Be an Angel e.V.

If you’re reading this, you are damned well off.

Support Be an Angel: With donations — or advice and action.

Donate money

We guar­an­tee 100% use of the dona­tions for the activ­i­ties of the asso­ci­a­tion. Our account details are:

Be an Angel e.V. Account 014 522 59 00 Bank code 100 708 48 (Deutsche Bank)
IBAN DE37100708480145225900 BIC DEUTDEDB110

If you would like a dona­tion receipt, please let us know your postal address so that we can send you a dona­tion receipt — even if it is only proof that your dona­tion has been received and used for the desired pur­pose. Please under­stand that we only issue a dona­tion receipt for an amount of 50 EUR or more.

Advice and action

You want to active­ly lend a hand. For a few hours a week? Just as vol­un­teer­ing fits into your life? Great! We are cur­rent­ly look­ing for:

1) for accompanying refugees on visits to the authorities

Peo­ple with orga­ni­za­tion­al skills, equa­nim­i­ty, basic opti­mism, diplo­mat­ic skills and per­se­ver­ance. Because you need that.

2) for organizing fundraising events

Peo­ple who sup­port us inde­pen­dent­ly with plan­ning, orga­ni­za­tion and implementation.

3) for the Be an Angel editorial team

Peo­ple who want to write and report for Be an Angel: about our activ­i­ties, about best prac­tice exam­ples from “applied refugee aid” of oth­er ini­tia­tives, about col­lab­o­ra­tions and expe­ri­ences and projects of refugees. (Oth­er edi­to­r­i­al for­mats welcome!)

4) for press work

Peo­ple who are expe­ri­enced and moti­vat­ed to place top­ics in the edi­to­r­i­al offices of this repub­lic (and glad­ly also beyond). With verve, sense of style and perseverance.

5) for marketing Be an Angel’s activities (online)

Peo­ple who have a seri­ous knowl­edge of Word­Press and search engine opti­miza­tion and want to help us to be found sen­si­bly on the Internet.

We look forward to your feedback at info@be-an-angel.de

In addi­tion, we would like to refer you to the very good online plat­form volunteer-planner.org for advice and action. Vol­un­teers across Ger­many can reg­is­ter here to offer their help in projects and ini­tia­tives on site.

Donations in kind

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Be an Angel can­not accept, store or dis­trib­ute dona­tions in kind.

Be an Angel — our project in Athens

Morteza & Son (30, 5) 

Biog­ra­phy:
Morteza came to Greece with his wife and young child in March 2018 on the island of Les­bos after flee­ing the Syr­i­an civ­il war. More than three years lat­er, they still haven’t made it to the end of the asy­lum pro­ce­dure. For­tu­nate­ly, the moth­er was able to make it to Ger­many, but the plan to reunite the fam­i­ly failed and Morteza is stuck in a camp out­side Athens with his young son, who grew up there and who suf­fers from autism and epilep­sy. In his pre­vi­ous life in Syr­ia, Morteza was a rel­a­tive­ly suc­cess­ful soc­cer play­er. Now that they are no longer receiv­ing any sup­port from the Greek gov­ern­ment, we must inter­vene to pre­vent them from becom­ing home­less until they receive all the doc­u­ments and can leave Greece and start their lives. They are expect­ed to be kicked out of camp soon and the expens­es will main­ly be used to cov­er their hous­ing, basic liv­ing expens­es (e.g. gro­ceries) and med­ica­tion for the child’s conditions.

Month­ly charges:

  • 260 EUR — accom­mo­da­tion (1 room in an apartment)
  • 300 EUR — food, med­i­cine, trans­port, clothing

Fereshteh & daughter (23, 5)

Biog­ra­phy:
Fereshteh and her lit­tle daugh­ter came to Greece from Afghanistan in 2018, where the cur­rent cov­er­age of the Tal­iban and life there reminds us why many peo­ple are flee­ing. From one dire sit­u­a­tion to some­thing bet­ter, this sin­gle fam­i­ly faced the prospect of home­less­ness if Be an Angel had­n’t start­ed rent­ing an apart­ment to house them. It’s hard to under­stand how a young moth­er and young child can defy such a sce­nario when the child has can­cer like this one. Since sup­port­ing them, we have used our net­work in Greece to ensure that the child receives pri­or­i­ty treat­ment as they have been denied ade­quate med­ical treat­ment for months. Her con­di­tion is improv­ing, but the sit­u­a­tion has not changed. Since they have been rec­og­nized as refugees and sub­se­quent­ly cut off from social sup­port, they still do not have access to lan­guage cours­es, a work per­mit or any oth­er step that could pro­vide them with a chance for ade­quate inte­gra­tion, find a job or even start a life there . The father who arrived in Greece with them is busy else­where with his own prob­lems, of which there are many. The fam­i­ly is extreme­ly at risk, which means few­er cas­es require more of the sta­ble hous­ing that Be an Angel can offer them. In addi­tion to accom­mo­da­tion costs, we sup­port their basic liv­ing costs, med­ica­tion / med­ical treat­ment, and trans­porta­tion to and from hos­pi­tal for chemotherapy.

