About us

About us

Visions for Children e.V. is a non-profit registered association from Hamburg. Our work focuses on the improvement of learning conditions and educational quality at schools in areas of conflict and war zones. For this purpose, school buildings and sanitary facilities are being improved, classrooms are being equipped with fundamental equipment and pupils and teachers are being provided with essential materials. Additionally, with training courses and workshops, we strive to strengthen the capacities of our target groups based on the principle of helping others help themselves. We thus provide the basic conditions necessary for high-quality learning in accordance with the fourth sustainability goal of the United Nations’ Agenda 2030.

We work together on equal footing with our local partners, including our target groups, operating independently of political, religious or ethnic group interests. We strictly decline financial support from companies whose activities or goods put children at risk or which contradict our approach to children’s rights.

Visions for Children e.V. was founded in 2006 by two friends after they had visited their home country, Afghanistan. The two were very deeply concerned with the learning conditions at the “Kalay Fatullah” day school, which was lacking in everything essential for learning. Despite the conditions of the school, our founders were so impressed by the motivation to learn among the pupils and the courage of the teachers that they immediately knew they had to help the school. After their return to Germany, Naim and Mortaza founded Visions for Children e.V. along with friends and fellow students.

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CINEMA EVENT

"What will become of Afghanistan?" - was the question under which we welcomed you to Kino Central in Berlin on March 15. After a welcoming speech by Hamburg State Councillor Almut Möller, we showed the Oscar-nominated short film documentary "Three Songs with Benazir" in cooperation with Global Citizen and Stiftung Asien-Brücke. In the subsequent panel, Shahina Gambir, Waslat Hasrat-Nazimi and Hila Limar spoke about what solutions are now needed for and with the Afghan people - and what role German development cooperation plays in this.

AWARD OF THE ONE WORLD MEDAL TO HILA

Our CEO Hila Limar has been awarded the ONE WORLD Medal by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). With this award, the BMZ recognizes outstanding personal commitment to development cooperation. Congratulations Hila and thank you for your tireless efforts!

HILA AND WANA AT NDR

In the NDR Talk Show, CEO Hila Limar and Visions ambassador Wana Limar talk about the work of Visions for Children, how they experienced the takeover and how they are continuing development projects despite the difficult conditions. The whole interview is available in the ADR media library.

OUR OWN PODCAST STARTS!

You can now listen to the first episode of our podcast "The Taliban are back: The predictable disaster in Afghanistan" wherever podcasts are available. In the first episode, Hila Limar and Emran Feroz talk about developments in Afghanistan from 1970 to 2001. From now on there will be a new episode every two weeks. Have fun listening!

ONLINE EVENT WITH NO WHITE SAVIORS

"Uganda and other African countries are not under-developed countries. They are over-exploited countries." This was just one of many poignant and important insights that Wendy (pictured) and Olivia from No White Saviors shared with us during the event. Together, we discussed how we can engage responsibly and sustainably without falling into the role of white saviors.

DONATION HANDOVER FROM PROTECHNICALE!

The participants of this year's proTechnicale, a study orientation and qualification year for high school graduates from all over Germany, have donated the proceeds from the sale of their audio book to Visions for Children e.V.. Our Head of Fundraising Jessica accepted the donation on behalf of Visions, which will benefit our projects in Afghanistan.

VISIONS ON PASSENGER TELEVISION!

The Taliban have ruled Afghanistan for a year now. Since then, the right to education for girls has been increasingly restricted. We wanted to draw attention to this in short videos on passenger television and called on people not to lose sight of the Afghan population. Many thanks to Berliner Fenster, Münchner Fenster, Ströer and Hamburger Hochbahn for supporting our "Let Afghan Girls Learn" campaign!

OUR OWN PODCAST IS COMING!

The podcast by Emran Feroz and our CEO Hila Limar will start soon. In "The Taliban are back: The predictable disaster in Afghanistan", the two Afghanistan experts tell the bitter and uncomfortable truth - about political failures in the past through to the development policy stalemate in which the international community finds itself today. Listen to the trailer on Spotify!

