Sylvia Grünhagen | 28.06.2020
Bemerode. 12 pupils of the IGS Kronsberg were beaming all over their faces -clearly visible even under the mouth-nose masks. The Unterstützerkreis Flüchtlingsunterkünfte Hannover e. V. gave as a loan urgently needed laptops to the refugee children
The 12, like many students in Corona times, urgently need a laptop to be able to learn from home. In addition, there is a functioning Internet and sufficient media literacy. Not all families in Hanover have this. For refugee children, it is often even more difficult: Since the shared accommodation often does not even have functioning WiFi and cramped living conditions, sometimes language barriers, making it more difficult to come along in the classroom.
The support group for refugee accommodation Hanover e.V. (UFU) reacted quickly and not only received funds for the purchase of 100 notebooks from the Hanover community foundation in mid-May, but also developed a sustainable concept for handing over the laptops to the refugees. Inexpensive computers and necessary software packages could be obtained. How to use the computers is assisted by 22 digital patents who set up the Latops and train the children and adolescents. They can also provide remote assistance later. Almost half of the IT experts are refugees themselves. for example a software developer from India hand in hand with communication technicians from Afghanistan, Kurdish PC specialists and committed volunteers.
The UFU's good network, which has been built up continuously since 2013, has paid off. A team could be put together in a jiffy with refugees, neighbourhood circles and friendly organizations. All of this works digitally and virtually in the cloud, with central software provision, workflows and video instructions for individual work steps, as well as regular team meetings via video conference, without the actors knowing each other beforehand or ever meeting everyone in real life. The laptop project is one in cooperation with the Unterstützerkreises and the Nachbarschaftskreis Mitte and the Verein IKJA.
A total of around 4,000 refugees from 60 countries live in the city's accommodation or private apartments. The UFU has been helping refugees with their lives in Hanover for seven years and, as you can see here, with success.
Insgesamt leben rund 4000 Geflüchtete aus 60 Ländern in den Unterkünften der Stadt oder privaten Wohnungen. Der UFU leistet seit sieben Jahren Hilfe für Geflüchtete bei ihrem Leben in Hannover und wie man hier sieht, mit Erfolg.