africa action / Deutschland - africa action / Deutschland

Africa action / Deutschland
legal form registered association
founding 1983
Seat Bergheim (Koordinaten: 50° 57′ 11,9″ N, 6° 38′ 34″ O)
main emphasis Development cooperation in Africa
Chair Klaus Jahn
sales 1.478.086 Euro (2017)
Employees 2 (2017)
Members 209 (2017)

africa action / Germany eV (africa action) is a charitable aid organization based in Bergheim , which is recognized as a non-profit organization and which primarily supports the disabled in Africa , especially the blind and those with eye disorders. It emerged in 2003 from the ghana action association , which was founded in 1983 by Walter J. Zielniok for a project in Ghana .

The association only supports self-help projects by local groups such as recognized non-governmental organizations , parishes and local churches. On May 12th, 2009 Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul took over the patronage of africa action. [1] [2]

Areas of application

Bishop Ambroise ( Maradi, Niger ) Patron Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul Members of the Board of Directors and Members
August 15, 2011

The association supports the Vision 2020 program of the World Health Organization , which was launched in 1999 and aims to overcome medically preventable blindness in the world by 2020 . The organization supports projects in Ethiopia , Benin , Burkina Faso , Gambia , Ghana , Cameroon , Kenya , Congo , Malawi , Mali , Niger , Tanzania , Togo and Uganda . [3]One focus is on the countries of the Sahel zone , which, according to the human development index, are among the most underdeveloped countries in the world. The projects in the Sahel, including five eye centers, are the responsibility of the “Freundeskreis Wiesbaden”, which was founded in 1999 by Werner Bardenhewer . [4] [5] [6] [7]

The main focuses of the work are: [3]

  • Help with preventing blindness, with the eye health service and with the provision of visual aids
  • Funding of eye centers, construction of outpatient eye stations and support in the construction of eye clinics [4]
  • Support for disabled and training facilities
  • Promotion of the training of African skilled workers

The registered association is led by a volunteer working board , the one also volunteer acting consultant circle stands aside. In 2009 the association had around 270 members in Europe and Africa, including over 40 associations and groups as corporate members or action groups. They run the office with their contributions. More than 3,500 other individuals and groups in Germany support certain partnership projects in circles of friends and action groups.

Cooperation partners support the projects financially and in an advisory capacity, such as the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development , Misereor , action medeor , missio , Senior Expert Service , Christoffel-Blindenmission , Deutsches Katholisches Blindenwerk , German Committee for the Prevention of Blindness , Aviation Without Borders , Caritas International and since 2008 light for the world .

Since 1994 the association has been awarded the DZI seal of approval annually . [3] [8]

Foundation "See Further"

The foundation "See Further" is a foundation in the trust of the association. It was founded in 2002 by Jürgen Rüttgers , Willy Trapp , Christoph Binger and Walter J. Zielniok. [9] The purpose of the foundation is to help people with eye disorders and the disabled in Africa and to train local specialists in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of blind and other disabled people in the context of development cooperation.


Individual evidence

  1. Prominent patron , Allgemeine Zeitung of May 13, 2009
  2. Doing good together for the courage of a lion: Heidi Wieczorek-Zeul reports on her encounter with him on Nelson Mandela Day July 17, 2015
  3. a b c africa action / Germany eV DZI
  4. a b Manfred Gerber: Bardenhewer as namesake - Afrikahilfe eye clinic in Mali named after the former city dean . In: Wiesbadener Tagblatt , February 18, 2011.
  5. ^ A street called Wiesbaden - in Burkina Faso, February 14, 2017
  6. When the blind see again - THIRD WORLD "africa action" preserves the sight of thousands of people , Barbara Yurtöven, Wiesbadener Tagblatt, May 9, 2009
  7. ^ A street called Wiesbaden - in Burkina Faso, February 14, 2017
  8. Elisabeth Friedgen: "africa action" has been committed to people in Africa for 30 years, Wiesbadener Tagblatt of May 17, 2013
  9. Prime Minister Jürgen Rüttgers hands over donation to Stiftung Weitersehen , notification from the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia dated December 11, 2006