WHO WE ARE
THFwelcome is a young, creative charity. Together with refugees living in the camp in former Tempelhof Airport, we find paths out of their isolation, with the goal of self-determination. We manage several projects, offer space for exchange and events, and are happy to welcome new ideas. So join us, participate or donate!
WHAT WE DO
In October, 2015, a decision was made by the Berlin Senate to repurpose a number of hangars in the former Tempelhof Airport to accommodate arriving refugees. Here, in what has become the largest emergency camp of Germany, arriving refugees receive medical care and are provided with life essentials for the duration of their stay.
A Facebook initiative, “Tempelhof Hilft,” was started by volunteers to improve the living conditions for the residents. A clothing exchange was quickly established, where large volumes of donated clothing and other items continue to be distributed.
From this first initiative grew the idea to found a charity, THFwelcome, to give our work a formal legal foundation. Under the umbrella of the THFwelcome organization we connect, coordinate donations, and manage projects including a café in Hangar 1, a sewing initiative, and a mentorship program. We also cooperate with other initiatives, such as “Angehört” (legal consulting) and “German Now!” (language training).
WHAT WE STAND FOR
We at THFwelcome strongly support the human right to asylum, and welcome those who have had to flee their homes to Germany. We provide refugees with humanitarian assistance, connection with members of the local community, and help in answering everyday questions.
Fundamentally it is our aim to focus on the needs of refugees and other people who face discrimination, with whom we seek to work and make decisions together.
We see ourselves as a political initiative seeking to counter negative media representations with positive experiences and realities. We oppose the unbearable conditions provided to refugees by the state, such as the inadequate repurposing of former airport hangars as emergency shelters which have become long-term living accommodations. However, we do not believe that the work of THFwelcome should be a substitute for a well-functioning system of state-provided refugee aid.