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. The evening was accompanied by two musicians, Diana and Maria (15 and 16) from Kiev.
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.
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.
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. to support the families affected by the war.
In March 2022 our first aid transport to the Polish-Ukrainian border took place. In the meantime there were many other actions of Menschenfreude e.V. for the people affected by the war. Knuth Martens, participant of the first relief transport and member of our association, has recorded his touching thoughts and experiences in a paperback book. It can be ordered in all bookstores or online at the price of 13,50€. (ISBN-Nummer 978-9-403-66078-3). The profit from the sale will be donated to Menschenfreude e.V.. In the interview, the author tells how the idea for the book came about.
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.