10 Years of KIgA – and we’d like there to be many more
It’s our birthday! The Kreuzberg Initiative against Anti-Semitism (KIgA e.V.), a registered non-profit organisation, is turning ten. In our anniversary year, 2014, we will be looking back on a decade of successful educational work. What began as a small initiative confined to a single area quickly grew to cover many parts of Berlin, and now works across the country.
We work with complex and sensitive, potentially explosive topics. Our focuses are anti-Semitism, past and present; the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and political Islamism. Through education, we provide sensible and practical ways of confronting these issues.
Education is to us more than just the transmission of knowledge; it is a complex and multifaceted process. In looking at familiar topics from unfamiliar angles, we aim to encourage engagement with the act of learning, and critical self-reflection.
Our work is designed to target contemporary German society, formed as it is, by immigration. In particular, we work with youths and young adults brought up in Muslim communities.
Our team is composed of people from a wide range of different backgrounds and as such we are able to draw on many years of interdisciplinary experience.
Over the years we have facilitated and organised numerous workshops with youths and young adults, hundreds of training workshops for educators, and a huge variety of seminars and conferences. We have advised a whole network of individuals, projects and organisations which deal with the political, academic and educational aspects of anti-Semitism and Islamism. We also regularly welcome international visitor groups who are interested in our work and, for the past two years, have been partnered with the Berlin and Potsdam Jewish film festival.
Other entities, such as schools, youth groups, local and municipal councils, and academic and political officials, have thus also been able to benefit from our expertise.
We have received significant recognition for our work against discrimination and anti-Semitism. In 2012 we were awarded the “Paul Spiegel Prize for Civic Courage” by the Central Council of Jews in Germany.
We need you
For ten years we have been running our programmes with the help of public funds. We have no other income. Anything outside of our concrete projects we execute unsalaried. But, due to a lack of funds and capacity, we can’t afford to do this anymore and are now having to turn down commissions.
The work we do is facing its most critical threat. Our funds and resources are beginning to run out, seriously threatening our continued existence as educators.
Continuity requires security. We want to be able to continue our work and ensure the medium and long-term security of our organisation. But we urgently need financial resources, so that we can start restrengthening our organisation and rebuilding our projects.
Support us, so we can continue and improve our work!