Youth and social affairs

One city, one home

What does living together mean? With the family centre "Manna", we created a place of vital neighbourhood for the residents of Gropiusstadt in Berlin. Here, living next to one another becomes living and working together.

With our support, the German aid organisation Malteser Hilfsdienst opened a meeting and leisure centre in Berlin Neuk├Âlln last year. The centre has something to offer to all generations: approximately 40 children receive a hot meal and help with their homework, and use the varied offers of leisure activities every day. Young people find orientation help in the vocational guidance service. Parents find support, and our tenants with immigrant background have the opportunity to participate in language courses. Meetings are organised for senior citizens, but also visits and accompanying services are on offer. In addition, the open neighbourhood club brings the residents closer together and contributes to the quality of housing and living of our tenants.

Little tenants, large projects

Where do children feel more comfortable than in an environment that does justice to their world? In Zehlendorf, one of the districts of Berlin with the most children, a special place exists with the "Kiddies Daykita".

For the day-care centre "Kiddies", a former commercial property in the housing estate Waldsiedlung that is protected as historic monument was restored in a manner appropriate for children. In close consultation with the founder and through extensive constructional measures, we adapted the premises to the new challenges. The rooms were individually designed on the basis of ecoarchitectural and room-psychological insights. This resulted in an environment that positively affects the children and promotes their joy of discovery. Creative ideas, innovative care, and an environment appropriate for children make the day-care centre popular with little and big tenants in equal measure.

My Annual Report

6 November 2009:
Inauguration of the family centre "Manna"