This project is about raising awareness and providing practical support to
fight and contain COVID 19 in low-income housing areas of the
metropolitan city of Enugu, Nigeria.
With financial support from the Baden-Württemberg State Ministry via the
Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ)
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The theme of this measure is right in the middle! living together in the immigration society. The background to this new project idea is the fact that the current situation, especially for young male refugees in Freiburg, is very difficult. Many people in Freiburg are skeptical about them due to current events. With our campaign we want to warn that intensive offenders should not be inferred from a whole group and at the same time point out that the young refugees want to do something positive for „their“ city. With the Refugee Art project, we would like to give them the chance to show that they want to use their creativity and commitment to make a positive contribution to the cityscape. Our goal is, together with sponsors, in public places,
This project makes it possible for local residents to see that the will to integrate and that the city population appreciates it. In this way, refugees can shape our cityscape and at the same time become a recognizable part of this city.
Form cooking teams from refugees with different countries of origin and instruct them in workshops. We would form mixed cooking teams from the participating young people, who would take turns in organizing cooking events. The groups would
first have to be instructed on how to organize the events, eg planning meals,
shopping, managing the budget, hygiene, etc. Workshops are organized for this.
As part of the federal program “Live democracy! Active against right-wing extremism, violence and misanthropy” the German-African association German-Africa Insight eV (GAI) is implementing another non-profit project:
Together „on site“, with refugees and fellow citizens, for the city and social cohesion!
The actions of the colorful Hotspot-Mobile crew are intended to show alternatives for peaceful coexistence for both refugees and residents. She is concerned with making social interaction tangible, improving the everyday life of the refugees and reducing social tensions. This claim is implemented very practically and pragmatically „on site“, because the hotspot mobile is a redesigned camper van equipped with media and material, which will serve as a variable contact point in Freiburg’s public space. Volunteers and experts help refugees acquire additional or new skills that will have a positive impact on their future. With the Hotspot-Mobil project, GAI eV wants to achieve the everyday life of the refugees,
to improve their future prospects and social interaction in our city.
A project of the association German-Africa Insight eV, which is part of the federal program „Live democracy!“ is promoted.
Flight, migration and integration are central themes that are currently dominating the social and political discourse in Germany. But which voices are heard and who is speaking about whom? In view of the often one-sided discussion about migration, the “Telling Stories” project by German – Africa Insight eV wants to focus on the perspectives of refugees and migrants.
Who defines „integration“ and what is commonly understood by this term?
“Integration” here is a more or less one-sided adaptation that people considered to be migrants have to perform” (Paul Mecheril). How do migrants and refugees deal with these demands for integration and the great pressure to assimilate? What does the constant attribution of strangeness do to you? Who belongs to Germany and who doesn’t? What actually characterizes „being German“?
In the „Telling stories“ project, some African migrants and refugees had their picture taken with symbols of Germany they had chosen themselves. In video works, the refugees‘ escape stories about their reasons for fleeing and their routes are told by Germans.
There are different reasons for fleeing – for leaving your home country. Many are fleeing due to civil war situations, which are currently affecting the Middle East, but also Burundi, Sudan, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Many women flee because they are to be circumcised or forced into marriage. Gay people flee because they are tortured or executed because of their sexual orientation. Others flee because they are imprisoned, abused or killed for their beliefs. Many people are ostracized and persecuted because of their social, religious or ethnic group affiliation.
Appeal for donations for Ebola sufferers and their families in West Africa
So far there are no drugs to cure Ebola disease. And so education and prevention through the isolation of patients, care and compliance with strict hygiene routines for people in the affected regions is currently the only way to contain the disease. Ebola is deadly, but the risk of infection can be contained if the people affected are informed about the transmission routes.
In the Ebola crisis areas in West Africa, the doctors and helpers lack the essentials to protect themselves: medical protective clothing, sterile gloves, goggles, mouth and nose protection, boots and disinfectants. There are not enough quarters to accommodate the people who may be infected. And there are not enough beds for the patients.
Other consequences of the epidemic are the collapse of economic routes and infrastructure. In agriculture, too, a lack of workers leads to crop failures and thus to famine. Basic food prices are already rising.
We want to support the people there with practical measures such as: the distribution of medical protective suits, hygiene articles, food as well as awareness and prevention campaigns. Many children lost their parents to Ebola disease and are now orphans or half-orphans. You urgently need support.
Together with our local partners, we will send trained helpers to some villages to help and educate the people – about hygiene, nutrition, personal hygiene and preventive measures. Dealing with the deceased sick must also be discussed, since many traditions and superstitions contradict preventive measures.