Who we are, how we work and what we do
Our team is composed of citizens from Hamburg with a broad range of academic and professional backgrounds. We have extensively supported human rights activities over the past eight years. It all started with us establishing the Human Rights Watch Committee in Hamburg, organizing fundraising, outreach, and advocacy initiatives. In 2011 our common dedication to raising awareness and publicity for significant, pressing and prevailing human rights matters has led us to found ‘The Hamburger Initiative für Menschenrechte’ (HIM). Since then our commitment has a focus on local projects.
In 2012 and 2013, our team worked closely together with the ‘Hamburger Stiftung für politisch Verfolgte’. This foundation supports politically persecuted people who advocated democracy, freedom and human rights in their native countries, and subsequently found themselves in a dangerous, often life-threatening situation. The foundation enables them to spend one year in the safe haven of Hamburg.
In this context we successfully organized numerous panel discussions, talks and readings with outstanding scholars. Furthermore, our team financed an additional one-year scholarship. Thereafter we organized an exhibition in Hamburg ́s City Hall promoting the activities of the foundation named “5 x Hamburg und zurück”. Moreover, we actively supported various projects and initiatives by enhancing communication, exchange and monetary donations. Our activities have steadily expanded in the past years.
In light of the growing demand for refugee relief, we have continued our work focussing on projects in Hamburg that primarily support young displaced persons to find a safe and secure way back into a life worth living.
HIM has developed the ‘Hamburger Atlas für Flüchtlinge’, which lists more than 170 initiatives, institutions and organizations based in Hamburg. They are all actively engaged in aiding refugees within the broad spectrum of education, social and cultural integration, lobbying and general provision with basic supplies and services. With more than 300 clicks a day this internet based guide has developed into a frequently used tool for professionals to network with each other as well as for those who seek help and advice (http://www.menschenrechte.hamburg/projekte/atlas-fluechtlingshilfe).
Since education is the key for many adolescent asylum seekers to become independent and improve their own future, we are starting to provide learning environments for apprentices to help them to do their homework and prepare for examinations.
In addition, we decided to set up an annual award, starting in 2016. This award will focus on outstanding initiatives located in Hamburg and aiming at enabling asylum seekers to better integrate into our society by providing education. Innovation and sustainability are to be key features of worthy projects. Independent jury members that have been longstanding experts in this field will nominate potential recipients. The award is endowed with € 10.000,-.
Account for donations
Hamburger Initiative für Menschenrechte (HIM) e.V.
IBAN: DE 98 2004 0000 0628 6587 00
Jürgen Becker | Stephanie von Bismarck | Gottfried von Bismarck | Regine Dee | Susanna Hegewisch-
Becker | Erwin Jurtschitsch | Benedikt Landgrebe | Heike Schuermann-Di Blasi | Petra Schulze-Wessel | Antoinette Zornig