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Refettorio Sustainable Social Insclusive Restaurant

What is Refettorio?

Refettorio Geneva is a community space merging the art of gastronomy, humanitarian aid and the cities vibrant history of innovation, creativity and science with social equity for those most vulnerable. Through the support of community organizations, private, public and civil sectors, we provide essential meals with radical hospitality to those isolated, experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.  Behind every meal is a zero waste philosophy in a call to act, diverting food from landfill, preserving and restoring our environment while nourishing the body and soul.

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Where is it ?

120 rue de Lyon

1203 Genève

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Food Assistance Programs

Rapid Relief Kitchen

Originally crafted to meet the demands of the Ocean Viking rescue ship operated by SOS Méditerranée, the Rapid Relief Kitchen has captured significant attention. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has shown a keen interest in our innovative solution, prompting us to broaden the horizons of Rapid Relief Kitchen to serve in more challenging environments, including UNHCR refugee camps.

Rapid Relief Kitchen stands as a ground breaking initiative, poised to bring swift regeneration of high-quality food parcels to those in dire need.

In partnership with generous donors and compassionate humanitarian organizations, our portable kitchen module, housed in a container, is set to revolutionize the landscape of food preparation and service in refugee camps and other demanding settings.

With Rapid Relief Kitchen, our mission is clear—to deliver nourishing meals swiftly and efficiently, ensuring that every person in need receives a comforting plate of food precisely when they need it most. Through the fusion of cutting-edge technology and culinary expertise, we aspire to make a tangible impact in the lives of refugees, restoring hope and dignity through the transformative power of food.

However, we can't embark on this journey alone! We extend an invitation for you to join us in our mission. Your support is pivotal in expanding ourreach and providing even more sustenance to those who have been compelled to leave their homes behind. Together, let's forge a brighter future for refugees and inspire compassion across the globe.

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The Ark

Our overarching mission is to preserve Schindler's Ark and transform it into a Museum of Survivors, nestled in theheart of Europe. Schindler's Ark, a poignant symbol of resilience, served as a sanctuary for 1200 Jews on Schindler's List, immortalized in Steven Spielberg's film. Unfortunately, this historical site was tragically stolen by the Nazis from the Low-Beer family in 1938.

In 2019, the Low-Beer family, in collaboration with the local community, undertook the monumental task of restoring the dilapidated textile factory, giving rise to the Arks Foundation. Our collective vision is to create the Museum of Survivors, a testament to human endurance and the indomitable spirit of those who found refuge within its walls.

What makes this endeavor truly special is our collaboration with school students from five countries, co-designing the museum that is set to open its doors in 2025—with your invaluable support. The architectural brilliance behind the museum is crafted by young architects hailing from 110 countries, a testament to the global resonance of our cause. This collaboration is made possible through the prestigious Inspireli award, established by Vaclav Havel.

Together, let's weave the tapestry of history, resilience, and education. Join us in preserving the legacy of Schindler's Arkand bringing to life the Museum of Survivors—a beacon of remembrance and inspiration for generations to come.

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Geneva Right to Food Manifesto

In the canton of Geneva, a myriad of dedicated actors have been actively addressing critical issues surrounding food security and sovereignty, championing the fundamental right to food. Despite its acknowledgment in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966), ratified by Switzerland, the right to food had yet to find its place in the canton's constitution. 

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic exposed thousands in the canton of Geneva to the harsh realities of food insecurity. Responding to this pressing need, the Grand Council (cantonal parliament) adopted a parliamentary initiative during this challenging period to enshrine the right to food in the constitution. In June 2023, the people of Geneva had the opportunity to vote on this significant inclusion. 

While there is currently no specific initiative on food sovereignty, a pivotal moment in 2018 revealed the canton's stance. Despite the Swiss population voting against including food sovereignty in the federal constitution, Geneva's residents overwhelmingly voted in favor, indicating a favorable environment for such inclusion at the cantonal level. 

In this context, a forum was convened to bring together stakeholders who have tirelessly worked on these crucial matters in the canton. The goal was to facilitate a constructive dialogue on the historical political implications of incorporating the right to food and food sovereignty into the constitution of Geneva. Through democratic collaboration, our objective was to formulate a political proposal and initiate a campaign rallying support for the inclusion of the right to food and food sovereignty in the canton's constitution.

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