13 Oct 2014 |

Mission East ensures winter help for the most needy in Iraq

While the fighting in northern Iraq and Syria continues, the Danish organisation, Mission East, intensifies relief efforts as winter nears in the Dohuk region of northern Iraq.

With temperatures dropping to freezing point in the upcoming winter months, relief aid is urgently needed in the Dohuk region of northern Iraq. In light of this, aid workers from the Danish organisation, Mission East, provide winterization for the most vulnerable displaced people.

30 Sep 2014 |

Mission East is operational in Iraq with a Team of Emergency Experts

The Danish emergency organisation Mission East has established a team of emergency aid experts on the ground in Northern Iraq which is currently witnessing one the largest humanitarian crises in the world. The team will secure clean water, food and shelter for internally displaced Christians and Yazidis in the Dohuk Governorate. 

By Per Bergholdt Jensen

Good hygiene is the best medicine against bacteria

When Zarifah had to flee her village, there was no money for medicine and doctor’s visits when the children were sick. Mission East gave her a chance to improve her own and her family's health.

Zarifah is the mother of three and lives in a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in the northern province of Badakhshan in Afghanistan.

Before we lacked food every winter

When Dost Mohammad first heard about Mission East gardening project for women, he was against letting his wife Golshihra participate.  Now the kitchen garden is the family's pride.

When you talk with Afghan Dost Mohammad about the teaching of improved vegetable gardens and preserving of vegetables for poor village women, he is all smiles: "I 'm really happy about all the positive changes that the teaching has given my wife and our entire family. In the past we lacked food every winter, especially in January and February, but that is no longer the case. "

17 Jun 2014 | Mission East

Annual Report 2013

2013 marked the inclusion of new groups of beneficiaries in current and new geographies, as well as the establishing of Mission East in neighbouring Germany.

We continue to expand our work in the priority development sectors of Rural Community Development and Disability & Special Needs, promoting inclusion of the vulnerable and marginalized in society at large, and thus reducing poverty.
Read the report here

Armenian refugees from Kessab in Syria

Mission East is collecting funds to help the refugees from the Christian Armenian town Kessab in Syria. All 3,500 residents have been displaced from the historical town. The inhabitants are now facing a very uncertain life as refugees or as internally displaced individuals in the war-torn country.

Playground for children with disabilities

One of Tajikistan's first playgrounds with focus on accessibility for children with disability is now finished, next to Mission East’s center for these children.
The playground, which is sponsored by the British Embassy in Tajikistan, will provide new social opportunities for approximately 200 children every month, when they visit Mission East’s center in Penjakent.

24 Jun 2013 | Mission East

Aid to inaccessible corners of the world - Spring 2013

In the Takhar province in Afghanistan, Mission East has constructed 110 km of gravel road, connecting villages in two of the area’s most inaccessible districts, with the province's capital, Taloqan. The villagers used to be hampered by their isolation but now they have gained access to new opportunities.
Read the entitre issue here.

Food aid on its way to flood victims in Nepal

In India and Nepal, severe flooding has already cost more than a hundred lives, and more people have been reported missing. In Nepal, Mission East is in the process of getting food aid to the victims in the remote mountainous region of Karnali.

In recent day, excessive monsoon rains have caused major flooding and landslides in northern India and western Nepal. Amongst other areas, the flooding has hit the region of Karnali in northwestern Nepal where people live in isolated and inaccessible areas.

12 Jun 2013 | Mission East

Mission East annual report 2012

2012 marked exciting new developments in the work of Mission East, both in our project countries in Eastern Europe and Asia, and at home in Denmark. While the year before, we had concluded a strategic process in which we identified two priority sectors in our development work: Rural Community Development and Disability & Special Needs, 2012 saw our project work expanded in these areas, resulting in an increasing impact with an increasing number of beneficiaries.


Now, Sayeed bakes 50 loaves of bread a day

Access to credit: Due to her situation, Sayeed was invited to participate when Mission East, in cooperation with local village councils, organized training for kitchen gardening. "I learned a lot about farming, sales and a healthy diet for children," Sayeed says. Later, Mission East received permission to help the women in the village to start self-help groups. The group members learn how to save up money together, and take loans from the money collected. The poor rarely have access to loans from a bank, because they cannot provide security.

Ruzimoh got her chance to flourish

Despite her disability, Ruzimoh is a very fast learner. Her parents realized that when a children’s corner was established in their village.
When Ruzimoh was born, her mother quickly discovered that she was not like other children, since Ruzimoh didn’t respond when her mother spoke to her. When Ruzimoh grew up, she could not speak, and her mother tried to hide her from the neighbours in the village in the province of Panjakent.

