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Support Be an Angel: With donations — or advice and action.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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.
- 260 EUR — accommodation (1 room in an apartment)
- 300 EUR — food, medicine, transport, clothing
Fereshteh & daughter (23, 5)
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.
- 265 EUR — accommodation (1 room in an apartment)
- 300 EUR — food, transport, clothing
Atefa & 2 daughters (27, 7, 5)
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.
- 265 EUR — accommodation (1 room in an apartment)
- 300 EUR — food, medicine, transport
Zarmina family (24, 58, 6, 5, 3, 6 months)
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.
- 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)
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.
- 500 EUR — General support (food, medicine, transportation, clothing)
- One-time costs:
EUR 500 documents
‘Men At Work’ (28, 26, 29, 25)
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).
- EUR 550 — accommodation (2‑room apartment)