On Saturday, December 12, 2015, students at the NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management and the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) invited refugee children and their parents to bake cookies with them. Around 20 people met in the NIT student hostel’s three shared kitchens to cut, bake and decorate the cookies in a buzz of activity.
The organizers Paula Segelken, Ayhan (last name unknown), Kabbinale Sumanth, Katharina Grabowski, Giacomo Carraro, and Tarek (last name unknown) wanted to give refugee children an opportunity to experience the Christmas atmosphere and thereby get to know German culture a little better. That was why the young engineers launched the nonprofit activity at the NIT. The initial reception office for refugees on Schwarzenberg is directly opposite the TUHH campus so that families only had to cross the road to bake cookies on the campus with their neighbors.
The NIT Management supported this commitment and provided the ingredients free of charge. A number of NIT employees also called round with their children to help with the baking. Paula Segelken, the initiator, was delighted. “The atmosphere was great,” she said. Language barriers meant nothing to the little bakers. They eagerly swapped cookie cutters, watched others to see how they decorated the cookies, and shared laughter over the occasional mishap. At the end of the day they were all very proud of the mountains of cookies and delighted to be able to take a bag full of them back home.