The children are the Mara people’s future

The Mara people struggle with poverty and isolation in the rugged mountain region of northwest Burma. Until the visit of Mission East field workers in February 2013, only two other Europeans had visited this area since 1938!
One of the Mara people’s greatest challenges is the lack of food in the area, and the high prices for basic goods because they have to be transported from far away on dangerous transport routes. 

Armenia fights to stop the HIV epidemic

HIV/AIDS is a big taboo in Armenia and is rapidly spreading. Mission East just received over 30 million kroner (ca. 4 million Euro) from The Global Fund for its programs in the area.


Many of the heavily affected countries in Africa report progress in the area of HIV/AIDS but the growth in Eastern Europe is explosive. This is also the case in Armenia, where the need for preventive activities is immense.


Stronger partner in Armenia

Through education and hands-on training Mission East’s long term partner in Armenia has become an even stronger advocate for people with disabilities.
Bridge of Hope, one of Mission East’s closest partners in Armenia, is doing a great job among children and youths with disabilities. To strengthen this work there was a need for improving the methods of monitoring and evaluation that Bridge of Hope uses in its daily work. Furthermore there was a need for more training in financial management.

A question of life or death

Typhoons and floods have caused huge damage in North Korea. By the end of August 2012 Managing Director Kim Hartzner returned from the country that is already struggling to feed it's population.
Find the pictures and read his story here:
"I came home from an extremely dramatic trip to North Korea by the end of August 2012.

Kim Hartzner: Hungry Children in North Korea

Managing Director Kim Hartzner, has returned from a disturbing trip to North Korea. Read his story here: 


"I have just returned from a very dramatic trip to North Korea (July 2012). Even though this year, the supplies of rice from the last harvest have lasted up until June, several store rooms for rice are now empty, and the outlook for the coming months is dark, especially after a period of 2½ months without rain.

1 Aug 2012 | Mission East

Information about the orphanage in Nepal

The Nepal Eternity Orphan Home, an orphanage supported financially by Mission East, is going through serious difficulties and the current orphanage director has been removed from his duties. A team from Mission East went to Nepal to gather information and to assess the situation. Mission East continues to follow the situation closely and is in contact with the relevant authorities and organisations and is making sure that the children at the orphanage are properly cared for. Mission East’s first priority is the care of the children.

August 2012

More than 1.5 million Euros for Afghanistan

Once again, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports Mission East’s work in the north-eastern part of Afghanistan.
Their help amounts to more than 1.5 million Euros for a project assisting the local population in the provinces of Badakshan and Takhar.

16 May 2012 | Mission East

Better disaster relief for the world

Now Mission East, together with our partners, can respond to disasters in the whole world within a very short period of time. This is made possible by an intensified collaboration within the global alliance, Integral.

Women are empowered in Karnali, Nepal

In the remote districts of Karnali, women have important roles and functions in their community. They have responsibilities and heavy workload, but they have little voice to decide for  their own future and the future development of  their village.
Usually, boys have priority to  access school, and literacy rate for women is  much lower than for men. Population often believes that women are weak, not so clever and should only focus on home duties. As consequences, women are among the most vulnerable groups living in Karnali.

Finally Koh receives food - watch the video

More than 27.000 children have now received food from Mission East. 
One of the children, who has received food aid, is 2-year old Koh, who lives in an orphanage in Wanson City in the province of Kangwon in North Korea.

New photos from North Korea: Preparing for Food Distribution to Munchon City

Mission East is preparing for its next emergency food distribution in North Korea.
Mission East will be distributing maize and a food supplement mixture of essential vitamins, minerals and proteins to over 11,000 young children at 42 kindergartens and 56 nurseries in Munchon City, in the particularly food insecure Kangwon Province, as well as to the provincial paediatric hospital and provincial orphanage.

30 Sep 2011 | Mission East

New edition of Mission East magazine

The newest edition of Mission East's magazine is now available on this website.
This time you can read about Afghanistan, where Mission East is building a protection wall protecting the population against natural disasters such as mudslides, earthquakes and floods. Read here what a huge difference it makes to the population.

North Korea's road to hunger

How did it happen that about one million people died of starvation in North Korea in the nineties? Can we prevent such a disaster from happening again soon?
The nineties were a dark period in North Korean history. The collapse of the Soviet Union and several natural disasters played a role in the famine that killed about one million people.
Since the birth of the republic, North Korea has tried to be self-sufficient.

