17 May 2022 |

Danish yazidi: The massacre is stuck in my head

Gulla Khalaf er yazidi og holder foredrag på Odense Hovedbibliotek lørdag den 21. maj. Det sker i forbindelse med en udstilling af malerier, der er produceret af yazidikvinder i Irak som led i Mission Østs traumebehandling efter overgreb af ISIS.
25 Mar 2022 | Mission East

Nayre checks that the money arrives

Nayre Stefanian er nyansat bogholder i Mission Øst. Hun har irakiske rødder i en armensk familie og glæder sig over at kunne hjælpe nødlidende i Armenien, Irak og andre lande, som har brug for hjælp.

Program manager: ‘There is always possibility for development’

Koen Louter has just visited Tajikistan and saw first-hand Mission East's EU-funded projects for children with disabilities. A visit to a single mother with three children with brain damage made an indelible impression. A mobile rehabilitation team is now helping the family with insight and tools for rehabilitation.

Ukrainian refugees are recovering in the Mission East-supported center

Ukrainians flee shelling and are received by Hungarian volunteers who work 20 hours a day to provide them with food, medicine and a place to rest. Betina Gollander-Jensen reports from a Mission East-supported center where the volunteers’ mood is high.

Mission East Managing Director Betina Gollander-Jensen is now at the Ukrainian-Hungarian border, where refugees are being given food, health checks and a place to sleep in a school that has been transformed into a refugee center.

‘People with disabilities should be treated with respect’

Lalkaura was bullied because of her disability. But a self-help group gave her the knowledge and courage to protest and teach about human rights in the village. "All people have dignity," she says.

Discrimination is common in traditional societies such as the Nepalese. Women are often referred to hard housework. And people with disabilities are often bullied.

Jadeni became a leader and entrepreneur

Jadeni was oppressed because of gender, caste, and poor living conditions. Today, she leads one of Mission East's women's groups and runs a chicken farming business in north-western Nepal.

Sana fights for women's rights in Iraq

Sana Basim is Mission East's Head of Programmes in Iraq. She is happy working for a flexible organization that helps women - irrespective of their religious affiliations and ethnic identities - to survive abuse and support themselves and their children.

Yazidi paintings show women's struggle for dignity

- It touches me deeply that the Yazidi women say stop the abuse. And that they have found dignity. This is what visual artist Karsten Auerbach says after seeing paintings by Yazidis during trauma treatment in Iraq.

Young girls are fighting climate change

Climate change has really taken its toll on Nepal, where the vulnerable mountain areas are deeply dependent on a healthy ecosystem to be able to provide food on the table in the poor areas. A group of young girls have decided to do something about it.

Bees help family survive economic collapse in Afghanistan

"When Rustaq fell into the hands of the Taliban, the bees became my only means of supporting my family," said Zaidulkhair, who had received training and equipment for beekeeping from Mission East.

I read an amazing story from our work in Afghanistan today. A story that shows how important it is to provide people with a livelihood by teaching them to grow crops and keep livestock - or that which the wonderful news today is about: beekeeping.

Afghan father: 'My wife is ill; now I can take her to the hospital'

Mission East provides cash assistance to thousands of vulnerable people in Afghanistan. One of the recipients is Anwar, who has lost a leg and has eight children to support.

In the midst of political uncertainty and changing Corona variants, Mission East is working hard to bring aid to the most vulnerable in Afghanistan.

"Can you really enjoy such a varied diet?"

Mission East teaches the Mara people in Myanmar to grow varied crops and prepare nutritious food. The activities create hope and shines a small light in a land overwhelmed by darkness.

You are what you eat. The well-known pun is also applicable in Myanmar. For here the Mara people in the Chin state eat mainly rice and are often unaware of the many nutrient-rich crops that can be grown or picked in the forest.

Mission East is part of national tv-collection

Funds from the large-scale Danish Collection on January 29 will go to displaced and Corona-affected children in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk.

Help the children of the Corona crisis. This is the theme for this year's Danmarks Indsamling (Danish Collection), which culminates in a major TV show on the national television DR1 on Saturday evening, 29 January 2022.

6 Jan 2022 | Mission East

Compassion is at the core of new strategy

Mission East has adopted a strategy towards 2030. Six strategic goals optimize and target efforts to meet the needs of vulnerable people in connection with the Corona pandemic, climate crisis and local development.

Nadia escaped after 16 months in “hell”

Here is the story of a 21-year-old woman who was captured by ISIS and used as a sex slave for almost a year and a half before she managed to escape. She survived but has had to live with violent trauma and is only now coming back to life with support from Mission East.

Chhaka is a climate champion

Chhaka is campaigning against use of plastic and deforestation in Nepal and pushing for local authorities to become better at preventing floods and landslides.

31-year-old Chhaka is energetic, social and good at campaigning. He has received an award for this from Mission East’s local partner in Nepal, KIRDARC.

Syrian refugees hit the bottom of Lebanese society

Joohi Haleem from Mission East has just returned from a visit to Lebanon, where she, among other things visited a camp where Syrian refugee families have lived for 10 years. They are now being helped to grow vegetables that can increase families' health and energy.

Mission East's program manager Joohi Haleem has just returned from a 10-day trip to Lebanon, where she oversaw Mission East's projects with program director Alexander Davey.

Afghans in crisis receive help to survive the winter

PRESS RELEASE: Mission East has just received over 23 million DKK from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for emergency aid in northeastern Afghanistan and in the border area near Tajikistan. The help includes provision of food, winter equipment and protection of girls, women and minorities.

Modest efforts are yielding great results in Nepal

- I have not seen so drastic an increase in income elsewhere before! With so little input! Managing Director General Betina Gollander-Jensen has visited Nepal and seen the poor multiply their income with the help of knowledge and support from self-help groups.

Mission East distributes emergency aid in northeastern Afghanistan

Mission East has distributed blankets, soap and kitchen utensils to 412 displaced people in Takhar and Badakhshan provinces. 206 of the aid packages were distributed to mudslide victims in the Warduj district.

Since the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan in August, distress has escalated in the conflict-torn country. In addition to lack of money and supplies, the country has been hit by widespread drought, massive unemployment and a galloping Covid-19 pandemic.

24 Nov 2021 |

Yazidi women release their pain by painting

At Mission East's Civic Center in the Iraqi city of Sinjar, a group of girls and women sit and paint the assaults they cannot express in words. Pain over death, grief over missing friends and their own trauma after violence and sexual abuse.

19 Nov 2021 | Mission East

The Managing Directors 5 landmarks for the future

We are known for providing quality assistance to people in crisis due to war and disaster. In future, we must have even more focus on sustainable and climate-adapted initiatives in collaboration with local organizations and populations, writes Managing Director Betina Gollander-Jensen in this article.

18 Nov 2021 | Mission East

René Hartzner: Mission East is becoming more and more effective

On November 18, 2021, it will be exactly 30 years since René Hartzner founded Mission East. Here he thinks back - and forward - to an organization that has the simple purpose: to help people. "We are moving in the right direction, the organization is becoming more and more well-founded, and the employees are becoming more skilled," he says.

"We just wanted to help."

This is how local Nepalese learn to mitigate climate disasters

Most people in the remote Palata Municipality have learned what to do if their houses and fields are flooded by meltwater from the Himalayas. And they know what crops can survive through the changing climate. All as a result of disaster prevention knowledge gained through Mission East.