is a Social Promotion Association with a specific mission: to create the encounter between cultural and social differences, as a starting point for a sincere dialogue aimed at real knowledge of what lies beyond the first appearance. All with a view to promoting wider change in society.

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Integrations come with eating

The idea stems from the characteristic of the widespread reception model whereby on the one hand it manages to make asylum seekers independent in the area, avoiding ghettoisation and indeed, promoting direct contact with the local community. What remains excluded from the principles of widespread hospitality, however, is the importance of knowledge of the territory and traditions through multiple experiences; In fact, Tahomà has identified the sharing of flavors and knowledge of cooking as the most significant for the purposes of sensible social inclusion. This would allow asylum seekers to get closer to the land that hosts them and would lead to the use of raw materials that they did not know how to cook. Belonging to a place is also conquered through aromas, flavors and raw materials. Asylum seekers come from distant countries, where they not only grow different vegetables and fruits, but also with different seasons. Adapting to a new country also means understanding how the cycle of the seasons works and what can be found during each of them. The economic factor is inextricably linked to this; in fact, foreigners use raw materials in their cooking that are often out of season and therefore considerably more expensive, or they only look for raw materials imported from their countries and even in that case necessarily more expensive.

The aim of the project concerns active participation and integration also from the point of view of that part of the local community that would be most involved: the elderly population of the Casentino. In this case, the local elderly women could not only exploit their culinary skills and knowledge to transfer to young foreigners (becoming themselves the vital part of the project), but also take an active part in a completely new aggregative experience, in able to unhinge false stereotypes and build new solidarity relationships.

Through cooking classes held by the ladies, asylum seekers could learn about the raw materials, their use, the benefits that a healthy and ancient cuisine could bring. They would learn new recipes and therefore how to make the most of the seasons, they could learn the history behind the typical local dishes, which are the result of a geopolitical knowledge of the place in question. The elderly ladies will once again be protagonists, handing down the traditions of the Casentino culinary culture, partly regaining possession of that important role of reference that they have had for all past generations, and in another, leaving behind ancient and secret recipes for an infallible enhancement. of every ingredient present in the kitchen.

Specifically, the project aims to promote food education among asylum seekers, and therefore to develop a sensitivity to food recycling and economic savings. It also aims to achieve an adequate development of the sense of belonging to the host territory, an authentic knowledge of traditions and the development of interpersonal relationships capable of strengthening two vulnerable social groups.

The participants are four guests of the Tahomà association who will follow the cooking lessons held by the cooks invited for the project. The selection of participants will follow specific criteria: knowledge of the Italian language, desire to integrate and learn new realities, passion for cooking.


After School together

The project aims to create an extracurricular space to support study aimed at all students who have difficulties with the Italian language, mainly because they are the children of immigrants whose mother tongue is different from that of the host context.

The idea stems from the observation of the difficulty encountered by children and adolescents, especially foreigners or children of immigrants, to integrate effectively into society and in perspective, in the world of university and work. Indirect beneficiaries of the after-school service will also be the parents of the pupils, because they will see their load of support to be provided to their children lightened and will be able to enjoy a free service, but also the classmates of foreign pupils, who will see a progressive equalization of the general level: the tangible progress achieved during the Afterschool project would in fact lead to a general improvement in the academic performance of foreign students and therefore to a homogenization of the level of each class involved. The Tahomà Association provides both the place where the after-school program is set up, i.e. two classrooms at its offices, and the human resources as volunteers and operators in possession of the appropriate training in order to achieve the best outcome of the project. The project will take place over three years and Tahomà is currently carrying out the first phase in which a first class of Afterschool students from different countries has already been trained.

The lessons, held by the staff of the association, take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 4.15 pm to 6.15 pm.

project supported with 8x1000 funds from the Waldensian Church


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Social Garden

The Social Garden is an initiative that arises from the need to strengthen contact between migrants seeking asylum and the land that gives them hospitality. A strengthening that passes through the most authentic activity of relationship with the earth: agriculture and the cultivation of edible plants.