DAY OF ACTION #DONTFORGETAFGHANISTAN

On the occasion of the Taliban's one-year takeover of Afghanistan, we took to the streets in Hamburg and Berlin on August 13, 2022 under the motto #DontForgetAfghanistan to remind the German government of its responsibility for all Afghans. We also drew attention to the situation in Afghanistan via our social networks.

VISIONS FOR CHILDREN AT COLDPLAY!

Before the Coldplay concerts in Berlin's Olympic Stadium, we were able to be present with a small team and draw visitors' attention to the situation of Afghan schoolgirls.

GUEST ON THE PODCAST "ÜBER DEN TELLERRAND"

Visions CEO Hila was a guest on Hamburg Marketing GmbH's "Über den Tellerrand" podcast. In the following, she talks about the work of an NGO, how it differs from the structures of traditional companies and where the work of NGOs could develop.

THE VISIONS TEAM ON A PROJECT TRIP TO UGANDA

Over the past two weeks, part of the Visions team has been on a project trip to Uganda. From Kampala we went to Lira in the north of the country. From there, together with the local partner organization LTP (Link to Progress), we visited a total of ten schools in the Otuke and Oyam districts.

SOUND OF PEACE IN BERLIN

Our CEO Hila spoke at the Sound of Peace in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin about the current situation in Afghanistan and appealed to the government to take responsibility!

HILA IN VOGUE GERMANY

In the current issue of Vogue Germany, Hila talks to Maria Hunstig about our work in Afghanistan and our understanding of sustainable development cooperation. Thank you for this successful and important portrait!

VISIONS SOCKS FOR THE ANNIVERSARY!

Together with the sustainable fashion label "dirts", we have launched a small limited edition sock collection. dirts donates the entire profit to our Afghanistan projects! Our CEO Hila Limar and our association member Elena Kayser were able to contribute to the design.

VISIONS ON TELEVISION!

In the issue of Forum am Freitag from 12.11. ZDFinfo covered the situation in Afghanistan, including an interview with our CEO Hila Limar.

VISIONS FOR CHILDREN IS 15!

To mark our 15th anniversary, we had planned several activities for our followers and donors as well as a big celebration to thank all our supporters and partners. However, the developments in Afghanistan put us in the opposite of a celebratory mood. So we spontaneously decided to cancel the plans and the celebration took place on a small scale among us members.

CHARITY READING AT THE JUNGSCHAUSPIELHAUS HAMBURG

A charity reading for Visions for Children took place at the JungenSchauSpielHaus Hamburg! Author Kübra Gümüşay read from her book "Sprache und Sein" and was accompanied by music from the ensemble of the Junges SchauSpielHaus.

DONATION MARATHON AT BETTERPLACE.ORG

This year, Beiersdorf AG once again supported various organizations through a donation marathon at Betterplace.org. Through our networks, we were able to raise 3000 euros for our Barmwony project in Uganda and thus achieved 5th place in the marathon!

AWARD CEREMONY OF THE CLUB OF OPTIMISTS

In October, the 30th Optimist Award from the Hamburg Optimist Club went to our Chairwoman Hila and her sister and Vision Ambassador Wana Limar. Following a laudatory speech by Andy Grote, Senator for the Interior and Sports, Hila accepted the prize money of 10,000 euros on behalf of our club.

50,000 EUROS FROM THE #DEFENDAFGHANWOMEN INITIATIVE

With its #DefendAfghanWomen initiative, HÁWAR.help was able to collect donations amounting to 160,000 euros and has selected us as one of the recipient organizations. Katie from Háwar.help (left in the picture) presented the donation cheque for 50,000 euros to our deputy chairwoman Saskia (right in the picture) and our volunteer Dilara (center). The money will go towards the reconstruction of the Mohammad Parsa School in Kabul.

ELECTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS & ADVISORY BOARD

The association has elected a new board and an advisory committee for the next two years. Hila Limar remains Chairwoman of the Management Board with Svenja Wienböker, Saskia Haun and Süleyman Günyar as other members of the Management Board. In the Advisory Board, Nielab Shahrochie, Nemo Kasztelan, Nina Ludolphi and Alexander Kopf review the activities of the Management Board.

WANA AND HILA REPORT FROM SEVAR AT ZDF

On ZDF's 'Forum am Freitag', Hila and Wana reported on their newly founded jewelry label Sevar. The jewelry is handmade from lapis lazuli in Kabul and will be made by young women in a future training project. This gives the women the chance to learn a profession so that they can shape their future independently and in a self-determined way. In the article, Hila also reported on the Khwaja Boghra school project and her project trip to Afghanistan. Watch it in the ZDF Mediathek!

WE WERE OUT AND ABOUT IN THE PODCAST SCENE

At the beginning of the year, our CEO Hila was a guest on both the "zenith Podcast" and "Home Girls" with her sister and Visions ambassador Wana. In an episode of the "opiumpodcast", Hila also spoke about conscious and unconscious privileges in everyday life, impressions from trips to Afghanistan and the work of Visions. Listen in!

HILA IS ONE OF THE 100 WOMEN OF THE YEAR

Well deserved: Our CEO Hila was voted one of the 100 Women of the Year 2020. Alongside 99 other great and committed women, she ended up on the cover of Focus magazine. Her work for Visions for Children was featured in a portrait in the magazine. We are very proud of Hila and thank her for her strong and tireless commitment to educational justice!

POVERTY INC. - MOVIE NIGHT

"Fighting poverty is big business - but who profits the most?" Michael Matheson Miller addresses this question in his award-winning documentary "Poverty, Inc.", which sheds light on the billion-dollar business behind the fight against poverty. Together with the Abaton cinema in Hamburg, we organized a film screening followed by a panel discussion. We talked about the content of the film and about alternative ways of development cooperation. Svenja Wienböker, project manager of our association, and Lucy Larbi from Future of Ghana e.V. were there as guests. The evening was moderated by Hila Limar, Chairwoman of the Board of Visions for Children e.V.

VISIONS WINS THE STARTSOCIAL-SCHOLARSHIP

We are among the 100 startsocial scholarship holders who took part in the nationwide competition to promote voluntary social commitment under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The scholarship provides us with non-material support, i.e. free coaching. We opted for further training on topics such as work organization, financial planning and accounting, fundraising and sponsoring. With the help of coaching, we want to expand our knowledge so that we can act in an even more informed and successful manner in the future.

WANA AND HILA LIMAR: HAMBURGERS OF THE YEAR 2019

On December 16, 2019, Hamburg 1 honored outstanding personalities from the city in various categories as "Hamburger of the Year 2019". Our CEO Hila and her sister Wana, ambassador and member of our association, accepted the award in the "Social Commitment" category and dedicated it to the entire Visions team. More than 250 invited guests from the fields of politics, business and the media attended the evening.

ANNIVERSARY 10 YEARS OF HILA AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

At today's members' meeting, we congratulated Hila on 10 years as Chair of the Board of Visions for Children. She does a great job every day. She fights tirelessly for a fairer world and more equal opportunities for children in war and crisis zones. Hila inspires and gives strength, she supports and challenges one's ambition to stand up for others and to lead by example. We couldn't wish for a better "boss". Thank you Hila and here's to the next 10 years! The drawing was created by our member Müge Y.

VISIONS X KABUL FIRE RECORDS = 20 GS

As of today, the 20Gs compilation is officially available on Spotify, iTunes, hhv.de, Amazon and Google Play. KABUL FIRE Records has brought together 20 producers from the German hip-hop scene and pressed beats onto a record. Between 29.6. and 2.7.19 we will be selling the record at the Millerntorstadion, where you can even spit a few rhymes yourself in our portable recording studio. All proceeds go to one of our school building projects in Kabul. Many thanks to everyone involved for their commitment!

