humedica headlines June 2014 – part 1

by Jasmin Eigemann, Steffen Richter, Martina Zelt,  2014/06/18

+++ exciting photography exhibition in Bad Hindelang +++ humedica field staff member honored+++ new faces at the humedica headquarters +++ generous donation of HypoVereinsbank for project in Niger +++

Exciting photography exhibition in Bad Hindelang: the other side of the Sugar Loaf

Whole Germany is football crazy. The whole world is football crazy. Everybody’s eyes are turned towards Brazil and the really spectacular games of the World Cup. The less spectacular aspects of life, its for many families threatening facettes, are shown in a remarkable photo exhibition of the famous Bavarian photographer Christoph Jorda. The exhibition is being opened with a vernissage in Bad Hindelang on Friday June 20th, 2014 (from 8 p.m.).

Christoph Jorda has been a constant great in the field of sports and adventure photography for years. However, this artist who is deeply rooted in Allgaeu, regularly looks beyond the rim of this teacup by portraying, on special journeys, the consequences of poverty, illness and war.

Last autumn, about eight months before the Football World Cup kick off, Jorda visited humedica projects in Brazil. Already since 1994, the organization has been committed in the region Nova Friburgo in the north of Rio de Janeiro. In the children’s village “Campo de Coelho” about 230 small and taller visitors receive daily support in school things, are provided with food and with medical care. Moreover, there are special training offers, much sports and music.

“This project is a place of refuge, an anchor for many families in the region who must be seen as the losers of the economic development in Brazil”, explains humedica managing director Wolfgang Groß. “We are very glad about the fact that these people have finally acquired a face, a voice through Christoph Jorda’s photos.”

The resultant touring exhibition has rightly got the title “Life, Tragic, Hope”. It is the pillars tragic and hope which mark the lives of many people in the social hot spots. “It has been our concept to portray all members of a family, if possible, and at the same time to show them in their environments”, reveals the photographer Christoph Jorda before the opening of the exhibition.

After the vernissage next Friday June 20th, 2014 in the premises of the project developers ANWANDER & MARTIN (Bad Oberdorfer Straße 7, 87541 Bad Hindelang), the exhibition will be open for visitors on weekdays from 8 to 12 a.m. until July 31st, 2014 or on individual appointment. All interested persons are cordially invited to visit, this also explicitly includes school classes or other groups. If necessary, guided visits can be arranged. Entrance and visit are free of charge.

“Peacekeeper”: field staff member honored

Kosovo, Sudan, Afghanistan and now Djibouti at the Horn of Africa. These are no holiday destinations but the working place of humedica field staff member Jörg Hinrichs-Lahrmann. In these countries, which are again and again highlighted by the media because of agitations, instability and violence, he has fought for the development of democratic structures, the respect of human rights and the preservation of peace for the last 15 years.

As a coordinator, he successfully managed a humedica commitment in the Sudanese civil war region South Darfur.

For his long-lasting work and his great commitment he has been honored as “Peacekeeper” by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. With this award, which had initially been created by the United Nations, every year on Peacekeeper Day, people are being honored also in Germany who have given a special contribution to international peace missions. This year’s motto was “commitment for peace” with the focus on Africa.

humedica managing director Wolfgang Groß personally assisted the ceremony in the Orangerie of Schloss Charlottenburg in Berin: “I am very happy about the fact that our field staff repeatedly show such great commitment that they are honored with awards like this one. Our whole organization is proud of this and we are grateful to have people like Jörg Hinrichs-Lahmann in our team.”

The humedica team congratulates Jörg Hinrich-Lahmann for his award and wishes him all the best for his future, as well as God’s protection and blessing for his future tasks!

New faces at the humedica headquarters

For some years already, humedica has practiced an intensive internship program. With their great motivation and a strong academic background, these temporary team members bring a fresh breeze and much stimulation. The one or the other has even stayed.

This month, we gladly welcome two new female interns. Until autumn, Jasmin Eigemann and Lea Steins will be part of the Communication department, where they are going to support the services PR or respectively Fundraising.

The third new face is Linda Zimmermann, who is now part of the constant humedica staff team at the headquarters. After one year as a coordinator in the refugee camp Melkadida (Ethiopia), she will now support humedica also in Germany. A cordial welcome to all new colleagues!

Generous donation of HypoVereinsbank for project in Niger

Once again, the staff of HypoVereinsbank and its holding company UniCredit has got involved for humedica. In the context of a special fundraising campaign, the teams of the branch banks in the south of Bavaria have collected 8,870 Euros; a remarkable sum, which has been doubled by the UniCredit foundation. The money ought to be used for a humedica hospital in Niger.

Josef Epp, head of the non-corporate customer bank of the HypoVereinsbank in Allgaeu and Andreas Frey, bank manager in Kaufbeuren and initiator of the fundraising group had come to the humedica headquarters to hand over the donation.

“I want to thank the numerous colleagues, who have supported humedica in their important work with a donation this year again”, said Andreas Frey gratefully. “Herewith the HypoVereinsbank shows its regional colors, we animate our commitment to the regional market and we come up to our responsibility.”

For humedica this support is very precious, as it is going to be used for a project in a country which is one of the three poorest countries in the world, but which is hardly ever mentioned in the media.

Already since 2009, humedica has run a small hospital in Niger which focuses on the help for mother and child. Besides medical treatment and supply with medicine, the team has also implemented vaccination or medical education campaigns.

“I want to cordially thank M. Frey and M. Epp, as well as the great HypoVereinsbank team for this enormous commitment”, said humedica managing director Wolfgang Groß at the handover. “We are very happy about this renewed support coming from our region and which we also understand as an appreciation of our help for people in need. It is especially important that we can thus help a project which does not really appear publicly.”

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