Our Start Social Scholarship | Kick-off in Frankfurt, October 2018
We are very happy to having been elected as one of 100 initiatives to receive a scholarship by startsocial! Startsocial is an annual contest that aims for a sustaining civil society by bringing it together with the economy. On Wednesday, 31. October, we went to the scholarship kick-off in Frankfurt. It was a great event where we got important information on the programme and already had a chance to meet other elected initiatives from the region. Starting in November, we will receive an individual coaching by experienced experts and management for a period of four months. Furthermore, we will become part of an extensive, Germany-wide network of social start-ups and initiatives. We are looking forward to this opportunity!
Fourth Networking Event of the “Heidelberger Netzwerk für Flucht und Migration”, October 2018
Our 4th networking event took place on Monday, 22. October. It was a great evening with 18 initiatives dealing with migration in Heidelberg. During the event we talked about internal issues and strengths, the cooperation with the city of Heidelberg and if and how to enhance our political action. We were also really happy to welcome a representative of BASF that informed the participating initiatives about their funding opportunities. We really enjoyed the productive and positive atmosphere of the evening that was supported by the delicious food of one of our initiatives, KochKultur. Thank you to everyone that came!
Event on “Refugees’ Housing Problems in Heidelberg”, October 2018
On 15. October we invited municipal stakeholders, initiatives and migrants to discuss “Refugees’ Housing Problems in Heidelberg.” We learned from personal experiences of discrimination, poor living conditions, and the many obstacles migrants face when looking for a new home. Following this event, we will become part of the Wohnraumbündis to represent the housing problems of migrants, prepare a statement explaining the difficult housing market for migrant and refugees, and we plan to spread awareness of ‘testing’ renters. More on this to come!
Seeking asylum in Germany: Spotlight on Baden-Württemberg, June 2018
On the 4th of July at migration Hub Heidelberg a presentation was given by Sophie, a longtime member of Migration Hub Heidelberg who is currently working in the public sector in the field of migration, more specifically refugee reception. Her talk shed light on the first few steps of the German asylum process. She focused on the structure of refugee reception in Baden-Württemberg and introduced the most important terms and definitions.
Lets talk about Urban Integration, June 2018
We welcomed our friends from the Transatlantic Refugee Resettlement Network, and together we hosted this event, which took place at Migration Hub Heidelberg on the 15th of June, where field of urban housing and integration related programs and practices were discussed. The speakers of this events were: Sara Boughedir (Urban Development Specialist, Center for Mediterranean Integration), Christina West, PhD (Research Associate and Coordinator at the Urban Office at the Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University in Germany and Carrie Mann (Founder of Transatlantic Refugee Resettlement Network), and the talk was moderated by Ana Maria Alvarez Monge (CEO & Founder of MHN).
The discussion was brought to a local level, we learned information about refugees’ living situation in the Middle East, and from Heidelberg: the challenges of integration in an urban society were discussed, particularly; how housing can be provided and why it is crucial to understand how we are living together. During the event, delicious Syrian food was provided by Sindbad (modern Syrian cuisine) one of our initiatives.
Theater Workshop / Women Empowerment for Refugee and Non-Refugee Women,
We invited women of all backgrounds on the 17th – 18th of March 2018 in Mehrgenerationen Haus Heidelberg,with child care program included, to take part in a two days theater workshop.
The weekend workshop with theater actress Ellen Muriel gave an opportunity for women with or without theater experience to come together, and to get to know each other and try something new. Through a combination of theater, music and dance we explored how we can use our bodies and voices to express ourselves, connect with other people and tell stories without language. Over the 2 days we tried theater games, movement improvisation exercises, body percussion and singing, and performed a small sharing at the end of what we’ve created.
UN Global Compact, March 2018
On the 8th of march we could -for the first time- take part in shaping global processes! We were invited by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and Robert Bosch Stiftung to an exciting barcamp at Migration Hub Network Berlin with many of Germany’s active civil society in the field of migration and development. The focus was on the Global Compact for Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees. In the barcamps and workshops we worked on several impulses which were discussed with representatives of the german government on a panel at the end of the event. We met many different actors of the civil society and we had great ideas for future cooperation and projects together!
Theatre play & workshop with Ellen Muriel, December 2017
After the well-received and filled to the last drop two performances of Ellens play “You, Me and the distance between us” in december of 2017, we brought her back for a two day theatre and Empowerment workshop as a part of the International Weeks against Racism Heidelberg.
The captivating autobiographical one-woman show was created by the british actress based on her experiences of volunteering along Europe’s refugee route in Lesvos, Idomeni and Calais. She uses a unique blend of theatre, puppetry and song to bring to life the existential issues that surround the movement of people and encourages the audience to consider their own position within it.
The workshop was an opportunity for women with or without theatre experience to come together. Through a combination of theatre, music and dance they explored how they can use their bodies and voices to express themselves, connect with other people and tell stories without language through theatre games, movement improvisation exercises, body percussion and singing.
Innovation Knows No Borders Conference, September 2017
After a successful public crowdfunding campaign and through local sponsoring by Berlin hostels several volunteers of the Team Migration Hub Heidelberg and members of Heidelberg initiatives and organisations in the field of migration and refugee, could drive to Berlin for two days: To the Conference for Civil Empowerment: #InnovationKnowsNoBorders on the 21st of September 2017 at Migration Hub Berlin. The goal of the conference was to show the innovative power that comes with and lies in migration. The speakers of the 15-minute talks were social innovators and refugee entrepreneurs: Dashni Morad, Singer & Founder of Green Kids; Asem Hasna, 3D Printing Expert at Refugee Open Ware; Abdul Rahman Al Ashraf, Founder and CEO of FreeCom; Mohamed Jimale, Founder & CEO of Ari.farm; Nat Ware, Founder and Chairman of 180 Degrees Consulting; Fatuma Musa Afrah, Human rights activists & keynote speaker and Titus Molkenbur, Co-founder and Head of Operations at Jugend Rettet e.V. We were very inspired and thankful to attend such a diverse and uplifting conference full of motivated, compassionate and smart people.
KALEIDOSCOPE March, 2017
The KALEIDOSCOPE project was a three day audio drama writing workshop which took place on the 31st of March until the 2nd of April 2017 in Heidelberg. Migration Hub Heidelberg invited the KALEIDOSCOPE team to Heidelberg after meeting them in Berlin. We cooperated with William, Charlotte Stirling and Liz Rigby, the award-winning BBC radio writer and creator of the BBC’s Afghan radio drama. The project was backed by the UNHCR, UNWOMEN and OXFAM.
The participants, 32 Syrian refugees and host community members from Heidelberg, created dramas that were artistically powerful and still educated people about what it means to be Syrian today. They learned how to write, create and present their stories and what has happened to them and their families in the form of 4 x 15 minute radio dramas in Arabic. Always a group of eight writer trainees worked on one script. The play was recorded and broadcasted on BBC in Arabic, and some in English and German, the Syrian radio station Radio SouriaLi and both English and Arabic radio stations in the Middle East.