You say coffee means a lot to you. So is coffee a social thing for you?
Coffee brings people together anyway. Meeting up to drink coffee together is one of my favourite activities. While drinking coffee, you tell stories. You also drink it as a break between work. No, I prefer to drink my coffee with as many people together as possible. The more people, the more joy.
Meeting people and engaging with people is a big part of the project.
When I came here, I didn't speak the language either. But through sports, I met a lot of people and made friends for life. It will be the same for them with this project. Coffee brings people together. By getting together and talking to people, their language will improve anyway. They will even make friends for life and create a lot of self-confidence. They become 'different' people and that is precisely why Komaf Koffie is a wonderful initiative. So the project can definitely help to practise Dutch.
What really won you over to take on the ambassadorship of Komaf Coffee?
I chose to become an ambassador for Komaf Coffee because it matches my own story. Besides, coffee itself is something I drink every day. It is a wonderful initiative that offers newcomers a signpost in society. Everyone has to start somewhere. For me through sports, for them through coffee and there are so many other paths. I just know it is a full-fledged initiative. Otherwise, I wouldn't lend my face as an ambassador. I am really over the moon about this initiative and I have no doubt that a lot of great results will come from it.
You are also an ambassador for SportAround and many more initiatives in Ghent. Do you think there are similarities and cooperation opportunities with Komaf Koffie?
There are definitely collaboration opportunities between the other organisations I am an ambassador for. Especially since Komaf Koffie are still looking for places to stand. Especially to places where people come together and those are just places where we are also active. And so there are a lot of opportunities for our organisations to work together. We will definitely support this.
Bashir Abdi, thank you immensely for your time and inspiring answers.