Success story – ‘Breaking Barriers’, Santander, Spain

‘Breaking Barriers’ was a collaboration between COMANITY Community Animateurs, NGOs working with young people, graffiti artists, community agents and young people in the city of Santander.

It brought together newly-arrived young immigrants from different countries in Central Africa. The main objective of the project was “co-operating and working together, to transform weakness into strength”.

The graffiti wall was accompanied by a programme of song and story-telling. The main outcomes of the action research were: raising community awareness about young immigrants and reducing prejudice; helping young immigrants acquire the language skills they needed to better integrate within the community; supporting the integration of young immigrants through leisure activities with local people.