This is how it works
Newcomers and Locals
Seek exchange but don't meet each other
Brings them together through offers for culture and leisure activities
Mates and 'Heimat'
Friendships develop and social cohesion grows
Many people in Germany still have no or limited access to social life - because they are new to Germany, aren't familiar with the culture yet or simply don't have the financial means to take part in cultural activities.
Questions like "Who are they" are the result - often closely connected to concerns and fears related to the "others".
Why? Because people don't meet. And often develop false images of the other group. As a result integration fails on all sides and society is drifting apart.
HiMate changes that. By creating space for the necessary mutual exchange we facilitate integration and strengthen social cohesion.
How do you we do that?
HiMate creates moments in which people of different cultural and financial backgrounds can meet on eye-level and get to know each other.
What does that mean precisely?
We create these moments by providing vouchers for cultural and recreational events from partnering companies and by organizing our own community events. On HiMate users find free offers for cinemas, theatres, concerts and sports events. Among our own events are cooking nights, jam sessions, community parties, soccer tournaments and many more. Moreover, we support and encourage members of our community to organize their own HiMate-events.
HiMate is generally free of charge - so that everyone, no matter their income, can take part.
Our goal is to create a community in which people can get to know each other on eye-level, irrespective of their origin or their cultural and social background.
Via it's large network of partners HiMate reaches about 15.000 refugees in Berlin. After successfully establishing HiMate in Berlin we want to expand the offer Germany-wide.
"Hi, Mate!" is a conversation starter, a casual "hello!" between two people. With HiMate a dialogue starts that might lead to a friendship and close ties to other "mates" of the community, including cooperating partners. HiMate also sounds like the German word "Heimat", a place that is home, and an idea that is comfort and safety. The connection of both is exactly the message we want to spread.
How did it all start?
HiMate was founded in 2015 after many refugees had arrived in Germany. Initially thought as a voucher platform for donations in kind we switched our focus entirely to cultural and recreational events. Via our large network of partners, we already reach around 15.000 refugees in Berlin. Now we want to expand the community Germany-wide.