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.

Irrigation brings greater dignity

It is amazing what a few bags of cement can accomplish in the mountains of Nepal. Hear how they have changed the lives of hundreds of people in the impoverished village of Kalika.

22 Sep 2009 | Mission East

Birthday Reception at Havarthigaarden

Kim Hartzner, Mission East’s Managing Director, will turn 50-years-old on April 21st.

To celebrate, a reception will be held at:

Havarthivej 6 i Holte

From 1pm to 5.30 pm.

Should anyone wish to congratulate Kim with a present, he would prefer a donation to Mission East (which will contribute to Mission East’s work with disabled children in the oft-forgotten country of Tajikistan).

Newly-formed cooperative helps beekeepers in Afghanistan

Excellent results with a beekeeping project in the Afghan province of Takhar encourages Mission East to take a step further to help its 50 apiculture beneficiaries create a business enterprise.

By Namik Heydarov, Province Manager, Takhar Province

The newly formed "Shohada Beekeeping and Agricultural Cooperative" will help beekeepers from the district of Chaal to market their honey both locally and in the district centre.

Tap stands change lives

For families in the poorest mountain area of Nepal a lot of time is spent fetching water - time that could have been spent in the field working on producing a better yield
40-year-old Indahara's bare feet leave traces in the mud as she walks down the mountain. Here and there mudslides have turned the path into a challenge and it is hard to imagine how she will manage when snow soon starts to fall.

Managing Director Kim Hartzner returns home

"I’m more enthusiastic than ever about this work," says Mission East’s Managing Director, Kim Hartzner, who has lived in Armenia for the past two years. Now, he and his family are returning home to Denmark. Their memories are full of people and stories from a country where disability still carries a huge stigma.

Mission East opens new office in Nepal

Being close to the people we help is part of the vision of Mission East. Our newly-opened office in Nepal will help us taking care of our assistance to the extremely poor population in the mountainous north of the country.

"I want to be free in my own city" – International Day of Disabled Persons

The Cultural House in Armavir, Armenia, was filled with joy and happy faces on the 3rd of December. Disabled children linked to the Mission East project "A Healthy Start" had been invited to the theatre on the International Day of Disabled Persons. For many of them this was their first time at the theatre – even though it was only a puppet show.

Hope from honey

Both Sohaila Khan, 25, and Maa Begum, 50, lived in extreme poverty in northern Afghanistan. It was a constant struggle to feed themselves and their children. "There was no light at the end of the tunnel," says Sohaila.
Until July 2006.


"We didn't even have a small piece of land where we could grow food for ourselves," says Maa Begum (bottom picture). For years her eldest son tried in vain to provide for nine family members with a monthly income of merely 54 dollars. He was the only one who was lucky enough to be able to find a job.

FN-rapport: Afghanistan er det femte mindst udviklede land i verden

Afghanistan has dropped one place in a UN study that ranks the population’s development in 178 countries worldwide. "Human Development Index" is based on values like income, life expectancy and literacy.
The report was released on November 18th and shows that only four other countries (all of them located in Africa) ranks lower than Afghanistan. This makes Afghanistan the fifth least developed country in the world and the poorest in all of Asia.

Clubroom gives disabled and non-disabled children a place to meet

On October 3rd, Mission East, our local partner organisation Nur and the community of Metsamor in western Armenia held the opening of the area’s first children’s clubroom. The purpose of the clubroom is to provide an environment where disabled and non-disabled children in the community can meet, get to know each other, play together, and enjoy common interest activities together.

Danish disability leaders visit Mission East in Armenia

Two of the leaders of the disability movement in Denmark recently visited Mission East in Armenia. The visit is part of Mission East’s project "A Healthy Start" with the objective to give voice to the disabled in Armenia who suffer from a high degree of stigma and rarely receive the care they need.

Mission East supports the first ever Child Assessment Centre in Armenia

The opening ceremony of the first ever Child Assessment Centre in Armenia was held on September 18th with the participation of Mission East and representatives from several ministries and local authorities.

The establishment of the Child Assessment Centre was a requirement of Armenian Special Education Law which was adopted two years ago with the support of Mission East and local partner Bridge of Hope. The centre will assess the educational needs of special needs students and provide guidance and advice to parents, schools and educators.

History of Mission East in Tajikistan

From emergency food aid to long-term development. In the autumn 2007 Mission East had been in Tajikistan for ten years. 

September 2007
"When we got off the plane our luggage was already on the runway. The plane closed the doors behind us and took off right away without any new passengers. There was no passport control. No customs officers."

Mission East’s support requested at Afghan Agricultural Fair

The bags with dried squash, apricot, chilli and other products are all decorated with the Danish flag. A sticker tells people that the products are "Produced by a group of women from Baharak".
We are at an Agricultural Fair in a great white tent in northern Afghanistan, organised by the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture. Here, Mission East has a stand where jars of cherry jam are displayed side by side with honey, pickled vegetables, and bags of dried apple.

"Nothing beats the feeling of meeting the people we help"

It was a deeply touched Vice Managing Director who returned from a visit to Mission East’s projects in Afghanistan in July. Here Peter Samuelsen tells us more about his visit, and his encounter with a thirsty little boy.

By Peter Blum Samuelsen, Vice Managing Director in Mission East

As I arrived at Kabul airport, there were medical helicopters with wounded soldiers sitting outside, waiting to be flown out for proper medical treatment. I felt the city was tense with weapons and security personnel.

