15.000 km = 15.000 EUR - Riding for Charity
Cycling Without Borders is connected to charity, namely to raise a total of EUR 15.000 for two organizations: German Agro Action (Deutsche Welthungerhilfe) and Youth for Understanding (YFU), an exchange organization for high school students. This means for every kilometer I will be riding my goal is to collect 1 EUR. If you would like to donate, I would be grateful for choosing one of the two organizations below.
1. Deutsche Welthungerhilfe
German Agro Action was established in 1962. It is today one of the largest private non-profit organizations working in the area of development cooperation and humanitarian aid based in Germany. Through its vision of a world without hunger, the organization has collaborated with partner organizations around the world over the last four decades. Today, it carries out a total of 3,300 self-help projects, 900 projects for children and youth and 550 emergency aid programs in 70 countries. Despite the efforts of German Agro Action and other organizations, today - at the beginning of the 21st century - there are more than 1 billion people living in absolute poverty, i.e. these people have to survive on less than US$ 1 / day. German Agro Action capabilities are wide-ranging: emergency action after a natural disaster as well as long-term projects with local partner organizations. Effective aid means to open up opportunities for individuals so that their lives are free from hunger and need.
The donations you are making will benefit a particular project in Tajikistan, which I will visit on my way. Veshab is a village located in the remote northern part of Tajikistan. Its 2000 inhabitants have so far been dependent on outside aid. German Agro Action has conducted training sessions for the local inhabitants in order to enable the inhabitants to better cultivate, store, conserve, and market their products. Furthermore, German Agro Action has improved the lives of the inhabitants by contributing to building a water channel, which has greatly improved the situation.
Further information on how to donate is available at www.welthungerhilfe.de (in German only, unfortunately). You can make donations by bank transfer or via credit card (which is more convenient if you live outside Europe). To do so, follow the link “Spenden Sie Online” just below the picture at http://www.welthungerhilfe.de/grenzenlos-radeln.html.
Alternatively, you can also transfer money for me to forward it via paypal.
Please email me if you if you have further questions.
You can also make transactions by using the following details from within Germany:
Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V.
BLZ: 370 501 98
2. German Youth for Understanding
I myself was an exchange student with YFU in 1993/94 and can say that this experience has had a big impact on my life. Since my return in 1994, I have been involved with YFU as a volunteer in various capacities.
YFU organizes long-term youth exchange for high school students in more than 40 countries around the world, working towards intercultural exchange as well as international understanding. Every year, the German section of YFU sends around 1,200 students abroad and receives more than 450 students from other countries. These students - generally ranging from 15 to 18 years - spend one academic year in a foreign country, living with a family, the goal being to integrate into local everyday life. The host families treat the exchange students like one of their family members without receiving money for it. What they gain - and I can speak from personal experience as my family has hosted several exchange students - is an insight into the life of these students, finding out the peculiarities about their cultures.
Since its inception in 1957, YFU Germany has sent or received more than 45.000 students.YFU is a non-profit organization and does not distinguish on the basis of family income, providing students in need with scholarships. Your donations to YFU will provide financial support for students from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia to spend one year in Germany.
On a personal note, I hope you will consider supporting students from these countries, as many are not able to afford the costs involved in international exchange programs. However, such an experience might not only be a life-changing experience for themselves, but moreover for people that they interact with once they return to their home countries.
Transactions may be made using the following bank details:
Name: Deutsches YFU Komitee e.V.
Address: Dresdner Bank AG, Jungfernstieg 22, 20349 Hamburg
Bank account No.: 09 080 302 01
Bank ID : 200 800 00
SWIFT: DRES DE FF 200
IBAN: DE 67 2008 0000 0908 0302 01
For transactions from within Germany, please use the following bank details:
Deutsches YFU Komitee e.V.
Konto: 09 080 302 01
BLZ: 200 800 00
Verwendungszweck: Cycling Without Borders