Bambushalle | © Bugs Steffen
At the 32nd International Africa Festival there will again be our Bamboo Hall, where different initiatives and media will present themselves. The "Freundeskreis Ombili" will again inform about its project with Bushmen in Namibia. In addition, "Abiola", who wants to advance the power supply in Africa, will be represented. The non-profit association "AGERTO" has set itself the task of providing young people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds with high-quality vocational training. The organisation "One Dollar Glasses" wants to achieve that there is a continuous and independent basic optical care in developing countries. “The Boabab Children Foundation” is a Ghanaian NGO which has been running a vocational centre for youths for more than 15 years, is located between Kissi and Kwahinkrom. In addition, the African print magazine LoNam and the taz, which present the festival, will be present with an information booth.
The information booths of the bamboo hall will be open daily from 11 am to 6 pm.
BAOBAB CHILDREN FOUNDATION
is a Ghanaian NGO that has been running a youth training centre in the Central Region between Kissi and Kwahinkrom for 19 years. The training centre includes: The Baobab School for Handicrafts and Traditional Arts and Crafts - an inclusive vocational school for young people who have never been to school, school drop-outs, young people with physical disabilities, but now also junior high school graduates from poor backgrounds. The BAOBAB CULTURE TROUPE and the BAOBAB HOUSE in Cape Coast.
ONE DOLLAR GLASSES
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.
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.
AGERTO E. V.
AGERTO e.V. is a non-profit association. It supports and cooperates with the non-governmental organisation AGERTO for sustainable positive development in Togo. It provides support by collecting new and used tools, sewing machines and other useful things, which are necessary for the training of young people in the centres of the NGO AGERTO. The vision of NGO AGERTO in Togo is to enable a high-quality vocational training and good education for children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.
The DKMS is an international non-profit organization, which dedicated itself to the fight against blood cancer. At present already over 9 million humans are registered at the DKMS as potentially stem cell donor. For many patients the stem cell transplantation is the only chance of survival, but worldwide 40 percent of the searching patients find no suitable donor. We want to change that! Each healthy adult between 17 and 55 years can let itself be registered, no matter which origin. With your registration you give all blood cancer patients the most valuable thing - the hope of a second life. Will you join us?
© Abiola e.V.
In Africa many villages still live without electricity. Abiola has made it to its mission to help them and donates solar systems for aid stations, orphanages and women's shelters, training centres and schools in Africa. They are also looking for partners who know and can name appropriate projects. In addition, Abiola operates a donation portal where hundreds of families and aid projects are presented. Here, for example, it is possible to donate a family solar system to a family in Africa for a one-time donation of 35 €.
Climate and environmental change, loss of biodiversity, resource scarcity, globalization of the markets, worldwide booming megacities, demographic change, transnational migration – facets of Global Change with which all of us are directly or indirectly confronted. But what does Global Change distinctively mean for and in Africa? The University of Würzburg focuses on this central question in this year’s scientific exhibition and supports this with its own research work. For although the facets of Global Change already stand for themselves: They are all inevitably connected with each other, with the people, and with the social structures on the continent.
© 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.
©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 32nd 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 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.