Somersworth Indonesian Cultural Center hosts Holiday Bazaar


SOMERSWORTH — The Indonesian Cultural Center presents its Little Indonesia Holiday Bazaar every Saturday until December 18th.

The events take place on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center at 156 High St. The events feature traditional Indonesian and street food from various local food vendors, live music performances and dances, arts and crafts. crafts and raffles, according to Raude Raychel, president of Indonesian Community Connect.

During this event, ICC will also have several booths hosted by business partners as part of a local job fair to provide access to career resources and workshops to offer support to the Indonesian community. .

The first event, held Nov. 20, drew crowds from across New England, Raychel said. Open to the public, the events aim to allow community members to experience Indonesian culture within their community and to help connect members of the greater local Indonesian community with resources and services.

“It’s a cultural celebration and a community fundraising event for our operating budget for next year,” Raychel said. “It also helps us promote all the work we have done to provide community support services to members of our Indonesian community.”

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Each week has a theme and a special workshop that will lay the foundation for the goals that ICC wants to focus on and expand on next year. This includes programs that help community members connect with jobs, passports, interpretive and immigration services, healthcare and vaccines, in addition to strengthening relationships with law enforcement. local order.

Raychel said the services the ICC has been able to provide this year go far beyond the simple translation services they started offering earlier this year. The organization works to meet the needs of the Indonesian community at various levels, addressing food insecurity, workforce development and support for immigration. Raychel said the cultural center has become an information center for the Indonesian community in the Tri-Cities and beyond.

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“We want to bridge that gap and meet the needs of the community with different support services,” Raychel said. “We want to continue to offer these services next year on a more regular basis. There is a high demand for this, and it can be an important service for our community.

This Saturday, representatives from the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC will visit the bazaar and hold a private workshop with members of the Indonesian community who have registered for assistance in obtaining passports. On December 4, a mobile vaccination clinic will be held at the cultural center and on December 11, local law enforcement officials will meet the ICC for a workshop where they can learn about cultural differences. The final event, on December 18, will be a grand closing celebration.

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