Sama-sama Sa Lund

a Filipino-Swedish organization established as a community association for Filipinos and Swedes living in Lund and vicinity

About Sama-sama Sa Lund

Sama-sama sa Lund is a Filipino-Swedish organization established as a community association for Filipinos and Swedes living in Lund and vicinity. It is a non-profit organization whose main purpose is to provide opportunities, programs and events in which people of Filipino descent, with their families and Swedish friends, can gather together to share in their experiences and to enjoy each others company. Through this fellowship, the association hopes to promote Filipino culture, traditions and heritage with their families and friends and with the Swedish society at large. Furthermore, the association provides a platform to discuss critical issues relating to integration into Swedish society and issues regarding the Philippines.

 

Some SSL activities in 2014-2015
Immediately after the terrible tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan (“Yolanda”) that struck central Philippines in November 2013, SSL organised a fund-raising campaign to extend as much help as we can to the typhoon victims (or, as we’d prefer to call them, “typhoon survivors”) back home. We were so grateful to all the SSL members, friends, and colleagues that helped and donated– the support was truly incredible! A summary of the results of the fund-raising effort can be viewed here.

Our biggest project for 2014-2015 was the Filipino-Swedish Integration Project, which was done in cooperation with – and funded by – Lunds Kommun. The three main activities in the project was 1) Language education, in which we organised language classes for both children and adults who wanted to have introductory lessons to the Filipino language; 2) Panel discussions (in cooperation with Lund Debate Society), a venue for discussing relevant issues to both Swedes and Filipinos; and 3) the Filipino-Swedish Cafe, which aimed to to integrate Filipino and Swedish food cultures, such as through teaching how to cook Filipino (and Swedish) food with thoughts of creating variants using both Filipino and Swedish ingredients. All of these were free of charge and open to everyone. To read more about the specific events, please click here!

Thanks to the continuing support of Lunds Kommun, we will be able to extend the Integration Project for 2015 as well, and with new kinds of activities, too, such as Integration in Watercolor. For 2015, we also organised our biggest and most ambitious event yet, Integrationsdag 2015, a whole-day affair which served as a culmination event of all our integration-related activities. We had different activities during Integrationsdag that catered to a diverse audience, including the Integration Debate Challenge 2015 (together with the Lund Debate Society), several sessions of Filipino and Swedish food demonstrations, language and art activities for children, a whole-day film viewing featuring Filipino films, a whole-day art exhibit by Rachelle Åstrand, a Filipina artist/architect now based in Sweden, and a presentation by Johnny Åstrand (from Lund University) on his research on urban shelters in Metro Manila. The event was a huge success and the real highlight of SSL’s 2015.

In keeping with tradition, we also continued doing our annual get-togethers in 2014 and 2015, such as the “Pistahan sa Lund” and our Christmas Party. Pistahan sa Lund, which was again held at AF Borgen castle for both 2014 and 2015, aims to celebrate Filipino food, song, dance and culture.

 

If you would like to know more information, you can email us at: samasamasalund@gmail.com

You can also like our Facebook page here to be updated with our activities.

You can find us on Twitter: @SamasamasaLund

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