Welcome to "Willkommen in Gransee"

The initiative "Willkommen in Gransee" started its work in January 2014 in order to structure the support work from the population of Gransee for the refugees coming to Gransee in the future. With the arrival of the first refugees our initiative was able to give basic support in language matters and daily practical activities.  Through showings of films and theatre performances and an informative seminar we were able to increase the awareness and knowledge of the situation of the refugees. In the meantime the main refugee facility has been opened for about 80 people and refugees from many countries have moved in. In addition, the city of Gransee has offered to the initiative a special house for use for their activities.

Syrian gourmet food in Gransee

This Friday, November 27, 2015 a special dinner is served at the meeting house of the initiative «Willkommen Gransee». Five kinds of pizza and meat will be prepared in 7 different variations. These are accompanied by divers salads according to recipes from Syria, Russia and Switzerland. In addition, Kibbeh – dumplings made of bulgur, minced meat and onions – are part of the oriental buffet. The home-made food is prepared by the Syrian families Alhariri and Alhaj Ali as well as Hammor. They live since a few months in the Gransee community home.

The dinner takes place during this Friday’s social gathering that starts as usual at 6 pm in the Ruppiner Street 8 (entrance as early as 5 pm). For all drum enthusiats, a drum session is scheduled at 7 pm before the dinner starts around 8 pm.

As always, the Friday evening gathering offers the possibility to meet the refugees in an informal atmosphere. There will be plenty of food so that no registration is required. Donations for the ingredients are welcome.

Welcome to the Children´s Playcorner and Café

What: Get-together in nice atmosphere for playing, coffee and cake.
Especially for the little ones. Entrance free.

When: Every last Saturday of the month (except for Dec.), 15th o'clock/3pm

Where: Hospital Global, Ruppiner Straße 8, 16775 Gransee

Welcome to the 3. Café for women on November 21

in the HOSPITAL GLOBAL, Ruppiner Straße 8, Gransee
 
We invite all women and their children from Gransee and the region to have a nice GET-TOGETHER!
 
It begins at 15 o’clock! Home-baked cakes and drinks are waiting for you!
For the kids there are great games and creative activities.
For the adults there are some creative offers like painting, basketry, knitting …!
The entry is free. You can come without announcement.
Donations are always welcome!
You can also bring drinks, cakes, fruits or sweets.

Welcome to the 1st Playground-Café

What?
Get-together in nice atmosphere for playing, coffee and cake.
Especially for the little ones. Entrance free.

When?
October 31st - 3pm

Where?
Hospital Global, Ruppiner Str. 8, 16775 Gransee

Welcome to the 2nd Café for women on October 10th

in the HOSPITAL GLOBAL, Ruppiner Straße 8, Gransee

We invite all women and their children from Gransee and the region

to have a nice GET-TOGETHER!

It begins at 15 o’clock!

Home-baked cakes and drinks are waiting for you!

For the kids there are great games and creative activities.

For the adults there are some creative offers like painting, basketry, knitting …!

The entry is free. You can come without announcement.

Donations are always welcome!

You can also bring drinks, cakes, fruits or sweets.

Viviane Zipperling

 

Wednesday

Every Wednesday Elke and Jan open up the house for everybody interested,starting 4.30 p.m

We look forward to you visit, see you Wednesday.

Elke et Jan serontsur place tout le Mercredi à partir de 16:30. Et la maison serra ouverte pour tout le monde.

 

Welcoming Party

On Saturday, April 25, at 2 pm. there will be a Welcoming Party in our club house in
Ruppiner Straße 8

The City of Gransee and the initiative "Welcome to Gransee"  would like to invite all refugees to a big welcoming party, a good occasion to get to know each other.

It will start with official welcoming speeches at 2 p.m.. A mixed program with music and cultural activities  will follow.  Starting at 7 p.m. DJ Stehr is inviting everybody to join in dancing.

We´re looking forward to see you.

Stories of escape and asylumseekers in Strittmatter-Gymnasium, Gransee

On December 2nd 2014 the „Berliner Bühne für Menschenrechte“ gave a guest performance of „Asylmonologe“ (Monologues of asylum seekers) in the Strittmatter-Gymnasium in Gransee following an invitation of the Initiative Willkommen in Gransee. In the documentary theatre production of „Asylmonologe“ actors and actresses presented on stage interview passages of refugees with the intention of giving the students an opportunity to become aware of what „escape and political asylum“ means in a context that school normally cannot provide.

About 30 students who were particularly interested in this topic also had the opportunity to ask questions after the impressive performance. The refugee activist, Asif Syed, was there to talk with them and answer questions and was able to give impressions that would normally be missing in normal school teaching: the overwhelming personal stories, the many misfortunes that he experienced in the search for refuge, but also the small successes in his fight against an inhuman practice of deportation.

The director of the Gymnasium was deeply impressed. After the performance he expressed his interest for his school to get more strongly involved in developing a welcoming culture in Gransee.

„Before it was hard to to understand how asylum seekers feel, but now we have become aware that we can also help even with simple means. We hope that the city of Gransee will have more empathy for the asylum seekers and that also goes for us students. Talking with the asylum seeker here in our school was very helpful for us to understand that real people with real stories to tell need our help, for there there is no such thing as illegale people.“ (a girl student of the Strittmatter-Gymnasium, Gransee)

 

Other events:

15. May 2014:

a public meeting of the initiative in the Heimatmuseum. The special interest groups reported about their current work. Also a discussion took place about our idea behind our intiative with a final agreement upon a text.

 

29. April 2014:

showing of the film „Land in Sicht“, produced by the rbb, in the main hall of the city hall in Gransee. After that a discussion took place with one of the directors of the film, Judith Keil. The film portrays the attempts of 3 asylum seekers in Brandenburg of dealing with the situation of living between hope for a right to stay and the danger of deportation and staying true to themselves at the same time. The female directors took care to depict the characters in a sensitive manner, showing their attemps to achieve a feeling for their new home. The spectators were able to get to find out more about the world in which these refugees live with some entertaining and humorous situations included.

 

18. March 2014:

Simone Tetzlaff from the Flüchtlingsberatungsstelle in Hennigsdorf and Tobias Becker from the Flüchtlingsrat Brandenburg were here to talk about their experiences in their work with refugees in Hennigsdorf. On that occasion the new special groups were presented where people had the opportunity to join them.