Die Arche - Warsaw

by Die Arche Kinderstiftung Christliches Kinder- und Jugendwerk
Die Arche - Warsaw
Die Arche - Warsaw
Die Arche - Warsaw
Die Arche - Warsaw
Die Arche - Warsaw
Die Arche - Warsaw
Die Arche - Warsaw
Die Arche - Warsaw
Die Arche - Warsaw
Die Arche - Warsaw
Die Arche - Warsaw
Die Arche - Warsaw

„Wait, I’ll go tell my mum I will join the camp again next year!”

As we approach his home town again, this little boy obviously finds it hard to say good-bye to the past days of our holiday camp. It was not only the first time he went with us on a camp, it was even the first time he ever went outside his home town for a vacation.

Far from everyday stress, the familiar environment with all its crises and existential questions, a lot of children who come to us had the chance to go on holiday camps with us this summer.

For every single one, it is a completely new, great and often eye-opening experience of getting to know a world that was hidden before: Camps at DIE ARCHE are days of seeing nature, finding new friends and further getting to know oneself. The kids love to finally be in the center of attention with our pedagogues caring about them the whole time. When we put them to bed, they get bright eyes as they tell us about what they experienced during the day: “I never had so much fun” or “this camp is the best time ever” are comments we often get to hear. Of course, we are deeply happy about that, yet it also reminds us that it is so important to be there for them back home as well.

On our camps, the children learn what it means to be a team player, build trustful relationships with others and handle conflicts. During the time together, they also tell us and the other children what usually causes worries at home or school. Above all, the children learn how precious they are.

Dear friends: Our heartfelt thanks for your support in the past. We would be very grateful if our vision to create perspectives for children in need remains close to your heart in the future!

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Karl keeps us on the go. He comes to one of our houses on a regular basis and is very present. Karl is a bit smaller than the other children, what yet might be a factor for his feeling of having to fight his way through more than the others.

Working with Karl is never easy, but that makes his great progress in recent weeks even more worth admiring. Let’s tell you the story of a great boy who is taking big steps right now.

On the football ground was where Karl used to be in his element. He used to sidestep any defender and celebrate every one of his goals as if it was deciding a World Cup final. Actually, he is still a very good football player. But until recently, this was all he had in mind. Doing homework usually looked like this: He pulled one of our pedagogues by the sleeve, said “Please help me with my homework!”, and with that, he meant: “Please do my homework!” A few minutes later, he would say: “Finished! I’ll go play now!”.

Day for day, we tried to support Karl. Having a friendly ear for him and starting the tasks together with him. A lot of failed attempts and alarm signals from school later, he reluctantly agreed to wrapping a deal: We would read football books together, and, more important, before he starts to play. “Football players read as well”, he found out. After reading lots and lots of football books, Karl started reaching out to other books as well: He began to do his homework, finally with some patience as well. “Please help me” now really means: “Please explain this to me”. And when it comes to the range of numbers up to 20, he says: “Thanks, I can do this by myself”.

This is a great progress, but of course only a start. Reading and writing are still a big challenge. But when he leaves the football ground, he nowadays often says: “Come on, let’s read again!”

Children like Karl show us how important it is to take time for every child, even if it is a long road to go. We strongly believe that Karl is taking the right way now. Dear friends: Our heartfelt thanks for your support in the past. We would be very grateful if our vision to create perspectives for children in need remains close to your heart in the future!

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We hope you had a good start into 2019 – for our part, we are indeed able to tell you about quite a lot that has happened at our Arche-houses…

For lots of our children, first school vacations took place: This week, usually between January and February, is commonly called „Ski vacation“. But while lots of our children’s classmates actually do spend winter vacations in the mountains, even the idea of making a journey is for our children only a dream far away from reality. For them, winter vacation is rather another prove of their underprivileged situation in our society. But wait a minute.

Dear supporters: Together, we were able to set up a great vacation programme against winter’s dreariness and you can really say that our children spent a great vacation time full of excitement as well! We visited great attractions in our houses’ environments where our children had the chance to warm up in the luminous atmosphere of a bonfire after a hiking trip, make the acquaintance of ponies or to try out various facilities of a sports hall. We are sure that our activities offered something for everyone, and the week went by in a flash, but will certainly last long in our memory.

Anyway, school has started again and in addition, we want to address a question we are often asked: “How do you get the children to learn and do their homework?” Yes –

In our houses, many kids also do their homework. For a lot of kids this isn’t very easy or pleasurable. But our system of rewards can help with that. Any time one of our kids gets their homework done they are rewarded a point. These points can be collected, and the kids can then exchange the rewards with a great toy. Our little Martin was especially studious and was able to trade his points against a skateboard he had been eyeing for a really long time. He is now the owner of a skateboard and it only took him 37 points. He now skates around proudly and motivates other kids to do their homework in our homework room as well. When asked whether he intends to continue doing his school work now that he has gotten what he wanted, he answered “Of course, I swear, I will always get my homework done!”