KICKING FOR A GOOD CAUSE - THE VISIONS CUP

We have been organizing our charity tournament at Sportpark Öjendorf - the Visions Cup - for five years now. Sporting ambition and social commitment come together when 18 teams compete against each other for the coveted trophy. The joint mission: to kick for better learning conditions at our project schools. All proceeds go to our school building projects in Afghanistan and Uganda. The last Visions Cup in 2019 alone raised a total of €2,202.20!

DONATION BASKET INSTEAD OF SHOPPING CART: ONLINE STORE FOR A GOOD CAUSE

To the question - what does my donation actually do? - our donation store will give you an answer. Symbolic products show what your donation can make possible locally. For 7 € you can, for example Buy 200 pieces of chalk. For €44 you can get a whole bar. The money from your "purchases" goes towards our school construction projects, depending on the urgency. At the end, you will receive a donation certificate that you can personalize for yourself or as a gift for others.

BEIERSDORF DONATION CHAMPIONSHIP: A SCHOOL LIBRARY FOR UGANDA

Thanks to your support, we were able to win €8,000 in prize money at the Beiersdorf Donation Championship! A total of €20,982 was raised thanks to almost 800 supporters. The money will go towards our school construction project in Katosi to build a school library and new administration rooms. The library has already been completed - around 350 pupils in Uganda now have free access to books and teaching materials. We would like to dedicate this championship victory to our supporters.

SUMMER PARTY IN HAMBURG CITY PARK

On August 26, we held a barbecue together in the city park! Everyone was invited to spend the day with us - whether members, sponsors, supporters or anyone interested in getting to know our Visions team.

VISIONS MEET UP IN PICTURES

Yesterday afternoon, many old and new acquaintances met at our summer party for a lively exchange and new input. Even though the party fell through, we would like to thank everyone who braved the Hamburg weather to join us for coffee and cake and still made this afternoon a wonderful get-together.

IMPRESSIONS OF BAMIYAN

In 2001, the Taliban destroyed what were once the largest standing Buddha statues in the world, carved into the rocks of the Afghan province of Bamiyan. Today, only huge holes in the rock face bear witness to its existence. The Bamiyan region was chosen as the first cultural capital of South Asia in 2015. We at Visions have already been able to support the region as part of the annual winter aid campaign and are delighted that the 2017 Ramadan donations will now also benefit a school in Bamiyan, among others.

VISIONS RECEIVES BMZ GRANT

With funds from the BMZ amounting to almost €20,000, we are receiving major support from the federal government for our project work for the first time this year. Working with the BMZ and the associated bureaucracy was new territory for us, which almost drove us to despair at times. But the effort was worth it. We are overjoyed to finally be able to realize the new construction of the sanitary facilities at our project school in Kabul.

VISIONS X LIEBESKIND BERLIN - BERLIN FASHION WEEK 2017

Our Visions team was a guest at the Liebeskind party at Berlin Fashion Week. Wana hosted the evening and we were able to present our association and our work and collect donations. In the run-up to the event, Wana has designed a handbag in cooperation with Liebeskind, which will be available from May. A total of €30 from every bag sold will go directly to our projects - so you can store for a good cause again!

RAMADAN KAREEM

Every year, our Ramadan general meetings are held on a Saturday evening to break the fast together afterwards. Once again this year, we gathered at the home of our board member Anne. With a lot of love and effort, our members made sure that the long and successful meeting was rounded off with a wonderful evening together.

VISIONS X GREEZTLY

Greetzly launches in Germany today! There you can choose your favorite stars and starlets and receive your own personal video greeting from them in return for a donation. Among them are LARY, Maddie von Dariadaria, Lena Meyer-Landruth, Chefket, RebellComedy and Wana Limar. Your donation supports 100% of the work of Visions for Children e.V.! Take a look and give your friends, colleagues or yourself a personalized message and support Visions at the same time!

MALTE METAG PHOTOBOOK

Just before Christmas, we would like to recommend the fantastic photo book by our much-appreciated photographer and supporter Bureau Malte Metag. The photo book shows pictures of the village of Katosi that Malte took on our project trip to Uganda in September. The proceeds will go to Visions for Children e.V. and directly to our school project in Uganda, the St. Bosco School in Katosi. You can find the link to the book here.

