Hardcore Help Foundation News
Another cargo with 6 big boxes has arrived today in Luzon, Philippines. Boxes contents school supplies, children clothes and toys. To support kids in poor communities. Distribution will follow soon. (January 2016)
Wheelchairs donations in Nakuru (December 2015)
Hospital in Wiesbaden donated 12 really nice beds, mattresses, cabinets and tons of crutches. Early next year we will ship it to Kenya to support a maternity in Rhonda.
Waterfilter distribution in Nakuru, Kenya
Latest water filter distributions by our partner The Nathan Hall Williams Center. At the moment we are collecting to distribute more filters. If you want to be part of this please donate to www.hardcore-help.com/donate
Help for the homeless
Last week we donated sleeping bags, shoes, street wear and other winter stuff to an organisation in Amsterdam who are helping homeless people, drug addicts and refugees.
Distribution of goods in Luzon, Philippines
Donated Items for Barada
We donated wheelchairs, walkers, first aid, medicine, shoes and clothes for adults and children this week. We brought them to an organisation in South Germany called Barada, they these donations to hospitals in Syria and refugee camps in the border area of Turkey/Syria.
Hospital beds for Syria
Last week an old people's home in Dernbach donated 34 sickbeds. We made them transportable and load them in a big truck. They will go to a hospital in Hesseke in Rojava, Syria.
Refugee Help in Dortmund, Germany
Last week we donated a car full with food, drinks, hygiene articles and other things to a Refugee Protest Camp in Dortmund, Germany. About 100 refugees from Syria demonstrating to help their families back home. They need more support. If you have time, go and visit them. Support your local refugees.
Last week we donated more wheelchairs and a wheeled walker to needy families. They were all so happy (09.06.2015)
Last week we did a follow-up in Barut and Baruk. Distribution to over 100 families. Since we started with a new device end of last year the feedback so far has been incredible. They truly make a lasting impact on those we help. People have less more stomach problems and diarrhea. Drink more water. Over the last months we were able to distribute them to over 500 households. In the next monhts we would like to keep this project running. We need your help to reach out to more families in need. If you consider helping us please use the donate button. (09.06.2015)
Our container with wheelchairs and other medical supplies has just arrived in Nakuru! Big thanks to everybody who supported us over te last couple of weeks.
We are still looking for wheelchairs! We would like to keep our project in Kenya running and support also a German-Syria Association who needs them too. If you know anybody who has disability equipment to donate please get in touch by mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A good distribution last week in Nakuru, Kenya. Over 100 families received new waterfilters that will provide them safe and clean drinking water. (18.02.20015)
Our container with wheelchairs and other medical supplies has arrived in Kenya. We handled over all the
documents. In a few days a local cargo company will bring the container to Nakuru. (07 february 2015)
Container is on it's way
We packed the container with all the wheelchairs and other medical supplies early this week.
One year of hard work is now on it's way to Nakuru, Kenya. In about 6 weeks it will arrive in Mombasa.
Big thanks to all of our sponsors for making this possible. We keep you posted!
New episode of our documentary
We have a new episode online of our documentary. This episode is about Action Not Words,
ngo we support in Kenya. Hope you enjoy watching: https://vimeo.com/113588683
Great moment last week when we suprised a needy family with a wheelchair. Picture that speaks one
thousand words. They were so happy
Meeting with Michael Roth
Last friday we had a great meeting with Michael Roth, German Minister of State for foreign office. (31.10.2014)
Medical clinics in Nakuru County
Since January 2012 Hardcore Help Foundation sponsors a clinic in a low-income community within Nakuru County. Clinics are provided free of charge to families and individuals who cannot afford healthcare and thus, suffer from small ailments that prove life threatening. On average each clinic provides healthcare for 250-350 people. To date we have held more than 25 clinics and provided free healthcare to more than 10,000 people.
Collaboration with Questions and One Thousand Questions eV
During the World Cup in Brazil we had a collaboration going on with Questions - São Paulo Hardcore and One Thousand Questions e.V. to support ARCO, ngo that helps disadvantage kids and teenagers. Yesterday they went back to give them the donations. Arco will use the money for their activities such as circus and theatre classes for the children. Video will be online soon.
