Bambushalle | © Bugs Steffen
There will again be a bamboo hall at the 30th International Africa Festival where different initiatives and media will present themselves. The aim of the “Mama Afrika” association is to stop the tradition of female genital mutilation. The “One dollar glasses” initiative wants to ensure an independent basic eye care in developing countries. Sona Jobarteh will also present her project from the Gambia: the “Amadu Bansang Jobarteh School of Music“. “Ombili-foundation” and DAHW (German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association (GLRA) will also be featured. Furthermore, the African print magazine “LoNam”, as well as the German newspaper “taz”, which will present the festival, will have an information booth at the bamboo hall.
The information booths of the bamboo hall will be open daily from 11 am to 6 pm.
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THE AMADU BANSANG JOBARTEH SCHOOL OF MUSIC
The Amadu Bansang Jobarteh School of Music was founded in 2014 by known kora virtuoso Sona Jobarteh, an ancestor of the famous kora maestro Amadu Bansang Jobarteh. It is the Gambia’s first school which focuses on the traditional Manding music, one of West Africa’s oldest music traditions. Besides the musical education, the school also addresses serious issues like health, diet and harmful practices like child marriage and female genital mutilation . The Africa Festival foundation supports the school by paying the fee of the 9 teachers for 2 years.
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MAMA AFRIKA E.V.
Mama Afrika e. V. (registered association) is a recognised African-German non-profit association. The main goal of the association is to fight against female genital mutilation. Since the sudden and unexpected death of the founder Hadja Kitagbe Kaba in May 2015, her children Tiranké Diallo, Souleymane Diallo and Aminata Diallo have been continuing their mother’s matter of heart with great commitment. In the previous two years the association has managed to finalise a kindergarten in Kankan (Guinea). The next goal is to found a school where children and their parents will be educated about the causes and consequences of female genital mutilation.
Millions of people worldwide are suffering from defective vision, but cannot afford normal glasses. The organization OneDollarGlasses provides the solution: lightweight, robust and affordable glasses which are produced by local people on a simple bending machine. The goal of OneDollarGlasses is a continuous and independent basic eye care for people in developing countries. In Africa, OneDollarGlasses is active in Ethiopia, Benin, Burkina Faso and Malawi
© DAHW/Andreas Müller, Missio
GERMAN LEPROSY AND TUBERCULOSIS AID
The non-governmental organisation “DAHW” focuses on neglected tropical diseases, which are caused by poverty. The staff of the organisation will show the visitors what they have already achieved in African countries by revealing a glimpse into the worldwide commitment. At the information booth they will also inform visitors about Tanzania and their local cooperation project with Missionsärztliche Klinik (Medical Mission Hospital) on the topic of bilharzia.
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S.OLIVER & AFRO PROJECT E. V.
This year, too, the international fashion and lifestyle company s.Oliver will be supporting the 30th International Africa Festival. There will be a charity event with the non-profit organisation “Afro Project e.V.” (registered association). As in the previous years, visitors can participate in a photo session. The proceeds will go to the “Mama Afrika” association. The aim of the association is to stop the dangerous tradition of female genital mutilation. There will be a booth in the bamboo hall where visitors can get information about the non-profit work of “Mama Afrika”.
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MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES
Médecins sans Frontières was founded in 1971 by a group of French doctors as a private, nongovernmental humanitarian organization. They set themselves the task to provide medical relief in crisis or conflict areas, regardless of religious, ethnical or political interests. MSF is independent, neutral and impartial and operates free from bureaucratic constraints. In order to preserve this inde pendence, MSF is mainly funded through private donations. In 1999, the organization was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for their work. MSF provides worldwide medical emergency assistance in more than 70 countries. The majority of the projects are currently in Africa.
WITH/ABOUT AFRICA: 30 YEARS OF RESEARCH AND TEACHING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WÜRZBURG
Celebrating 30 years of the International Africa Festival, the University of Würzburg‘s Forum Afrikazentrum will present a fascinating exhibition on Africa-related research, teaching and cooperation projects in the University tent. Thirty years of intensive scientific envolvement with Africa and with African partners will be displayed. The focus will be on the zoological research on biodiversity on Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), the university’s biological research station in Comoé National Park (Ivory Coast) and the work of the BEBUC scholarship programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Futhermore, the exhibition will provide insights into research in the field of natural products chemistry and the Missio Clinic’s Tropical Institute´s involvement in the fight against infectious diseases such as malaria, AIDS or bilharziosis. Geographical climate research examines the consequences of climate change on the population of West Africa. The humanities are participating in Africa-related research by asking questions such as: How is the colonial past dealt with in African literature, art and music? Looking back on 30 years of research activities in Africa and presenting current cooperation projects, these and many other questions will be answered in the University tent.
Dr. Julien Bobineau, email@example.com, phone: 0931 31-83826
Timo Lowinger M.A., firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 0931 31-83616
The research station in Comoé National Park (Ivory Coast) | © Erik Frank