Initiate speaking German directly in the refugee homes and offer “corridor and kitchen talks” to those who have not been motivated to learn the language in recent years. The target group mostly includes single mothers with small children, the infirm and handicapped.
In addition, we organize roundtables within the accommodation to introduce the German language and cover important topics such as: ‘Sexuality, parenting and self-esteem’.
For children under the age of 3, who don’t learn German due to a lack of daycare support, we organize get-togethers, which allows parents to play games with children with the support of German speaking volunteers. In this way, both adults and small children learn German in a playful manner. Toddlers learn patience and the rules of the games which is essential for when they join German kindergarten and school.
Here we actively go into the refugee homes in order to find refugees who have a lower German level, but who are willing to work. Some of the refugees have finished education or have work experience from their home country. Helping them to find internships in conjunction with their German courses, apprenticeships and jobs ensures they strengthen their German vocabulary.
Many have already acquired a good knowledge of German, but cannot despite several trials, find their way into work, internships or into apprenticeships. At this point we support them by assisting them with writing CVs, preparing applications, practicing for a job interview, analyzing the market, building contacts through networking and reaching out to specific companies.
Our support does not stop once refugees find work or an apprenticeship. Theory learned in professional schools often results in a challenge. In order to maintain the motivation to complete and continue, support is often required in areas such as: physics, mathematics, electronics etc. We provide not only privately organized tutoring, but also organize support facilities in youth centers for refugees to help improve the theoretical part of their education.
Focal Point Cafe
This project (initiated in 2019 by a private Frankfurt citizen) means supporting refugees and other citizens who have lost or do not have access to the welfare system anymore. They may have “slipped through the net” or “threaten to slip through” the net resulting in them turning to gambling, possible addiction or even depression.
A focal point integration contact point in the form of a small café can be a center to which they can turn to and in which both volunteers and refugees themselves can help. This allows the refugees to earn a small wage. The cafés always have good accessibility, are close to the Frankfurt train station and the ‘Ausländerbehörde’ (Foreigners Authority), as well as offer regular opening times.