Water filter project in Nakuru
Homeless Charity in Berlin
Yesterday we visited a homeless charity in Berlin. We brought them winter clothes, shoes and other stuff. Berliner Obdachlosenhilfe cooks food three times a week, makes a tour and gives it out to homeless people. All of them are volunteers. The food they get comes from foodsharing, which is a platform with markets, cooks and hungry people, where people share food. If you live in Berlin or visit this city soon and would like join them, they could use some help. Great charity with very nice people involved. (29.09.2014)
New episode of our documentary online
The second episode of our new documentary "We don't need a reason to help people" is now online. Shot & edited by our friend Carlo Oppermann from ambitious.films. We apologize for the delay. This episode gives you all the insights about the wheelchair project in Kenya. At the moment we are busy to collect a full container. If you have the chance to support this project, please get in touch by mail. Hope you enjoy watching! You can watch it here: http://vimeo.com/m/105396249
At the moment we are busy collecting wheelchairs, walkers and other medical supplies. In a few weeks we planning to ship a container to Nakuru, Kenya. If you have the chance to donate a wheelchair or know anyone who could help us, please get in touch by mail. Below are some pickups we did over the last weeks. We would like to thank all of our donors again.
Waterfilter project in Nakuru, Kenya.
Over the last couple of months we have been collecting again. A 40ft container is being packed with these Tulip Table Tops and will arrive in a few weeks in Nakuru. This filter is designed for bigger households or schools and easy to use. Dirty water is put into the top in which the candle is placed. Water will drip through the candle and the fast flow hose connected to the candle into the bottom bucket. The Tulip filter will purify the water of bacteria, parasites and turbidity. The water will be stored in the bottom making sure that the water will not re-contaminate. The water can be used for drinking via the tap in the lower bucket. Our next distribution will give over 600 families in Nakuru access to clean water. We'll keep you posted.
Relief for the Philippines
Below are pictures of latest relief work in the Philippines. Distribution of schools supplies and clothes in different towns in Bohol.
Our summerfest was incredible. We would like to thank all of you for coming out. Special thanks to all of the bands, volunteers, everyone at die Flotte. Everyone who brought donations or picked up merch. Your input and dedication helped us a lot and made it an unforgettable day. Really grateful for that. If you made pictures or videos please get in touch. After the great feedback summerfest will be back same time next year. Here you can watch a trailer of this year: https://vimeo.com/100716160
New Documentary "We don't need a reason to help people"
Watch the first episode of our new documentary here: http://vimeo.com/99220151
Shot and edited by Carlo from Ambitious Films. The first episode is about the water filters. Next week another episode is coming about the wheelchair distribution. More episodes coming soon. Hope you enjoy watching!
Kenya May 2014
Last week we visit Kenya again. It was good catching up with all of our friends and the ngo's we support there. We did wheelchair donations and waterfilter distributions to needy families. We sponsored one medical clinic in Gioto near the dumpsite again. Carlo from Ambitious Films has been filming everyday. We will soon show you lots of footage of this trip until then here are some photos. We are planning a new trip at the end of the year.
Montly clinic in Nakuru
Last weeek we sponsored a clinic in Nyamaruto, a small village outside of of Nakuru Kenya. Along with all of the usual clinic services, they focused on HIV prevention and the correct use of condoms. Because there is no cure, time was spent with the community educating them on risks and how to protect themselves from infection. Shout out to our partner Nathan Hall Williams Center. (April 2014)
Helping hand from our boys.
Last week the boys from our housing project "Hausboot" in Bochum helped us out at the warehouse. All of them were homeless few months ago. Some of them making really progress and starting job trainings soon. (April 2014)
Relief for the Philippines
Distribution of aid packages for families in (Antequera, Tagubaas, Maribojoc, Anislag) Bohol Philippines. (March 2014)
Kenya December 2013
In mid December we went back to Kenya for the third time this year. Unfortunately Dagmar couldn’t join us this time, as she didnt get the time off work. Conny came with us instead and visited Kenya for the first time.
