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ASSAF - Aid for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

ASSAF – Aid for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

ASSAF – Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel was established in 2007 due to a significant increase in the number of refugees and asylum seekers arriving in Israel. Thousands of asylum seekers are now living among us in Israel without regulated status, without work permits, and without access to health and welfare services. Others, including women and children, have been incarcerated for indefinite periods without release dates in detention centers in the desert, under the Law for the Prevention of Infiltration. ASSAF does a lot of advocacy work not only for these people and not only in the Israeli public but even in Israeli politics. But the organization also helps the victims directly, for example by running a support center together with dozens of volunteers and by offering psychological support for families and individuals. In the “Youth Club” the staff looks after young boys and girls and their individual needs. There are also victims of torture from the Sinai among them. In the last years ASSAF has developed special programs for this specific group of tortured people because they have learnt from experience that they need professional help. According to the Israeli Central Statistical Office there are currently 7,000 victims of torture living in Israel, who are survivors of the torture camps in the Sinai Peninsula. The majority of these victims was released from Israeli detention centers (run by the prison’s heads) without being officially recognized as victims of torture. These individuals are left alone and have to survive in a foreign country, where the State of Israel does not provide social services for them. ASSAF’s psychosocial team is specialized in identifying complex social, emotional, and emergency cases. Once they know what the victim needs help with, ASSAF gives the applicant individual support and develops a rehabilitation program with them.

Kuchinate - African Refugee Women's Collective

Kuchinate – African Refugee Women’s Collective

Kuchinate is the Tigrinya (an official language of Eritrea) word for crochet. The Kuchinate is a project which was initiated by a group of African asylum seeking women living in Tel Aviv, Israel, who started to produce environmentally friendly and beautifully designed products for the home. Fabric remnants from local factories are used to weave handicrafts, baskets, and carpets. These activities are very important for both psychological and social rehabilitation and empowerment, since many of those women have experienced hardship, violence, and trauma in their countries of origin or during their journey to Israel. This project offers the opportunity of being financially independent because each of them receives fair wages for every item they make. The idea behind this project is for women to regain their dignity by being able to take care of themselves and their children. The project is sponsered by two registered non-profit organizations: ARTS (African Refugee Therapeutic Services) and the ARDC (African Refugee Development Centre). This project is also supported by Desert Rose e. V.

Karlsruher Netzwerk Eine Welt
Karlsruher Netzwerk Eine Welt

Karlsruher Netzwerk Eine Welt

The “Karlsruher Netzwerk Eine Welt” was founded in 2010 with the official support of the city council of Karlsruhe. The network is the result of efforts to connect groups and organizations that support development policy and working as “One World” initiatives in Karlsruhe, Germany, and its environs, in order to give them more attention and more weight in regional public. The network supports development assistance for partner organizations that work in countries of the global south, it promotes emancipation and human rights movement, educational work and Fair Trade in general. Because of the cooperation within the network and through common activities it intends to generate synergies between its member groups. This creates possibilities that those groups would probably not have when they would act alone. By now, the young network has about 20 member groups. Since the beginning of 2014, Desert Rose e. V. has also been a member of the network and because of this we have the opportunity to offer assistance, for example by receiving the opportunity to use rooms for information events or by getting the chance to distribute info material in the “Weltladen” (Fair Trade Shop) in Karlsruhe which is a network member as well.

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