Project Reconnect grantee helps refugees shape their future

By Theresa Ritzer, Project ReconnectOn the ground floor of the refugee welcome center in Potsdam, Germany, a small internet café invites residents to research or study online. The nonprofit organization, Refugees Emancipation, has installed internet access and equipped the welcome center, a big residential facility where refugees live when they first arrive in Germany, with … Continued

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Project Reconnect grantee receives prize for learning platform that benefits young refugees

By Theresa Ritzer and Sybille FleischmannEvery Monday and Wednesday afternoon, the Serlo Lab School in Munich opens its doors to students from the neighborhood. There, experienced educators and teachers-in-training offer  free math tutoring to high school students who need extra practice. Among these students are young refugees, who use the opportunity to catch up on … Continued

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Digital skills give refugee children a springboard to the future

By Izabela Bajalska, Save the ChildrenEisenhüttenstadt is a small, unassuming town on the German-Polish border and it currently hosts about 200 refugee children and their families. These children, who have been exposed to risks and dangers during  their journey to Europe that no child should ever experience, have found the first semblance of peace and … Continued

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Laptops help prepare young refugees for vocational training

By Sybille FleischmannEight young refugees are working together on a class project at Nikolaus-Lehner-Schule, a public trade school in Dachau, Germany. They have pushed their tables together to form two groups. On their desks, the students have laid out large blueprints for a bathroom. Each of the young men has a small laptop on his … Continued

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Germany gives, and a refugee gives back

By Theresa RitzerAdnan Saleem Saqib has a wife and two daughters back home in Pakistan. Before fleeing his home country for Germany two years ago, Adnan worked as an accountant. He studied economics and met his wife-to-be in college. They fell in love and married without their parents arranging the union or first giving consent. … Continued

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Kiron student: ‘All human hearts speak the same language’

Kiron Open Higher Education is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide refugees with the opportunity to get higher education. Kiron is a grantee of Project Reconnect, an initiative from NetHope and Google.org that provided 25,000 Chromebooks to nonprofits supporting refugees in Germany. Kiron makes the laptops from Project Reconnect available to students in … Continued

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Kiron student: ‘I came to Germany because of love’

Kiron Open Higher Education is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide refugees with the opportunity to get higher education. Kiron is a grantee of Project Reconnect, an initiative from NetHope and Google.org that provided 25,000 Chromebooks to nonprofits supporting refugees in Germany. Kiron makes the laptops from Project Reconnect available to students in … Continued

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Kiron student: ‘My story is not set in stone yet’

Kiron Open Higher Education is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide refugees with the opportunity to get higher education. Kiron is a grantee of Project Reconnect, an initiative from NetHope and Google.org that provided 25,000 Chromebooks to nonprofits supporting refugees in Germany. Kiron makes the laptops from Project Reconnect available to students in … Continued

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Refugee used online education to accelerate resettlement

By Theresa Ritzer, Project ReconnectNoor Hakeem is excited to be a dad. Just a few months ago, he and his wife, Sumaya, welcomed their first child. Noor is also happy that he was officially granted asylum status in Germany. Together, Noor and Sumaya have built a new life: family, their own apartment, and a job.Noor … Continued

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‘I would very much like to stay in Germany and have a job’

By Sybille Fleischmann, Project Reconnect leadIn Leverkusen-Opladen, a small community near Cologne in Germany, employees of the Kolping-Bildungswerk training center help young refugees prepare for and find a job or apprenticeship in Germany. They offer German lessons, tutor the refugees in math and other topics, and arrange internships. Currently,  seven young men between 19 and 23 … Continued

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