Third country citizens arrive daily at refugee centers in Munich; most of these individuals have been severely traumatized by their journey. Exhausted and unable to speak proficient German, asylum seekers often end up in reception institutions that are unable to meet their emotional needs because of a lack of funding and resources. The situation is further aggravated by prejudices against ethnic groups and religions within the refugee communities, as well as by feelings of exclusion and of being unwelcomed by the country in which they seek refuge.
Ingvild Goetz is committed to ensuring that asylum seekers and refugees are treated humanely in Germany - regardless of whether they stay here or are sent back. Efforts to this end focus on improving the refugees’ reception and cultural and leisure activities, as well as providing the necessary support for refugee women and girls.
For more than twenty-five years, Refugio München has been helping people who have been forced to flee their home countries because of torture, political persecution or armed conflict and who are now seeking protection in Germany. Refugio München
Refugio Munich has, among other things, set up a special women’s division for female refugees who have been victims of politically motivated sexual violence or human trafficking, especially forced prostitution.
In the center, these women can work through their traumatic experiences in individual therapy. The aim of the project “Protection and strengthening of refugee women affected by violence through targeted support in the women’s center” is to improve the living situation of the affected individuals. The support and therapy provided in this specialist center helps strengthen the women’s mental health, facilitate their social integration and contribute to meeting their need for protection during their asylum hearings and processes.
In addition, they can receive asylum counseling and participate in group offers (including a social pedagogical group for women and a therapeutic stabilization group). The consultation process for women is to be improved in the long term through positive networking with other institutions in Munich and improved communication with the institutions responsible for hearing these women’s cases.
Another focus is to meet the needs of these women’s children, including through the intervention of additional specialists if necessary.
In early 2020, Ingvild Goetz provided additional funding to finance the specific services required by the women’s division.
Geflüchtete Frauen stärken | IMEDANA e.V.
Since 2016, Ingvild Goetz has helped fund the IMEDANA e.V. project Geflüchtete Frauen stärken (Strengthen Refugee Women) in Nuremberg. Since 2007, IMEDANA e.V. has been the supporting foundation for “International Women's Café,” a start-up and counseling center for female refugees and asylum-seekers, as well as their children and families. With the additional financial support provided by Ingvild Goetz, the program’s services were expanded and the organization strengthened. Refugee women receive comprehensive counseling and guidance, and, in special cases, material assistance in emergency situations. In addition, a seminar is offered once a year for 60 women and children to provide them with a brief respite from their daily worries and fears. IMEDANA e.V. works closely with the target group and as well as other groups, making its services exceptionally well received. Another goal of the project is to develop the organization further so that it can continue to implement its work in the future. Ingvild Goetz also supports IMEDANA with donations in kind.
EXPRESS YOURSELF & film evenings | Innere Mission München
With the Innere
Mission München (Inner Mission Munich), Ingvild Goetz supports educational activities, including music and painting lessons and film studies. For many years, she has funded various projects
that are designed to promote greater tolerance. A music teacher regularly conducts music and singing lessons as part of the EXPRESS YOURSELF project. The project also includes painting
groups for children and adults. For the many different nationalities and religions, which are not always amiable to one another but must live together in a small space, such lessons and
groups are liberating. Several times a week, film evenings are offered separately for men and women, for which Ingvild Goetz provides the appropriate equipment. These evenings are meant
to help the viewers to escape the worries of everyday life.
KONTAKTLINSE | Villa Stuck
As a passionate collector of media art, Ingvild Goetz has been supporting the integrative media project KONTAKTlinse in the Villa Stuck museum since 2010. There, unaccompanied underager refugees and German pupils can use video art to express things of importance to them.
The Art Foundation Ingvild and Stephan Goetz invites unaccompanied minor refugees to workshops with the title "Be a Star!". The art educational format of the workshop was designed by the Sammlung Goetz and the art agency Filomele.
Nothilfe Fonds Syrien | Save the Children Deutschland e.V.
In 2015/16, Ingvild Goetz supported the emergency aid fund ‘Save the Children’ in Syria and neighboring countries to help those who remained behind in war zones. For many girls and boys living with their families in Syria, every day is a struggle for survival. Violence, a lack of care, sickness and hunger force many children and their families to flee, even within the country. The living conditions in Syria change constantly and are not always predictable. For people in need, it is often necessary to take advantage of very short timeframes to ensure the supply of essential goods. Ingvild Goetz, therefore, decided to help fund one of Save the Children’s emergency aid funds for Syria. This fund provides local employees with the opportunity to react quickly and unbureaucratically to new situations, especially within Syria, and to swiftly expand existing aid, be this for emergency shelters, food and drinking water, or access to education and psychosocial help amid the acute crisis.