In the luggage carrier with an educational Mission
It is an idea that is more than admirable. Every year, our installation manager Jörg Lehmann and his wife, in collaboration with local partners, support the school and educational work in connection with the establishment of municipal networks and structures in Africa. For this purpose they collect school and teaching materials or, if necessary, buy specific books/materials.
They took the first step in 2017 by personally distributing a delivery of school and teaching materials together with their local partners in the Kivu provinc of the DR Congo und Uganda. »The practical experience obtained from the implementation of the project shows that it is possible to support people in war- and conflict-affected regions in rebuilding a social society with few resources,« Lehmann proudly explains his social initiative.
The idea for this project and for the foundation of the association »Hujambo Habari ‑School Project East Africa« e.V. came to the Lehmanns on their journey through East Africa, including the DR Congo, Uganda and Kenya, during which they were riding their bikes »by the wayside«. »On our journey we visited many schools and met people who want to make a change and a difference in their region. This is how the idea for our project was born: With our small association, we would like to provide local help personally and with the cooperation of our local partners«, explains Lehmann.
A travel journal
For a closer look, here is a short travel report from this year:
First of all, many thanks to all of you for the support with the project. What we have achieved there was only possible because of every one of you.
The last week was again very impressive. Since our last visit a lot has happened in the small town of Kalehe, in the ISTD Institute and in the communities. The schools and people are working together with the other communities. This has mainly been made possible by our special friend Bertin. He organized sewing schools for our visit and we also went to some schools with a small kind of training school for sewers and carpenters. However, they live under very, very simple conditions, if you have not seen this yourself, you will hardly believe it.
The people here often have nothing and live in garbage. Children enjoy the most simple things. The people have here a lot of joy of life through music. They have even composed a song for us.
By the little we have done here, the people were so grateful that we left with almost more than we brought. They gave us a goat, a turkey, a chicken and a lot of joy of life.
One of the biggest problems here are the many children who are constantly growing in number. It is very difficult to get to the people and convince them not to have so many children.
Uwe has recognized or observed it: The ones who want to make a big change here are the women.
For the future there are many ideas, dreams and work. 3 years ago we also had many dreams and some have already come true.
The aim is to try to support Bertin and his team in every way possible in building up education. Among other things we want to try to print books in Bukavu. We would also like to support the workshops with sewing machines and toolsm and to train the teachers and support them with their ideas for practical educational projects.
Before we give you some impressions of the current project, here are the possibilities of support.
How can i support?
Which school and learning materials are needed?
- Textbooks for pre-school to high school in French, English or Swahili
- Learning materials/ teaching resources e.g. learning posters (English/ French), learning games, construction kits, calculators, materials for geometric drawing, painting kits, handicraft materials, maps
- Textbooks for training and studies in English or French
- Materials and teaching resources for study and adult education
- Sports equipment/ materials
- Musical Instruments
- Carpentry tools
If you would like to donate, you can make a donation at any time. For more information, please contact us at the following address: