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There were 32 meetings of Czech families with families of foreigners at an unusual lunch on Sunday 25 November from 1 PM. 64 families in the Czech Republic met at the same time with people with different cultures, languages and customs to improve relations between the majority and foreigners.This year's 15th year of the Next Door Family project also brought four joint meetings in Prague, Brno, Liberec and Ústí nad Labem, with a total of 376 participants.

The project Next Door Family has been implemented since 2004 and since then 1550 Czech families and families of foreigners have met. A total of 4227 people joined the project and met on one of the lunches on Sunday with the intention to meet new people, make new friends and learn about different cultures and traditions. Besides improving relations between the majority and foreigners, the project aims at building a multicultural society and mutual understanding of different cultures.

The following ethnicities were involved in the project: Chinese, Russian, Ukrainian, Kazakh, American, Ghanaian, Indian, Turkish, Vietnamese, Belorussian, Egyptian, Tanzanian, and Armenian. Families who sign up for the project do not know with who they will meet. Registered families are paired on the basis of age, hobbies, interests, language, and of course the city of residence, simply because so that members of both families have enough common themes for the conversation. This creates a greater likelihood that a relationship could successfully continue in the future. The role of the host is always taken by one of the pair of families who prepares lunch at home and takes care of the second family that the members haven’t known before. The project involved families of foreigners from third countries who therefore had the opportunity to meet families from the majority society and establish new friendships. The participants of such unusual lunch had the opportunity to taste traditional specialties and to talk about culture, traditions and life.

The main idea of the whole project is to make it easier for Czechs and foreigners to establish relationships through personal contact, which exactly meets the family environment of lunch. For optimal output we consider such interconnected families where relationships persist after the end of the project.

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Common lunches are held once a year and always last November Sunday, the project can sign Czech families and families of foreigners living legally in the Czech Republic. The term family also includes a couple which can be considered a family (not necessarily spouses).The project is intended for third-country nationals (outside the EU), applicants for international protection can´t be included, nor those who have refugee status or who are illegally staying in the Czech Republic. Mixed marriages also can´t participate in the project.

This project activity has spread abroad, and since 2012, meetings have also taken place in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, Slovakia, Hungary, Belgium and the Cape Verde Islands.This proves that our idea goes across borders as an effective and extraordinary tool for the integration of foreigners.

In 2016, the project was designated by the European Economic and Social Committee as one of the three best models for the integration of foreigners into society. The project also won the prestigious Austrian SozialMarie Award for Social Innovation in 2011.


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As part of the 15th anniversary of the project, joint family meetings take place this year you can also look forward to joint meetings of families who have joined the project in previous years. The idea was based on participant's wishes to discuss not only about personal experiences and impressions, but also about the possibilities of actively participating in other activities in the area of integration of foreigners. These meetings will also be entertainment and cultural program with refreshments and a toast to celebrate the anniversary of the 15th years of the project.

This activity aims to find out what we can do differently, newer and more effectively in the area of integration and how to improve mutual coexistence. The meeting will be attended by representatives of cities, districts and non-profit organizations. The meetings will take place in the fall of this year and will be held in four cities - Prague, Brno, Liberec and Usti nad Labem.


On Monday, October 15, 2018, a joint family meeting took place at the Prague at Divadlo v Korunní. A roundtable entitled "How We Live Here" was held at 17:00 where the project participants talked about their feelings, benefits and experience with the project, but also what new and effective could be done in the area of integration of foreigners. The roundtable was attended by representatives of the Prague City Hall, Ministry of the Interior, Czech families, families of foreigners, project assistants, non-profit organizations and the media. These participants were also informed with the results of brochures “They live next door II.” and at the end of roundtable they saw document Next Door Family.

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This was followed by a cultural program where Czech and foreign artists were introduced to the participants.

