Bambushalle | © Bugs Steffen
There will again be a bamboo hall at the 31st International Africa Festival where different initiatives and media will present themselves. The "Mama Afrika" initiative takes a stand against female genital mutilation in Guinea. The "Baobab Children Foundation" wants to make sure that children and young adults in Ghana receive education. The association "Freundeskreis Omnibili" will inform guests about its project featuring bushmen in Namibia. "Terre des Femmes", a non-profit human rights organisation for women and girls and the "Alpensolar Human e.V." association, which wants to further solar technology in Africa, will also be featured in the bamboo hall. Furthermore, the African print magazine LoNam and taz, which present the festival, will also 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.
BAOBAB CHILDREN FOUNDATION
Is a Ghanaian non goverment organisation which has been running a vocational centre for youths for more than 15 years, which is located between Kissi and Kwahinkrom. This is a rural area, where children often don’t have a chance to receive an education, as, from an early age on, they must help their parents or grandparents with their work at a farm or with selling produce. Often financial reasons make it impossible for children or youths to visit a school – there is no money for a school uniform, for books or notebooks and often times the way to the next school is too long. 16 years ago Edith de Vos founded the Baobab Children Foundation for these youths.
© Mama Afrika
Mama Afrika is a recognised non-profit, African-German association, which wants to make African culture known in Germany by means of different cultural projects. Thus it is contributing to integration. The main goal of the organisation is the fight against female genital mutilation. In the last two years, the association managed to complete their kindergarten. The next aim is founding a school where above all the children, but also their parents, are educated about the causes and consequences of female genital mutilation.
One of the oldest ethnic groups of humankind, the SAN – also known as Bushmen – has been robbed of its roots and living space and is in dire straits to lose its cultural and social identity. Ever since there have been people in Africa, they have been hunter-gatherers. They have never settled but have always been peaceful and thus became easy targets of expulsion and neglect. Only the careful attempt to help them lead a settled life and introduce their children to education will enable the SAN to conserve their identity and their tradition. The OMBILI association near Tsumeb is committed to this task.
© Sigrid Hempfling
MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES
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. In order to preserve this independence, 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 aid projects are currently in Africa.
© Terre des femmes
TERRE DES FEMMES
TERRE DES FEMMES is a non-profit human rights organisation for women and girls. The central themes are domestic and sexual abuse, forced marriage and crimes committed in marriage, female genital mutilation, trafficking in women and forced prostitution. In Africa TERRE DES FEMMES is cooperating with women’s rights organisations in Mali, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone and supports educational projects for girls in Cameroon. The goal of TERRE DES FEMMES is a world worth living for all girls and women – equal, self-determined and free.
© Alpensolar Human e.V.
ALPENSOLAR HUMAN E.V.
The Alpensolar association from Allgäu wants to further the solar technology in Africa in the future, as there are still many villages without electricity. In the spring, the association provided 50 villages in Togo with photovoltaic systems. With these systems the villagers can charge their power banks (USB miniature batteries) at 24 USB ports and thus use them to charge their cell phones or power a reading lamp. One system can charge up to 100 power banks per day. For the people this means enrichment in the areas of education, communication and wellbeing. Each pupil in a school can e.g. be provided with a power bank and a reading lamp.
©Tiranke Diallo / Mama Afrika
S.OLIVER & AFRO PROJECT E. V.
This year, too, the international fashion and lifestyle company s.Oliver will be supporting the 31st International Africa Festival. There will be charity events with the non-profit organisation “Afro Project e.V.” (registered association). As in the previous years, visitors can participate in a photo and batik 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”.