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Starting in January, I collected clothes over a course of three weeks for my IB CAS project. Many clothes came from my own family including, siblings, cousins, parents, etc., however I had also asked friends and people from Nelson Mandela School to participate and donate clothes.Over the time period of the CAS project many different individuals were willing and able to donate some clothes, including jackets, t-shirts and trousers. The difficult part was collecting mainly new clothes and if not new, clothes in very good condition to be donated. The reason being that these clothes would then ultimately be donated to a refugee home.

These clothes had to be in good condition as the refugees receiving these clothes would most likely not like other people's old clothes if they were too old. The project started with a few pairs of t-shirts and trousers, however by the end of the four weeks I had been able to collect three big bags of clothes, including clothes for small children, teenage boys & girls and grown up men & women. Once having collected all the clothes, a refugee home, sponsored by the “Diakonisches Werk Berlin”, was contacted for the final donation. The refugee home is located in Berlin, Kreuzberg and is home to 147 men, women and children from all over the world. Many of the individuals that live in this home have been forced to seek refuge due to civil war, or other
reason for which they can not return to their home country.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in my CAS project by donating clothes. The clothes will be made of good use by many different types of people who are in need of them. I am happy I have been able to help and support people of less fortune by something as simple as donating clothes.
Joshua Katzenstein, IB13, 2018

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