Soroptimist International was founded in 1921. It is a global movement of volunteers who work together to improve the lives of women and girls.
1 million refugees arrived in Germany in 2015. Soroptimist International Club in Meerbsuch specifically aims to help female refugees integrate German society, thanks in particular to German lessons.
The NGO started the “Deutsch Café” project in the town of Meerbusch, to enable women to learn the language and practice speaking with other German women.
Every week, in addition to lessons, around forty German volunteers meet female refugees, to give them an opportunity to practice German. This allows female refugees to learn about life in Germany and helps them integrate.
The Air Liquide Foundation is supporting the project by providing teaching resources and furniture for the café where the sessions are held. The Foundation also finances the language lessons.