ZOV, the „cry for help“, is an innovative organization supporting children in need and care. They help children from across Bulgaria who have had no one to care for them – children who have been abandoned, orphaned, neglected, abused or who are living with severe disabilities.
From 2006 ZOV has been supporting hundreds of disadvantaged children and since 2014 they played a crucial role in promoting the state’s policy of deinstitutionalization, so homes were moving from overcrowded under-funded orphanages to smaller children’s homes. However, these are still under-resources and not always able to meet the children’s needs. ZOV offers long-term and continued support for these children, and has consistently provided educational, social, physical and psychological activities for over ten years, which enables the children to go on to lead happier, more fulfilled lives, unrestricted by the difficulties of their past.
Find more information on https://zov.org.uk/.
„To improve the well-being, health and education of the children in Bulgaria”… that’s the vision of this NPO, which consists of highly educated and successful members of the ex-pat Bulgarian community. In order to achieve their mission to help public health, educational and other institutions to create a better world for children in Bulgaria, they raise funds for, actively educate the general public about and take care of individual projects in the poorest country of the European Union. More information as usual on their website: https://childrenofbulgaria.org/
The Streunerhilfe Bulgarien e.V. is a non-profit association that works for stray, old, sick and maltreated animals in Bulgaria. In a country where animal welfare is still in its infancy, they are committed to helping the weakest.
First, they contain the problem of the puppy flood by capturing, caring for, and neutering strays before releasing them back to their original places. Then, for animals that would not survive long by themselves, will be looked for a new loving home. As a further important task, the “Streunerhilfe Bulgarien” promotes educational work, both in Germany and in Bulgaria, to raise awareness and understanding of the animals.
More information is available on https://www.streunerhilfe-bulgarien.de/.
Kitty-Cat Rescue Serbia
is a group for cat lovers worldwide to come together to provide financial assistance, love and support for lone cat rescuers in Serbia and Croatia.
Dana Djurkovic lives in a small house in a village called Savino Selo, in Vojvodina province, northern Serbia, and she single-handedly cares for over 60 cats & kittens – including injured, abused & neglected cats and a number of street cats.
We also support other lone rescuers when required with food, meds and vet bills. These remarkable women need all the aid we can give them in this harsh world. Please join us and help to make their lives more bearable.
More information is available on their website https://www.kittycatrescueserbia.com/.
From the initiative of two American Students arouse this unique NGO, which is committed to education, in 2015. Whether young Serbians who are looking for job prospects, or refugees, which are being taught the basics of language and culture: the right of education is for everyone. That is what Jessica and Kelsey are ensuring, selfless and motivated in a so far foreign country. You can find more information on https://northstarserbia.org/.
Since 1995 this NGO supports people with disabilities in Romania. The goal: To increase the personal independence and the social inclusion of Romanians with disabilities. Since its founding, Motivation gave back the freedom to move to more than 20,000 persons with disabilities. Among the organization’s groundbreaking projects are “Active rehabilitation for persons with mobility disabilities (particularly spinal cord injuries)”, “Personalized wheelchairs”, “Community-based care and education for children with disabilities” and “Employment of persons with disabilities”. More information about Motivation Romania and its projects can be found on http://motivation.ro/en/.
Terra Livre was created, to give YOU the opportunity to stand for Nature and protect one of the bases of our life on the planet: the Forests. Forests give us so much. They regulate climate, air temperature and humidity, retain and purify water, produce oxygen, store carbon, give us food, shelter, medicine, beauty, shade, and harbor innumerable species. So why are they disappearing? “The world has lost more than one football pitch of forest every second in 2017. The scale of tree destruction, much of it done illegally, poses a grave threat to tackling both climate change and the massive global decline in wildlife.” The beauty of the forest doesn’t belong to nations or to the few who profit from its destruction, it belongs to all of us. So it’s time to write a new story. The story of caring for the Earth.
BAGázs is a Hungarian public benefit association that has been working since 2011 to contribute to an inclusive and accepting society in which Roma people have a chance to achieve their goals. They do not give out donations but offer the opportunity to change: the organization is working to eliminate socio-cultural disadvantages of people living in segregated settlements so that they do not inherit them.
All this can only be achieved if changes in the community of the Roma settlements and in the majority society are being set up jointly. The association seeks to make the Roma people more capable, while at the same time sensitizing and making more accepting the people belonging to the majority society.
Most of BAGázs programs are organized by volunteers, so they are directly involved in professional work – therefore they are able to sensitize the majority society as well. The employees and the 120 volunteers work in support of each other.
More information on their webpage https://bagazs.org/?lang=en.
Sloboda zvierat is the largest animal welfare Organization in Slovakia. The head office is in Bratislava, where they have an own animal shelter for up to 300 animals. Every year, 2000 – 3000 animals, that need to be taken care of, are being taken in. They also support 25 regional Organizations in the association. With the help of their inspectors, who solve cases of animal abuse and neglect, they save animals from all over the country and find new homes for them.
