 2,255 gardens and 14,000 users.
Doctors Without Borders at Tour&Taxis - Tour&Taxis
Project date: April 2020
In order to meet the accommodation needs of homeless people suffering from COVID-19, Tour&Taxis provided more than 8,000m² free of charge for a triage centre managed by Doctors Without Borders in collaboration with Samu Social and BXLRefugees. This infrastructure was set up to enable homeless people, vulnerable migrants and undocumented people with COVID-19 symptoms to isolate, be tested and receive suitable care under good conditions. The centre was able to accommodate up to 150 patients at the same time.