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EU Project Coming Home


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Support of projects initiated by migrants in the countries of return

With the project Coming Home, the Munich Social Services Department supports refugees regarding their return to their countries of origin and supports aid projects in the home country of migrants who live, or have lived, in Munich.

Since 1997, more than 120 aid transports have taken place to different communities in Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia as well as Afghanistan. Amongst other things furniture for schools, kindergarten equipment and toys, office equipment for municipal administrations, hospital beds, computers for schools and social facilities, wheelchairs, walkers and prostheses were delivered. Due to donations, the renovation of schools in Southeastern Europe and Africa as well as the repair of infrastructure such as power supply and water supply could be supported.

Coming Home supports social projects that are initiated by migrants themselves. People, who once sought protection and refuge in our country from destruction and misery in their home countries, return in order to contribute to the rebuilding and the improvement of living conditions at home. In recent years, by donating, many Munich residents have helped refugees to ease their new beginning in their home country and to implement an aid project in the countries of return. The Social Services Department continues to rely on donations by the population for this type of humanitarian aid.

Social projects initiated by migrants in the countries of return – supported by Coming Home:

Orthopaedic help for Afghanistan

As a teenager Wali Nawabi could save his life by fleeing from Afghanistan to Germany. After more than 20 years in exile, he returned to his home country in order to contribute to the civilian reconstruction. The trained orthopaedic technician helps with his know-how that he has acquired in Germany. In Kabul and in various other provinces he set up orthopaedic workshops, where he, together with his team, manufactures prostheses and supplies orthopaedic aids for disabled people.

In Afghanistan, in one in five households, there lives a person having become a victim of mines, shrapnel or polio. Few people have the financial means to pay for the necessary care. Wali Nawabi and his team particularly care about children, youth and patients who are destitute. Due to the orthopaedic care, they will become mobile once again, can participate in social life, go to school or go to work and acquire new courage to face life.

The project's long-term goals are the training of local skilled workers in the area of orthopaedic technology as well as the establishment of a comprehensive network of orthopaedic workshops in order to sustainably improve the infrastructure for people with disabilities.

The Office for Repatriation Assistance and the association “Empor e.V. - Aufbauhilfe für Afghanistan”[an association with the purpose of supporting the rebuilding of Afghanistan], the association founded by Wali Nawabi, support the project with donations in cash and in kind. Since 2005, every year a container with aid is sent from Munich to Afghanistan – direct aid that reaches its destination and makes a big difference.

School project Burkina Faso

Since 1994, the Munich resident Halidou Savadogo has been supporting the construction of a school in his home country Burkina Faso at the outskirts of the capital Ouagadougou. The West African country is one of the poorest countries in the world with a high rate of illiteracy.

Prior to the start of the project, there was no school in the area. What started as a modest collection of donations among friends and acquaintances has now developed into a remarkable success model.

Starting with one small classroom, a school and training facility for 1,000 pupils has developed over the years. Many of the girls and boys are orphans. The school fees are paid by sponsors or funded by donations. Coming Home has supported the project since 2004. The association “Wunschträume e.V.”has contributed to the current size of the school by its financial support.