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Only a few people away from everyone else

Have you ever heard that everyone is only six people away from everyone else in a network that involves the whole world? There is a theory about that called “The small world problem” (1967). So, we have recently been reached by a group from France that intended to meet Dutch organizations based in Amsterdam to exchange experiences and knowledge about common practices and similar initiatives toward making integration a better experience for status holders and other newcomers in Europe.

Among the points of interest mentioned by the organization are our Entrepreneurship project aimed at newcomers and Breath of Hope’s work in providing emotional care for women, which were particularly noteworthy. “It’s always very enriching to see how other social organizations have been working together in different European countries. For Road of Hope, a young organization compared to SOS, which has been operating for over 40 years, their interest in the work we do here in Amsterdam opens up a wide range of possibilities and motivates us to do even more”, said Patricia Barendregt, director of Road of Hope.

One of the Projects and Private Partnerships Managers of Group SOS, Adrien Gonthier. | Photo: Road of Hope.

The group of four representatives was led by Adrien Gonthier, one of the Projects and Private Partnerships Managers of Group SOS. The non-profit organization based in Paris has been combatting all forms of exclusion, including people in exile, by providing facilities and job opportunities through partnerships in more than 50 countries. What a big world we could see through the eyes of these four people.

Basically, the hypothesis of “The small world problem” points out that it takes a few bonds of friendship or connection for any greater achievement to have a global impact. In fact, nothing we have done till today would be possible if it weren’t for our partners from then and now, for whom we will always be thankful.