brings women & people who menstruate in vulnerable & marginalized positions together to reach their economic empowerment by overcoming physical, psychological & educational barriers that stand in their way.
Hildashaus has implemented programs both locally (Berlin) as well as internationally (Nepal & Lebanon). Each program is tailored to the communities’ specific needs.
An important part of our mission is to work on health, well being & overcoming stigmas.
For our year-end campaign, we have set a goal to raise €4,800 to start our “Empowerment and Well Being program” with JACK-Berlin’s community of 30 women in refugee status or seeking asylum.
The seed phase started in summer 2021 with activities on how to work with body, emotion & mind:
- Self defence
- Art as a self-care practice
- Gentle movement based on Trauma Sensitive Yoga
- Self massage
The attendees’ active participation, their questions related to personal challenges & willingness for a second cycle concludes the program is ready to be implemented.
JACK-Berlin e.V. is an education center for female refugees & women in need of shelter in Germany. In 2020, Hildashaus & JACK-Berlin began a collaboration using 2 essential pillars for economic empowerment:
- Physical & Psychological empowerment: through the “Empowerment and Well Being” & “Menstrual and Menopause Awareness” programs
- Educational empowerment: through JACK-Berlin’s current projects & activities for digital skill development and Hildashaus' mentoring program (2022)
Due to migration experiences, refugees & asylum seekers are at particular risk of mental health issues & low subjective well being. Evidence shows that women forced to flee war, persecution or violence experience acute anxiety & stress, alongside the pandemic promoting risk factors for domestic violence & depression.
Hildashaus strongly believes in the need for an “Empowerment and Well Being program” due to the link between mental health & economic empowerment.
This program helps women focus on physical & psychological barriers that stand in their way, to ultimately reach economic empowerment.
For the program’s long-term sustainability, we are diversifying our financial resource portfolio with grants, companies’ social responsibilities & private donors.
The implementation phase of the program will consist of:
- 30 attendees (3 groups of 10)
- A cycle of 5 classes for each activity: art therapy, trauma sensitive yoga, martial arts & self massage
Alongside instructors, Hildashaus staff works on a voluntary basis.
Thanks to your contribution, participants can learn techniques to defend themselves in difficult situations & to find a safe space within themselves.