Success Story – From Refugee to Published Author

Success Story: From Refugee to Layali Share this Facebook Youtube Linkedin Instagram In 2015, Layali Jafaar came to Germany from Iraq with her teenage son. To this day, she speaks little about her escape. In Iraq, Layali was a self-employed entrepreneur with a catering company. She says she learned to cook from her father, who […]

Morteza – From Refugee to Manager

Former refugee and now manager Morteza with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

Success Story: From Refugee to Manager Morteza Share this Facebook Youtube Linkedin Instagram Morteza Haschemi came to Germany with his family in 2016. A few months after his arrival, he took a temporary job as a glass collector in a beer garden. A few days later, the management of the beer garden was so impressed […]

Interview with our Ukraine Team –

Nataliia Gocharova, Julia Zara, and Ekatetrina Mikheitrva work as volunteers in Odessa, supported by the Berlin-based association Be an Angel. They provide food and medicine, evacuate those in need, and ensure medical care for sick children and elderly people in Europe. They describe the harsh living conditions in Odessa, with frequent power and heating outages, and the psychological strain on the residents. Despite these challenges, they stay in Odessa to help their fellow citizens and raise donations for those in need. Art events offer a welcome break from the war’s daily realities.

Together to the Mortician – Berliner Morgenpost

Ulrike Lessig, a board member of the “Be an Angel” association and former social worker, takes care of both her elderly mother with dementia and refugees in Berlin. Despite her own physical limitations, she handles her daily life with remarkable energy and joy. After the death of her friend Raffi, she took on the responsibility of caring for Raffi’s daughter Lou, whom she refers to as her “gosling child.” Her professional experiences with terminally ill patients have deeply influenced her, fostering a desire to support others in their final moments. For her own funeral, Ulrike wishes to have food from the “Kreuzberger Himmel” restaurant, run by refugees.

With the Wheelchair into the Air-Raid Shelter – Deutsche Welle

Mit dem Rollstuhl in den Luftschutzkeller

By early April, the Republic of Moldova had taken in nearly 400,000 Ukrainian refugees, presenting a significant challenge for Europe’s poorest country. The Berlin-based association “Be an Angel,” led by Ulrike Lessig, who is herself wheelchair-bound, supports the refugees, particularly those with disabilities. These individuals often struggle to reach bomb shelters or move around their homes. “Be an Angel” organizes evacuations, medical care, and provides aid such as wheelchairs and hospital beds. Despite these efforts, basic support is lacking. Additionally, the German Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired is helping visually impaired refugees and safely bringing them to Germany.