24 Jun 2020 | Mission East

Statement from Mission East

Over the past week there have been stories in the press about Mission East. Here is a short clarification of the situation.

Mission East has received public grants from Germany since 2003. Over the years, these grants have risen steadily and have enabled us to help even more vulnerable people especially in Afghanistan, Iraq, Tajikistan and North Korea.

Our support from public funds in Germany, together with the support of our Danish private supporters and Danida, has ensured that we have been able to help hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people through life-threatening crises and towards an existence where they can increasingly support themselves. It is our work and we do it wholeheartedly. And we thank you for your support for this work.

Last Sunday Mission East had an annual meeting. Before the annual meeting, the sitting board announced that they wanted to cancel the agreement with Mission East in Germany with effect from this year. That decision would have had serious consequences for Mission East. Therefore, this resolution did not receive support at our annual meeting on June 21, when the voting members decided to elect a new board. Before the annual meeting, the previous board of directors reached out to dismiss Secretary-General Kim Hartzner, who was immediately reappointed by the new board, which at the same time expressed their full confidence in him.

Some press articles included reference to Mission East accounts. However, our independent auditor has stated, and reassured the annual meeting, that Mission East accounts are in order.    The new Board has decided to confirm this for all stakeholders via an independent investigation.     Mission East has also been in contact with key stakeholders such as Danida, and provided full explanation of the reason for recent events and changes.

We want to assure you that we continue to work hard to help vulnerable people in some of the world's poorest countries. And we thank you for your support for our important work and understanding of the situation, which we will keep you updated on.

We want to assure you that we continue to work hard to help vulnerable people in some of the world's poorest countries. And we thank you for your support for our important work and understanding of the situation, which we will keep you updated on.

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