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Helping Hands e.V. and its local partners are currently planning the following projects. In several of these countries similar projects have already been implemented successfully. If you would like to receive more detailed information about any of these projects, please contact us.

If you would like to financially support any of the following projects, please quote the correct project number on your transfer or online donation.

Albania: Kindergarten
Bangladesh: Child Development Centre
Bangladesh: Village for Widows and Orphans
India: Child Development Centre
India: Community-based Health Care
India: Vehicles for Community-based Health Care
Middle East: Kindergartens
Nepal: Child Development Centre
Sri Lanka: Child Development Centre
Sri Lanka: Child Development Centre for refugee children
South Asia: Micro Businesses
South Asia: Safe Water and Sanitation
South Asia: Vehicles for staff
South Asia: Communication devices
Syria: School for Iraqi refugee children

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Kindergarten in AlbaniaKindergarten in Albania (Project number 501012)
Location: Tirana, Albania
Amount: Euro 8,500 / GBP 7,500 (local participation: Euro 1,750 / GBP 1,500)
Goal: Euro 6,750 / GBP 6,000

Almost 20 years ago the Communist regime in Albania came to an end. But the country is still marked by great poverty. Especially children desperately need assistance so they can have real chances in life. A kindergarten in Gorre offers services to 35–45 children from surrounding villages; they receive a healthy lunch, learning and playing materials; a number of seminars for adults and various events are offered. The families pay monthly fees that are affordable to them. Now a similar kindergarten is planned for Kamez on the outskirts of Tirana. This location currently has no kindergarten at all; the children have to walk a long distance and cross an extremely dangerous road. Funds are needed for the renovation and furnishing of the existing building as well as materials and maintenance costs for the first six months.

children School for Iraqi refugee children (Project number 604003)
Location: Damascus, Syria
Amount:
Euro 27 / GBP 24 per month per child (Sponsorship—please select the country "Syria—Iraqi children")
Euro 37 / GBP 31 per child for the summer camp (Project number 604001)
Euro 35 / GBP 30 per child for warm winter clothing (Project number 604002)
general donation for the school (Project number 604003)
Goal: any amount

There are children in many Middle Eastern cities who have fled from Iraq with their families. Most of them cannot attend a regular school which means they have basically no chances for the future. That's why Helping Hands' local partner in Syria started a school for these children in Damascus four years ago. Some 120 children between the ages of 5 and 18 attend afternoon classes in Arabic, English, History, Mathematics, Science and Ethics; they also receive a nutritious snack and the teachers take a lot of time for trauma care and individual counselling. The program is mostly financed through sponsorships and local (volunteer) involvement; hence any special activities can only be managed with additional donations. For example each child receives a warm piece of clothing every winter, as Syria is a lot colder than Baghdad. During the summer holidays the children go on a one week's trip, the "summer camp", which substantially contributes to the children's emotional well-being and encouragement.

children sitting at tables Games & Art Supplies for Kindergartens in the Middle East (Project number 600011)
Location: Damascus, Syria; Beirut, Lebanon; Zarqa and Amman, Jordan
Amount:
Euro 400 / GBP 350 for kindergarten in Damascus (Project number 604011)
Euro 400 / GBP 350 for kindergarten in Beirut (Project number 605011)
Euro 400 / GBP 350 for kindergarten in Amman (Project number 606011)
Euro 400 / GBP 350 for kindergarten in Zarqa (Project number 606021)
Goal: Euro 1,600 / GBP 1,400

In the Middle East Helping Hands' local partners run four schools that all include a kindergarten. In Damascus, Beirut, Amman and Zarqa a total of 800 children attend these schools; families of all religious groups send their children here, as they want them to learn real values and character and the teachers take their influence on the children's lives very seriously. All four schools are in poorer areas; low tuition costs and scholarships for needy children allow poorer families to send their children to these schools. The majority of the schools' income pays for the teachers' salaries, consequently there's very little left over for learning materials and arts & crafts supplies for the kindergartens. To allow especially the youngest students to learn through fun and games and ensure that all learning styles can learn effectively, our local partner would like to purchase a variety of learning and crafts materials as well as games (e.g. Legos, puzzles) for the kindergarten classes.

