Together with Refugees
»It makes you listen, sounds familiar and at the same time foreign – and good! Hisham fled from the war in Syria and is currently living in the shelter at the Ludwigshafen Messplatz. On a visit to the Apostelkirche during a city walk he surprised us by spontaneously playing the organ.«
Since November 2015 we invite refugees to city walks. We are citizens of Ludwigshafen, Mannheim and the region, and we have committed ourselves on a voluntary basis, without affiliation to any political party or church. We are not experts on asylum, labor or social law. We don’t know everything and certainly don’t know everything better.
The city walks help the new arrivals to find their way around Ludwigshafen. They become famliar with the city, and all participants on the walks learn about one another. We visit interesting places together, such as the library, city museum, House of Media Education (Haus der Medienbildung), cafeteria of the university, city hall, a meditation center, and a bakery.
The most important aspect of the walks: we enjoy a few pleasant hours together.
Interesting locations are visited on each walk. The group consists of up to 15 participants and 2–6 accompanying persons as well as an interpeter. (We are looking for more interpreters!). The walks take place on a weekly basis, normally on Friday and/or Saturday, and take about 2–3 hours.
Persons wanting to accompany the walks are welcome!
We are looking for people who would like to accompany the walks! People who would like to see and present Ludwigshafen from a new point of view; people who would like to get to know refugees.
»I joined the city walk group because the reports
about the large number of refugees worried me.
I wanted to do something about it! After three walks
I am dumbfounded: Meeting with the young refugees
is a gift and it is wonderful to share such
Being from Mannheim, I am also learning a lot about
Ludwigshafen. Lots of surprises!«
(M. F., banker and walker)
The walks are organized by Kultur-Rhein-Neckar e.V. in conjunction with the Fachhochschule Ludwigshafen and committed locals.