As always all of us covered the travel expenses ourselves, no donations were used for either our flights or ground costs, housing or food expenses.
This time we brought the most donations with us by far, thanks to Etihad Airways for allowing us the additional luggage at no extra charge! Due to this we were able to bring 3 wheelchairs, 60 Lifestraw Family Water Filters, a dozen pair of crutches, medical supplies and a lot of baby clothes, all of this kindly donated by our great supporters.
After an easy but long flight we arrived in Nairobi in the early afternoon of the following day. This time we were lucky and could pass the customs without problems, never an easy thing with that many donations with us.
We hit bad traffic on the way to Nakuru and got there a few hours later then planed. After a brief meeting with our great friend and partner Haley Williams, we went through the again tight schedule for the next few days.
If you don’t recall from our previous report, Haley runs the amazing grassroots NGO The Nathan Hall Williams Centre (NHWCTR).
“It is a community effort dedicated to improving the health, educational, and social status of people with disabilities in Kenya and other developing countries. To advance this message, NHWC offers numerous outreach projects, educational services, and healthcare clinics in a region that previously offered little help to people with disabilities and their families.” (origin and more information at http://nhwctr.org/Karibu). Furthermore Haley runs a pharmacy, works with the Kenyan Ministry of Health and introduced us to the local structure of healthcare which all of us want to support with our projects.
Haley informed us, that the Medical Camp planned for the following day unfortunately got cancelled, due to the doctors in Kenya being on strike. As the Medical Camps are organised in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, local doctors and the Communites local Health workers, we had to accept this, as none of the people involved want to be strikebreakers. Our solidarity with them in their fight for better working conditions.
On Wednesday we joined Haley and her co-worker Judy for one of their disability support group meetings. Haley sets up several of those groups, offering assistance in creating income generating activities for them, helping them to stand on their own feet. Team building is one of the key aspects of the work, so that the people can work together on projects and learn to rely on each other. Their project is to produce and sell soap, the money made through this is invested in a chicken breeding. This helps them to generate income for the whole group, who can support themselves independently now.
We were able to donate some of the crutches to several members of this group, those were desperately needed, seeing what they have used so far. They were very happy and thankfull for their new helpers.
The donation of one of the wheelchairs we had brought along unfortunately had to be postponed, as the family it was meant for had already left to visit their relatives in another part of Kenya fort he X-Mas holidays.
We headed back into town and started a shopping marathon for the NHWCTR Kids X-Mas party the following day. Further on we went to a hardware store to buy supplies that were needed in order to secure David’s house. David is one of Haleys disability support group members, who’s house was broken into several times. Even though he lives from next to nothing, thieves raided his place and took the very little he had from him. We helped him build a new door and put barbwire on his fence, hopefully putting off thieves in the future.
The rest of the day was spend packing 200 goodie bags with fruits, sweet bread, candies and pens for all of the kids attending the X-Mas party. Further on the arts and craft project was prepared.
After a short night, the Thursday started with the distribution of some of the Lifestraw Family Water Filters we had brought with us. Those Water Filters last for 3 years, filter up to 18.000 l of water and kill all bacterias and germs. We went to Bondeni, one of the many Slum areas in Nakuru, where people dont have acces to clean drinking water. In cooperation with the local communty health workers we were holding a hygiene briefing and demonstrated the use of the water filters, that we were handing out. The community health workers will follow up with the families that received those filters to help them, in case they have questions or problems with the daily use. Further on they will report back to us how the families get along with the filters and if they are able to integrate them into their every day life, and if they are the help we hope those to be.
Back into town to do the last shopping fort he X-Mas party this afternoon and then straight on to the community hall in Rhonda, where the action was about to start. We helped decorating the place and handed out the arts and craft items for the kids to do little cotton wool snowmans and pipecleaner glasses.
