In 2015, MädchenbüroMilena e.V. in partnership with KfW Stiftung and Linsenhoff Stiftung opened the café Milena, a safe haven for refugee women and girls.
Many of them come from patriarchal communities or have lived through traumatic experiences. Here, women of all ages have the opportunity to come together away from refugee reception centres, to meet local residents and to become familiar with German values and the German way of life. They are offered courses in German language as well as for alphabetization, while the children are taken care of by a babysitter. Since 2017, KfW Stiftung is supporting an initiative for women to start working as day care nannies.