These were these artists theatre Dvě na Třetí, Allstar Refjúdží Band, stand-up comic Tigran Hovakimyan, singer Luna Begović and dance couple from groupings Kizomba, which had a workshop of Latin American dances. Participants could see the exhibition "Prague through the eyes of a stranger" by Russian photographer Andrej Kavpuš. At the event they could also taste specialties from Tajikistan, Russia, the former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Venezuela. There was also a festive toast during the 15th anniversary of the project. Both events in Prague were attended by 118 people.  

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On Thursday, October 18, 2018, a similar joint family meeting took place at the grounds of the training and administrative center of the South Moravian Region in Brno. Again, there was a round table on the topic of the common life of Czechs and foreigners on the local level and what new could be done in the field of integration of foreigners. The event was attended by representatives of both Czech and foreign families, project assistants, regional authorities and non-governmental organizations from the region. These people were also presented with the results of the brochure “They live next door II.” and the documentary "Next Door Family” was played.


Then a cultural program took place, where members of Zase rýže introduced themselves and their cookshow of Vietnamese rolls. This was followed by the Balkan band Livada, who also prepared a Balkan Dance Workshop and finally played by the American band Ant Attack. During the whole event, participants could taste specialties of Cuban, Kazakh, Iranian, Indian, Armenian, Serbian and Czech cuisine. A total of 64 people participated in both events.

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The third meeting took place on October 25, 2018 in the Dům kultury in Liberec, where a total of 82 people met in both events. 21 of them participated in a round table, including representatives of families, assistants, the City of Liberec, centers for the integration of foreigners, community contact center, members of the council for national minorities of the regional office, Esa Handycap volunteer help center and the media. On the cultural program we could see children's theater Mini Maxi, band Divoké kytary, Albi G. rapper, singer Victoria Kostina and dance group Maya.

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The last meeting took place on 8 November 2018 in Dům kultury in Ústí nad Labem. Sclap Band, Cuban salsa by Sandor and Maylin, dance studio Karima, singers Pavlina Matiová, Igor Starodubcev, Hanna Zimina and Muranets Annastasiia performed at this event. A total of 112 people attended the event, of which 27 were on a round table, where the representatives of families, assistants, the committee for national minorities of the regional office and NGOs were invited.


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O nás

Slovo 21 z.s. je nevládní nezisková organizace, která začala působit v Praze roku 1999. Naše práce by se dala rozdělit do dvou hlavních větví – aktivity, které se snaží celkově zlepšit postavení Romů v Česku a ty, které se zaměřují na cizince ze třetích států.

Vznik organizace je spjat především s počátky Světového romského festivalu Khamoro - ostatně ten je dodnes nejznámějším projektem Slova 21. Asi nejznámějším cizineckým integračním projektem je neformální setkávání českých a migrantských rodin Rodina Odvedle, bulletin Slovo pro cizince a o cizincích a projekt Víjejte v ČR. 

Slovo 21 je od počátku organizací, která chce přispět k budování multikulturní společnosti a především k lepšímu soužití kultur nejen v Česku, ale i v Evropě. Slovo 21 neposkytuje sociální služby jako takové. Naší filozofií je aktivovat Romy i cizince a naučit je, jak vybojovat a prosadit svá lidská práva. Zároveň se snažíme bourat zakořeněné předsudky, které lidem jen komplikují život. Bojujeme proti rasismu a xenofobii, snažíme se ochraňovat lidská práva a rozvíjet jejich dodržování a zlepšujeme mediální obraz menšin.

Who are we?

Slovo 21 NGO is a non-governmental non-profit organization, which was established in the year 1999. We have Czechs, Roma and members from various continents working for us. Our work can be divided into two main branches - activities to support the Roma, and activities focusing on foreigners.

Since the beginning, we are an organization which aims at building a multicultural society and mainly at a better coexistence of cultures not only in the Czech Republic, but in Europe in general. Our organization does not offer social services as such. Our philosophy is to activate the Roma and foreigners and to teach them how to fight and stand up for their human rights. Our goal is also to destroy the deeply rooted prejudices, which tend to complicate the lives of many.