The beginning of All4Aid is intrinsically connected to the ministry of Multination Church (formerly Bethel International Baptist Church), in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2014, the church started providing a safe house for refugees inside its building, a practice known as “kirchenasyl” (sanctuary). Dormitories were created by adapting a classroom as well as the pastor’s office and refugees came to live at the church. The intention was to protect them from deportation and to help them acquire the right to have their asylum cases processed in Germany.
The creation of this safe house led the Frankfurt prosecutors to open a criminal investigation into Rev Rodrigo Assis da Silva, the Pastor of the church at the time, on charges of assisting illegal migrants. Following the launch of a campaign petition that gathered support from people from all over the world, the case was closed and all charges were dropped; protecting refugees at the church was found not to be a crime. In the following years, the refugees who lived in the church were all granted asylum; they have all integrated into their local communities, learned the language, found jobs and are living happily and safely in Germany.
After being exonerated, Rodrigo founded All4Aid in 2017 to catalyse even more support towards refugees. Several friends joined the project by offering prayers, financial support and even joining as full-time volunteers. In February 2019, after running a few programmes for refugees in Germany and organising a few volunteer trips to Lesvos, All4Aid was offered the opportunity to take over the management of a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) facility in front of Moria Camp. This was the birth of our long-term presence on Lesvos, Greece.
(Photo: pastor’s office turned into a dormitory at Bethel IBC church).
Who We Are
We are first and foremost a group of friends! People who share a similar calling to work together with refugees and asylum seekers: individuals and families who had to flee their homes due to war, persecution or disaster. We are registered in Germany as a nonprofit organisation with a global scope of action. We are also registered as a NGO in Greece. Currently, most of our work is based near the entrance to Moria Camp, on Lesvos, Greece.
Displaced people attaining life in all its fullness (John 10:10b).
To work with displaced people to enhance their quality of life by facilitating humanitarian assistance, cultivating social inclusion and fostering educational development.
The values that guide our actions and the way we work are based on the principles of the Christian Faith and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Caring about and having a genuine love for people facing displacement.
Doing everything to the best of our ability, with boldness and dedication.
Affirming equal rights to a life with dignity for people of all backgrounds.
Being accountable and transparent in all areas and levels of our work.
Collaborating with like-minded people, churches & organisations.
Serving with modesty and valuing the skills of the displaced people.
Meet the Team
All our workers either serve voluntarily or raise their own personal support to serve with All4Aid. This model enables us to use money from public donations directly towards our projects.
Rodrigo Assis da Silva
Rodrigo is a Brazilian-born Christian Theologian and Global Development Professional. He brings over 12 years of experience working in churches, mission organisations and nonprofits in three continents: South America (Brazil), Africa (Mozambique) and Europe (UK, Germany and Greece).
Director of International Programmes
Danielle is an Uruguayan-American Business professional. She brings significant experience working in the finance sector in the hospitality industry, as well as experience serving in social projects in Spain and Brazil and in refugee camps in Germany and Greece.
The members of our advisory board have experience in several areas relevant to our work and come from diverse geographical, cultural and professional backgrounds. Their voluntary role is to advise the managing director in the development of strategies for All4id’s work, helping to advance and maintain the health of the organisation.
Katharina N. Martinez