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.

MENSCHEN FREUDE BILDER: The picture exhibition moves on to Alfter town hall

From January 26, 2023 Menschenfreude e.V. will be a guest in Alfter’s town hall. The vernissage of MENSCHEN FREUDE BILDER, the first photo exhibition of our non-profit association, will take place at 5 pm. The photographs by Kerstin Schley, Kathrin Anderseck and Jürgen Perteck can be seen until February 8, 2023 during the opening hours of the town hall. Admission is free, but donations are requested. In November 2022 MENSCHEN FREUDE BILDER was already on display at the Dorfhaus Alfter-Gielsdorf. Further dates are planned.

Dental missions to Madagascar – 400 patients treated – more to be provided through donations

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.

“Abandoned Land” – readings & discussion evenings with our author Knuth Martens.

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.

Vernissage: PEOPLE JOY PICTURES solemnly opened – further dates in 2023

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.

Für Menschenfreude e.V. in the Citizens’ Delegation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

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.

Slums in the middle of Europe – Our cooperation for Romania

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.

“Abandoned Land”: Reading with German-Ukrainian guests and music

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.

With human joy through the summer – here’s what’s new

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.

Ukraine aid, school satchel campaign and well construction in Madagascar… in august it will go on here…

With the start of the summer vacations, we are also taking a short summer break in the Menschenfreude media. Behind the scenes, however, things are continuing apace: for example, with the school bag campaign run by Janine and Olli Drathen* in Bonn. Jürgen Perteck is involved with the well construction project in Madagascar, among other things. And the aid transports for the people affected by the war in Ukraine also continue – thanks to many volunteers. In mid-August, we will be back at this point: Among other things, with the author’s reading from “Verlassenes Land” by Dr. Knuth Martens in Alfter.