MADE ON VEDDEL

Wana and Hila were guests at the preview of the 'Made Auf Veddel' collection by Hamburg designer Sibilla Pavenstedt. The aim of the collection is to combine the traditional craftsmanship of Hamburg women, learned in their countries of origin, with international design. All handbags are handmade locally. Hila was on site to help Visions for Children e.V. raise its profile on the Veddel.

INFO EVENING PROJECT TRIP UGANDA

Our information evening on the trip of our four Visions members to the school building project in Katosi/Uganda was a complete success. Numerous guests listened intently to the travel reports of our members. As guest of honor, Luisa Natiwi, Ugandan-born author and founder of Mata Mata - Zebracrossing e.V., gave us an exciting insight into the school system and the current situation in Uganda.

EVERY YEAR AGAIN - VISIONS ADVENT BAKING

Once again this year, we joined the children from a refugee shelter in Hamburg to bake cookies on the fairytale ships! The children, parents and the Visions team had a lot of fun baking for Advent. We kneaded, cut out, decorated and enjoyed lots of snacks and laughter.

SCHOOLS HELP SCHOOLS

We have launched the "Schools help schools" campaign. If you are a teacher, student or parent, then this campaign is just right for you! You can help us to support pupils in Uganda and Afghanistan through fundraising runs, bazaars or with your own ideas. Feel free to contact us at any time via Facebook or info@visions4children.com to find out how you can help as a school!

WE ARE 10 AND CELEBRATING!

We are celebrating 10 years of Visions for Children e.V.! To mark the occasion, Hila, the CEO of Visions, has written a letter in which she emphasizes how much reach the association's work has already had thanks to the energy and conviction of everyone involved: "I believe that with this conviction and love for the cause and trust in us, we have made it this far. In addition to our emergency aid projects, we have managed to build seven schools in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Uganda over the past 10 years and reach around 17,000 people with our help! And we have done all of this entirely on a voluntary basis and without any financial support from the state or a major donor. I am very proud of that! These figures are not intended to highlight our success, but rather to illustrate what a small group of young people have achieved in their free time."

MISSION AND VISION

Around 244 million children worldwide do not attend school. More than According to UN, more than 600 million children and adolescents worldwide lack basic literacy and numeracy skills – two-thirds of them go to school.

Our vision is a world in which every child can read and write.

Since 2006, Visions for Children e.V. has been committed to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to receive a basic education and learn the associated basic skills. In particular, we are building on and contributing to the fourth Sustainable Development Goal of the United Nations 2030 Agenda – ensuring equitable and quality education. We see schools as anchor centers to give children a chance for a self-determined future and to create sustainable change with the communities of the entire region.

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FOCUS OF OUR WORK

We concentrate in particular on volatile regions in unstable economic and political conditions. In these regions, we establish sustainable learning conditions for children by rebuilding and equipping schools to foster high-quality teaching. By working exclusively with local partners, we involve the target group directly on-site. In this way, the small core team of Visions for Children e.V., together with the community, provides the basis for sustained social and economic development for local project partners and donors.

PROCEED

We consider our many years of experience in educational projects to be our core competence. Over the years, we have added further components to school building projects in order to create the necessary framework for a high-quality teaching and learning environment. In this way, we are pursuing a holistic approach that includes infrastructure as well as capacity-building measures for our target groups. The expansion of schools, implementation of training courses for teachers and students and improvement of school facilities, are complemented by covering the school community’s basic needs in terms of sanitation, nutrition and accommodation.

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BASIC PRINCIPLES OF OUR WORK

We all share the strong belief that equal opportunity makes the world a better place. And we are aware that this requires active commitment. This is only possible if we act independently of political, religious and economic interests. That also means that we reject financial support from those whose actions prevent children and adolescents from having a self-determined life. With our commitment, we wish to give the world something back by taking proactive steps. We consider ourselves doers: courageous and socially-minded people committed to making a long-term difference on site. Instead of operating with locked up bureaucratic structures, we rely on creating networks and flat hierarchies within our association. We strive for familial interaction – with our partners and among ourselves. For us, variety and diversity are not catchwords, but lived and loved realities. That is why we aim for local cooperation with our partners on site.

