At the end of May 2023, a team from Menschenfreude e.V. loads a van for the two Romanian slums visited the previous fall: Patarat, a slum on the outskirts of the big city of Cluj, and Tinca, an already more developed neighborhood near Oradea in the west of the country. On board: solar panels plus technical equipment for installation and a ride-on lawn mower.
For the earthquake victims at the Turkish-Syrian border there have been several relief actions of Menschenfreude e.V.. These included school campaigns by the Amos Comenius High School in Bonn, the Maximilian Kolbe High School in Cologne and various cooperation partners. The money raised was used to buy food and tents. Currently, we support regular summer camps for traumatized children and continue to provide food for those affected.
Throwing garbage into trash cans, which are then picked up by the garbage collection service and the garbage is processed further – a matter of course in Germany, a distant goal in Senegal.
On a current occasion: We from Menschenfreude e.V. do not want to leave the people affected by the earthquake alone. Relief transports to the affected regions will start immediately – by truck and by ship from Greece. We ask you for donations to finance the transports and to be able to buy for the people on site. Likewise, we will be accepting in-kind donations on 2/25/2023.
On the road in sub-zero temperatures – visits to people with no fixed abode – expansion of projects planned
With the beginning of the cold season, teams of Menschenfreude e.V. were again increasingly on the road in Cologne and Bonn to visit people without a fixed abode. In addition to the distribution of food and winter-proof textiles, this time it was also about the idea of resocialization: so it was possible to organize a hostel for some over the Christmas days. There has also been help with visits to the authorities. Young people will soon be involved in similar projects.
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.
On this way we would like to say to you and you once again our very dear heartfelt thank you for the support of our Ukraine projects. To this day, our volunteers bring relief supplies to the war-torn country, to the reception camps in Poland as well as in Germany. So far, we have been able to bring a total of 76 people with us to Germany.
The first aid convoy of Menschenfreude e.V. started on March 8 towards Ukraine. This was preceded by an unprecedented fundraising campaign with countless helpers. In the end, a team of 24 drivers set out with twelve vans to distribute the collected relief supplies in refugee camps – mostly specially converted churches. These are very moving and emotional experiences that we would like to share with you here.
We received around 2500 boxes and bags of donations for this first Menschenfreude aid transport. Thanks to you! And that’s just great. On the farm of our cooperation partner, Christian relief organization TABEA e.V., we spent a whole Saturday sorting your donations, packing them and sending them on their way to Ukraine. In two trucks and twelve vans. Now and here: all information for you about the biggest relief action of Menschenfreude e.V. so far, which will continue as long as it is necessary.