Integration Workshop: Building a mud kitchen

It's a wonderful moment when children's eyes sparkle with joy. The children at the Zwergenland daycare centre in Ehra-Lessien had been wanting a play kitchen for their outdoor area for a while and now the Integration Workshop in the Nordkreis Gifhorn district has fulfilled their wish. Under BUTTING Akademie's sponsorship, the workshop participants worked diligently and handed over the finished wooden construction to the children.

The director of the daycare centre, Doris Schatz, turned to the Integration Workshop as her facility had neither the financial means nor the manual skills required. During her first visit, the director got to know the different areas of the workshop. She was very impressed with the carpenter's shop and described her wish for a wooden mud kitchen for the daycare centre's outdoor area, which would provide the children with a robust play area in all weather conditions. Initial designs were exchanged, which were further refined until the finished construction plan was ready.

It took two months to complete the project. A time full of impatience and anticipation. There was great excitement among the children, carers and helpers. Children from the daycare centre also took part in the handover – they examined their mud kitchen with beaming faces and gratefully received it. Uschi Schüller, the director of the Integration Workshop, was also delighted: "Projects like these have great significance – especially for our participants, because they gain appreciation and self-confidence from making products that subsequently find a meaningful use. The personal contact during the development and handover of the product is integration in action."

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