We are Mission East
Every year, Mission East helps hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people in crisis-affected countries.
Mission East is an international relief and development organisation working in crisis-affected countries in the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and Asia. We deliver emergency relief during disasters as well as long-term development assistance. We are based on Christian values.
Mission East works to support vulnerable people and help local communities lift themselves out of poverty and marginalisation. We work directly with our beneficiaries or through local and international partners. We constantly strive to strengthen the relevance, effect and sustainability of our programmes.
Our work is supported by the EU, the UN, a number of governments, including the Danish and German, numerous foundations, churches and thousands of private supporters, mostly in Denmark.
Mission East has been certified as compliant with the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) and is a member of the CHS Alliance. Mission East is a signatory to the Code of Conduct for Red Cross and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief. In our work we apply Sphere Project standards.
Mission East was founded in 1991 by René Hartzner and his son Dr. Kim Hartzner. René Hartzner had travelled extensively in Eastern Europe under Communist rule and had seen at first hand the difficult conditions under which some people – especially Christians – were living. This had such an impact on René Hartzner that he felt the need to do something.
Kim Hartzner heard his father talk about his Eastern Europe experience and felt the same conviction to help. In 1991, René and Kim started the organisation ‘Mission East’ – with aim of providing aid to Eastern Europe.
The organisation has grown from these beginnings and its interventions have spread far beyond its original Eastern European focus to countries such as Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Nepal and North Korea.
René Hartzner has since retired, but Kim Hartzner remains as the organisation's Managing Director.
Read more about the history of Mission East in our Jubilee Magazine from 2016.
Board of directors and the management team
The Board consists of five members who are elected at the Mission East Annual General Meeting for two-year periods.The Managing Director is appointed by the Board. The Management Team consists of staff in managerial positions covering a wide range of responsibilities across the organisation.
Mission East’s head office is divided between two locations – Copenhagen and Brussels. The Copenhagen office is responsible for communications, fundraising and administration, while the Brussels office is the organisation’s operational headquarters and is also responsible for finance, human resources and IT support.