picture made by mentee
Dear friends of PaSch,
we are so happy to be able to share with you some sweet stories and tell you all about the progress and activities that took place at Pasch after the lockdown and summer vacation.
Finally, one new mentee and one mentor had the chance to get to know each other after lockdown and summer vacation. In our programme we accompany the first three meetings which take place in our community centre. Our mentor and mentee found out on their first meeting that they have a lot in common. Almost all of their interests are the same: they like music, they like to sing and dance, they love to be outside and for example play football, they like to paint and do handicrafts… Although we have some restrictions and safety precautions due to Covid-19 and have to wear masks and sit next to each other with distance, we all had the impression, that the first meeting was full of interest, and in an open and warm atmosphere. After a short introduction of each of them, mentee, 8-year-old, mentor, 24-year-old, the mother and the project staff left them alone to talk and get to know each other better. Each of them draw a really nice picture and gave it to one another. They also gathered ideas what they can do together after the three meetings at Pasch. On their second meeting they played UNO, a card game, and made some mathematics and just yesterday, they signed their contract and draw some nice pictures. They have great ideas what to do together and want to paint, play basketball, dance in the park, learn mathematics and German together (they are both not German native speaker). You can see on the pictures, that this mentor mentee couple is very creative and we think, they will have a good time together. We are really excited to hear and report about what the two of them will do together in their mentorship.
We were also happy to tell you another sweet story about a mentorship, they know each other for one year now. Our mentor told us that she had to go to rehab for 3 weeks. On their last meeting before rehab, he didn’t want his mentor to leave. Then he asked the mentor, if she would come next week. She told her mentee, that unfortunately they cannot see each other for about 3 weeks, because she has to go to rehab. He was sad and he answered: “oh men, I fart on this rehab and then you can come back!” They arranged a meeting after rehab and there was great joy on their next reunion. Our mentor also told us, that her mentee made a huge progress in talking German. He is Syrian and came to Germany about 2 years ago. Usually he had to asked his elder brother to translate some words or sentences from Arabic in German, but now he talks a lot and really seems to feel comfortable talking German. We are really happy to hear about that and see, that being in School again and the meetings with his mentor helps him to talk more fluently and feel safe in this new language.
From 11th until 20th of September the so called Volunteer Days Berlin take place with activities all over Berlin. Our community center also offers different activities, for example an online meeting with the topic: “Your hood. Your commitment.” Here volunteers talk about their volunteer work and projects they are involved in. One of our PaSch mentors will talk about her mentorship. We also offer a clean-up action at a little lake. Due to the Corona situation we are not able to organize really big events and just offer activities adapted to the situation, so that everyone stays safe.
On the 12th of September, last Saturday, PaSch and another project of our community center offered a re-/upcycling and waste workshop in our community center during Volunteer Days and invited our mentor and mentee couples and also neighbors. We met at 11h 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 found all kinds of waste people throw away, for example old and really dirty clothes, a stove top, electronic cables, parts of a wooden bed, a lot of face masks, 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 lunch bag and drinks for everyone to thank our supporters and to strengthen ourselves before the workshop started. Due to the Corona situation we could only offer packed food and had to put it in an extra bag for everyone and offered closed little glass bottles for everyone. We tried to avoid producing a lot of waste, so we used cloth bags for the lunch bags and everyone had one for their sculptures to carry home and we told them that they can use it as a shopping bag or to carry sport clothes to School and so on. The Workshop started and we learned about what waste and recycling is all about and even what you can do with waste – for example sculptures and other useful stuff. Then we played a game, where the kids were divided into two groups, each of them had the same number of waste parts in one box. Then, one of each group had to run to the waste bins standing further away and sort in their pieces of waste (paper, plastic, glass) and return to the group, then the next kid could start. That was a lot of fun and they put almost all the waste in the right bin. After that, we threw all the waste we gathered over the last weeks in the middle of the group and they were allowed to look for stuff they wanted to create new things with. They created diverse and also some useful things like a savings box or instruments or a little house, a sheep and cars and had fun to recreate things with waste.
In the last weeks we were also able to talk with a lot of interested volunteers and were able to meet 4 of them in person already. We informed about our programme and the procedure and got to know them closer. We also arranged 3 more meetings with interested volunteers in September and October and plan to do a training for them in November. Until then, our colleague responsible for the families, will have some more meetings with interested families and kids.
What comes next? On Saturday, 19th of September there is a big Bicycle Tandem-demonstration organised by our Berlin Kids-Mentoring Network. Pasch will be there too of course. We want to make people and politicians aware of the difficult and precarious situation of our projects. We demand a secure financial situation for our projects and our employees so we will be able to support the kids and families with mentorships. A lot of projects have to struggle each year financing the following year. It costs a lot of effort and time to secure the continuation of the project. Time and effort which we would rather use for bringing together more mentors and mentees and accompany them in a profound and professional manner.
We hope that we can continue with the matchings and that more mentees and mentors will get to know each other. We try to organize a get together with our mentors again which we had to skip due to the Corona situation. We will also think of a next get together with all mentor and mentee couples or a workshop for our mentors… We will tell you all about that in our next report!
Pasch says thank you for your support and stay healthy and safe!
ideas what to do together
our new mentor mentee couple
clean up waste at "Panke"
waste we gathered
part of our clean up crew
boy sorting a piece of waste - game at Workshop
waste the kids could create new things with