All the kids participating were coming from needy families in the Rhonda Slum Area, an amalgamation of 15 communities inhabitating a total of over 300.000 people.
After a wild afternoon with playing games and doing arts and crafts, each kid got a gooddie bag and lemonade. A lot of fun was had.
Friday was all about Start Small (http://startsmall.org.uk/), another great grassroots NGO based in Nakuru, dedicated to helping people in the Rhonda area with school programs, food programs, medical clinics and micro-finance projects. Cindy, the founder of this NGO took us out for a traditional Kenyan breakfast, tea and chapati, at a local kiosk, before we paid some of the families she is supporting a visit. It was great to see, how all the families benefit from the work Start Small is doing. Nanouk also met Radish, a young boy, he is sponsoring through Start Small, and therefore giving him the chance to go to a proper school and have access to good education.
After the housevisits we took around 40 kids that are in the Start Small school program out for a swimming trip. Some of the kids have never been to a swimming pool before. It was great to see them enjoying the water and a lot of fun was had. A very tough moment though was helping the kids to get changed, seeing how dirty and run down a lot of their clothes and underwear was. Most of them only have one pair of underwear.
In the early evening we were invited to visit another great project in the Nakuru area, one we were not yet familiar with – Play Kenya.
Play Kenya is an organisation dedicated to helping the traumatised and abused children in Kenya, through therapeutic play. They are training local staff in the benifits of play and are taking qualified play and filial therapists out, on a regular basis, to work therapeutically with the children and staff. Early results have shown huge positive changes for the children. They run a therapeutical home, which is a safe haven for nearly 30 girls inbetween 3 and 12 years of age, all of them sexually abused. Meeting Anne Marie and her husbands was clearly one of the highlights of our recent trip. Talking to them, visiting their therapeutical home and seeing how much love and dedication they put into this was truely amazing. From the minute we entered their compound, we could feel the safe and peacefull environment of the place, which is clearly one of the keys to the succes in their work. We are planning on coorporating with them in the future to support them with this great and noble project! (more info: http://playkenya.com/)
On Saturday we joined up with Haley, Judy and some of the Rhonda community health workers again to distribute more of the Lifestraw Family Water Filters to families in need. Further on we were deliviering the two other wheelchairs we brought. Purity, a 22 year old girl, deaf, blind and severely mentally disabled, was one of the two getting a new helper. Her mom couldn't get her out of the house because she got too heavy. When we entered the house it's like she knew that something was going to happen. When we carried her out and put her in the wheelchair she felt the sunshine on her skin and fresh air. Despite not being able to communicate directly, she knew this wheelchair was hers and was very excited! She was so happy. Emotional for all of us. These are the moments where you do it for. For us a small thing, for her and her mom a big difference.
Fabian, a 12 year old boy, was the other person we were able to help out with a wheelchair. He was born with several disabilities, also not able to communicate directly with his surrounding. His mother ran away when he was still a baby, fortunately having a loving and care taking grandmother, who looks after him since then. He was also very happy to receive a wheelchair and now not bing trapped in the house all day long.
In the afternoon we met up with our good friend Ross, who runs Actions Not Words Kenya (http://www.actionsnotwordskenya.com/). Actions Not Words is a charity (NGO) that focuses on providing under privileged children with quality education. Currently the NGO focuses on an area within Nakuru, Kenya and sponsor 42 children into boarding school from one of Kenya's most poverty stricken slums. Along with his co-workers Agnes and Lyndsay we visited the Gioto Garbage Slum. Another very emotinal moment that day was waiting for us. After the previous visits to Kenya and getting to know Ross and the work he is doing, Nanouk decided to become a sponsor for one of the kids through his program. Meeting little Ann and her family this day was great, seeing how much this little help affects the life of a whole family.
The Sunday was our day off, visiting the Thompson Waterfalls. Thanks to Ross for taking us there.
