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Safe Spaces for Refugee Children in Germany
About the project
The children who are coming to Germany as refugees have experienced trauma from exposure to war, violence, or persecution. Many are grieving the loss of a parent or sibling, and all of them are in need of a sense of safety and stability. Through a SpielMobil (Game-Mobile), we are creating a place where children who are caught in crisis can play — and begin to heal and simply be children again. Our vision is to engage children in activities that foster their well-being as well as a process of healing.
The SpielMobil is a mobile game station housed in a van that is equipped with a variety of games and other play-learning options for children of all ages. It will travel a regular route to various locations where groups of refugee families are residing in Frankfurt, Mainz, Darmstadt, Wiesbaden, and Gießen.
Through play, a child can build motor skills and critical thinking skills, express their emotions, and be free to release their limitless creativity. Through play, children learn to take responsibility for themselves and work with others as they develop a sense of self-worth and confidence. These developmental aspects are necessary for children to build a stable and healthy life in a new place. We will focus on the specific needs of children living as refugees, helping them learn to adapt to life in a new community and overcome the language and cultural barriers they face.
We expect to see transformation in the lives of both children and parents. A part of the vision is to see new relationships and friendships growing out of the ministry of the mobile game station. We trust God, that through the love and hope shown, many will come to know and follow Christ.
To support this effort, we already have nearly 70 volunteers who will invest their time to make the SpielMobil a reality. They are preparing to welcome refugee families and their children to an environment where children can play freely and safely. The game station will also benefit parents by providing a safe place for social interaction. The station will include a coffee shop where parents can engage in conversation and build meaningful relationships.
Your gift will provide a safe space where children, as well as adults, who are living as refugees can begin to experience healing and hope.
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