CDC in NepalChild Development Centre in Nepal (Project number 303100)
Location: Nepal
Amount: Euro 9,000 / GBP 7,950 per centre per year
(local participation: Euro 1,000 / GBP 900)
Goal: Euro 8,000 / GBP 7,050

Many children in Nepal live in desperate circumstances. Especially in rural areas children have little chance for a better future. And even if they are able to go to school they're usually so hungry that they can barely concentrate on what they're learning. In Helping Hands CDCs, underprivileged children receive nutrition, education and health care as well as hope for a better future. Per CDC an average of 100 children receive a nutritious meal every day, regular health check-ups and basic health care. Parents are trained in health care, hygiene and family planning and mothers learn how to prepare nutritious meals with locally available and affordable ingredients. Each year several of these centres are started in Nepal. You can support a centre for one or more years.

CDC in Sri LankaChild Development Centre in Sri Lanka (Project number 305020)
Location: Sri Lanka
Amount: Euro 5,500 / GBP 4,900 per centre per year
(local participation: Euro 500 / GBP 450)
Goal: Euro 5,000 / GBP 4,450

In Sri Lanka school attendance is theoretically paid for by the government. But many disadvantaged children, especially in the underdeveloped tea plantations and in the areas ravaged by the civil war, have little chance of getting a sufficient education: Their parents cannot afford the expenses for uniforms, school materials and other things, and often the children are so hungry that they cannot concentrate on learning and remain far behind. In Helping Hands CDCs, 75–100 underprivileged children receive homework help and additional tuition so they can better follow classes in the government schools; they also receive a nutritious snack and health care. Parents are trained in health care, hygiene and family planning and mothers receive training on how to plant their own home garden and prepare nutritious meals with locally available and affordable ingredients. Each year 5 to 10 new CDCs are started in Sri Lanka. You can support a centre for one or more years.

refugee childCDC for refugee children in Sri Lanka (Project number 305030)
Location: Sri Lanka (North and East)
Amount: Euro 9,000 / GBP 7,950 per centre per year
(local participation: Euro 1,000 / GBP 900)
Goal: Euro 8,000 / GBP 7,050

The civil war in Sri Lanka lasted more than 25 years before it found a bloody ending in 2009. Hundreds of thousands of people fled from their home villages. For months they lived in refugee camps until they were finally allowed to return home. But there they only found chaos and despair: houses and infrastructure have been destroyed, the fields lie in waste. Most of the children are extremely malnourished and have not had access to proper or regular education for months or even for years. Their future prospects are very dark. That's why Helping Hands' local partner is planning, as the major emphasis of rehabilitation measures, to start a number of CDCs for an average of 75–100 children in several areas in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka. As in other centres these children will receive homework help and additional tuition as well as health care; the parents will attend trainings that are specifically designed to address their situation. Due to the extreme malnutrition the children will also receive a nutritious meal every day, and trauma counselling is an important aspect of all interventions (specially trained staff are already available). You can support a centre for one or more years.

CDC in BangladeshChild Development Centre in Bangladesh (Project number 301100)
Location: Bangladesh
Amount: Euro 5,500 / GBP 4,900 per centre per year
(local participation: Euro 500 / GBP 450)
Goal: Euro 5,000 / GBP 4,450

Bangladesh is one of the world's poorest nations and especially marginalized children suffer in the desperate circumstances which they cannot escape. There is a way out of this vicious circle of poverty and exploitation: education. But attending school and receiving a sufficient education is often an unattainable goal. In Helping Hands CDCs, disadvantaged children can attend regular school classes until they are at a level to be accepted in government schools. Children also receive additional trainings and health care. In this way 75–100 children receive new hope for the future. Parents are trained in health care, hygiene and family planning and mothers learn how to prepare nutritious meals with locally available and affordable ingredients. Each year 10 to 15 new CDCs are started in Bangladesh. You can support a centre for one or more years.

