About us

So many people want to help refugees. They make donations and are really dedicated.

But sometimes we don’t get things quite right because we don’t really know what refugees need. How can we bring together those who want to help with the refugees who have wishes and needs without having to go through the complexity of the many charitable organisations?

That’s why we started Neubeginn.ruhr. We’re a group of volunteers, representatives of welfare organisations and refugees. We all use our own special experience – with the aim of bringing together what can belong together.

Read here why the initiators of Neubeginn.Ruhr got together to develop a concept about the implementation of this online-portal


Andrea Darwiche
Andrea Darwiche

“For me “Neubeginn.Ruhr” is the logical development of my Facebook initiative “Welcome to the Pott” which I started a few months ago with the aim of coordinating local support and help quickly, locally and without bureaucracy. I hope that it’s not just furniture that finds new owners but that people also make new contacts. It would mean that this portal could make a major contribution to the integration of refugees who are seeking a new home in the Ruhr region.”

Maike van Doorn-Kaivers
Maike van Doorn-Kaivers

“With the support of a large number of colleagues, in summer 2015 I organised medical consultations in various refugee camps. Through this work I got to know some refugees and helped them to stay in Herne and move into flats. It soon became clear that a small group of helpers could only provide limited support to all those seeking help with decorating, moving, finding furniture etc. After many talks the idea of a virtual platform was born where these people can find furniture, clothes or help in everyday things. If you have contact to refugees, you soon notice how much this contact also enriches our lives. This platform will provide a good contribution to integration and peaceful lives together, also beyond the borders of Herne and the Ruhr Region."

Huda Al Hussari
Huda Al Hussari

“After the negative experiences I had when I fled, I am grateful and happy about every nice gesture and the help that I have received. I would like to pass on these good experiences and have a society in which people are happy to live together and help one another.”

Mahmoud Yousef
Mahmoud Yousef

“On my first day in Germany I was sad, without hope, prospects or future. My heart hurt. I had given up my livelihood, my family and my home. I have seen that there are many people in Germany who help lots of refugees. That’s what I want to do too because my German friends have managed to restore my hope.”

Eva-Maria Kröger
Eva-Maria Kröger

„It was an honour for me to provide initial medical care and it was only then that lots of issues became apparent. So the obvious thing to do was to organise more easily accessible help where it is needed together with nice, knowledgeable colleagues."