Joliba, that’s the name of Africa’s third-biggest river, flowing through five Westafrican countries. The name of the intercultural network has symbolic character and reflects the association’s aim: connecting people and facilitating their everyday life. What shall be promoted is interculturality and integration, and especially the mutual understanding of other cultures and people. The association offers a diverse network for the African community.

The association’s work focuses on social offers such as educational and cultural events. The range stretches from offers for children and adolescents to families, African-German families in particular. Besides families with African, Afro-American and Afro-South American origins, the target audience also includes migrant or refugee families and those wishing to adopt a child. What belongs to the tasks, among others, is educational assistance communicating culture and its constant optimization, the promotion of intercultural exchange between the families and German institutions, social mentoring, German and computer courses (conversation class and introduction to Word and Excel, free of charge) and an Afro-German playgroup.

Their events include parties for kids, exhibitions, readings, seminars and workshops, for instance on how to prepare a well-balanced breakfast and lunchboxes for adolescents. One of the current projects is called “Who am I?“ and takes place in cooperation with the jfsb Berlin (Jugend- und Familienstiftung des Landes Berlin, foundation for youth and families in Berlin). It addresses the African youth in Berlin at the ages between 12 and 18 years. In conversations, excursions and roleplays they discuss the central questions of “Who are we? Who do we want to be?“. Also they talk about their homelands in Africa and Germany as their new one. The association’s work is based on voluntary commitment and smaller financial supports on specific projects, they therefore appreciate donations. Are you interested? See www.joliba-online.de for further information.

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