“You learn to accept and respect” – Anna Wilhelm from Wieder Wohnen

“I had closely followed the news about the dramatic situation of the refugees arriving in Europe. I was also well aware of the thousands of refugees arriving at Vienna’s Westbahnhof train station. I wanted to do something. I wanted to help. But I didn’t know how to approach them. “One day, I found out that … More “You learn to accept and respect” – Anna Wilhelm from Wieder Wohnen

“The challenge for the refugees is to get back to normal” – Monika Wintersberger-Montorio, Director of Wieder Wohnen

“Over the past decades, Wieder Wohnen has grown in the area of care for the homeless, and we can look back at homeless shelters dating back more than 100 years. This experience is making us strong. “At the beginning of 2015, we started offering aid to refugees. We had observed that refugees, especially families, were … More “The challenge for the refugees is to get back to normal” – Monika Wintersberger-Montorio, Director of Wieder Wohnen

“I wish for my children to continue their studies and serve the country that helped us as refugees” – Mona from Iraq

In line with its 40th Anniversary, which is dedicated to the plight of refugees, OFID has supported a number of Austrian NGOs that deliver services and support to those who have lost everything. One of these NGOs is Wieder Wohnen, the biggest provider of housing and support for homeless people in Vienna, which is currently … More “I wish for my children to continue their studies and serve the country that helped us as refugees” – Mona from Iraq

“We lost everything we had in the sea” – Haidar Al-Fahham from Iraq

Haidar Al-Fahham, aged 29, has been living in Vienna since November 2015 in the facilities of Wieder Wohnen. He is looking forward to learning German as fast as possible in order to realize his dream of becoming a carpenter.   “I experienced many difficulties on my journey to Europe. I travelled from Iraq to Turkey … More “We lost everything we had in the sea” – Haidar Al-Fahham from Iraq

“I have great hope for a better future” – Haifaa from Syria

Together with her children, Haifaa from Syria has been living at the facilities of Wieder Wohnen in Vienna since March 2016. Haifaa came to Austria to be reunited with her husband, who arrived some months ahead of his family.     “When I arrived in Austria, many things were new to me. But I have … More “I have great hope for a better future” – Haifaa from Syria

One Young World Summit inspires – OFID sponsored delegate Florian Weninger tells his story

  The One Young World Summit 2016 took place September 28–October 1 in Ottawa, Canada. OFID was once again proud to sponsor the attendance of 25 young leaders, some of whom have shared their unforgettable impressions with us.  Florian Weninger, 22, from Austria, is studying for a Masters in Petroleum Engineering at the University of … More One Young World Summit inspires – OFID sponsored delegate Florian Weninger tells his story

“I love singing songs in different languages” – Aleda from Vienna

  “I love singing songs in different languages. By singing and exercising, we train our brains and learn new things more easily in general. We already sang in Russian, German, Serbo-Croat, Turkish, Italian and Swaheli.” Aleda, 10, of Turkish descent, is a Superar student. Superar is a social initiative sponsored by OFID, that supports children … More “I love singing songs in different languages” – Aleda from Vienna