Founded in 2015, Madrid For Refugees (MFR) is a non-profit, 100% volunteer-run organization dedicated to helping and empowering refugees and vulnerable populations in the local community.
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.
Madrid For Refugees has official partnerships to work with refugees and vulnerable populations at 2 government refugee centers, an NGO refugee center, and an NGO temporary youth housing center. Our initiatives support more than 200 refugees residing at these centers, in addition to over 60 families living in the community.
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
NGO Relations Coordinator: Cayte Cozad
Volunteer Coordinators: Lea Surugue & Veronica Pellegrinetti
Donations Coordinators: Sarah Tomkins & Kaelyn Cincotta
Events Coordinator: Juan Francisco Velasco
Cooking Solidario Coordinators: Violette Van Gaver & Elena Suarez
Coding Course Coordinator: Andrea Ocarina
Jobs Coordinators: Martin Bounds & Mar Garviadit
Language Exchange Coordinator: Paola Ponce