8 Sep 2011 |

Pakistan team goes the extra mile

Poverty is so profound in Pakistan's Swat Valley that staff from Mission East's partner organisation resorted to contributing from their own pockets during a recent distribution of aid.

“I particularly remember one family when I was in Swat Valley last week,” says Nauman Shah, who is the Executive Director of the NGO which Mission East partners with in Pakistan.

Nepal: Risk-reduction by Radio

If you turn on your radio in the mountain villages of Nepal, you can hear people singing about natural disasters.
Songs and radio drama have taught 80,000 villagers in the remote mountain areas of Nepal about floods, mudslides and earthquakes.
Each year these disasters destroy harvests, block paths, or in the worst cases, take the lives of residents of these mountainous areas. The short melodic jingles that play on the radio are easy to remember and remind people about good risk-reduction practices.

1 Sep 2011 | Mission East

Kim Hartzner: "A stitch in time saves nine"

"It is a normal human response to help when we see the huge devastation that results when a tsunami, drought, earthquake or flood strikes. But this devastation can be minimized by prevention measures.
So if small amounts of money can make a big difference through prevention, why do we wait until disaster strikes before we act with empathy and generosity?
In a quote for the news agency Reuters, the EU Commissioner for humanitarian aid, Kristalina Georgieva, suggests that prevention is simply not as quick to grab your attention.

Mission East: ”Reprehensible that the money is not shared out”

The Danish government has decided to send 63 million DKK to the Horn of Africa. Mission East fears that this will affect the North Korean people whose great needs will be given low priority and consequently forgotten.

Terrible photos of malnourished people from the Horn of Africa fill the media these days, there is a great need for help. But the need is great in Asia, too, where two thirds of the world’s poor still live.

6 Jul 2011 | Mission East

Celebrating 20 years of Mission East


What would make 278 people spend four hours inside on a sunny Saturday in May?

You would know the answer if you attended the Mission East 20-year anniversary and annual meeting held on May 7th in the town of Ringe on the island of Funen in the middle of Denmark.

EU now sends food aid to North Korea. Listen to Kim Hartzner comment on the development on P1 the 5th of July.

After three years of boycotting relief to North Korea the EU is now sending food aid worth 10 million Euros to this impoverished country.
Mission East's Managing Director, Kim Hartzner, welcomes the aid because of the great need in North Korea. He urges the Danish government to also donate aid to adress the hunger crisis in North Korea.
The government is expected to reach a decision this week. 
Listen to the feature from P1 Morgen here. 
(N.B. The feature is in Danish)

2 Jun 2011 | Mission East

New centre in Bulgaria opened after years of work

Saturday June 11th was a great day in the 20-year history of Mission East.
On that day, together with our local partner in Bulgaria and our international partner in America, Church of God, we celebrated the official opening of the Church and Social Centre in Sofia. This was the fruit of several years’ work of establishing such a centre in the Bulgarian capital.

Signing Of A Contract At The German Embassy In Copenhagen

Two weeks ago, Mission East and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs entered a second contract for assistance to the population in remote regions of north-eastern Afghanistan.

The contract was signed following a trip to Afghanistan in April 2011, where two representatives of the German Government had the opportunity to closely inspect the work of Mission East in remote villages in the area, and thus review the results of our first major project financed by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Beehive number 250

Mission East introduced the first beehive to the village of Pumbak in Afghanistan in 2006. Although some considerable initial training was required to introduce the basic skills and concepts of beekeeping - starting from the difference between bees, flies and mosquitoes - the project is now a great success. So far, these buzzing insects have provided 125 of the most vulnerable families (approximately 800 people in total) with a new opportunity to improve their lives. Satar and Naqsh, whose stories are told below, are just two of these people.


1-0 for 13-year-old Tigran

13-year-old Tigran used to sit all alone at home.
By Tania Maria Lüders Rusbjerg, Mission East Journalist
Photos by Hayrapet Hovsepyan


Mission East is sending team to Pakistan

Mission East is sending a team to Pakistan in order to determine the specific emergency needs that we can address and to discuss with local communities how we can work together for early recovery response – especially in rebuilding and securing livelihoods for the future.

The 2010 Pakistan floods began in July 2010 after record heavy monsoon rains. At least 1,600 people were killed, thousands were rendered homeless, and more than fourteen million people were affected. Estimates from rescue-service-officials suggest the death-toll may reach 3,000 victims.