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SWK-Kesha Niya

Ventimiglia, Italy

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Everybody is talking about the ‘refugee crisis’. Everyone cares but nobody is actually tackling it. Therefore, a group of young people from Northern Germany decided to do something to help.

L. Karsten from Verein für eine schönere WillkommenskulturWrite a message

Everybody is talking about the ‘refugee crisis’. Everyone cares but nobody is actually tackling it. Therefore, a group of young people from Northern Germany decided to do something to help. We started to ask our friends and neighbors for old stuff to sell on flea markets. The money earned became our seed money for helping refugees in need.
We founded the association “Schönere Willkommenskultur e.V.” (‘A Better Welcome Culture’) and started to deliver donations to the EU borders, giving our best to improve the personal situations of the refugees.
 
Our first tour led us along the Balkan route to refugee camps in Slavonski Brod at the border to Croatia/ Bosnia Herzegovina, and to Idomeni in Greece. 
Last year we focused our work on the “de la Linier” camp in Northern France. We built capacities, provided food donations and built up a bakery to allow the refugees to bake their own bread. Out of this work, the “Kesha Niya Kitchen” emerged.
 
The “Kesha Niya Kitchen “ is a community kitchen run by international volunteers in cooperation with refugees.
 Since March 7th we have prepared and served 1000 meals a day in the refugee camp “La Liniere” in Grande-Synthe, France. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and an additional 2 AM meal during the Ramadan period. Furthermore, we provided the camp with firewood for heating.
 
Some months ago we moved to Southern France to take care of the people at the Italian-French border, which are stuck there because of re-installed border controls by the government of France. The refugees living there are afraid they might have to provide their fingerprints in the camps and end up in a hopeless situation, living on the streets. We cook about 400 warm meals each day and transport them in our van to Ventimiglia. Besides, the people need clothes, hygiene products, sim cards and suchlike.
 
To be able to continue our work, and cover our running expenses for groceries, food boxes,fuel for the van and gas for the stoves, we need your support.
 
Yours, in hope for your support,