The sharp rise in numbers of asylum seekers requires us to ramp up our efforts in providing assistance and supporting the refugees – particularly in the time between entering the host country and the decision on the application for asylum being made. With our programme “4YOU”, we want to reach out to young adults and support them through a language course in conjunction with activities for initial orientation. Our target group are young refugees aged between 18 and 25 years of age who have only been in Germany a short while and are living in shared accommodation in the Dortmund area while they are waiting for their asylum procedure to be completed.
Without knowledge of the language and social contacts with our society, the asylum applicants are forced to adjust to their new living environment and have to make themselves understood in German on a daily basis. Here, the help and hope foundation aims to offer the refugees real and unbureaucratic emergency aid. We would be delighted if you could also support our integration programme “4YOU”.
The four areas of the 4YOU programme
How to reach us
The help and hope foundation aims to ensure linguistic and practical integration of young asylum seekers in Dortmund with its “4YOU” project. For young people living in hostels and collective accommodation, whose residential status and asylum procedures have not yet been resolved, and who are interested in our project, we aim to make daily life easier, keeping them busy and training them in a meaningful way through practical basic language courses and social assistance.
In line with the charity’s goals, we see this work we do with the young refugees as a meaningful addition to our previous training and support projects.
What we offer
The young adults suffer particularly badly due to co-habiting in shared accommodation, being unemployed in constant worry about their family and the outcome of their asylum application.
Here, with four hours of lessons, three days a week, we offer appropriate support that goes beyond purely acquiring basic German language skills. It also involves, for example, passing on knowledge about the country for initial orientation and other topic areas that are important for refugees. This also includes any information that will make the entry phase in Germany easier for asylum seekers, such as information about institutions in their neighbourhood (including the authorities), rules about medical care, basic structures for co-existence in Germany and many other contexts of a culture that is alien to them. Supporting activities carried out alongside the pure language lessons include trips out and practical exercises involving everyday German life, from shopping to using public services.
Important topics include, amongst others
- Everyday life in Germany (shopping)
- Health and medical care
- Local orientation (traffic/mobility)
- Habits and customs in Germany
- Talking about yourself and social contacts