In March 2016, our family started a programme to support refugees from Syria & the Middle East and their families in our home town of Pforzheim, Germany. With a population of 100,000, we have taken in more than 5000 refugees since 2014, half of them women. Most of them have not had the opportunity to attend a language course locally because they have to take care of their young children at home.
GoldenHearts wants to give them the opportunity to integrate into German society as quickly as possible and help them build a new life for themselves and their families – learning the local language is the first step on the long road to integration.
Every school year, GoldenHearts supports more than 250 women and their children by offering low-threshold German courses for mothers. In addition, we help primary school children with their homework and sing and play with the younger ones in German. For most of our refugee families, GoldenHearts’ programmes are the first programmes they attend after coming to Europe. We run eight classrooms at six local primary schools. This spring, GoldenHearts launched the GoldenHearts Online Academy to give women who are technologically ill-equipped the opportunity to continue learning during the pandemic.
It is hard to imagine what these refugees have been through after leaving their countries. Here are a few short stories from some of our participants. 2/3 of our students can neither read nor write. Can you imagine what it must be like to live in a developed country and not be able to communicate at all?
Since GoldenHearts started in 2016, more than 700 mothers and 800 children have benefited from our programmes. At the moment, we are raising money to start two new schools in autumn 2021.
To give especially young immigrant students a chance to build a better life, we launched the GoldenHearts Scholarship for Girls in 2019 and awarded our first scholarship to a particularly talented and gifted student from Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton.
Help us to help refugees build a better life.
What we do
The language school offers German courses for mothers, homework help for school children and playgroups for toddlers.