A deep understanding of the countries’ conditions, as well as the respect and an exchange of knowledge, are the basic principles of our work in our project countries – this is the only way we can efficiently realize our projects with long-term success. Similarly, we are aware of the trust that our supporters and donors have in us throughout our everyday association work. We thus document our work as transparently as possible. Due to our association’s unbureaucratic structure, we are able to react quickly so that even relatively short-term projects can be realized.

PROCEDURE FOR THE PROJECTS

OUR TEAM

Visions for Children e.V.’s core team consists of volunteers and employed members that hold management positions. All of them work transparently within a young and multicultural team. Each member brings different professional competencies to the team, enabling a more efficient and successful pursuit of our organization’s vision. In addition to active participants, several hundred supporting members contribute financially to the organization and provide their expertise and/or time if they wish.

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EXECUTIVE BOARD

Two to five board members represent and manage the association during their two-year term. Re-election is possible. Since June 2023, the Executive Board has consisted of (from left):
Jessica Wieler and Hila Limar

JESSICA WIELER
Managing Director // Head of Fundraising

E-mail: j.wieler@visions4children.org

HILA LIMAR
Chairwoman of the Executive Board // Managing Director

E-mail: h.limar@visions4children.org

SUPERVISORY BOARD

The members of the Supervisory Board represent the interests of the members and appoint and advise the Management Board. The current members are (from left): Maulud Amir, Saskia Haun and Alexander Kopf.

MAULUD AMIR

Head of the Migration and Integration Department of the City of Troisdorf
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SASKIA HAUN

Head of Public Relations & Social Media for the Independent Representative for Child Sexual Abuse Issues
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ALEXANDER KOPF

Attorney // Head of Legal & Compliance at apoQlar
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STRUCTURE

In order to realize our projects to the best of our ability and in a timely manner, appropriate structures are indispensable. The following chart illustrates our operations, which are mainly divided into four departments: Programs, Fundraising, PR and Administration. In practice, there are far more points of intersection between teams involved that allow us to exchange information regularly and efficiently.

CORPORATE AND FOUNDATION PARTNERSHIPS

Would you like to get involved with your company or support our projects with your foundation? Jessica will be happy to advise you on the various cooperation options.

YOUR CONTACT

Jessica Wieler
Head of Fundraising

j.wieler@visions4children.org

ADVOCACY & PARTNERSHIPS

Would you like to work with us towards common goals? If you have any questions about our advocacy work and networks in politics or with associations and NGOs, Franzi can help you.

YOUR CONTACT

Franziska Winterling
Online Fundraising/PR Officer

f.winterling@visions4children.org

PRESS

Would you like to report on us or simply know exactly what we do?

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you will find pictures, logos and general information to download. For follow-up and interview requests or additional material: Ask Lilli!

YOUR CONTACT

Lilli Gretemeier
Head of PR/Press

l.gretemeier@visions4children.org

TRANSPARENCY

Here you get all information about Visions for Children e.V. according to the guidelines of the Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft:

WHY WE ARE COMMITTED TO EDUCATION

The right to education is a human right. It was enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and is a central goal of the 2030 Agenda. Education is essential for the chance of a better life. But in times of conflict, poverty and unequal treatment, many children are denied this opportunity. With its projects, Visions for Children e.V. aims to sustainably improve the conditions of schools and thus tie in with the fourth sustainability goal of the 2030 Agenda – the commitment to inclusive, equal and high-quality education.

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THE CURRENT SITUATION

Education protects against exploitation, promotes self-responsibility and thus forms the basis for economic and social progress. Education is not a matter of course, especially in the crisis regions of the world. Factors such as war, child labor, early marriages, high school fees and inadequate school infrastructure prevent children from attending school. According to studies by the United Nations, 244 million children and young people worldwide were not attending school in 2021 (Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO, 2022).

