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Integration in practice: Garden project in the Kolping House Vienna-Meidling.

A wonderful roof terrace belongs to the amenities of the Kolping House Vienna-Meidling, which was re-opened three years ago. Students as well as families with a refugee background find a “temporary home” there. The Kolping Youth initiated a garden project with the title “Young vegetables” to promote the encounter of these two groups. Together with the residents of the house and representatives of the Kolping Family Meidling, vegetables and fruits were planted in raised beds and pots. The children had the possibility to paint the pots colourfully and were supported by the members of the Kolping Youth. Cool beverages and snacks were also provided.

Through this project, the roof terrace was made more attractive as a place to stay, to unwind and to exchange ideas with other people. The harvest of the roof terrace is being processed in the community kitchens of the Kolping House and contributes to the healthy alimentations of the residents. And this is also in line with the third of the 17 “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) of the UN that have been the focus of the associational work of Kolping Austria since 2016. “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for people of all ages”. Through the “Young vegetables” project it was possible to take up the topics food, nature and sustainability in a practical way in accordance with the SDGs and to enjoy the fruits of this activity together.