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June 4, 2018 | Posted by:

Ancora sponsors Iranian refugee’s art exhibit

In Iran, a lot of Roshanak Ghaleb’s dreams had to do with art. But one day, after earning her bachelor’s degree in that field, she had to pile all those dreams in a plexiglass boat and hope that she and her husband made it across the Mediterranean Sea to safety. They did, but only barely.… Read More

May 13, 2018 | Posted by:

Bringing creative community to Weilerswist refugees

We’re excited about the progress happening on a creative community center in Weilerswist! This fantastic facility will bring a multitude of projects and activities to refugees, including: a homework club art activities a rock climbing wall social gatherings sport programs German language classes cooking and sewing classes medical first aid and CPR biking safety courses… Read More

May 7, 2018 | Posted by:

New life is growing at Ancora’s community gardens

Refugees who live in apartments in Weilerswist, Germany, now have a plot of land to call their own, thanks to a new Ancora community garden project. The project gives refugees the opportunity to grow their own vegetables, herbs or flowers in six newly constructed boxes filled with potting soil and covered with protective glass panes.… Read More

May 4, 2018 | Posted by:

The coffee roastery is almost open!

For months, Ancora has been working on ways to help refugees make a real home in Germany. That’s the purpose of Uncharted Grounds, a new coffee roastery getting close to opening in Kandern, Germany. Coffee transcends culture, for sure — so in a way, it’s a little taste of home. But it will also give… Read More

February 19, 2018 | Posted by:

The start of Ancora Coffee

It won’t be too much longer before you’ll be able to try Ancora’s new coffee that is 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… Read More

November 27, 2017 | Posted by:

Making friends, achieving goals

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… Read More

October 18, 2017 | Posted by:

Language classes kick off

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… Read More

May 24, 2017 | Posted by:

Read. Cook. Love.

In the past few months, Ancora team members supported local organizations as they produced two refugee programs focused on integration. One event engaged young refugees in a German-language reading competition. The other event created a cooking opportunity for refugee chefs. Both occurred recently on the same weekend with positive feedback from the community. The reading project matched participating refugee… Read More

September 29, 2016 | Posted by:

Ancora team connects with the local community

Despite having been in country only a short time, the Ancora team is making positive progress connecting with local leaders. Visits to several camps gave our Directors insight into which projects should take priority over the coming months. At present, Ancora intends to focus most heavily in three major areas: Education, Training, and Health & Fitness.