Die Arche - Dusseldorf

by Die Arche Kinderstiftung Christliches Kinder- und Jugendwerk
Die Arche - Dusseldorf
Die Arche - Dusseldorf
Die Arche - Dusseldorf
Die Arche - Dusseldorf
Die Arche - Dusseldorf
Die Arche - Dusseldorf
Die Arche - Dusseldorf
Die Arche - Dusseldorf
Camp collage
Camp collage

Dear ARCHE-friends,

we are so grateful for the support you’re giving us for our work. United, we can build a new, strong perspective for children in need.

The new: An important aspect of our approach to a better future for our children. Making new friends, trying out new instruments, sports, games or books or get to know new and tasty meals – these are significant elements of everyday work in our houses. However, in this report we want to share another meaning of finding the new. Let’s tell you great stories from our diverse trips and camps!

First, there is our standard-camp. We take our kids into the countryside and set up a great time shaped by action and fun, exciting puzzlehunts and tournaments or games that seek to further develop our children’s personalities. Of course, we also love visiting attractions on the spot and exploring the landscape. Quite a high-class standard, isn’t it? The kids are downright flourishing at our camps. For some days, they can forget the challenges they must face every day and instead be what they are: Children. We recognize the relevance of showing them something that is beyond their neighborhood often already on our journey to the camp: Quite a few kids are lacking a sense of locality – they simply never had the chance of seeing anything out of their daily routine before. After more than an hour of driving along forests next to the motorway, they ask: “Are we still within our hometown?”

At DIE ARCHE, some of our camps also have a special focus. When final school exams are coming up, we offer camps where our diligent teenagers get the chance to learn and prepare for the tasks waiting to be dealt with. Besides our pedagogues, volunteers who travelled through the whole country participated at this camp as learning supporters – a great effort for our kids!

Another important matter is strengthening our children’s families. Nothing can replace the role of a family. At our mother-child-camps, we are not only offering a varied schedule for both sides. First and foremost, we foster their relationships during a time without everyday worries that often threaten the trust in each other.

Alas, these few cheerful days cannot solve all of our children’s challenges at a blow. But nevertheless we believe that our camps are definitely more than a sort of isolated joyful time: We try to excite a curiosity and awake a feeling that lasts. Children at DIE ARCHE matter to someone. They belong to our society the same way as everyone does. They have the potential to fulfil their wishes.

Dear supporters! Thank you sincerely for enabling DIE ARCHE to be there for children in need and exploring new perspectives together with them. No matter what background they have. And still being considerate of that background. We would be very grateful if children in need remain close to your heart in the future.

Mother-child-camp
Mother-child-camp
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Splat!
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Eureka!
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Bike ride beginning in 3,2,1...
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ARCHE-kids bringing colour into a refugee shelter.
ARCHE-kids bringing colour into a refugee shelter.

Dear ARCHE-friends,

once again, we are so thankful for all your support – united, we can create a strong response to child poverty.

In this report, we want to share our impressions about people that never chose to become what we call them now: Refugees. Their distress has been answered by a heated political debate about numbers and borders instead of men, women and children. Everyone has formed an opinion about “how many should be let in” - but not only private persons forget that tasks do not end at the entrance gate of a refugee shelter.

Of course, refugee children and their families matter to us as well. Of course, we let everyone in – and we also hit the road to invite them… But read for yourself!

Back in summer, some of our older ARCHE-kids supported our youngest during a very special excursion: Equipped with ale-benches, colourful balloons, music and cheerfulness, we headed to a nearby container-settlement for refugees. We set up cool games and our kids even performed a play: Under the motto “You can achieve anything”, three cute piglets even beat an evil wolf. What our kids wanted to convey was that one never should quit but try to give everything for one’s dreams. At the end, a refugee child came to one of our ARCHE-pedagogues and asked: “Will you come again tomorrow?” Well, we would love to. But of course, our children cannot always fill a role for others. The challenges and issues they themselves must face every day do not stop. Hence, it is important that we do not take away from the attention we must give to all the children who are already used to coming to us.

So: What is our answer to this asking refugee child? We cannot come every day. But we invite everyone warmly to come to our houses – we strongly believe that our capacities are big enough. We were able to broaden them and to set up programmes considering refugee children’s backgrounds. We also invite their parents to language cafés that shall foster integration. Refugee children appreciate our answer: More and more kids visit our houses and find new friends. Thus, some finally settle into their new environment. Intercultural friendships are not only a good way to overcome cultural bias. We often notice that children learn something about themselves when they learn something about their friends with other backgrounds.

This report tries to emphasize our attitude in this topic: We must never forget love of neighbour. Our aspiration is to put that into practice.

Dear supporters! Thank you sincerely for enabling DIE ARCHE to be there for children in need. No matter what background they have. And still being considerate of that background. We would be very grateful if children in need remain close to your heart in the future.

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Yes, we spotted Santa Claus!
Yes, we spotted Santa Claus!

Dear ARCHE-Friends,

thank you so much for your support. We would like to give insight in what our kids can expect during the vivid Advent season when they visit us – you are also a reason why we are able to set up a great Christmas program.

First, our houses certainly must make a festive impression: It is always a great pleasure to take pens, brushes and scissors in hand and make awesome decorations together with our kids. With great justice, we all are very proud of the results who dip our houses in a real Christmas wonderland. Of course, we also sweeten this time with baking delicious and colourful cookies and gingerbreads together with our kids. They simply love to consider funny new shapes and ways to paint them with food colouring!