By the way: We appreciate all kinds of little toys (like card or board games, Lego, stuffed animals, books, pencils…) which we can use for our reward system very much. Just write us at helfen@kinderprojekt-arche.de or give us a call (+49 30 – 992888822) in case you are interested!

Dear friends: Our heartfelt thanks for your support in the past. We would be very grateful if our vision to create perspectives for children in need remains close to your heart in the future!

Best wishes
Die Arche

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Our Children Celebrating the Christmas spirit!
Our Children Celebrating the Christmas spirit!

The other day it was about to turn three o’clock in the afternoon, as my phone rang. “Hello Bernd, this is Ines. I am the mother of Saskia and Melanie and I am in trouble – would you have time to visit me?”

Saskia (8) and Melanie (10) are two sisters who regularly come to one of our Arche houses. I was a little surprised by the call, given that these two appear to be cheerful and open, rather than unhappy. What could possibly threaten their situation? Ines, their young mother, sounded desperate on the phone. And so on the same evening, I stood in front of her apartment door.

A sobbing, petite woman opened the door to her dark, cold and messy apartment. “I can not turn the light on. Yesterday, the power supply was cut off”, Ines said. She began telling me about the severe obstacles life had put in her way: I learned about her dreadful childhood, being responsible for her little brothers and sisters, leaving no time for herself or a promising school career. Ines had been a child with far too much burden on its shoulders. This was also the first time Ines was able to speak about being abused as a child.

She had run away from home, had the wrong friends and boyfriends who she thought was her great love, but instead left her as she became pregnant. Melanie was born as Ines turned 18. In the time since, her children became Ines’ anchor: Melanie and Saskia should be better off than she had been. For Ines the power cut was a sign that she was not capable of creating a brighter future for her children. Especially with Advent season around the corner: On that day, she was lost.

For Ines, it was not easy to bring herself to ask for help. Hardly surprising, given that there were barely any helpful people in Ines’ life until then. I was glad she trusted me with her story. The next day, I came together with some of the Arche colleagues and we thought about ways to support her. It took only a few days to restore the power supply. Together, we renovated her apartment and equipped it with well-preserved furniture we had collected in advance. Finally, we decorated it with a Christmas tree with already some gifts underneath. Was it a bit early for a Christmas spirit? In Ines’ case, I would rather say that it was a bit late.

Ines’ and her daughters’ eyes were shining, and we were delighted about this wonderful situation. “I will pay back the electricity costs, 20 Euros every month!”, Ines promised. But that is not our point at DIE ARCHE. Our point is to be there for children and their families, to give hope. All too fast, people are condemned by others who don’t ask why they are the way they are.

Dear supporters: Our heartfelt thanks for your support. Together, we give hope and create a strong answer to child poverty and prejudgment. Every child deserves a fair chance!

We wish you a very happy Christmas season.

Bernd Siggelkow // DIE ARCHE

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Dear Arche-Friends,

as the sun is still dipping the city into warm air, we are quite rightly looking forward to several weeks of (late) summer: No signs of changing seasons yet!

However, this time of year is already a time of change for our children: Summer holidays have passed and schools are opening their gates again. The daily routine is about to begin and we give lots of efforts to make our children ready to start! Every year, we consider these days to be some of the most important. In many cases, this time anticipates the path a child will take, at least in the medium run. Trailing behind right from the start is frustrating for anyone - especially at school while permanently being under pressure to perform. If a child is getting up on the wrong side at school’s beginning, it will - sadly - very likely also finish the year there.

Thus: Let’s get started! At DIE ARCHE, we adopt several approaches to make children in our houses fit for upcoming challenges. First of all, a fresh start needs a clear mind instead of unspoken thoughts and questions. For all of our pedagogues, that means to send a signal to the kids: We care about the things on their mind - and during six weeks of holidays, lots of feelings can easily be piled up. In this year, we spent several days with a workshop about emotions, where the kids developed worthwhile ideas concerning their feelings: When and why do I feel angry, fearful or joyful? We were delighted to see how the kids became self-reflected evermore. And we believe that such experiences strengthen them permanently.

For lots of our children, this time is also about meeting friends again. Quite often, they quickly feel familiar again among each other. Some friendships also grew during summer holidays as kids undertook something together: Anyway, we are happy having set the framework of these relations!

Of course, the right equipment also matters to achieve a well-prepared start: Thanks to a great support, we were able to allocate important school supplies such as writing and painting materials or school satchels and gym bags - not only the foundation of a promising learning environment. It also ensures that children coming to our houses won’t be left behind by their classmates because they are lacking things others have got.

We are certainly looking forward to the daily routine where the kids visit us to have a warm lunch, share their thoughts and stories from school and then laugh, talk, play, learn, exercise, paint, do handicrafts, make music, dance and so much more.Until then, we give everything to let our children justifiably say: Now I’m ready to start!

Dear ARCHE-supporters: a heartfelt thanks for enabling us to be there for children in need. We would be grateful if our work remains close to your heart in the future - united, we can create a strong answer to child poverty!

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