Month­ly charges:

  • 265 EUR — accom­mo­da­tion (1 room in an apartment)
  • 300 EUR — food, trans­port, clothing

Atefa & 2 daughters (27, 7, 5)

Biog­ra­phy:
This young fam­i­ly also came to Greece from Afghanistan in 2019. They have received their IDs and are only wait­ing for the children’s pass­ports before they can final­ly draw the cur­tain on the asy­lum pro­ce­dure in Greece. How­ev­er, due to the inef­fi­cien­cy and con­gest­ed bureau­cra­cy in Greece, this could still take sev­er­al months. As this fam­i­ly is about to begin a new chap­ter in their lives, it is cru­cial that we can con­tin­ue to sup­port them until then. After that, they will slow­ly find their steps towards inde­pen­dence, be it in Greece or else­where. As with all fam­i­lies we sup­port, the goal is to enable them to be inde­pen­dent and to give them the sup­port to reach a point where they can say “I don’t need you any­more”. The costs here allow us to place this fam­i­ly in an apart­ment with the oth­er fam­i­ly men­tioned above (see Fereshteh) to cov­er the basic costs for two young chil­dren (main­ly clothes and food as they are con­stant­ly grow­ing and get­ting hun­gry which they then grows again!) as well as basic aller­gy med­ica­tion and trans­port through the city to appoint­ments. Atefa’s broth­er lives in Frank­furt, where they want to move as quick­ly as possible.

Month­ly charges:

  • 265 EUR — accom­mo­da­tion (1 room in an apartment)
  • 300 EUR — food, med­i­cine, transport

Zarmina family (24, 58, 6, 5, 3, 6 months)

Biog­ra­phy:
Anoth­er young sin­gle par­ent fam­i­ly, but this moth­er has her own moth­er who helps out there. This large fam­i­ly lives in a small apart­ment in Athens. They were pre­vi­ous­ly sup­port­ed by anoth­er orga­ni­za­tion, which stopped their sup­port three months ago for finan­cial rea­sons. The fam­i­ly is now three months in arrears, we are try­ing to nego­ti­ate with the land­lord or move the fam­i­ly to anoth­er apart­ment. For­tu­nate­ly, they have already received most of their doc­u­ments, only the grand­moth­er and the youngest baby are wait­ing for pass­ports. The fam­i­ly is plan­ning to move to a place where they can have a good start in life, per­haps to Germany.

Month­ly charges:

  • 500 EUR — accommodation
  • EUR 300 — groceries
  • One-time costs:
    350 EUR — pass­port fees

Al Mahoud family (30, 36, 62, 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12)

Biog­ra­phy:
Here is anoth­er young fam­i­ly who is about to be able to leave Greece to join their larg­er fam­i­ly in Ger­many, which we also sup­port­ed in Greece until they could leave the coun­try. The par­ents of the six chil­dren were unfor­tu­nate vic­tims of the Syr­i­an civ­il war and left the chil­dren in the care of their two uncles and their grand­moth­er. Trag­i­cal­ly, the place the fam­i­ly lived in burned down last month and we were able to pro­vide them with tem­po­rary accom­mo­da­tion, which is nowhere near large enough for the num­ber of peo­ple. We bro­kered accom­mo­da­tion from Sep­tem­ber so that we can con­tin­ue to sup­port this fam­i­ly as they near the end of the asy­lum pro­ce­dure. Sim­i­lar to the fam­i­lies men­tioned above, they are only wait­ing for their pass­ports so that they can move to the EU to live with their families.

Month­ly charges:

  • 500 EUR — Gen­er­al sup­port (food, med­i­cine, trans­porta­tion, clothing)
  • One-time costs:
    EUR 500 documents

‘Men At Work’ (28, 26, 29, 25)

Biog­ra­phy:
Final­ly a smile! In addi­tion to the apart­ment in Athens that Be rents to Angel for Fereshteh and Ate­fa (see above), we rent anoth­er apart­ment in which 4 young men (one not shown) live in their twen­ties. The abil­i­ty of these guys to hold their own in a coun­try where jobs are few and far between, even for those who were born there, is tru­ly impres­sive. We only sup­port them by offer­ing them accom­mo­da­tion, oth­er­wise they will find their own way. From doing odd jobs on con­struc­tion sites, car wash­es (some­times in anoth­er city) and car­pen­try, these men always find a way to find their way around. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, despite their per­sis­tent deter­mi­na­tion, it would not be enough if we could not offer them sim­ple and sta­ble accom­mo­da­tion. After rent­ing an apart­ment since March of this year, we are plan­ning to extend the con­tract for a fur­ther six months. This gives these guys the chance to con­tin­ue to find a job they can dur­ing the asy­lum process, and gives oth­er young men a place in case one of the cur­rent ten­ants has the oppor­tu­ni­ty to move else­where or be able to (ear­li­er ones much more like­ly than the lat­ter, for exam­ple a for­mer ten­ant received his pass­ports and made it to France, where he could be with his fam­i­ly again).

Month­ly charges: 

  • EUR 550 — accom­mo­da­tion (2‑room apartment)

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