Armenia’s first parents conference

On July 27, more than 50 parents of disabled children from seven Marzes of Armenia gathered for a conference titled 'Parents to Parents'. The conference is the first in its kind in the history of the Armenian republic, and among the participants were representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and Ministry of Health.

Health camp will save lives among 8,000 of Nepal's poorest

Imagine sharing a doctor with 40,000 other people. And imagine having to walk several days on narrow paths across mountains and unsafe bridges to reach him.

To many women, children, and men in one of the poorest areas in Nepal, Humla, this is one of the hard facts they have to face every day.

Therefore, Mission East is planning a health camp that will teach the population to take better care of itself when the doctor is several mountains away. And the help is much needed.

Documentary about Mission East in Armenia on TV

Right now the Danish TV viewers are able to watch a new documentary about Mission East in Armenia.
The programme shows scenes from Managing Director Kim Hartzner’s visit with some of the families that Mission East has helped. We meet 15-year-old Emma, who suffers from cerebral palsy. The family’s every day life was dominated by Emma’s epileptic fits several times a day until Mission East found her and made sure she received the right medicine.

1 Jul 2007 | Mission East

Well-attended AGM

About 80 supporters attended Mission East’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Whit Monday to hear about the results of Mission East’s work in 2006. Speakers included Managing Director Kim Hartzner who explained Mission East’s work for disabled children in Armenia.

Mission East forms strategic partnership with Focus Humanitarian Assistancee

Mission East and Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding forming a strategic partnership in disaster risk reduction activities in Tajikistan. The partnership will expand Mission East’s network considerably in Tajikistan and internationally.
Under the agreement, both agencies will improve their activities within their respective regions of operations (Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) for FOCUS, and Khathlon and Sughd provinces for Mission East).

3 May 2007 | Mission East

Kim Hartzner speaks at the Annual General Meeting on May 28th

Managing Director, Dr. Kim Hartzner, visits Vorbasse in Jutland on May 28th to talk about his work with handicapped children in Armenia. Kim Hartzner has lived in Armenia with his wife and three sons since August 2006, heading up the Mission East office there.

1 Apr 2007 | Mission East

Danish weatherman is the new Mission East Ambassador

The Danish weatherman Mikael Jarnvig, known from TV, has agreed to support Mission East's work because he wants to attract attention to some of the world’s forgotten crises.
It has been a tough winter for our small family here in Armenia. While Europe has been bathed in spring temperatures, the southern Caucasus has been hit by one of the harshest winters in living memory.

Mission East seeks to address urgent needs in Nepal

The decade-long conflict between the government and the Maoists in Nepal appears to be over. In November, the two sides signed a peace agreement. An important way to support the peace process is through providing sustainable solutions to the chronic levels of poverty in many parts of Nepal. 

Our new curricula is official

The approval of the Mission East special ed curricula is a landmark for Armenian children with learning difficulties.
The 8th November 2006 was a day of big celebration for Raffi Doudaklian, Mission East's Special Education Coordinator in Armenia. It is the day on which he received the official approval by the Armenian Ministry of Education and Science for the new school curricula for children with learning difficulties in Armenia.

Armenian ministers: "Thank you, Mission East"

At a reception in Armenia, officially welcoming Managing Director Kim Hartzner to the country, three Armenian ministers expressed their gratitude towards Mission East.

The Armenian Ministers of Education and Science, Health, and Labour and Social Affairs attended a reception on November 16th where they thanked Mission East for the organisation’s help with education for children with learning difficulties.
The reception was hosted by Mission East, welcoming Managing Director Kim Hartzner who will spend a year in Armenia leading the Mission East Team.

Update from Kim Hartzner as winter approaches

Kim Hartzner, Managing Director, writes from Armenia, where he has been in charge of the Mission East office since August. The winter is closing in in a country where temperatures can reach minus 20 degrees Celsius. The cold is especially hard for five year old Marine and her mother who live in an unheated stone house with a mud floor.

Aug 06 - Back to Armenia

Mission East’s Managing Director is moving to Armenia with his family for a year, to lead our programmes there. Armenia was a ‘pioneer’ country for Mission East, early in the organisation’s history. And for Kim, who took part in distributing the first relief supplies there in the early 90s, the Armenia projects are especially close to his heart. 

By Morten Østervang, Mission East journalist

No development without education - Mission East in Afghanistan

Mission East’s Managing Director, Dr Kim Hartzner, has just been on a trip to Afghanistan. What most people hear about Afghanistan is bombs, angry mullahs and Taliban, burning schools and fighting between the police and Taliban. But in general the news does not talk about the progress also taking place in the country.  It does not mention all the fantastic things that are happening in Afghanistan every day.  

Disaster risk reduction in Tajikistan

On 6th April 2006 Mission East signed an important contract with European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) for a new project in Tajikistan. The project involves disaster risk reduction in Tajikistan and is being carried out in partnership with the organisation Shelter For Life. It extends Mission East’s current disaster risk reduction activities (flood prevention and early warning systems) into the area of earthquake preparedness.

23 Dec 2005 | Mission East

The tsunami one year after


On Boxing Day 2004, a massive earthquake deep in the Indian Ocean triggered tidal waves which reached speeds of 500mph and a height of 20 metres when they hit Indonesia. Some 300,000 people across 12 countries were killed. 

Mission East and the other Integral partners started the relief work almost immediately in the most affected countries - India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.