On Monday we visited the Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Center in Nairobi before heading to the airport, both amazing Wildlife trusts. If you want to learn more about their work check out http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org and http://giraffecenter.org
It was a great trip again, with a lot of new impressions, further establishing existing relationships and creating new ones. We met again so many great and inspiring people, saw so much dedication and passion for good causes. It’s great to see that all the projects we support are working with a sustainable approach, helping the people in need to stand on their own feet. We are truly thankfull to be a part of this and be able to do all this. Already looking forward to be going back to Kenya.
We have a lot of plans and ideas for future projects, including a container shippment of donations and the building of a community centre in conjunction with our partners in Nakuru. We will keep you posted on all of this.
Hardcore Help Foundation, December 2013
Relief for Philippines
we created a special fund for the Philippines, a disaster relief fund to aid victims of the typhoon. We'll make sure that one hundred percent of your contributions directly go to victims of the disaster. For donations go here:
Only weeks ago the Philippines was hit by a desastrous earthquake and now the strongest typhoon ever recorded in the Philippines. Roads, bridges and infrastructure in general are totally destroyed or badly damaged and in many places there is no electricity at all or for only 2 to 3 hours per day. Communication is therefore a major problem. Initial aid from our cooperation NGO Boholhilfe e.V. funds is ongoing. Our contacts in Bohol are reliable persons known to Boholhilfe e.V. personally. They have everything necessary organized and are progressing as funds come in. Donations can be transferd without delay at minimal cost or free of charge. No payments nor relief goods are distributed through intermediaries in the Philippines. Our help is implemented by people we can trust and is given directly to those who have lost their loved ones, homes and existence in the aftermath of the earthquake and typhoon. Family food rations and large canisters of water will be bought in bulk at wholesale prices in Cebu or wherever available. The food is in easy to open tins and packets as well as the all important rice and other dry products. The rations will be packed in large (not plastic) bags which provide food for a family for several days. (Fresh produce is not suitable for distribution due to the hot climate). We hope to distribute at least a provisional rain protection for the homeless as the tropical storm season continues. Fuel will be provided for the transport vehicles to reach the worst hit locations. The merch and clothes donations will be shipped in "Balikbayan" door to door boxes and distributed among the needy in the disaster areas.We are considering extending the help to the coastal regions of Cebu which were devastated by the typhoon but at the moment are concentrating on Bohol where aid and rebuilding are required after a two fold disaster. We thank everyone for your donations.
We are here to stay!
In late July we got to know about African refugees in Hamburg by reading an article about their situation written in a German newspaper (“Die Zeit”, http://www.zeit.de/2013/30/fluechtlinge-libyen-st-pauli ) and decided to pay them a visit. On August 18th we drove up there with a trunk full of donated clothes and another one full of food. After handing over our donations we spend a lot of time with the refugees, just talking, sitting together and working on crafts. Also, pastor Martin Paulekun was able to give us a more detailed perspective on the current situation of 80 African “guests”, as they are called, who are living in his church for about two months now.
Each one of them has his own reason (conflicts among tribes, prosecution, poverty, etc.) why he had to leave his homeland in Africa (mainly Ghana) and tried to build up a new life with a solid job in Libya. During the war confusions and NATO air raids they have lost everything and became a target of attacks and torture. A lot of people from other African states were killed or forced to leave the country. The refugees we have met were forced to enter a small boat and found themselves in a totally crowded camp on the Italian island of Lampedusa three days later. None of them was allowed to leave the camp. After a while of absolutely intolerable conditions the Italian government closed down the camp. Illegal transit visas were given to the inmates and they were told to leave the country. An odyssey throughout Europe started and brought some of them to Hamburg were they lived unsheltered in public parks. After regulatory authorities delivered fines to them they went to the St. Pauli church and asked for help. Both pastors immediately decided to open their church. Since two months now they try to manage the “embassy of hope” with their 80 African guests. Political meetings take place to find an acceptable solution which is not easy. The city government refers to the “Dublin-convention” which means that the application for asylum can only be requested in the country you entered Europe. That would be Italy. Nobody wants to go back to Italy where they are not welcome either. A lot of political work still needs to be done.