The project starts from the consideration that migrants come to look for a country where not only food, but legality is the basis of social peace and sharing. To add to this is also the passion that many of the children hosted show for agriculture: most of them claim to have been farmers or to have worked in the cultivated fields.

Tahomà offers a plot of land located in Bibbiena, where everyone can come to plant, cultivate native or exotic specialties and above all share experiences and skills. The garden is easily accessible, so everyone is given the opportunity to go there at any time, and is managed by a small number of managers, identified precisely thanks to their inclination and passion for looking after the land.

But what is grown in the social garden? various species of tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, lettuce, courgettes, potatoes, karkadé, peanuts and aromatic herbs.


Reception of migrants

Tahomà A.P.S. was born in 2016 to respond to one of the major needs expressed by the Casentino context in recent years: the reception and integration of the growing community of asylum seekers from West Africa. In fact, the host community does not initially find adequate tools to address the meeting with newcomers. Tahomà started working by mediating between the uncertainties of the local community and the directives of the institutions, becoming a bridge of connection and sharing between the Casentino population and asylum seekers. Likewise, asylum seekers need to be followed step by step along their path undertaken in Italy, to let them know their position and their rights. (Residence permit, legal training, Police Headquarters and Prefecture, regulations to follow, perspectives)

The migrant reception project was launched in March 2016, when the Association won the announcement launched by the Prefecture of Arezzo to welcome migrants seeking asylum in the Casentino area. The model adopted by Tahomà is the regional one of widespread hospitality, whereby guests are immediately placed in apartments with a maximum capacity of eight people, distributed throughout the Casentino area. To date, the guests reside in Bibbiena, Soci and Partina.

Not only widespread acceptance, but also integrated: that is, that is not limited to the emergence of the phenomenon, but which looks beyond, even to the lasting aspects and future potential. In fact, Tahomà promotes in-depth Italian courses for asylum seekers within its headquarters and numerous complementary volunteer activities. To date, among the many successes achieved, we mention the achievement for some guests of the middle school license and the professional title of Basic Assistant.


No more strangers

Project realized thanks to the contribution of the Tuscany Region - Socio-health orientation project aimed at foreign women residing in Casentino

The project aims to ensure that foreign women residing in Casentino (AR) can have access to hospital health services in a customary manner; the precise objective of this project is the reduction of the costs of emergency medicine and the possibility of carrying out continuous monitoring of diseases thanks to specific, active and conscious prevention.

The aim of the project is to achieve a general improvement in the health conditions of foreign women thanks to an increased awareness of diseases, prevention and treatment.The idea arises from the observation that improper access occurs at local and provincial level. to emergency health services (such as first aid) and above all there is a lack of information on hygiene and the prevention of diseases, especially infectious ones. The tendency to inadequate use of the health care proposal mainly affects the foreign female population, in particular as regards the sphere of maternal, reproductive and children's health and, last but not least, domestic violence. Specifically, the condition of foreign women residing in the area turns out to be critical, not only socially, but also and above all at the level of health indicators: it is in fact foreigners who suffer most from problems such as premature birth and low birth weight, and to resorting to voluntary termination of pregnancy in a higher percentage. This discomfort should be dealt with immediately through very specific methods, which invest skills and time in training the women themselves and in bringing them to the knowledge of prevention.

Tahomà wants: To be a physical meeting place between women belonging to foreign communities in the Casentino area. Offer foreign women training that will make them more aware and able to achieve their own autonomy in accessing health services. To create, with and for the local ASL, a valid point of reference for linguistic and cultural mediation problems in the doctor-patient relationship. To train cultural mediators previously identified during the ifocus group. Repeat the cycles of training meetings to allow a comparison also with the new foreign users who have recently established themselves in the area.

