Founded in 2015, Madrid For Refugees (MFR) is a non-profit, 100% volunteer-run organization dedicated to helping and empowering those in the local community who are: individuals who find themselves in the status of being a refugee, asylum seekers, stateless, and migrants in need of international protection and/or at risk of social exclusion
Our flagship initiative is the Madrid For Refugees community co-working and incubator space for refugees at the Gabinete at C/Victoria 9 in Madrid (Sol). Through this interactive hub, we provide refugees with a space to run their own initiatives and projects, we provide training and education for refugees (language, coding and digital arts courses), we house a storage space for items donated to refugees, and we organize community benefit events and initiatives which support MFR’s other activities including job assistance, mentorship, community integration and volunteer training.
Through initiatives, we support more than 300 refugees in official refugee centers run by the government and by NGOs, along with more than 60 families in the community. We work with refugees from all over the world, such as Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Jamaica, Venezuela, Eritrea, Morocco, Honduras, Colombia, El Salvador. They are escaping extreme situations where their life is in danger, for reasons such as military conflicts or political persecution.
We collaborate officially with 2 Government-run refugee centers, various CEAR centers, and a housing facility for children. We also collaborate with the United Nations (Agencia de Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados), la Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado (CEAR), Refugiados Bienvenidos, Asociación Lumbre, Movimiento por la Paz y la Asociación La Kalle Vallecas.
We rely on the generosity of individuals and organizations to allow us to continue our mission of empowering the refugee community.
MADRID FOR REFUGEES Association
VAT number (CIF): G87483087
National Registry of Associations in Spain nº 610122
C/Victoria 9-first floor, 28012 Madrid
President: Christina Samson
Vice President and Manager of Community Integration: Ivan Villanueva
Treasurer: Alex Valle
Secretary: Cayte Cozad
Volunteer Coordinators: Matthew Desoutter & Laura Lupi
Donations Coordinators: Sarah Tomkins & Kaelyn Cincotta
Events Coordinator: Anastasia Djedjeia & Robert Pomohaci
Cooking Solidario Coordinator: Thalia Montes
Coding Course Coordinators: Andrea Ocarina Perez & Miguel Saenz
Digital Literacy Course Coordinator: Hugo Jovel
Jobs Coordinators: Martin Bounds & Mar Garviadit
Language Exchange Coordinator: Paola Ponce