In contrast to the inhumane situation of refugees from Syria in Berlin the network of support in Hamburg is constantly growing within the community and far beyond that. Still everybody is very welcome to help out, donate, spread the word and support the project in Hamburg and where ever refugees are stuck in a difficult situation. Nobody is illegal!
(23.08.13 Dagmar Ritz)
We are back from our second trip to Kenya this year!
In early June the three of us, two wheelchairs and a bunch of donated material travelled to Nakuru, Kenya for the second time this year. We were very happy to finally come back and once again completed a tight schedule within only one week.
Right after arriving in the city we got to know our amazing new local partner Haley Williams, who presented her ideas to us and we organized the procedure of our stay. After working in a Kenyan hospital Haley founded her own NGO, the Nathan Hall Williams Center (NHWC) in 2009 which is based in Nakuru. “It is a community effort dedicated to improving the health, educational, and social status of people with disabilities in Kenya and other developing countries. To advance this message, NHWC offers numerous outreach projects, educational services, and healthcare clinics in a region that previously offered little help to people with disabilities and their families.” (origin and more information at http://nhwctr.org/Karibu). Furthermore Haley runs a pharmacy, works with the Kenyan Ministry of Health and introduced us to the local structure of healthcare which all of us want to support with our projects.
We directly decided to drive out to the rural area of Barut where a familiy is living that takes part in one of NHWS's disability support groups. Their daughter Millicent has cerebral palsy and is unable to speak. The teenage girl and also her family were beyond excitement to receive a wheelchair that finally enables mobility and autonomy. What a touching moment!
On Thursday we visited Nakuru Hills Special School (NHSS) which is a public boarding school for people with mental and physical disabilities of ages 6-25 years. Founded in 1978, the school is situated on a five acre piece of land, about three kilometers from Nakuru's town center. With an enrollment of 185 students, the school is made up of fourteen classrooms, three dormitories, a dining/ceremony hall, kitchen, and administration block. NHSS also provides various vocational training programs in the fields of craft making, sewing, carpentry, animal husbandry, and agriculture. The school's mission is to provide a caring and purposeful environment for conducive learning and offer equal opportunities for all regardless of their disability. Staff members presented several crafty materials to us and we were able to meet most of the pupils during their lunch break. The school is desperately looking for people to take care of the pupils and their needs on site.
Afterwards we headed to Gioto for another sponsored medical clinic near the dumpsite in cooperation with the NHWC and the ministry of health. All community members were invited to come with health complaints and illnesses for free examination and treatment. It also provided HIV counseling, nutritional counseling by the district's Dietitian, family planning and antenatal services. To support the structure local health worker are taking part in the accomplishment of the clinics.
About 200 clients were treated during the day.
On Friday we bought a large quantity of sanitary products (soap, tissues, toothbrushes and toothpaste) and milk and drove up to the women's prison for another medical clinic in cooperation with the NHWC. All female inmates and their children were treated and received counseling. After a talk about proper hygiene they were grateful to get their donations. In addition to that a large amount of donated children clothes and shoes were given to the chief of the section as promised during our last visit. She will split them among the children. Afterwards we were allowed to visit the men's prison and discussed the installation of two 5000 liter water harvesting tanks (instead of one big tank) on the prison area with the representatives. The plan is to save costs and also involve them in setting up the construction that is needed for the installation. Haley will take care of the delivery of the tanks as soon as the construction is completed. Furthermore we will finance the enforcement of a medical clinic in the men's section very soon. That will need a lot more strategy since there are about 2000 male inmates imprisoned but we are confident to find a solution.
We were confronted with the question why we would support a national institution like a prison which seems to cause a lack of understanding and rejection. First of all it is not our intention to support the prison as an institution itself but to upgrade the circumstances of living of the inmates. Their situation cannot be compared to conditions in for example German prisons related to space, privacy, nutrition, healthcare and access to water in any way. There are about 200 men staying in each barrack without any furniture or partition walls. Due to a lack of space the inmates are woken up after two hours of sleep, then it is time for the next group to sleep. Standing inside those barracks is absolutely a shocking experience. We know that we are not in the position the change the justice system. Most inmates are actually imprisoned innocently, because of minor criminal acts or could not come up with the money to pay the fee or legal assistance. But we do have the power to run those projects and have an impact on their daily lives.