During the whole cycle of focus groups, the participating women will be informed that the operators will be available for additional help. At the beginning of the training, an official presentation of the Listening Desk will be made and the services it offers will be illustrated: accompaniment to health facilities, help in booking exams, mediation, free legal advice. The purpose of the help desk is to allow women to go beyond distrust of the doctor and beyond their own interpretation of the pathology (often influenced by beliefs and traditions).

The project aims to reach, as an indirect beneficiary, also the ASLs. In fact, due to the recent and significant migratory phenomenon, the medical staff of the local health authorities found themselves facing problematic situations due to linguistic and cultural barriers and mistrust due to completely distant approaches to medicine. The operators of the Tahomà association, during the accompaniment of asylum seekers hosted at their CAS to medical examinations, encountered difficulties in communicating with the staff of the ASL. The difficulty lies, first of all, in meeting visions of the body, health and the sense of care that are very distant from the Western medical approach. In this regard, Tahomà identifies a possible help to the ASL in the figure of the cultural mediator who will be female and who will facilitate the understanding of the health system for foreign patients and will strengthen their trust in medical personnel (who, to date, encounter enormous difficulties in dialogue with foreign patients).


Walking with Tahomà

A walk with Tahomà is a support project in favor of elderly people who want to unhinge false stereotypes about migrants by offering a free service: voluntary accompaniment in shopping at the supermarket, in which asylum seekers concretely help before, during and after shopping .

More concretely, Tahomà provides a free service in which asylum seekers housed in the structures voluntarily accompany local people to do their shopping at the supermarket or market. The operators of the Association take care of driving the vehicle that will transport everyone to their destination and which, above all, will accompany them home. The volunteers are chosen because they have a good spoken Italian, sensitive and above all interested in lending a hand to those in need.

The involvement of asylum seekers is not only voluntary, but it is also not limited to the work of carrying the trolley and heavy bags: their presence also wants to be a company for the person, a moral support, a new knowledge with which to share thoughts and interact , all during one of the most common activities of the routine: shopping.

Both the operators and the young volunteers wear a recognizable uniform, and are provided with badges with the name. Tahomà strongly believes in the visibility of this project, above all to transmit trust and security towards those who take part in it.

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Training in school

Tahomà believes in the power of information and in the potential that the younger generations have to build a society based on values of solidarity and sharing. To this end, she promotes training activities complementary to school teaching, bringing the reality of immigration and hospitality to local institutions.

The Lampedusa Paper

is a theatrical show that tells, through songs, stories and testimonies, the migrant peoples through a look that starts from our past history to get to the present. Produced by the NATA and Diesis Teatrango theater company, the show is brought to middle and high schools by the operators of Tahomà.

At the end of the show, the operators and managers of Tahomà address the public directly by presenting one or two asylum seekers housed in their centers and illustrating what is the reception modality present in the territory. The purpose of the final debate is to disseminate direct and true information: the story of the landings, the procedures that Tahomà must follow with the institutions, the reasons for fleeing from the country of origin, the problems found in Italy. Consequently, the show wants to get straight into the consciences of students who are still at a highly malleable age and therefore easily deceived (they often follow the mentality of their most influential families or friends).

At the end of the frontal exposure, young pupils are encouraged to ask questions to the asylum seekers present, in order to reduce the distances and fears often due to the "lack of knowledge" of the phenomenon.


CICT, UNESCO Documentary

Towards search of peace is a documentary made by asylum seekers hosted by Tahomà and directed by Jean-Philippe Pearson with the support of CICT (Conseil International du Cinéma, de la Télévision and de la Communication Audiovisuelle, UNESCO). It tells the life of asylum seekers through the activities they participate in, their life stories and their dreams.

The film was shot in 2017 and saw the involvement of the boys hosted, the operators of Tahomà and also the local community. It collects fragments of daily life that affect all the participating subjects and focuses through monologues and close-ups on what are the aspirations and concerns of asylum seekers.

