As a resident of Belgium, it is important that you are aware of the precautions to protect yourself and others against contamination.
What can you do to protect yourself?
The Agentschap Integratie en Inburgering presents all sources of information together with information on contamination and the latest government measures in eighteen different languages.
The SeTIS Wallon, a social interpreting service, has also translated the precautionary measures and government decisions to combat the coronavirus. This information is available in 17 languages in PDF format and in 13 languages in video format.
The House of Health also bundles multilingual information, and looks at local, urban advice.
What do you need to know as an asylum-seeker?
Fedasil provides information in twelve languages regarding applications for international protection, measures in centers, the ban on assembly and what to do in case of illness.
Where can you go for help?
Solentra has a free helpline for psychological support and help with problems. You can go there every working day between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. in Dari and Farsi and between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Arabic.
On the website of Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen you will find information on where to find shelter, sanitary facilities, food distributions, medical help, legal and social advice, psychological assistance and leisure activities: Dutch | French | English | Arabic.
What is allowed/not allowed and what can you do?
Riso Vlaams-Brabant has drawn up information sheets in ten languages (including Arabic, Pasjtoe and Dari) with tips on how to structure the days with children, a list of educational TV programs, websites with stories and educational videos.
More than 50 humanitarian organizations, including UNHCR, have produced a children’s book that clearly explains the situation, the disease and the measures, in 15 languages.
The city of Leuven provides discussion groups of up to 4 people via Whatsapp for non-Dutch-speaking newcomers to continue practicing Dutch. Volunteers supervise the conversation.