On Saturday we headed to Rhonda which is another very poor rural area of Nakuru. We started to deliver the other half of donated clothes to families. There was a well working cooperation with the community health workers of the unit who did find out before which families are most needy ones. They will continue spreading the donations by themselves since it takes a lot of time to walk through the area. The last donation was given to Marion and her family. The teenage girl has been disabled since an accident and wasn't able to walk. She received the second wheelchair and was also very happy and excited.
Then we visited the kids of Fanisi Boarding School outside of Nakuru and brought them the donated footballs and the small goals. We did look forward to it since the school had holidays in January. Our friend Ross Floyd is coordinating the boarding school program which works by pairing a donor with a child in need. He also runs his NGO Action Not Words. It “currently has 39 children from Gioto Garbage Slum enrolled at Fanisi Academy. There, they receive not only an excellent education, but sleep under a safe roof and eat four meals a day- something they can only dream of at the slum. In this environment, the children are not only able in the best position to fulfill their true academic potential, but are also able to fully enjoy their childhood.” (origin and more information at http://www.actionsnotwordskenya.com).
We spend the rest of the day playing soccer, lots of games and dancing with those awesome kids. If you are interested in sponsoring a child there, feel free to contact Ross.
On Sunday we drove to Hells Gate National Park near Lake Naivasha with Ross and Agnes. It was a beautiful day to ride by bike next to zebras and giraffes and to hike through the Hells Gate canyon.
Before heading back to the airport on Monday we visited the community center of another NGO called “Raise the Roof” in Barut. The construction works on the building was finished but unfortunately a tropical storm did blow off the entire roof. They actually need financial help to cover the costs of fixing the damages. In Febraury the Barut Youth Development and Sports Centre opened its doors to the first students. “They consist of some of the neediest teens in the area, and will now train them in agri-business and fashion & design. This is the first time that students of this age, without formal education have been offered the opportunity to learn a skill to support their desire to break the cycle of poverty.” (origin and more information at http://www.raisetheroofkenya.com).
We were very happy to work on projects together with a bunch of truly amazing and people and want to thank them for all their help! Asante sana! It was another inspiring trip with many eye-openers and awesome moments. We hope to come back at the end of the year when each of us is able to come up with the travel expenses since we are all covering our own costs.
(June 16th, 2013 Dagmar Ritz)
The Next Step
In den letzten zwei Jahren hat sich die HHF rasant von einem kleinen Nebenprojekt einer Einzelperson zu einer ernstzunehmenden Organisation mit breitem Einsatzspektrum entwickelt. Viele Menschen haben seitdem die Aktiviäten der HHF unterstützt, weiter vorangebracht und ein positives Feedback gegeben. Es entstehen zusätzlich ständig weitere Ideen, Möglichkeiten und Handlungsbereiche, die realisiert und unterstützt werden. Das Führen eines Online-Shops, die Organisation von Benefiz-Shows, die Verwaltung von Spenden und die Betreuung der bereits bestehenden Projekte sind zusammengefasst eine sehr aufwändige und zeitintensive Tätigkeit. Rico hat versucht, alle Bereiche als Verantwortlicher und Gründer selbst zu koordinieren und die Grenze des Machbaren erreicht.