But our Advent season’s highlight is definitively the Christmas party where we celebrate together and have a great time with a stage program and a festive meal. Every child receives a personal gift. This may sound ordinary, but given that for way too many children in our houses this is the only real Christmas gift, it is a moment our kids have been looking forward to for a long time. They recognize that someone is giving thought to them. That they are important.

We are really touched by lots of our children’s commentaries: 11-year-old Mohamed said “Here is everything my heart wishes for. I think, I’m in paradise!” Given every child’s personal background, it is such a new and relevant version of the Christmas message.

After all, we also do not forget our program’s cornerstones during that time: Of course, daily free meals, school support and all efforts we give to strengthen our kids’ personality continue.

Dear supporters, our heartfelt thanks for enabling DIE ARCHE to support children like this. It would be a pleasure for us if children in need will also be close to your heart in 2018!

Warmly

Samuel

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Two ARCHE-Children with their mother
Two ARCHE-Children with their mother

“DIE ARCHE is my family.” Children in our houses say this not uncommonly. A special statement! We want to share our thoughts about it and about visions and limits of our work with you.

 

A new report often offers joyful anecdotes about exceptional moments – just look at our previous news. Of course, we also had some of these highlights recently. But we recognize this time of year eminently as a time of reliability for our kids. It is when the new school year truly started, first tests and exams are due and big questions of friendships or roles in their school classes cross our children’s minds.

 

Our vision is to make every child coming to us sure of our support for them: We go through exercises, try to find solutions together and encourage the kids to be prepared for upcoming school tasks. School support is not simply about improving in one or another subject. It is generally about approaching education positively: Lots of our children founder on crowded school classes in which they feel left behind and chanceless whilst comparing their knowledge with the rest. Every day, we give everything for a little smile when our kids open the huge school door.

 

Certainly, our children’s future is not the only thing on our mind. When they enter our house at noon, our kids have a lot to tell: New friends, old disputes, other pupils or teachers who were kind or mean – they open their hearts to us. Our answer is always to have a sympathetic ear for them. The children’s trust in us; the way they entrust us with their thoughts and feelings makes us glad. It is simply our work’s fundament.

 

Nevertheless, this bond of trust embraces danger: Quite often, we recognize children sharing their thoughts with us in a way that makes us anxious: We see that we are the only ones listening to them. No matter how important we wish to be for our children: Every man, every child needs the love of family. And our work can never replace this. Therefore, we also insistently try to bolster our children’s families. A few days ago, we arranged a long and social family evening.

 

After all, we mention a real highlight in this report: We experienced outstanding moments when children and their family members found evermore common ground together. Never let it be said that autumn time is just ordinary! Evenings like this show another aspect of DIE ARCHE’s self-understanding: Building bridges in our children’s life. We believe in the significance of every day. By the way: We offer parents a common breakfast with our pedagogues routinely for listening to their thoughts as well.

 

Dear supporters, our heartfelt thanks for enabling DIE ARCHE to support children like this. It would be a pleasure for us if children in need will also be close to your heart in the future.

Warm regards,

Samuel

Fathers & sons prove their water-resistance
Fathers & sons prove their water-resistance
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Friends drawing togehter
Famliy evening impressions
Famliy evening impressions
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Ready for a big leap...
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Enrollment

Every year, there is a moment nearly every pupil appreciates emphatically (and maybe even more than doing homework): During this moment, the school bell is finally ringing, the children are jumping up: It’s summer holidays!

Of course, our kids at DIE ARCHE have their very own relation to this period. It is a time providing free space to every child – it is our ambition to fill this space with a colorful and recreational variety instead of grey vacuums that could await some kids otherwise.

But first things first – so let us start with the youngest: These kids proudly show their school cones to the camera. It’s a joy to behold, isn’t it? They cannot wait for the school to start and are excited about their new class mates. Every year, we recognize the relevance of a good school start: School years can be a wonderful harmony of education and community. But especially if a child feels left behind right from the beginning, these years can be characterized by frustration and exclusion. That’s why we are grateful for being able to equip our kids with pens, drinking bottles, school bags and other materials to learn as well as some really cool toys that help to prevent them from being outsiders.

Now, let’s bring the report’s beginning to mind again: The teacher’s wishing everyone a great holiday, the sportiest pupil is the very first one to open the door and all the children are leaving the school building. While some pupils already are in a pleasant anticipation of their holiday plans, some others sense the start of a quite long time where they don’t actually know what to do. We aim to offer something in reply to this. Something that could inspire our kids instead of leaving them behind with a feeling of insignificance. Something like our canoe trips where our groups grow together whilst dealing with all features of being waterborne. Something like visiting a zoo or go climbing and leaving obstacles behind. It is about taking action and be there for the kids.

Finally, I’d like to write about some of our kids who actually did something and now had their last school holidays. We are not supposed to call them “kids” anymore: They’ve passed school exams. We use to have mixed emotions about that. On the one hand, saying goodbye to some personalities we know for years is such a hard thing. But of course, we are absolutely proud of them. At a gallant hotel’s invitation, our school graduates enjoyed a gorgeous multi-course dinner. When we saw their jubilant faces, we were reminded of the school enrollment picture above. It somehow felt like coming full circle.

Thank you for enabling us to initialize these circles, to be alongside. It would be a pleasure for us if children in need will also be close to your heart in the future.

Warm regards

Samuel

Canoeing
Canoeing
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Climbing
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Dinner

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