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“I’m still waiting for the decision on my asylum hearing, and for a while I was pretty disappointed and depressed, until I went to yoga and exercise. There are a lot of classes there that I love, and I started working out. It’s a lot of fun and gives me energy and good humor to forget my worries.” – Yeganeh (climbing coach and community volunteer)

After the fire in Moria, thousands of people were homeless from one day to the next. Some of them found an unusual temporary accommodation: the Yoga & Sports gym. Yoga & Sports for Refugees is a small, largely refugee-run organization with the goal of empowering refugees through sports, integrating them into the community, and improving their physical and mental health. When people live in camps, sometimes for years, it has disastrous effects on their mental and physical health. Sports offerings, from swimming classes to martial arts to yoga, can go a long way toward counteracting this. The sports activities of Yoga & Sports for Refugees additionally break down ethnic and religious barriers and create a meeting point and cooperation between cultures.

In order to continue to guarantee access to sports courses next year, as well as to pay refugee trainers, the project needs 20,000€. Therefore, we want to collect half of this need by Christmas. Do you have a gym membership? Or are you planning on taking one out next year? Then consider donating the same amount to Yoga & Sports, giving refugees on Lesvos access to sports as well. This is how cohesion with refugees works. #StrongerTogether

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How does #StrongerTogether work?

We distribute the money fairly to where it is needed most. When you donate money to a project, half of the donation goes directly to that project. However, a smaller portion goes into the overall pot of all projects and will be distributed to all projects in the campaign after Christmas.

This means that every donation helps in several places. Fundraisers that go well support those who lack attention despite great need. You don’t have to decide which of the many problems you want to fight with your donation. You can simply choose which project is most important to you and we will make sure that the others don’t go away empty-handed.

Exactly means:

50% of the money will go directly to the project you have chosen and will make a direct contribution to support, protect or evacuate people there.

35% will be distributed to other projects in the campaign should they not meet their fundraising goals. In this way, we ensure that none of the projects, and thus the people who rely on their support, go away empty-handed. In this way, we ensure cohesion among the projects, because we do not fundraise against each other, but with each other. An overview of these projectscan be found here.

15% will go to the LeaveNoOneBehind Emergency Fund. In the past year, we have seen in Afghanistan and Ukraine, among other places, that it is often a matter of acting quickly. Through this Emergency Fund, we were able to launch projects such as the Kabul Airlift or the Ukraine Hub within a few days, helping over 1000 people from thesen countries to evacuate. In addition, we have supported over 100 organizations in the last 3 years. You can find an overview of the grants here.

This is how #StrongerTogether works.

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1. In principle, you do not need a donation receipt for the tax office for donations up to 300 euros. A self-generated account or online bank printout is sufficient to prove the donation. It is important that your name, the account number and our data as well as the booking date, the amount and the actual execution of the payment can be seen from it. In addition, please keep the simplified donation receipt we have prepared.

2. If you have donated via the donation form: In the donation form you can choose whether we should send you a donation receipt. If you have answered yes to this option, you will automatically receive the donation receipt by e-mail in the spring of the following year. If you need the donation receipt more urgently, please contact us via spenden[at]

3. If you have donated by SEPA bank transfer: Please note that if you donate by bank transfer, we will not have your contact details at first and therefore you will not receive any further notification or confirmation of receipt of the money. However, you are very welcome to send us your contact details after your donation to spenden[at] and also let us know if you need a donation receipt.