Students at the IPU Berlin have assumed binding sponsorships, including offers of discussions and talks as well as care services, for families, children and youths currently housed in local refugee centres. In one emergency accommodation facility, they are providing services based on the practical requirements of the refugees. The work they are performing here is being supervised on a professional level by research associates, professors and licensed psychotherapists. Furthermore, the IPU is providing voluntary supervision groups for the staff and employees at the refugee homes and centres cooperating in the initiative. We regard the activities being performed here as our contribution to addressing and coping with what is arguably the greatest social challenge we are facing right now.
In the StuFen Project, which was initiated by students from the IPU Berlin and has been funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) since January 2016, IPU students provide support to people forced to flee from their home country with their integration into university life, so as to permit them an opportunity for further training and education in Germany. Further information is available at: DAAD Project StuFen
Supervision activities have assumed a special importance in our refuge work. By now an additional 1,000 to 1,500 refugees have come to the accommodation centre in Mertensstraße and the demand for supervisors is constantly growing. With the result that, despite having had a long list of voluntary supervisors at the beginning of our work, a new call for voluntary supervisors is now required in order to be able to support and supervise the work at the facility.