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  • Annual Report 2020 : Results, stories and perspectives


    Read the stories of our mentees and mentors

    “An enriching experience which creates bridges between cultures and generations, it is a win-win situation!”

    Eva, Brussels, 55 years old

    “DUO is just the programme I needed. It enabled me to go further in my search efforts towards employment. I gained experience. I regret that I did not hear about this programme much sooner but I am very proud of all I have learned from it”

    Francine, Brussels, 30 years old

    “I love DUO. A team that is both professional and honest. I love the attitude and energy. It can simply make life better!”

    Yasser, Brussels, 25 years old

    “Yannick is surely a mentor who has been around! Although he has a very large experience in tourism, he helps mentees with very diverse profiles”

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    Yannick, Brussels, 57 years old

    “I am motivated to have a coordinator as Anaïs and a mentor as Sabine who do everything for my project. I have a joie de vivre in a friendly and pleasant environment with all their kindness.”

    Marie-Ange, Brussels, 24 years old

    “Open-mindedness, the satisfaction of being useful, and the pleasure of sharing certain experiences.”

    Baudouin, Brussels, 67 years old

    “Finding a job is the key to the door of successful integration.”

    Bernard, Brussels, 68 years old

    “Dynamic, active and straightforward: Petroula is an engineer and technical expert in the environment! But this mentor is also a mother and very open-minded.”

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    Petroula, Brussels, 54 years old

    “It may just be a tiny little drop in the ocean, but I feel like mentoring my four duos has left its mark. ” says Joëlle. ” Three of the four mentees I helped have found a job. We are still in touch. It’s really satisfying as a mentor to know that you can make a difference.”

    Joëlle & Jean-Hubert, Brussels

    “To be mentor at DUO is a unique journey: rich and also challenging. It keeps you intellectually sharp, curious and emotionally alive.”

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    Michel, Brussels, 58 years old

    “I hadn’t met a single person like him in Belgium. We’ve really built a relationship of trust. And needless to say, I will continue to meet with him once I actually start working.” says Khalid, once again hopeful. Jean-Louis concludes, visibly touched, that he has “already received so much in return from his mentee.”

    Jean-Louis & Khalid, Liege

    “From the very start, I knew she was cut out to launch her own business.” explains Pascale. Meanwhile Afaf has launched her own sewing workshop! Afaf replies, “I know it’s not DUO’s main aim, but Pascale gave me incredible moral support.”

    Pascale & Afaf, Brussels

    “With DUO for a JOB, I had the chance to pass on the best of a whole lifetime and was then surprised to realise that I was actually receiving much more in return, from both the association and my mentee”

    Jacques, Brussels, 70 years old

    “Marielle has an atypical background: Chile, West Africa, Asia, we can say that this mentor is on the move! Back in Belgium, she coaches future entrepreneurs and is also committed to fighting inequality and discrimination.”

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    Marielle, Brussels, 52 years old

    “It’s exactly the mentor I wanted!”

    Lizhen, Brussels, 29 years old

    “This experience has been an opportunity to make enriching encounters. By just giving a little time and sharing one’s experience, one receives so much in return: kindness, trust, friendship, the joy of seeing a young person regain confidence and find his/her way”

    Marie-Claire, Brussels, 61 years old

    “It is so well thought out and organised that I wouldn’t stop anymore!”

    Chantal, Brussels, 67 years old

    “Excellent experience with a lot of motivating exchanges.”

    Nazir, Brussels, 26 years old

    “Teresa is an active mentor! Originally from Portugal, she has also lived in Paris, Rome, Switzerland… And finally in Brussels!”

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    Teresa, Brussels, 68 years old

    “DUO is an experience that goes beyond just helping someone find work.” discovered Joëlle. “We joined forces to identify Samsam’s talents and to find out what she wanted to do with her life. Samsam adds, ” It’s thanks to people like Joëlle that I am starting to feel at home in Belgium.”

    Joëlle & Samsam, Antwerp

    “Both exciting and rewarding, each DUO broadens the humanity’s horizons”

    Françoise, Brussels, 62 years old

    “This experience led to several job interviews. I met some wonderful people who invested so much in order to help us find work.”

    Arlette, Brussels, 27 years old

    “I find this project both promising and positive. I wanted to share my experience with others; that’s what I’m doing now with my mentee.”

    Luc, Brussels, 65 years old

    “DUO is a means of doubling one’s capacity.”

    Chris, Brussels, 31 years old

    “Counsellor at the Court of Appeal of Brussels, Deputy Public Prosecutor in Nivelles, we can say that Philippe’s domain is rather on the side of justice and law!”

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    Philippe, Brussels, 69 years old

    “I have learned so much. Thanks to DUO, I have regained confidence in myself. I had run out of ideas. I was lost and now I have found myself”

    Ali, Brussels, 22 years old