We make refugee integration work
Kimiyaa (meaning 'chemistry' in Arabic) is a non-profit organization created to contribute to the integration of refugees in their countries of adoption. For relations to work between people, you need 'Kimiyaa'.
There are now loud voices rising around the world instilling fear from refugees, unfairly painting them as terrorists or people seeking to take advantage of our economic welfare systems. Our reality is in fact brighter and more hopeful. All refugees taking part in our initiative are eager to put their often dramatic past behind and they are keen to integrate, learn the local language and enter the work force.
Successful economic and cultural integration into our societies is one of the greatest challenges for the next generation at least. In creating Kimiyaa, we wish to help break the divide and bring down the invisible walls of segregation.
Supporting the local economy
For many of the Kimiyaa refugees, it will be their first contact with a local person, a key to feeling part of and understanding their new country of adoption.
How it works
Meet our first Kimiyaa participants
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Karen is a professional designer: "Hamdi is a fast learner and I enjoy his jokes!". Hamdi: "I am very grateful to get this chance, learning computers with Karen is fun and I also get to improve my German speaking skills…double win!"
Kathrin feels that Olaide needs the 1:1 lessons for repetition and to have the opportunity to speak German.
Silke was trainer for at Siemens AG in Munich and is happy to have the opportunity to pass on her thorough knowledge to Fatemeh. The two women motivate each other showing their enthusiasm.
As a student of Political Sciences, Lisa also talks about the political situation with Ibrahim. Their priority is, however, the background knowledge Ibrahim needs for the vocational school to be able to understand the texts and his homework.
Bram, an IT specialist holding a M.Sc. in Automotive Engineering, originally from Indonesia, is very keen on passing on his computer knowledge to his very interested student.
Elisabeth, 23, learned to play her first musical instrument when she was five years old. She teaches Nicole how to play the piano together with reading the music. "Nicole is highly motivated and learns very quickly. It's a pleasure for me to see that."
Inge is a professional computer trainer with a lot of experience and patience. They have already drafted a CV for a job application and Inge also motivates Rubaba to use the special computer programmes for refugees in the public library to improve her German.
Nermin says: "We are all human beings and I wish to help where I can. I am a migrant myself, and as a child in the former Yugoslavia I also experienced how bad a war can be."
"The world seems to be going to a wrong place, countries looking inwardly and there is little compassion for the other. I love the idea that Kimiyaa enables us to do just the opposite and get together to support refugee integration."
"I've been watching what's happening in Europe, the heart breaking images of refugees fleeing violence and despair and like others around, I wanted to help."
"We welcomed the opportunity to help in a direct way, to know we are supporting people in Germany building bridges between refugees and established local citizens. We'd like to hope it's a small but meaningful effort to bring a bit of peace and sanity in a world where prejudice is becoming the norm."
Help Kimiyaa grow!
- Graphic design lesson at €25/hour
- Sponsor supports 24 hours
Multiple donors model
- Graphic design lesson at €25/hour
- Sponsors support 24 hours