News Archive 2013

Construction and rehabilitation of a primary school in Baraka/Dakar

Baraka is a poor suburb of Dakar located between Sicaps Liberté 6, Sacre Coeur 3 and VDN, and has a population of 1,800 inhabitants. Since 2004, the UNESCO Foundation – Education for Children in Need has been a strategic partner of HOPE’87 to improve educational and skills training opportunities in Baraka. In March 2011, UNESCO Special Ambassador Dr Ute Ohoven, President of the UNESCO Foundation – Education for Children in Need, was thanked by the Minister of National Education of Senegal for the tireless work for the inhabitants of this slum area.

Enhancing food security by improving rainfed rice cultivation

In Senegal rice is produced mainly in the flood plains of the rivers Senegal, Saloum, and Casamance. In the 70’s international investment enabled the construction of the Manantali dam turning the Senegal River Valley into a prime land for rice cultivation, however at the expense of the environment as well as the health and wellbeing of the local population. In the Casamance (south Senegal), rice is produced mainly by recessional irrigation along the short-lived flood plains.

Monitoring of the operation of the HOPE'87/FAI health clinic in Médina Chérif and construction of a maternity ward

In order to reduce child mortality and to improve the health of pregnant women and young mothers a maternity post was built and equipped in the rural community of Médina Chérif (Moyenne Casamance) to further enhance the medical services rendered by the already existing health centre. This medical infrastructure comprises a maternity ward, an observation room, an examination room, an office for the midwife and a waiting area.

Mobile School, Chittagong

With donations from the readers of the German newspaper “Recklinghäuser Zeitung” during the newspaper’s Christmas campaign, HOPE’87 was able to organize a “Mobile School” for underpriviledged children in Bangladesh. This exceptional school is located in a bus equipped with school benches and a black board, offering space for 40 pupils. The bus moves around between seven places in Chittagong City between 7:30am and 9pm every day except Fridays to pick up students for a few hours of  primary education classes.

Institutionalizing disaster preparedness in Pakistan's education system

Pakistan is not only affected by political unrest and violent conflict, but is also regularly hit by natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, landslides, droughts and cyclones. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost all their belongings and homes – many of them even their life – during these catastrophes in the last years. The resulting economic damage is enormous.

Savar: Rehabilitation and support for injured garment workers

Project Description

On April 24th 2013 in the morning the 9 storied Rana Plaza factory building collapsed. The collapsed building was housing up to eight garment factories. According to estimates 3,122 garment workers, mostly women, were inside the building at the time of the collapse but numbers may have been much higher in reality.  A three week long rescue operation found 1.129 dead bodies and thousands of workers missing. Officially, 2.437 workers were rescued. Among them 600 have been severely injured in this tragedy and were admitted to surrounding hospitals. Among the injured garment workers many of them have lost limbs and now face a live as amputees.

Children & sports programme

Project Description

Playing and sports facilities are rare in Bangladesh where rapid urbanization and overpopulation result in a constant lack of space, especially in the big cities. Those schools that have sport grounds most often lack the necessary equipment. Furthermore, the fact that hardly any urban children know how to swim in a country as full with rivers as Bangladesh leads to an increased death toll among children due to drowning.

Reduction of food insecurity during the lean season in Burkina Faso

This humanitarian aid project, financed by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Office aims at supporting 2.500 poor households in the Région du Centre of Burkina Faso during the lean period between the using-up of last year’s harvest and the new harvest where the households are in a state of extreme food insecurity and especially children are at risk of malnutrition (often called ‘hunger gap’). The households that were chosen as beneficiaries for this project are the households of the Rural Community of Komsilga, not far from the country’s capital Ouagadougou, who are considered as “very poor” or “poor” according to the criteria of the Household Economic Approach (HEA).