My Uncle Tobias and I live in a small town in east Germany. I am sure you are aware of the fact that Germany is currently faced with the challenge of providing affordable and comfortable housing for a signifcant amount of refugees.
The German government is not exactly doing a great job of handling what the media calls the "refugee crisis". Especially in rural areas in the east of the country, where racism and islamophobia are unfortunately still very widespread.
So Tobias decided he wants to take matters in his own hands: in the town of Wernigerode there are these vacant buildings shown in the pictures. He has already visited the buildings and studied blueprints of the objects. At 740m² of total area the large stone building could comfortably house 10 families at 74 m² each.
In addition there is the smaller white house which is located on the same premises. It also has an area of 74m². The plan is to have local volunteers live there as sort of "caretakers" helping with language studies, social and cultural integration, registration forms and general bureaucracy (which we have a TON of in Germany).
My uncle is no wealthy man but he is resourceful. He has worked in construction all his life and will personally oversee and work on everything from landscaping and renovations (inside and outside) to electricity and plumbing.
In order to realize this project he needs a bank loan. With the low interest rates this is a perfect time to apply but with little personal savings as security the bank requires of him to provide part of the sum up front. That's why I am trying to help him raise some money right here.
If we manage to raise enough I will keep contributors posted with pictures of ongoing constructions as well as thank you messages from my uncle and the families who will be moving into the house.
With your contribution you can assist Tobias in creating an inclusive environment and provide a home for people who had to leave behind everything. Every bit of support will be greatly appreciated, not just by us but by the the families whos lives you would improve forever.