Apart from that, they run several national and European petitions, campaigns and initiatives. The educational part is also taken care of: In a teaching program in schools, topics like happy and caring coexistence with animals are being discussed.
Find more information (in Slovak) at http://www.slobodazvierat.sk/.
The Centaurus Foundation has been committed to animal welfare since 2006. On their farms, there are horses, donkeys, foxes, storks, cats, dogs, pigs, sheep and many other animals. Centaurus Foundation looks altogether after 3000 animals. A heart project is the largest horse farm in Europe which 400 animals. Next to Poland, the foundation also operates in Germany and the Czech Republic.
Fundacja Centaurus has made it its mission to raise awareness of animal welfare in Poland. Since they are independent from politics and religion, the animal lovers operate on the basis of donations from individuals, companies and institutions. Further information in German can be found on http://www.engeltiere.de/.
Smiling crocodile is a non-profit organization and a unique centre specialized in helping children with severe complex needs including single or multiple sensory impairment combined with learning difficulties, communication disorders, severe health conditions, rare syndromes or progressive diagnostics.
The project was established in 2009, and officially registered as a Kindergarten and Elementary School for children with special needs by Ministry of Education and Municipal office of Prague since 2012.
They offer the children the opportunity for a full-time special education programme with a number of therapy options, as well as extracurricular activities. Also, they provide an extensive integration programme and believe strongly that their students can do everything that their able-bodied peers can do.
Additionally, they run national and international campaigns to help children with disabilities and their families: #BecauseIhearIlive #Nakrmkrokodyla (feedthecrocodile). You can find more information here: https://smilingcrocodile.org/.
Chance 4 Children (or just short c4c) is a humanitarian NGO in the Czech Republik and Slovakia, dedicated to offer assistance primarily to children which are less fortunate then many others. For over 20 years now they help kids in orphanages and child centers, the ones who grow up without parents, love and care. The goal is to help with a smooth integration in society, without being stigmatized as second-class citizen. With projects like Robin Hood, Dr. Clown and Springboard to life they are constantly trying to improve the lives of the children and to put smiles on their faces. Find more information at http://c4c.cz/en/homepage-2/.
Der Verein zur Unterstützung von Mädchen in Not e. V. ist ein freier Träger der Kinder- und Jugendhilfe, der in Wiesbaden zwei Einrichtungen unterhält. Er wurde 1988 von Fachfrauen gegründet, um die Interessen von Mädchen und jungen Frauen zu vertreten, die von körperlicher, seelischer und/oder sexueller Gewalt betroffen sind und eine mädchenspezifische pädagogische Unterstützung benötigen.
Die Anlauf- und Beratungsstelle ZORA steht Mädchen und jungen Frauen seit 1998 mit ihren Angeboten in der Innenstadt Wiesbadens zur Verfügung. Beide Einrichtungen richten sich an Mädchen und junge Frauen aller Nationalitäten und Kulturen.
A group of people from the fields of culture, marketing and journalism founded the association Be an Angel e.V. in August 2015 to help refugees, that escaped to Germany, to integrate into our society. First, the refugees were housed as guests in the apartments of the club members, until the number temporarily increased to over 500 people. For these people then housing was sought to save them from homelessness.
To Be an Angel e.V. it is particularly important to teach the German language and the training of young refugees, so they can soon stand on their own two feet. Thus, a jointly founded café in which people from all over Berlin get together and which is staffed by and with the refugees, shows the direction.
The principle: Everyone rolls up their sleeves and gets involved!
More information and the previews successes you can find on http://beanangel.direct/.
EuroNatur – nature conservation without borders
The depletion of natural resources is omnipresent. EuroNatur stands for a different way. With its nature and conservation projects, the foundation helps to preserve Europe’s natural beauty and diversity in the long term. EuroNatur secures large-scale intact natural landscapes and ecologically valuable cultural landscapes in Europe. EuroNatur projects are long-term and involve people’s needs. Our goal is not only the protection of wildlife and its habitats in Europe, but also an ecological development of the respective region – in harmony with nature. Above all, we work together with regional local partner organizations and support our partners in the EuroNatur project areas so that they can effectively protect their own nature.
More information can be found here: www.euronatur.org.
Because every minute of life is precious
Since 2003, the Wiesbadener Bärenherz Stiftung (Heart of bears foundation) has supported facilities for families with children who are terminally ill, especially children’s hospices. It is a sponsoring foundation of private law.
A committed team of 45 full-time and volunteer staff collect donations for the two children’s hospices, Bärenherz and the Kinderhaus Nesthäkchen. Education about children’s hospice work and its important offer for severely ill children and their families is also a concern of the foundation.
In the sponsored children’s hospices in Wiesbaden and Markkleeberg near Leipzig, parents are relieved and given advice. Up to 22 seriously ill children are cared for and looked after, from the diagnosis to the death of the child and beyond.
