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Saturday Club WUK

for children, young people and adults

Paprika - Pepper - Capsicorn - Felfel - Ardei

The children had a lot of fun that day










Photo: Heinz Wagner

Children - and some adults - playfully learn terms for fruit and vegetables while coloring and cutting out. They cooked and ate together.

05/22/2016, 06:00

Dina, Josef, Anita, Mathilda, Dario, Elena and at least half a dozen other children are sitting on the ground floor in the large room under the HUB Vienna in Vienna's Lindengasse. At their tables, they color in printed outlines of pieces of fruit and vegetables with colored pencils. Every now and then one or the other gets up to examine the originals on a long row of tables against the wall. What color is the Melanzi really?

learn languages


Photo: Heinz Wagner


After coloring, the kids cut out their paper apples, bananas, tomatoes, cauliflower... When painting and cutting out, their eyes keep falling on the German and English names of these types of fruit and vegetables. Learn playfully "on the side". Later in the group everyone learns a lot more - namely one or the other name of orange, paprika, etc. in Spanish, Arabic, Italian, Farsi, Romanian or some in Australian-English and (Mandarin) Chinese. That's how most people in Australia say capsicorn instead of pepper when they mean paprika, the group learns. It is called Felfel in Arabic as well as in Farsi, Ardei in Romanian, and Làjiāo fěn in Chinese.




Photo: Heinz Wagner


Meanwhile, Zeyna, Yuzra and Wasin, supported by a few helpers, are cutting different colored peppers, paradise peppers, olives and mushrooms on the first floor in the shared offices of the HUB. From this they cook a delicious sauce, which they then mix with cooked macaroni. We eat together at the long “table” after the children have stormed up the stairs from the ground floor.

The association “Großes Schiff”, which offers, among other things, art workshops for children in Spanish – a la rueda rueda, had invited. The half-day of games and cooking was organized together with a refugee facility run by the aid organization in Neubauer Schottenfeldgasse and the HUB, which once a year makes the premises available to an NGO for its own activities.

                       Photo from the game and cooking days


Various pieces of fruit and vegetables lie in a long row.

The Saturday Club is a form of joint activity initiated by the Grosses Schiff association (with the support of MA 17) for children, young people and adults with and without refugee experience in Vienna's WUK and elsewhere. Previous stations of the Saturday Club: in May 2016 at the Vienna Social Impact Hub in the 7th district, in June in the care area at Schottenfeldgasse 34, in September at the WUK, in October at Kobenzl for kite flying and in November now at the University of Applied Arts to continue the drawn, multilingual dictionary.


The basic idea behind the project Saturday Club is to bring together children, young people and adults with refugee experience and children, young people and adults living in Vienna in order to form a mentor structure out of them on the one hand and to invite them to new spaces in which the atmosphere is inspiring is, translation is available to come up with new ideas, and so perhaps one or the other idea can arise that could improve your life situation sustainably.


In September 2016 we had the Harry Spiegel Hall of the GPI area (Social Policy Initiatives) on Staircase 5 available for the Saturday Club and after the first talks with the children we had already found out some of their interests and therefore planned a painting campaign.


This is how it happened, prepared and carried out:   


On Saturday morning we picked up 14 children and young people with different experiences of flight and war, most of them from Syria and Afghanistan, with a few local children from the refugee care facility of the Wiener Hilfswerk in the 7th district on Schottenfeldgasse.


We, volunteers from the Grosses Schiff association, had already prepared everything at the WUK and so we soon started painting. The children painted with a lot of commitment, energy and joy.


The result of the approximately 1-hour painting campaign was impressive, we put all the painted posters (the paper was donated by WUK Kinder Kultur) together to form a giant poster in the WUK courtyard and documented it photographically. What was particularly impressive was the strength and energy that the children mustered to get the leaves full of colour, and the fun they had doing it.


The children then playfully took over the yard and the sandbox of the WUK and then washed down the sand on site. They also discovered a parked trolley and used it as a fun transport option.


Then there was lunch together and a round in which we introduced each other in more detail, with our names, the languages we speak and something we like to do. The adults really enjoyed this moment of focused attention in the group, the children couldn't wait to get back out into free play.


They played in the WUK Hof for a while and then went back to Schottenfeldgasse 34 with their drawings in their hands and a day trip that was well spent. 


All in all, it was an exciting and conflict-ridden day, on which we could get to know the children and the children better with each other, and we were able to discuss further activities with them. It was another component of our Saturday Club series, which will become established in autumn/winter 2016 with children, young people and adults.


We are particularly pleased about the comment of one of the participants, who said he liked it so much here at the WUK that he would come here alone in the next few days.


The next Saturday club, which we organized outside on a meadow in Kobenzl, was characterized by the children running up and down to get the kites up and the joy was all the greater when it worked. After that we had a great picnic in the fresh air and on the way back we noticed something like tiredness and relaxation in the children for the first time. We are excited to see which other spaces we can develop together with you in 2016.


Thanks for the support to: 

MA 17 Integration, the district administration in the 7th district, WUK, to the Vienna Social Impact Hub, to the refugee care facility at Schottenfeldgasse 34 of the Vienna relief organization, Waasem Kanjo, Joanna Parks, Salih Momenzai and to the Grosses Schiff association (here mainly to Ivana Reyero and to Ana Ayala) as well as to all volunteer supporters (students of the University of Applied Arts around Gianna, Thomas, Melissa and Brigitte).





Hartwig Imlinger

Chairman of the Big Ship Association


Mobile: +43 6602460275


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