GoldenHearts: Help refugees in Pforzheim
In March of 2016 our family started a program to support refugees from Syria & the Middle East and their families in our hometown of Pforzheim, Germany.
More than one million refugees from Syria and the Middle East came to Germany in 2015. This migration is overwhelming the German government as well as local municipalities. Our hometown of Pforzheim (population 100,000) has received more than thousand refugees in 2015. Housing, schools, and health are all issues for these newcomers in joining a new community. Pforzheim is creating programs to help the transition of the refugees.
GoldenHearts funds programs that support refugee families to ensure a smooth integration into Germany, build a new life and join this community.
The first program that GoldenHearts funded this year is a project run by the town of Pforzheim, called Integra. Integra has a capacity to serve 24 mothers and their young children.
What will the Program provide?
- Education for mothers and their young children
- Teach basic life skills, and German culture, language and traditions
- Psychological support for traumatized mothers and children
- Provide a supportive community for mothers and families to connect
- Enable mothers to become self-sufficient in understanding available community services in Pforzheim (e.g. health care, housing)
- This will open the door for the refugees to be independent and eventually join the German work force
How much funding is needed?
Integra will need funds of EUR 14.000 per school year to run 2 classrooms with 12 mothers and children each.
How will the Funds be spent?
- Financial support of teachers' and educators' salaries to teach classes twice a week for the period of one school year.
- Provide supplies for the teachers as needed to teach the students the necessary life skills to thrive in Pforzheim
What has happened so far?
- The staff consisting of 2 teachers, 2 educators, 1 psychologist and 1 social worker has been hired
- The local Insel Elementary School will provide the classrooms
What needs to be done?
- The organizers started promoting the program amongst refugee families since the start of the German school year mid September. They hope to have the classrooms filled up within the next few weeks.
- GoldenHearts is raising funds to assure the program can be continued for the 2017/18 school year and beyond.