Mönchengladbach: Kita fights for a terminal cook.

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A daycare center fighting for an incurable cook

Her Turkish lentil soup is legendary at Pfiffikus Kindergarten. There are very few foods that children like. However, chef Emine T., 37, is currently very ill. Her daycare is holding a festival to honor her for her fundraising efforts. Emine’s last wish was a flight home.

Samira Rippegather, head of the Pfiffikus Family Center, still remembers the first day Emine T. came to her daycare. “She brought us her young sons and none of them spoke a word of German,” she said. At first she couldn’t have any conversations with her without her help. ‘ reports Rippegather.

The principal will find out later what happened to Emine’s life. Growing up in a small town in Turkey, she was able to attend school for several years. She was still very young when her father recommended her husband to her. The chosen groom, previously the boy next door to her, already lived in Germany and was the proud owner of a Mercedes. On the advice of her parents, Eminem moved to Germany, where she had three children. Her youngest child became a smart kid.

Samira Rippegather said, “The young family didn’t have much money, so one day they asked if they needed a temp in the kitchen. This was also a coincidence. Since then, Emine T.’s life has changed. She worked hard, learned German and really enjoyed her job. Samira Rippegather said, “When she became a second cook, she first asked us anxiously what to cook now. She doesn’t know German recipes yet,” reports. “We calmed her down and said: First, cook what you know.” So Emine’s first meal at the nursery was Turkish lentil soup. The boys were excited,” recalls the head of the daycare. “Some kids say they like Turkish lentil soup much more than German lentil soup.” It has become a popular food.

At the nursery, everyone was delighted that the increasingly thriving chefs can now manage themselves and want to get their driver’s license. “She now speaks really good German and controlled everything in the kitchen. We cook for 120 people every day. Emine knew exactly how much she had to gain and was also perfect when it comes to her organization,” compliments Samira Rippegather. She always had an open ear to children and was kind to everyone.

But a year and a half ago, Emine T. had more and more frequent migraines and vertigo. The disease has not been diagnosed for a long time, and in the evening the phone suddenly came. “To the clinic immediately.”

Samira Rippegather said, “Eminem has been battling leukemia since then. Due to the coronavirus, she has been hospitalized a lot, often never visited. Call only. Rippegather: “On the phone she said, ‘Please pray for me. . She has to live for her children,’ she said. Emine never spoke about her pain and loneliness in her hospital.

Now it’s clear. There is no longer a cure for Pfiffikus’ chefs. And Emine’s greatest wish is “to come home again”. On Monday 2 May, from 10 am to 3:30 pm, the Bayram festival in honor of Emine is held at the nursery in Wilhelm-Elfes-Straße. “We are a multicultural kindergarten and we celebrate every festival. Children need to know all religions and cultures,” says the daycare manager.

This time, of course, there’s also Emine’s lentil soup. The kids also made their own things they wanted to sell to their chefs, including a small booklet with the most important words in several languages. Equestrian therapists also come with their wagons and provide rides. Proceeds from the wagon ride, like all other fundraising, are used for Emine’s last wish.

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