But even where access to education is possible, there are serious challenges. According to the UNESCO World Education Report (2020), around 58% of pupils worldwide do not achieve the minimum level of proficiency in languages and mathematics despite attending school. As a result of such inadequate basic education, 750 million adults worldwide can neither read nor write – two thirds of them are women and 102 million are young people between the ages of 15 and 24 (UNESCO Commission press release, September 6, 2018). It is therefore particularly important to optimize the quality of existing learning facilities rather than just providing access to them.

There are many reasons for the often extremely low quality of education. The main reasons for this include poor hygiene, poorly trained teachers and inadequate infrastructure in the school buildings. There is not only a lack of school furniture, learning and teaching materials. Due to a lack of classrooms, pupils often have to squeeze into completely overcrowded classrooms.

Teachers often do not have sufficient pedagogical skills and qualifications, which means that many children are significantly restricted in their learning development. Teaching is often very rigid and the content is not in keeping with the modern age. Due to the lack of infrastructure in many regions, quite a few children have to make the long journey to school, exposing themselves to all kinds of dangers. The schools themselves often do not provide lunch or other forms of catering. For children who are already malnourished, this means low productivity.

The lack of sanitary facilities is also a major problem, especially for girls: The inadequate access to toilets and hygiene products leads to a massive impairment for schoolgirls during their menstruation. These factors also increase the absence of many girls from school.

EDUCATION AS AN OPPORTUNITY

According to United Nations estimates, access to basic education as a result of the expansion of educational facilities could help around 171 million people worldwide to escape poverty by learning basic reading skills alone. Attending a school could lead to a 12% reduction in poverty and a 10% increase in income within just one year (Inclusion: Guidelines for education policy, German Commission for UNESCO, 2014).

Through education, children broaden their horizons, become more self-confident, show more solidarity and learn to lead a self-determined life. They act and think in the long term and internalize the awareness of advancing their own company.

Education offers numerous opportunities for the population in affected areas:

  • Poverty reduction
  • Promoting jobs and growth
  • Protection from child marriage and child labor
  • Minimizing the infant mortality rate
  • Combating malnutrition
  • Curbing population growth
  • Reducing unequal treatment of women

In this way, high-quality education contributes to the strengthening and cohesion of civil society. There is an improvement in political understanding, a growing sense of responsibility in the fight against corruption and an increasing demand for human rights – such as women’s rights.

OUR PROJECTS

Farhot

“I believe that in smaller organizations, people work with more heart. To be honest, I can’t think of any excuse not to donate money. As an overprivileged, lucky fellow, I think it would be presumptuous not to give anything back.”

Usama Elyas

“I prefer small associations that I trust. I immediately think: they surely don’t spend half of their donations on administration, as is the case with the big ones. Positive prejudice, in other words.”

Chefket

“Without education I wouldn’t be where I am now. I am socially active without even thinking about it too much. I now know the people from Visions for Children e.V. personally, and I think that the money is in good hands with them.”

Zeina Nassar

“Education is the first step to independence, to master one’s life and to provide for oneself and one’s family. That is why I want to inspire hope in children with my commitment”.

Wana Limar

“Education teaches us means and ways to take control of our lives. It makes us independent and shows us how much we all depend on each other and how important mutual help is.”

Lena Meyer-Landrut

“I think this is a great project with lots and lots of heart. It is about your own roots and about implementing something in the places where you know that something is needed.”

OUR AMBASSADORS

Our ambassadors are public figures who share our vision and values. With their media presence and social influence, they have the opportunity to draw a great deal of attention to our work. Every ‘Like’ increases our reach and carries our message out into the world. This motivates everyone to get involved. After all, your commitment is one of the cornerstones of our work. Get to know our ambassadors here!

FRIENDS AND PARTNERS

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Kontakt

Address
Visions for Children e.V.
Feldstraße 36
20357 Hamburg

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