Bereits frühzeitig hat die Bochumer “Flotte e.V.” Rico ermöglicht, seine Idee zu verwirklichen und durch die Rahmenbedingungen des Vereins das Projekt HHF umzusetzen. Die Rolle, die der Verein dabei als gemeinnütziger Träger spielt, erklärt Michaela Tomaschewski stellvertretend für den Vorstand folgendermaßen:
“Die Flotte e.V. agiert als eingetragener gemeinnütziger Verein in zwei Richtungen. Zum einen als freier Träger der Jugend- und Altenhilfe, zum anderen als Rahmen für die Umsetzung von sozialen Projekten, worunter auch die HHF fällt. Der Bereich der Jugend- und Altenhilfe (Better Future etc.) fällt unter die Hilfen zur Erziehung und ist in den Leistungen sozialrechtlich im SGB VIII geregelt. Das bedeutet, dass diese Leistungen z.B. durch das Jugendamt finanziert werden. Denn so, wie euer Arzt und seine Mitarbeiter ihr Geld von der Krankenkasse bekommen, so funktioniert das im Sektor der Sozialhilfe auch, nur eben mit einem anderen Kostenträger. Von diesem Geld wird dann alles bezahlt, um für den Hilfesuchenden die beste Lösung anzubieten.”
Um dem sehr großen Potential und der starken Eigendynamik der HHF und ihrer Unterstützer gerecht zu werden und um die einzelnen Aktivitäten besser planen, koordinieren und durchführen zu können, hat Rico beschlossen, die HHF zu seiner hauptamtlichen Tätigkeit zu machen. Dieser Schritt wird maßgeblich durch die Zusammenarbeit mit der Flotte e.V. ermöglicht und fördert eine weitere kompetente Professionalisierung. Dabei werden die Gehaltszahlungen aus den Mitteln des Kostenträgers des Vereins finanziert. Alle Spendengelder der HHF werden somit auch weiterhin zu 100% direkt in die Hilfsprojekte investiert, was auch in Zukunft auf der offiziellen Website dokumentiert wird. Michaela Tomaschewski begründet die Entscheidung so:
“Der Vorstand der Flotte e.V. hat beschlossen, Rico aufgrund seines wahnsinnigen Herzblutes in dieser Sache und der erfolgreichen Umsetzung einen Arbeitsvertrag anzubieten, denn wohl kaum einer hat in den letzten zwei Jahren mehr bewiesen, was man mit Engagement und Willen erreichen kann und dieser leider oft oberflächlichen Szene wieder neuen Input gegeben. Die HHF und alles was in diesem Rahmen passiert, wird auch weiterhin so laufen wie bisher! Die Spenden und Gelder werden genau dem zu Gute kommen, wie es nach außen kommuniziert wird. Nur mit dem Unterschied, dass Rico jetzt noch mehr Zeit investieren kann diese wichtige Arbeit und Message umzusetzen. Gleichzeitig nimmt er unsere Kids, die wir betreuen mit in seine Arbeit rein, um denen zu zeigen, was mit richtiger und ehrlicher Motivation zu schaffen ist. Für weitere Auskünfte und Informationen steht der Vorstand der Flotte e.V. gerne zu Verfügung.”
(Michaela und Dagmar, 01.04.2013)
Within the past two years the HHF has rapidly developed from a small project to a serious organisation with a wide range of use. Many people did support their activities, pushed them forward and gave positive feedback. In addition to that numerous new ideas, possibilities and options come up that are carried out and get supported. It takes a lot of personal effort to run an online-shop, set up benefit shows, manage donations and take care of the actual projects. As the founder of the HHF and the man being responsible for almost everything, Rico has tried to coordinate all those things by himself and has now reached the limit of what is possible.
Since the early days of the project the HHF is part of a registered social association based in the German city of Bochum called “Flotte e.V.” They approved Rico's voluntary social commitment and did provide their business conditions to make the HHF possible. The “Flotte e.V.” is a non profit association working in the section of youth welfare and the elderly. Various types of the German social security system cover all of their costs. The management of the association recently decided to offer Rico a regular fulltime job because they are very impressed by his personal effort and the progress of the HHF. This basically means that Rico will get payed a regular salary by “Flotte e.V.” and is now able to work fulltime for the HHF. It is a huge improvement to all concerns of the foundation. A new online-shop with much more stuff will be set up soon, there will be much more time to take care of old and new projects. also stay tuned for a lot more news.
Nothing will change relating to general donations! All donations are still 100 % certainly used for several actual projects only! Footage and reports of all activities will be published on the HHF website as usual. If you have any questions about this feel free to ask us.