On the initiative of Menschenfreude board member Jürgen Perteck, we were in Madagascar in November 2022 as part of an aid campaign. We, that is dentist Dr. Kathrin Zizmann, helper Pia Eberlein, as well as our companion Joost Versluis. Jürgen Perteck became aware of the catastrophic dental conditions while building a drinking water well in Antanimarina Village during a previous trip.
Our non-profit association Menschenfreude e.V. is growing. We are very happy about it. About the many big and small joys we were allowed to give to people near and far in the past years. Projects in Nepal, Africa, countries in Europe, regionally in North Rhine-Westphalia, school projects and collection campaigns – our volunteers are constantly on the job and enthusiastically involved. The best way to get an overview of our projects is to stop by our blog or Instagram.
Since a few days the book “Verlassenes Land – Über Menschen und Menschlichkeit im Ukraine-Krieg” is available everywhere in bookstores and online (ISBN 978-9-403-66078-3). At this point we give you a short update about readings with author Dr. Knuth Martens. The proceeds of the events as well as from the sale of the book will go to our association Menschenfreude e.V. and thus support the families affected by the war.
The first photo exhibition of Menschenfreude e.V. was opened at the weekend in the context of a large vernissage. There were about 70 pictures on display, taken by Kerstin Schley, Kathrin Anderseck and Jürgen Perteck, which were taken during the worldwide missions of our non-profit organization. The exhibits were framed by selected artifacts from the respective countries, accompanying texts, and artistic installations. In January 2023, the exhibition will move on – initially to Alfter City Hall. Other locations are planned.
This year, the Prime Minister of the Free State of Thuringia, Bodo Ramelow, has invited eight representatives from each of the federal states to Erfurt for the central celebration of German Unity Day. Eight people who “volunteer, brave and committed to their fellow citizens.” We are very proud that Jürgen Perteck, our Menschenfreude e.V. founder and board member, was invited to join this citizens’ delegation of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
In September, a team from Menschenfreude e.V. was on the road in Romania. Reason for the trip: On the initiative of Elka and Matthias Straub, who have already supported us in several Ukraine transports, a meeting with the Romanian “People to People Foundation” was organized. Among other things, People to People is involved in the cities of Cluj and Oradea for infrastructural facilities in slums, for the creation of educational opportunities and against human trafficking. Initial opportunities for joint projects were explored. Besides Elka and Matthias, Jürgen Perteck as well as Jan and Kathrin Anderseck were there.
At 19. and 20. November 2022 we invite from Menschenfreude e.V. to the Dorfgemeinschaftshaus Alfter. In our first photo exhibition “MENSCHEN FREUDE BILDER” we show selected motives, which were taken during our missions in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Senegal, Nepal, Romania and to the Ukrainian border. We cordially invite you to the vernissage with champagne reception on 19.11.2022 at 6.30 pm. On Sunday, the exhibition will be open from 10 am to 5 pm. As admission we ask for a voluntary donation. The images, as well as our official 2023 Menschenfreude calendar, are available for purchase. Further dates for the exhibition are planned.
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine and our appeal for donations, countless people have participated in our actions. Today we would like to take a look at the many ideas and projects of children and young people. In kindergartens, elementary schools and secondary schools in North Rhine-Westphalia, people are crafting, baking and even running for our Menschenfreude aid projects.
On August 17, a reading from the book “Verlassenes Land” took place in the Community House in Alfter in front of an audience of about 65 people, including many Ukrainians. Author Dr. Knuth Martens gave insight into the moving days of the aid transport, which he himself accompanied. The evening was accompanied by two musicians, Diana and Maria (15 and 16) from Kiev. The church choir Sankt Cäcilia from Alfter-Impekoven summed up the evening with an excellently selected contribution: “Imagine all the people, livin’ life in peace…” The peace song by John Lennon.
Back from the summer break, the Menschenfreude team hopes you had a few nice, sunny weeks. Just like us. Some of us took a little time off, others were active throughout in the spirit of the good cause. What’s new at Menschenfreude e.V., we tell you today.