CDC in IndiaChild Development Centre in India (Project number 302100)
Location: India
Amount: Euro 9,000 / GBP 7,950 per centre per year
(local participation: Euro 1,000 / GBP 900)
Goal: Euro 8,000 / GBP 7,050

India is a country of opposites: Huge computer companies, highly modern technology and almost inconceivable riches on the one hand; desperate poverty, malnutrition and hopelessness on the other hand. In poor rural areas and in the growing slums of cities especially children are caught in a suffocating net. Only education will help them escape the vicious circle of poverty for the long-term. In Helping Hands CDCs an average of 75–100 children receive school classes or homework help, nutritious snacks and health care. Parents are trained in health care, hygiene and family planning and mothers learn how to prepare nutritious meals with locally available and affordable ingredients. Through these measures children in city slums all the way to the remotest villages can receive tangible hope. As the centres are fairly far apart from each other due to the size of the country, the administrative costs are a little higher in India. You can support a centre for one or more years.

women and children in front of paddy fieldsVillage for Widows & Orphans (Project number 301003)
Location: Dinajpur District, Bangladesh
Amount:
Euro 6,000 / GBP 5,300 per duplex home (Project number 301005)
Euro 2,500 / GBP 2,200 for a playground (Project number 301006)
Euro 200 / GBP 175 per tubewell (Project number 301007)
Euro 50 / GBP 45 per animal (animal husbandry, per family) (Project number 301008)
Euro 15 / GBP 13 per fruit tree sapling (per family) (Project number 301009)
Euro 10 / GBP 9 per seed package for a home garden (per family) (Project number 301010)
Goal: any amount

Poverty often exacts a heavy price: sometimes as much as the life of a loved one. And especially widows and orphans face not just the grief but even graver poverty and a future without hope. That's why Bangladesh Nazarene Mission, Helping Hands' local partner, is building a village for widows and orphans in northern Bangladesh. In this village, orphans and widows will live together as "families" (6–8 orphans and two widows each). Orphans attend school with other children; the families grow their own food and are integrated into local society. With the land available for agriculture and other income generating, the village will soon be self-sustainable. The different components of this project include (among other things): duplex houses, child development centres, tubewells, sanitation facilities, home gardens (seeds, tools and training), fruit tree saplings and livestock. A number of international organizations are supporting this project—the more funds that are given towards this village, the more widows and orphans can be assisted.

Bangladeshi woman with cowInvestment in Micro Businesses (Project number 300030)
Location: South Asia
Amount:
Euro 2.50 / GBP 2 per fruit tree sapling (Project number 300031)
Euro 5 / GBP 4.25 per plant (Project number 300032)
Euro 25 / GBP 21 per sheep or goat (Project number 300033)
Euro 100 / GBP 85 per calf (Project number 300034)
Euro 770 / GBP 650 per cow (Project number 300035)
Euro 50 / GBP 42 per small fishing boat (Project number 300036)
Euro 75 / GBP 63 per sewing machine (Project number 300037)
Euro 200 / GBP 170 per cycle rickshaw (Project number 300038)
Euro 2,400 / GBP 2,000 per three-wheeler/auto-rickshaw (Project number 300039)
Goal: any amount

In South Asia people from lower classes of society often have difficulties finding honest work that will enable them to feed their families. Many already have the necessary knowledge or skills, but cannot afford the initial investment to start a micro enterprise. In Helping Hands projects especially women attend self-help groups and receive the opportunity to become financially independent through small businesses: e.g. animal husbandry, gardening, small shops, tailoring, small transport businesses etc. The self-help group members receive training and advice through local staff of Helping Hands' partners. Usually they repay their loans with interest so that others can benefit as well. An investment starting with 2.50 Euro can totally transform the lives of whole families!

children in school uniform by a tubewellSafe Water and Sanitation (Project number 300040)
Location: South Asia
Amount:
Euro 150 / GBP 125 per tubewell Bangladesh (Project number 300041)
Euro 300 / GBP 250 per tubewell Sri Lanka and Nepal (Project number 300042)
Euro 1,500 / GBP 1,250 per tubewell in coastal areas, Bang. (Proj. no. 300043)
Euro 6,000 / GBP 5,000 per biological water filter (Project number 300044)
Euro 25 / GBP 20 per slab latrine (Project number 300045)
Goal: any amount

