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ADRA Germany helps Children all over the world

ADRA Germany helps Children all over the world

ADRA Germany Headquarters in Weiterstadt. Photo credit: Dirk Zengel

With a worldwide campaign, ADRA Germany, based in Weiterstadt, draws attention to the destiny of children.

June 21, 2019 | Weiterstadt, Germany. | Sabine Eisenmann , ADRA Germany.

The movie gets under your skin. It shows children living in war-zone areas and in poverty. Boys who handle weapons and haul rocks they can barely carry. Girls who are barely ten, led to forced marriages. Wherever poverty and misery are present, it's the children that suffer the most. The ADRA relief organization, which has its German headquarters in Weiterstadt, wants to counteract this issue with projects and campaigns. Among other things as a worldwide campaign, ADRA also wants to circulate posters in Weiterstadt and surrounding area. 

Likewise, the film with the depressing scenes about children's circumstances, is part of the campaign. ADRA sees this as key to a better world. "This is a human right and thus a children's right," says Christian Molke, the managing director and press spokesman of ADRA Germany. The importance of education is immense. Education remains an important lever to bring people out of poverty. "If all girls graduate from high school, there would be less early pregnancy, lower infant mortality, fewer child marriages and higher incomes for women without education," explains Molke. 

"Every child. Everywhere. In School" is the name of the current campaign that ADRA has already launched in some countries worldwide. In order to provide access to education for every child in the world, it is necessary to build schools in disaster areas and developing countries.

It is also about vocational training and care after a disaster. ADRA is currently building twelve educational institutions in Somalia alone as part of an ongoing project. The aid organization, which is represented in 140 countries worldwide, is also engaged in educational projects in Albania, Thailand, Serbia and Ethiopia. It is noticeable that no donation account is displayed in any of the campaign posters. “After all, isn't the campaign supposed to help build schools?” Christian Molke smiles.

"Our projects are also funded with donations, that's right. But first we want to create an awareness of the problems. Only when the people here realize how well off they are and what real misery in the world is, and understand that we have a lot of advantages here and opportunities to help, only then the world will be a better place," says Molke. If you want to support the ADRA projects, do not get involved casually, inform yourself and become active. At ADRA, a better world begins in the mind. "This is our mission and our long marathon, which we willing take."

Whoever wants to assist, quickly, go to the homepage and find opportunities to get involved. For example, ADRA is planning a petition for the current campaign. One million signatures are needed to raise the issue at the United Nations in New York. "That would be a way to deal with the issue at a high level," says Molke. There is also a donation account on the homepage. ADRA Germany received more than 24 million euros last year. The largest source of funding was the Federal Foreign Office with 8.7 million euros, closely followed by Europe Aid, the European Commission Cooperation Office.

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