Why HiMate!? Each year many new people come to Germany? Who are these people? Many people have been living in Germany for years. Who are these people?
For both sides the questions are often the same. So are concerns and fears regarding who the "other" side is. Why? Because people do not meet and interact. Therefore each side often have a wrong image of the respective other. The result: Failed integration and a society that is drifting apart.
HiMate! changes that. By creating space for the necessary mutual exchange we facilitate integration and strengthen social cohesion.
How do you we do that? With HiMate! we create moments in which newcomer, like refugees, and locals can meet on eye-level and get to know each other.
What does that mean precisely? We create these moments by providing vouchers for free cultural and recreational events and by organizing our own community events. On HiMate! users find free offers for cinemas, theaters, concerts and sports events. Among our own events are cooking nights, jam sessions, community parties, soccer tournaments and many more. Moreover we support and encourage members of our community to organize their own HiMate!-events.
Our goal is is create a community in which people can get to know each other on eye-level, irrespective of their origin or theit cultural and social background.
"Hi, Mate!" is a conversation starter, a casual "hello!" between two people. With HiMate! a dialog starts that might lead to a friendship and closer ties to other "mates" of the community, including cooperating partners. HiMate! also sounds like the German word "Heimat", a place that is home, and an idea that is comfort and safety. The connection of both is excatly the message we want to spread.
HiMate! was founded in 2015 after many refugees had arrived in Germany. Initially thought as a voucher platform for donations in kind we switched our focus entirely to cultural and recreational events. Via our large network of partners we already reach around 15.000 refugees in Berlin. Now we want to expand the community Germany-wide.
And here we need your help! As a charitable organization we finance ourselves entirely through donations. In order to work towards our goals sustainably especially regular donations help us. Of course we are also happy about your one-time donation.
Take a look at our single donation projects and help us finance events and print material for our campaigns or pay the work of our team.