Two of the major causes of child death in developing countries are unsafe water and lack of hygiene. Health awareness training and the installation of tubewells and slab latrines significantly improve sanitation and can save many lives. A tubewell is used by several families; Helping Hands' local partners are responsible for installation and teach the families how to maintain the tubewell as well as offer health and hygiene training. Safe water is also important for successful animal husbandry and gardening. In Sri Lanka and Nepal the tubewell installation is more expensive due to the rocky terrain; in Bangladesh tubewells in coastal areas have to be considerably deeper due to salty groundwater, and in many areas the higher layers of groundwater are poisoned with arsenic. An alternative to tubewells is a biological water filter that filters pond water through three different layers of stones.

staff on motorcycles in a villageVehicles for local staff (Project number 300011)
Location: South Asia
Amount:
Euro 75 / GBP 66 per bicycle (Project number 300012)
Euro 1,500–2,000 / GBP 1,325–1,775 per motorcycle (Project number 300013)
Goal: any amount

In South Asian countries (currently Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India), Helping Hands' local partners are primarily working in rural areas. Many projects are located far apart, the infrastructure is underdeveloped and public transportation is unreliable and often unsafe, if it exists at all. In order to do development work effectively the staff of local partners need their own vehicles so they can reach their destinations quickly and safely. In most cases bicycles are used for this purpose; in some projects/regions (especially mountainous areas) motorcycles are used. As Helping Hands' local partners continually increase in numbers of staff and operational areas, this need remains current at all times.

South Asian man with mobile phoneCommunication devices for local staff (Project number 300020)
Location: South Asia
Amount:
Euro 100 / GBP 90 per mobile phone (Project number 300021)
Euro 150 / GBP 135 per digital camera (Project number 300022)
Euro 300 / GBP 265 per printer (Project number 300023)
Euro 500 / GBP 445 per copying machine (Project number 300024)
Euro 700 / GBP 620 per generator (Project number 300025)
Euro 750 / GBP 665 per laptop (Project number 300026)
Euro 1,000 / GBP 900 per video projector (Project number 300027)
Goal: any amount

To do development work effectively and minimize costs, appropriate communication devices are necessary in local areas. Helping Hands' local partners in South Asia often work in areas where "normal things" such as a decent phone system or regular electricity supply are not the standard. But communication with the main national office has to function anyway; mobile phones, computers and generators make this possible. There is also a need for devices such as digital cameras, printers, copying machines and video projectors that help staff prepare reports, conduct work in main offices efficiently and according to the expectations of project partners and donors, and build the capacity of the local partner. As Helping Hands' local partners continually increase in numbers of staff and operational areas, this need remains current at all times.

hospital in IndiaCommunity-based health care in India (Project number 302211)
Location: Washim, India
Amount: Euro 9,000 / GBP 7,950 for 10 villages (approx. 10–15,000 people) per year (local participation: Euro 1,500 / GBP 1,325)
Goal: Euro 7,500 / GBP 6,625

Since 1936 Reynolds Memorial Hospital has been offering health care to lower social classes in the rural areas of central and eastern Maharashtra and also helps those who cannot afford medical care. This is primarily done through a community-based health care program, started in 1987, which reaches thousands of people in the villages around Washim. Many of the villagers do not have the means to travel to the hospital in the district capital or prefer to remain in their village due to social and cultural reasons. The hospital teams offer basic medical services, especially pre- and postnatal care, and also conduct awareness trainings on hygiene, proper nutrition and family planning. They also help women start self-help groups with savings and credit programs. Due to a variety of structural changes in the hospital, this service urgently needs support. Reynolds Memorial Hospital offers community-based health care services in 50–100 villages in the Washim area.

ambulanceVehicles for community health care program (Project number 302212)
Location: Washim, India
Amount: ambulance: Euro 18,500 / GBP 16,350; bus: Euro 14,500 / GBP 12,800
Goal: Euro 33,000 / GBP 29,150

In order to conduct the community-based health care program in 50–100 villages in the Washim area in central Maharashtra (see previous project) more effectively, a number of vehicles are needed. Reynolds Memorial Hospital does currently not have an ambulance; such a vehicle is urgently needed. The hospital is also planning to offer a bus-service between the surrounding villages and the hospital as part of the community-based health care program. Once or twice a week, according to a fixed schedule, a bus will come to the respective village and take patients to check-ups in the hospital free of charge. As roads are in relatively bad condition in this area and the villages are often far apart, two buses will probably be needed.