Ever since ancient times hospices have been offering shelter and hospitality for travellers, a feeling of security and care for the needy and those seeking help.
The idea of setting up an intercultural hospice arose out of an enquiry by Korean womens group in Berlin, who have experienced first-hand the fears and worries of elderly, dying or terminally ill people living in a foreign country. Many women in that group came to Germany as nurses and will never return to their native country.

Unfamiliar customs and different beliefs as well as dissimilar notions of illness and different ways of expressing pain can lead to misunderstandings in everyday situations.
We have therefore made it our objective to come alongside people from different cultural backgrounds and their family members, people who are dying or in need of care, and offer them support that is sensitive to their culture. Dong Ban Ja Interkultureller Hospizdienst was founded in 2009, offering voluntary out-patient care for the sick and dying. In the long term we plan to set up an in-patient hospice.