The Kinderhaus Nesthäkchen in Laufenselden / Taunus is the home for 22 seriously ill and disabled children and adolescents. The grants of the foundation allow not only an extended range of therapies but also the fulfillment of the wishes of the children.
The three facilities are only partially funded by the care insurance. Therefore, the foundation currently spends about 2.6 million euros per year. The support of donations is the most important working basis. Only in this way can the organization continue to offer help for severely ill children and their families.
More on www.baerenherz.de.
The European Wilderness Society is the only Pan-European, wilderness and environmental advocacy non-profit organization with a dedicated multi-cultural and very experienced professional team of wilderness and wildlife specialists, nature conservationists, researchers and scientists, tourism experts, marketing and business professionals, legal advisors and wilderness advocates whose mission is to identify, designate, steward and promote European Wilderness, WILDForests, WILDRivers, WILDCoasts and WILDIslands.
Through education of the next generation of Europeans on Wilderness, the European Wilderness Society dedicates itself to create a peaceful cohabitation between humans and wildlife, including the wolf, lynx, bear and golden jackal. Find out more on their website: http://wilderness-society.org
Let’s get Wild!
In 1999, Sir Peter Ustinov, togehter with hiss on Igor, who today is the head of the board of trustees, founded the Sir Peter Ustinov Foundation. The goal is, to give children and youth with access to education and creativity the chance of an independent and optimistic future – regardless of their origin, skin color, religion or social background.
The Peter Ustinov Foundation pursues a holistic, three-stage approach in all aid, school and creative education projects worldwide. First, the basic care for the children is ensured (e.g. school meals, hygiene, water, etc.), then access to education (school buildings, equipment, materials, teachers’ salaries, etc.) is ensured and additionally the creative skills in the child and adolescent development are extra promoted. More about the Peter Ustinov Foundation can be found at www.ustinov-stiftung.org.
The Mainz Educational Network is a non-profit association whose goal is to provide students with a migration background with free support in learning. In various projects, children and adolescents have the opportunity to do their homework under supervision and guidance, to improve their skills in the German language and socialize. This is done in cooperation with various institutions, such as Mainz refugee camps, youth centers and schools.
Unfortunately, not all children have the same conditions in the education system and especially children from migrant families are in a disadvantaged position. In addition to the immense language barriers, they also face the problem that their parents have little educational background or the financial resources to support their children so that they have a real chance in our education system. There is a danger that these children will be isolated and find it difficult to access our society. Against this background, the education network was founded in 2008 as an initiative; Since 2010 they exist as a registered association with more than 65 active members who volunteer weekly in five projects and without compensation. They look after more than 120 different children and adolescents from low-income families every week, and work towards integration and education, through homework and learning support, or through sports, creative and other recreational activities that help children integrate better and help them develop. More information on their webpage http://bine-mainz.de/
The Sponsorship Circle India e. V. conducts innovative, effective and sustainable education and care projects for the children of the disadvantaged indigenous tribal population in India. Since the founding of the association in 1972, 20 boarding schools have been established, in which more than 3,000 children live. Children of all ages, ethnic minorities and denominations receive schooling, food, clothing and medical and sanitary care at these boarding schools. For the children, boarding schools are the only way to visit a school and thus have a secure professional future. After their training, the children are re-integrated into the village communities and can pass on what they have learned. In the long term, financial independence should be achieved. The children are trained in a qualified way so that they can support their village community in a targeted and sustainable manner later on. Many alumni feel very connected to boarding schools and become teachers to teach future generations. The Sponsorship Circle India e. V. is constantly trying new approaches to help to effectively combat poverty and disadvantage in other areas as well. For example, we support the project for station and street children, the women’s advancement project or the Health Awareness Program. The Sponsorship India e.V. is a charitable association for charitable purposes based in Dreieich, Hesse. CEO is Ralf Steuer, he works as an honorary member of the association. Barbara Steuer is Deputy CEO, Josef Fetsch is a commercial clerk. The employees are responsible for project management, monitoring and evaluation, public relations, bookkeeping and supervisor support.
For more than 40 years, Environmental Action Germany has been committed to preserving our natural foundations of life. In a unique way, it combines the protection of the environment and consumers.
The Environmental Action Germany (DUH, for Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V.) was founded in 1975. It is politically independent, recognized as a non-profit organization and is primarily involved at national and European level. The DUH is committed to sustainable lifestyles and economic forms that respect ecological limits. At the same time, it is fighting for the preservation of biological diversity and the protection of natural resources as well as for climate protection.
Their conviction: Only energy supply based on efficiency and regenerative energies, sustainable mobility, the responsible use of our natural resources and the avoidance of waste can secure the preservation of our planet. More information is available at http://www.duh.de/.
AEPEF is the Spanish Association of Hereditary Spastic Paraparesis (HSP), otherwise known as the Strümpell-Lorrain Syndrome, a nongovernmental non-profit organization founded in Seville on October 19, 2002 by a group of people with motor disorders who did not find an accurate diagnosis for their disease.