"If you are not at home, you are a foreigner.
If you are a foreigner you are looking for a place you can call home."
Thomas, Founder of ICoI

International Community
of Integration

our vision

Our goal is to connect people worldwide as to overcome boundaries of Faith, Religion, and Culture to have a peaceful life together. 

We address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through a multidimensional perspective with an intercultural understanding of global challenges.

our values

Our work is based on christian values and thus offers many opportunities to have community between religions and nations. 

For us, this means to act in a socially responsible manner, to learn to live unselfishly with fellow human beings, dissidents, and enemies, as well as sharing skills and possessions.

who are we?

We are the non-profit organization International Community of Integration (ICoI) e.V. that supports refugees in Germany in their integration. 

In the home countries of the refugees, we try to minimize the causes of flight by relying on trustful local partnerships so that help for self-help can become a reality. 

The NGO is politically, ethnically, and denominationally neutral.

what do we do?

In Germany, we want to help refugees find orientation, safety, and a new feeling of home. Therefore, we try to give comfort, encouragement, and new hope to those people, who have gone through difficult situations. 

In the home countries of the refugees, we initiate sustainable projects to fight poverty/hunger, create jobs and clean energy, improve agriculture, as well as offer seminars on the correct use of medical plants. 

These projects aim to give the local people a meaningful reason to stay in their home country in order to strengthen the local economy and take over social and political responsibility.

our work in Germany

Germany: Work with refugees

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Over the years we have been able to build up friendly relationships with around 500 refugees from over 15 different nations. We could deepen these relationships in countless activities: 

  • Visiting refugees in refugee houses as well as private homes
  • Organizing KidsGames
  • Offering creative workshops, soap workshops, and cooking events
  • Offering German language classes
  • Supporting in dealing with the authorities, visiting doctors, and finding jobs
  • Helping with moves
  • Support through counseling
Thanks to the good cooperation with authorities, integration officers, Christian churches and other partners, we were able to implement these diverse activities. We are supported by regular private donations as well as funding from “Aktion Mensch” and “ptble (Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food)”

 

our projects abroad

Africa: Gambia/Sutukoba with BMZ (waiting for approval)

 

This project consists of the construction of a stable boundary wall (approx. 550m) made of cement blocks with stable iron posts and cement foundations as well as the construction of a removable wire mesh fence (approx. 70m) in two sections around the largest vegetable growing garden in Sutukoba (approx. 3.3ha with 1,000 women for cultivation). 

The aim is to increase productivity, protect the garden against animals, minimize maintenance costs and generate savings for new projects. Furthermore, the continued existence of this vegetable growing garden should minimize the causes of flight that currently exists due to the prevailing poverty.

 

Africa: Gambia/Saba with EWB (Engineers Without Borders Karlsruhe e.V.)

This project was used to establishment a reliable water supply on two vegetable fields in the village of Saba (3.1ha area). 

The resulting more efficient agriculture offers the approximately 300 women and men on site a secure livelihood and a significant reduction in workload.

Detailled project information (24 pager / 14 MB; sorry only availabe in German):

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Afrika: Gambia/Bwiam with Anamed e.V.

In this project, we held a seminar in Gambia which was used to learn about the effectiveness of tropical medical plants, to create gardens for medical plants, and to produce natural medical products. 

One of the most effective medical plants in fighting e.g. malaria is Artemisia annua, which can be grown and cultivated particularly well in Gambia due to the climatic conditions.

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Africa: Gambia look and feel trip / Networking

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We have traveled to Gambia several times to learn first-hand about its culture as well as the real needs and concerns of the people. 

This helps us to involve local people and their needs into specific projects. Among other things, we were able to have many talks with MPs, business people, university staff, heads of NGOs, ministries and friends. 

These friendly and strategic partnerships help us with the implementation of projects. Our goal is not only to use “sustainability” as a buzzword, but also to implement it in reality.

Iraq/Kurdistan: look and feel trip / Networking

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We have traveled to Iraq/Kurdistan several times to learn first-hand about its culture as well as the real needs and concerns of the people. 

This helps us to involve local people and their needs into specific projects. Among other things, we were able to have many talks with MPs, business people, university staff, heads of NGOs, ministries and friends. 

These friendly and strategic partnerships help us with the implementation of projects. Our goal is not only to use “sustainability” as a buzzword, but also to implement it in reality.

Afghanistan: look and feel trip / Networking

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We have traveled to Afghanistan to learn first-hand about its culture as well as the real needs and concerns of the people. 

This helps us to involve local people and their needs into specific projects. Among other things, we were able to have many talks with MPs, business people, university staff, heads of NGOs, ministries and friends. 

These friendly and strategic partnerships help us with the implementation of projects. Our goal is not only to use “sustainability” as a buzzword, but also to implement it in reality.

Greece: Lesbos - "Camp Moria" / supporting on-the-ground partner organisation

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We have been three times as volunteers in the “Camp Moria” on the Greek island Lesvos. Due to its geographical location close to Turkey this island is the first step on European ground for many refugees from the Middle East. As soon as they have arrived there, they are able to apply for asylum in Europe. Our tasks in this camp were to offer practical help on the one hand. On the other hand, we have protected particularly vulnerable refugees against e.g. sexual assaults, and we have tried to give those refugees a new hope who became deeply depressed and desperate.

 

 

The camp was originally intended as a temporary camp, where people should stay for 2-3 weeks until their application for moving on to the mainland of Europe was approved. Now that all routes for their journey to neighboring European countries have been blocked, the camp has developed itself more and more into a permanent station where refugees now have to stay from 6 months up to over 2 years. Designed for 2,000 people, the over 18,000 people currently living there go beyond any scope. A tent is divided into 4 families. Medical care is limited to the bare minimum and not being able to offer help is the smallest problem. A mixture of failed political decisions and people without perspectives, whose last hope has been taken away from the system, brings desperation, outbreaks of violence as well as suicide attempts into the everyday life of this refugee camp.

North Korea: look and feel trip

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We have traveled to North Korea to learn first-hand about its culture as well as the real needs and concerns of the people.

Our great volunteers

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Our work could never happen without our wonderful volunteers. Our volunteers enrich our work with their artistic, musical and creative gifts. Their selfless, passionate, impactful and time-consuming service is a reflection of their heart of compassion for people in need, even at personal cost to self. They come from different countries:

  • Germany
  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Venezuela
  • USA
  • England
  • Hongkong
Even with our diverse, voluntary staff, we see our responsibility of bringing together different nations, religions, cultures, characters, ways of thinking, languages and talents in order to implement our vision through the potential of this diversity. 

Donations

Thanks a lot that you want to support our work with your money. At the beginning of each year you will receive a donation receipt.

Bank account:
Name of the bank: VR Miba
IBAN: DE60 6656 2300 0075 6500 00
BIC : GENODE61IFF

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