Taking SPEAK to Aveiro
Together we can bring SPEAK to a new city!
Our Purpose
SPEAK connects local people with migrants and refugees, it decreases the gap between them and promotes tolerance. SPEAK is a space where everyone can share their world and express themselves in a trusted environment.

“I want people to feel at home in their new cities, as I do now. I want to contribute to create a more inclusive world, embracing the richness of diversity. I believe getting together, and sharing our culture and exchanging ideas is a step forward to achieve a more tolerant and respectful humanity.”
On Going
107%
€1.611,68
raised of €1.500,00 target
58
backers
Meet VALERIA
“My name is Valeria. I was born in Mexico but life brought me to Portugal, and I love it here. I am a designer, traveler, dreamer and now a social entrepreneur. I have always been interested in other cultures, so when the opportunity arose to be an advocate for diversity, I took it. I believe since we are all humans and there is much more that unites that what sets us apart; we have more in common than what stereotypes allow us to see.
When I moved to Portugal, I thought it would be easy, but I had to overcome some challenges. Eventually, I made friends and learned the language and now I love the country that I chose to live in and I feel at home in my new city. I want to make other people feel at home, too!”

It’s for people like VALERIA that we want to make this happen!
Latest Donors
Baris Konor
Agora Aveiro
Jime Akpusugh
Annie
Carlos Meneses
Lluvia Meneses
Alexandra Soares
Fabio Silva
Arminda Carreira
Ana Carreira
David Turrubiartes
Iolanda Mafalda Madureira Nunes Rodrigues
Javier
ANA
José Carlos Mota
Ricardo Sosa
Silvia Uribe
Carlos Gomes
luis manuel
Martha Cervantes
Rodrigo Meneses Meneses
Cristina de Magalhães Pinto Aun
Lindsay White
Adriana Garcia Marquez
Natyeli Martinez-Neria
Marc
Mirali
Luís Vieira
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Rita Figueiredo
João
Eugenia Almeida
Lidia Cirrone
Joana Fernandes
Ramon Que
Shuhao Que
Viktoria Riabenko
Rita Figueiredo
Victoria Riabenko
Lidia Cirrone
Raman Zhyvitski
Nele Blender
Maria Cernaut
Frances Donovan and Jeffrey Amelse
Helena Robalinho Freitas
Cristiana Maria Ramos Lopes
Miguel Angel Macias
Tania ibarra
Ana Rita Monteiro
Hugo Menino Aguiar
Why SPEAK? 
“I have experienced the feeling of not belonging and of missing home. When I arrived to Portugal, I had some difficulties and I feared I had made a wrong decision, but little by little, I began surrounding myself with the locals and feeling their warmth welcoming hearts. I want people to know that the feeling of loneliness will go away, and that they can start a new life in their new countries. I also love sharing my culture, as it makes me feel closer to home.
Aveiro, despite being a small city, has a very interesting dynamic; due to the great flow of immigrants that come here attracted either by the University or the beautiful canals in its Ria. These foreign people combined with the unique personality of the aveirenses provide the perfect setting for people to interact and create a multicultural community.”
Why are we fundraising?
“I started this project over two years ago and I am happy to see that many people have identified and embraced SPEAK. Together, we have involved 150 volunteers, coordinated 90 language groups for nine different languages, organized more than 50 events promoting the exchange of cultures and experiences, reaching 527 people from 48 different countries! We have also given 134 scholarships for participants to learn the local language while integrating into their new communities.

I see people’s lives changing because of SPEAK. Participants not only assure that SPEAK has been key in their transition to settle in the city, but also most of them have made at least one new friend and almost 50% have received some kind of help through the community.

This project is my passion and I am eager to continue growing this community and help more newcomers to integrate to their new cities. I believe this is possible with the support of big-hearted people who are willing to donate to our mission.”
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