14km launching event

  Invitation to the launching of 14km Berlin – 18 October, 2012 – 18:15 – Betahaus Berlin 14km presents itself and welcomes all interested people! Although Europe and North Africa have been neighbours for a very long time, the Arab Spring has brought them even closer together. Times for exchange and cooperation are better than ever – whether as NGO, state actor, private person or enterprise. 14km links you up with the right partners and enables innovative concepts - come and get to know us! Contacts are our greatest asset – and our network based approach makes us unique. Are you looking for opportunities to get involved for social development and justice in the Middle East? Or are you interested in cultural exchange between Europe and North Africa?   Do you have a good idea for a project or an enterprise between Germany and an Arab country, and are looking for the right partners? Or do you want to volunteer with a local NGO in an Arab country and are looking for a placement? If any of this is the case, we would be happy to welcome you to our 14km launching event! There we would like to introduce ourselves and inform about our work and our goals. We will discuss the manifold possibilities of co-operation with state-based and private actors – your ideas are most welcome! We also look forward to introduce you to our partners from Egypt and inform you about our broad network. We look forward to meeting you all!   Location Betahaus Berlin (Room: Arena), Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20, 10969 Berlin – Starting time: 18:15 (expected duration 1h 15min) The Betahaus is at 2 minutes walking distance from Moritzplatz Underground station (U8) and at 8 minutes walking distance from Kottbusser Tor Underground station (U1, U8).    

Amaal Ibrahim Moussa achieved economic and social independence – with the help of NHASD

Today we would like to present you another person whose life was positively affected by the work of our Egyptian partner organization New Horizon Association for Social Development (NHASD) that focuses on supporting marginalized rural communities particularly in Upper Egypt. Amaal Ibrahim Moussa is a citizen from the village of Marzouq, which is near Balat in Egypt’s New Valley. Being unemployed, divorced and having to take care of her household by herself, she was living in very difficult circumstances. Through Balat’s local community development organization (CDA), she learned about the New Horizon Association for Social Development (NHASD), which trains villagers in organic farming and also gives out micro-credits (amongst other activities). She decided to join the training sessions and started working on NHASD’s farm, where she grew a crop of vegetables and onions. Moussa sold those products in the marketplace, and also applied for a 2,000 Egyptian pounds loan from NHASD. Upon receiving the loan she also began manufacturing animal products and used the residual materials for manure and compost. Being able to sell all her products in the marketplace to small farmers, Moussa could increase her income, provide for her family and is now economically and socially independent.Today we would like to present you another person whose life was positively affected by the work of our Egyptian partner organization New Horizon Association for Social Development (NHASD) that focuses on supporting marginalized rural communities particularly in Upper Egypt.

Now that we exist, you can lead the way and support us…

... so that we can kick off with zeal! Dear friends and supporters, lovers of North Africa, bearers of great ideas and catalysers for cultural exchange, Since our launching events at the begin­ning of May we are officially in business! That means we have started to work on some good ideas for co-operations bet­ween Germany and Egypt, have put out our feelers in search for different funding opportunities for these, have made some important contacts and have begun to facilitate volunteering opportunities for interested individuals. This is exactly the right time to support us in our efforts to get up and running – with your donation you can help us make an impact for sustainable social development in North Africa. We highly appreciate your support and generosity – on our website and Facebook page we keep you updated about the socially just and sustainable projects we facilitate with your donation. Account holder: 14km Bank name: Commerzbank Berlin Bank code number: 100 800 00 Account number: 0929103900 We are committed to our project work and have a slim management structure – this is why we are proud to guarantee that 90% of your donation will go directly to our pro­jects, while only 10% will be used for general management, administration and communication. If you require a donation receipt (Spenden­bescheinigung) please email us with your address.

Salah Ahmed Mansour now grows vegetables in his organic farming greenhouses – supported by our partner NHASD

Our partner organization in Egypt, the New Horizon Association for Social Development (NHASD), trains villagers in organic farming and also gives out micro-credits, amongst other things. One of the persons who could benefit from our partners’ work is Salah Ahmed Mansour, who lives in the village of Balat. He participated in NHASD’s second organic farming training session that took place within its organic farming project in Egypt’s New Valley.  Inspired and encouraged by the training, Mansour applied for a NHASD loan for social development worth 5,000 Egyptian pounds in order to start a greenhouse. He got the loan, and the greenhouse was then built in Balat. In a space 20 x 6 meters wide crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, and other vegetables were grown, and they were sold in markets.  From the greenhouse’s income another greenhouse could be built, and from the income from both greenhouses, the project expanded to a total of 6 greenhouses and a plant nursery to produce organic seedlings.  With the experience and financial support he gained from NHASD’s training and loan, Mansour was able to implement these projects and to practice and perfect both the manufacturing and the installation of greenhouses. The project benefits not only himself and his wife, but also three young men from the training session who have found work at the greenhouses, as well as their community.

14km is officially being launched! Come and join us!

We introduce you to 14km - all interested are cordially invited!      Invitation to the presentation of 14 km on the 2nd May, 2012 in Bonn / on the 3rd May, 2012 in Cologne Europe and North Africa are close to each other not only since the Arab spring. However, for exchange and cooperation with our neighbors the times are better than ever - whether as a NGO, public support, private individual or enterprise.  14 km networks you with suitable partners and makes possible innovative concepts! Contacts are our strength - our approach based on network is our unique characteristics. Do you look for possibilities to be involved in Middle East for social justice? Are you interested in cultural exchange between Europe and North Africa? Do you have a great idea for a project or a business cooperation between Germany and Egypt, and do look for the right partners? Then we would be glad to greet you with one of our both 14 km Launching Events! On this event we would like to introduce ourselves and to presente you more in details our aims. We will present ans discuss the various possibilities of the cooperation with private and public support as well as interested private individuals - your ideas are warmly welcome! We are also glad to inform you with 14km partners about our present main work with Egypt and to present you our wide network. Beverages and snacks will be provided for you. We are glad about all interested! Previous registration is desirable, however, it is not a condition.    Venue and time Bonn (2 Mai 2012): Steinke-Institut (Fürstenstraße 2-4), room Nr. 3.3 (larger seminar room, 3rd floor) – Beginning of the manifestation: 18:15 (Duration ca. 1h 15min)   Köln (3 Mai 2012): Tor 28 (Machabäerstr. 28, left intrance in the inner courtyard), Bambus room – Beginning of the manifestation: 20:00 (Duration ca. 1h 15min)   Both locations are situated in the heart of the city and are from each central station accessible by foot. 14km is officially being launched! Come and join us!