Dear PaSch-Friends and Supporters,
we want to keep you updated, what we made happen in the last four months, which were not always easy, and how we had to change some strategies in corona-times.
As we mentioned in our last report, on Saturday, 19th of September, a big Bicycle Tandem-demonstration was organised by our Berlin Kids-Mentoring Network and PaSch participated, cycling with crowd through Berlin. The idea was 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, to be able to support the kids and families with mentorships. A lot of projects struggle each year to finance the following year. It usually takes a lot of effort and time to secure the continuation of the project. Time and effort which we would rather use for bringing more mentors and mentees together and to accompany them in a profound and professional manner. The network designed and handed out nice postcards which the tandems could sign and write on, for example a personal note to politicians why mentoring projects are important to them and which impact they already experienced throughout their mentorship. We hope, that some politicians will read and understand the situation of our projects and will take action to support us.
In October we had to say goodbye to two of our tandems. One of them was a tandem since 2013 and we experienced a lot together! What we learned in our farewell meeting, that a goodbye is not always sad but also very nice in a way: we laughed a lot about their funniest situations together or asked, what they will do in 5 years, when they meet again. The boy, then 18, wants to teach her mentors son how to play football. And in ten years? Well he wants to show her his own villa. J So we know, they will stay in contact and are now friends forever, but they don’t need PaSch anymore. Our second mentorship said goodbye, because our mentor got pregnant and our mentee got older and much more independent. So they said, they stop the mentorship but of course will stay in contact as well. For their personal farewell meeting, they decided to visit Madame Tussauds and had a nice time together. PaSch is able to invite our mentors to such an important event only because of your donation! Thank you!
During fall, we were able to talk to more new volunteers who want to become a mentor and in November we switched from one to one meetings at PaSch to online meetings via videocall. It worked out quite well. Our workshop planned at PaSch for our 9 new mentors in November, we had to reorganize due to the lockdown restriction and offered it online as well. We had an intense and nice evening and were happy to finally train our new mentors in a new setting for all of us.
After the workshop we, especially our colleague responsible for the families, could arrange some more online meetings with new families and this worked out better than we expected. Our colleague responsible for the mentors also introduced herself and said hello online for some minutes to get to know each other and in the end to be able to match better. That is what we did in December, match mentors and mentees in mind. Due to the stronger Corona restrictions we decided not to start matching and rather wait until January and start in 2021 with new power.
But at least we were able to offer a last get together online with our active mentors and had a nice Friday evening in a women’s round. We were very happy to hear, that our mentors and their mentees could meet most of the time in person, mainly outside, but all of them found good ways and nice ideas what to do together.
In December we always send to our mentors and mentees and friends of PaSch a Christmas card. Normally it includes an invitation to a thank you party to all the volunteers from PaSch which is held also for many other people within our Community Centre. This time we cannot plan such an event but at least send a nice winter card to our families and mentors (as you can see in the photo). We also handed out little surprise bags to some of our mentorships (with kids under 12 years). They contained small presents like a book, a soap, recipes etc. and a nice calendar for 2021 from an NGO called Pindactica, where the tandems can solve riddles and other tasks with the theme of trees in Berlin every month.
In a few days, we will start our first digital mentorship because due to the situation we don’t want to risk anything. But hopefully in February our new mentorships will meet in real life accompanied by PaSch the first time. Then the tandems will be able to arrange on their own either online or offline meetings depending on the situation. We see a lot of families having a hard time with homeschooling, because some parents are not even alphabetised. We hope that the online support of our mentors will help the mentees so they won’t be behind in school. We also already received some donations in form of laptops, computers, tablets which we want to borrow our mentees and their family during their mentorship, so they will be able to stay in contact online with their mentor and also be able to do some online homeschooling. In our project some families don’t have laptops, computers or tablets at home, so they are not even able to do homeschooling if the teachers don’t offer them to pick up documents at school.
We hope that we will overcome this situation healthy and safe and that soon, the kids can be kids again playing outside with more friends, meet their mentors and go to school once more. Until then, we try to support the families, mentees and mentors the best we can.
PaSch says thank you for every donation you made! Stay safe and healthy!
Bicycle Tandem-demonstration 2
farewell of PaSch tandem after 7 years
our christmascard for all PaSch tandems