Towards search of peace is part of that path of correct information that Tahomà addresses to local schools.

Theatre workshop

Starting in 2017, Tahomà joined the "Thieves of Mentine" theater workshop project, organized by the NATA theater company and the Vivere Insieme Casentino Association for people with mental disabilities. Specifically, Tahomà proposed to some of his guests to take part in the theater lessons and to create the final show of the laboratory. (This theatrical workshop is also developed in collaboration with the Municipality of Bibbiena and is supported by the Functional Unit of the Mental Health Department of the Mental Health District of the socio-health district of the Casentino area ASL)

Tahomà has opened the doors of acting to asylum seekers because he is aware of its strong inclusive and therapeutic value and of the benefits it can bring to the troubled experiences of the boys hosted.Acting in fact implies empathy, imagination of the state of mind of others, of the character being played; this helps to improve the ability to understand others, to develop a profound sharing. Acting also involves a difficult challenge, especially for those who feel insecure and shy: the stage can offer them a different vision of reality, more determined, and can give those certainties that will then be useful for living different situations in life with more serenity and self-awareness. everyday.

Precisely on the basis of these principles, Tahomà selects the participants in the workshop with criteria: those who prove to be more sensitive, more in need of externalizing complex moods, of starting to build meaningful interpersonal relationships."Theater company" says the word itself, the theater is done with a company, sharing with others the same passion, the same emotions, the same anxieties and worries. To put on a good show you have to row all in the same direction, be close-knit and help each other.The objectives of the theatrical laboratory project are:

Freedom of expression

promote the freedom of expression of the participants and strengthen it through basic theatrical language acquisition exercises, writing exercises, interpretation of the original text

Open to the public

give an opportunity for authentic expression to disadvantaged social categories, such as asylum seekers and psychiatric patients and allow them to share this expression with an audience

Greater integration

improve the learning of the Italian language for asylum seekers and expand the network of acquaintances and thus encourage an authentic insertion, which starts from the bottom, from a sincere interest

Capacity building

enhance any skills and talents that otherwise would not emerge

World Refugee Day


The 2016 edition, held at the Bocciofila Bibbienese together with ARCI, on the occasion of the Festival of Cultures. The guests of the Tahomà association took care of preparing the food and organizing the party.


The 2017 edition took place at the Casentino Creative Center, where the documentary "Towards search of peace" made by the guests of Tahomà together with the director Jean Philippe Pearson and with the patronage of UNESCO-CICT was screened. A multi-ethnic buffet was then prepared together with the Senegalese community of Bibbiena


The 2018 edition, held at the Poppi Social Center, saw the staging of the theatrical show by the NATA company "La Carta di Lampedusa", followed by a debate with the audience. At the end multi-ethnic buffet and live Senegalese music.All editions of the day were attended by local institutions and exponents not only of the foreign communities present in Casentino, but also of the most important cultural and humanitarian organizations and associations in the Province of Arezzo (Oxfam, CRI).

Housing structures

Adama's house

Adama's house is an apartment located in Bibbiena, with which Tahomà wants to offer concrete support to all those who no longer have access to the second phase of reception, due to the regulatory changes made by Legislative Decree. 113/18 (so-called Safety Decree).

The Oak

The structure called "La Quercia" aims to help families overcome, in the least traumatic way possible, the difficult situation they are experiencing. "La Quercia" provides a socio-educational residential service for women, mothers, or expectant mothers, with a high degree of social disadvantage, who find themselves without any support or need to be protected by being separated from the family nucleus.

The Bamboo and Olive Structures for the autonomy of Unaccompanied Foreign Minors

The Tahomà Association aims to help, support and care for guests in its facilities in view of the realization, on schedule, of the projects developed in the system of SPRAR/ SAI. The structures welcome adolescents and young people up to 21 years of age

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Dott.ssa Chiara Melina Paluani

347 1005253

Avv. Carolin Kiper

338 8825077


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