visit at the stadium - 10.000 m run of men
Summer is over, but we were able to enjoy the perfect weather in Berlin with at least two nice PaSch activities and we are sure that a lot of mentees had a nice time swimming or eating ice-cream to cool down during summer.
Like mentioned in our last report, we visited the European Athletics Championship on 7th of August, which was an amazing highlight for all of us. They donated PaSch, as project of a social and nonprofit organization, free entry tickets and we had great seats in the Olympic Stadium to watch all kind of different disciplines at this evening session (like hammer Throw, decathlon, long and short distance running over 100, 400 and 10.000 meters etc.).
The mentees as well as the mentors had a really nice time and we stayed until the final run over 100m of men was over and got back late with hundreds of people from the Stadium. Luckily it was summer break, so the kids were allowed to stay up late. We were all happy to have the possibility to see the Athletics Championship live at the stadium. Some of the kids did really catch fire and watched further sessions on TV the following days and asked, if we could go again. Some mentees did get an autograph of a polish hammer thrower, who won silver and they were pretty proud. Thanks to your donations, we were also able to invite the mentees and mentors for a cold drink, which was really helpful to have nice refreshment sitting there on one of the hottest days in Berlin with 35 degrees Celsius.
On 7th and 8th of September the so called Volunteer Days Berlin took place and also our community center offered a lot of activities where neighbors and interested people could support not only our community center but also some other projects nearby. On Friday neighbors and some companies gathered here to support us with some little and some bigger projects like building raised planting beds, paint tables and benches for the kindergarten, develop and write slogans on banners for a democratic and open community or join the RepairCafé and learn how to fix an old electronic device. We were overwhelmed by the number of people joining the activities and could say thank you with a diverse buffet at the end of the afternoon.
The next day, on Saturday, we offered a recycling and waste workshop in our community center and invited our mentor and mentee couples but also neighbors. We met at 12h close by and started the day with cleaning our district - or at least a part of it at the small river “Panke” - where we found lots of waste close to playgrounds, in bushes and next to benches - where you are supposed to relax and enjoy nature. We separated “good waste” from “bad waste”, so we already started to imagine what we can build in the following workshop. We found all kinds of waste people throw away, for example a DVD- player, a damaged mobile phone or electronic cables, bottles, lots of cigarette ends or crown caps… We were wondering and sad, why people throw away so many things into nature and don’t realize how they damage nature and themselves with their actions… When we returned to our community center, we offered a small buffet to thank our supporters and to strengthen ourselves before the workshop started. We had to clean the “good” waste we gathered and then learned about what waste and recycling is all about and even what you can do with waste – for example sculptures and other useful stuff. They created diverse and useful things like a savings box or instruments and had fun to recreate things with waste. We all had a lot of fun and presented the sculptures for about 2 months in our community center.
In October, we offered another workshop for mentors again in cooperation with another mentoring project. Unfortunately, we could just train 2 new mentors for PaSch, because some of the interested volunteers did either not respond anymore or their life somehow changed and they told us that they are not able to take that responsibility anymore because of changes in job or family matters.
But one of the new mentors already met her mentee twice and next week, we sign the contract. The girl is the little sister of the mentee, we mentioned in our last report. She is really happy to be part of PaSch now, too. Another match of a new mentor/mentee couple worked out as well, they already signed their contract a few weeks ago.
Unfortunately, we also had to end some matches again and there are different reasons why. We talked to all of our matches and some being in the project for some years already, figured out that it doesn’t work out so well anymore. The mentees, already being teenagers, develop new/ other interests and want to spend their time with peers rather than with their mentors (especially when the mentees are boys and the mentors are women). In our project we also focus on elementary school kids as the target group, so our offers for mentors and mentees are specialized for the younger ones and the teenagers cannot identify with the support so much anymore. But we always try to tell them that they can keep in touch with less frequency also outside of our project and “just” to be friends and meet, whenever they want to – that’s how the mentees feel no pressure but they know that there is a trusted person (their mentor) they can contact, when they need them.
I also want to inform you, that our next reports will be written by a new colleague, because starting in January I will take a break and return in 2020 after a parental leave. I want to thank all of you for your support, which helped us to keep up the work for our mentors and mentees. I wish you all the best.
We say thank you for your donation and your support and wish you a nice autumn and wintertime!
Cleaning the "good" waste
mentee presenting sculptures - here savings box
Workshop for new mentors
new mentor and mentee couple