It won’t be too much longer before you’ll be able to try Ancora’s new coffee – “Uncommon Grounds, Roasted for a Reason.” These are exciting times, as the build-out for the coffee-roasting training facility is underway in Kandern, Germany. Ancora has plans to start roasting and training roasters soon, and, so far, the coffee samples have gotten rave reviews. We hope you’ll like it too – both the coffee and the heart behind it.
Ahmed loves to run. When he was unable to participate in a language course due to problems with his eyesight, Ancora wondered if there might be a German runner who would be interested in running with him to help him practice speaking German while they ran. As it turns out, there was.
Axel has been training Ahmed now since the beginning of July. They set a target of the Frankfurt marathon on Oct. 29 — Ahmed’s first-ever marathon.
In spite of a foot injury less than two weeks before the marathon, then battling blisters during half the marathon, Ahmed successfully completed the race in a time of 3 hours and 25 minutes. It was a great result for his first marathon and a major accomplishment to have finished the race. Ahmed and Axel should be very proud of the hard work they have put into training, both in running and in German language.
In reflecting on the marathon and on his training, Ahmed shared that he is tremendously thankful for Axel and the kindness Axel has shown to him, as well as for Ancora’s support to bring them together. For Ahmed, running is a way of relieving stress and freeing his mind, but running together also provides the opportunity for friendship and learning a new language. After a short break to recover from the marathon, Axel and Ahmed look forward to carrying on and setting their next goals together.
The new Ancora language learning lab is up and running, and students are enjoying it. The classes, offered two days a week, give refugee students the opportunity to learn German language concepts in computer-based lessons, then practice what they’ve learned in a conversation café setting.
The skills they are picking up range from learning the alphabet to working toward several levels of language certification. For those who are uncomfortable with computers, it’s also a chance to work on basic computer skills.
Two men and five women have joined the first class, which started in mid-October. More than 10 volunteers help run the program, offering childcare, helping with German conversation, setting up the computers and providing snacks.