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More than 180.000 Euro for eco-social projects


Also in 2019 the HAND IN HAND fund provides worldwide help for self-help 

Sustainable agriculture and water management are often recurring themes for the HAND IN HAND fund. In addition, the HAND IN HAND fund, a joint initiative of Rapunzel Naturkost and the German Environmental Aid, also supports many other projects. 

In Africa, Latin America and Asia. In 2019 the fund supported 37 projects with a total sum of 187,000 Euro. Common to all projects is that every measure improves environmental justice and strenghtens the responsibility of civil societies. 

The HAND IN HAND fund was initiated in 1998 as a joint initiative of Rapunzel Naturkost and the German Environmental Aid (DUH). The fund was an outcome of the HAND IN HAND fair trade program of the organic food pioneer who still donates most of the financial means to the fund. Today, the HAND IN HAND fund can look back on more than 20 successful years. Since the time when the fund was initiated, almost 1.8 million Euro werde given to 379 projects in 58 countries. 
 
From left to right: Leonhard Wilhelm, Gila Kriegisch, Michael Hadamczik, Erika Blank, Joseph Wilhelm, Holger Epp, Jutta Kochendörfer.
From left to right: Leonhard Wilhelm, Gila Kriegisch, Michael Hadamczik, Erika Blank, Joseph Wilhelm, Holger Epp, Jutta Kochendörfer.
From left to right: Leonhard Wilhelm, Gila Kriegisch, Michael Hadamczik, Erika Blank, Joseph Wilhelm, Holger Epp, Jutta Kochendörfer.

Worldwide help for self-help


Sustainable quinoa cultivation in the Andes
Sustainable quinoa cultivation in the Andes
Sustainable quinoa cultivation in the Andes
ECOTOP is one of the project organizations that received funding in 2019. ECOTOP provides counselling and project support in substainable agroforestry. With the support of the HAND IN HAND fund, the organization now started a project for sustainable quinoa cultivation on the Bolivian high planes. Organic and fair trade dramatically increased the demand for this cultural plant on the international market. The quinoa boom resulted in Bolivia in significant soil problems. With trainings and demonstration fields for farmers, ECOTOP wants to promote environmentally-sound cultivation methods.  

 

First successes: demonstration field for water-conserving agroforestry in India
First successes: demonstration field for water-conserving agroforestry in India
First successes: demonstration field for water-conserving agroforestry in India
Another project that received funding this year is a demonstration farm with training center in Southern India. In that region, the groundwater resources have been excessively exploited by intensive agriculture and periods of drought cause massive problems. 

The Indian MORE organization speaks to small peasant farmers and provides them with know-how in agroforestry and water management. On their own farm, the NGO shows how to collect rainwater for crop irrigation. 

'GoldHaus' in Ghana – environmentally-friendly composting toilets
'GoldHaus' in Ghana – environmentally-friendly composting toilets
'GoldHaus' in Ghana – environmentally-friendly composting toilets
Succeed in Ghana e.v. deals with an everyday problem. The GoldHaus project focuses on  composting toilets. GoldHaus is environmentally-friendly and addresses the tabu topic in a charming way: the mobile and attractively decorated toilets are used at festivals and other events. After composting, the feces are used as fertilizer for agriculture - a consequential and resource-conserving closed-loop economy. Succeed in Ghana e.V. wants to expand the awareness campaign and build additional composting toilets. 

Funded projects 2019


Project Country Description Funding amount
Naturefund e.V.  Burkina Faso Development of the Nafagaz pyro cooker for biogenic residual waste 5,000 EUR
Bujugo Primary Cooperative Society Tanzania Tree schools and beekeeping, Bujugo 5,000 EUR
YOOW e.V. Malawi Solar power for the Chiuno Cultural Center 5,000 EUR
Fundacion Corcovado Costa Rica Protection of sea turtles, "Mama Carey", Península de Osa 4,400 EUR
OTEPIC Kenia Beekeeping 5,000 EUR
End Poverty India Fruit trees for peasants 5,000 EUR
ISC Konstanz India SUNI 4: education programs on water and energy saving for school children and teens 5,000 EUR
Association Akabar Morocco Preserving traditional knowledge of medicinal herbs 3,800 EUR
Log-Ikwo in Kamerun Nachhaltig e.V. Cameroon Solar power plant for HANDIPLUS-Center, a sewing workshop for physically handicapped people  5,000 EUR
Where Rainbows Meet  South Africa Sewing and craft, women's project 3,500 EUR
Sekem for Land Reclamation (SLR)  Egypt Date pit mill (for the preparation of animal feed) 5,000 EUR
Eat to fight your disease e.V.  Ruanda Irrigation system for the cultivated plot of a hospital  1,600 EUR
Die Ofenmacher e.V.  Nepal Construction of clay ovens in the Lamjung district 5,000 EUR
Nomadenhilfe e.V.  Bhutan Water and clean energy for the rural population in Tsirang 5,000 EUR
Aktionsgemeinschaft Artenschutz (AGA) e.V. Namibia Cheetah protection, development of a farmer's manual on human-wild animal conflicts 3,700 EUR
ACTNGONO Tanzania Income and food for 50 HIV infected women 5,000 EUR
ZOFVA Ghana Field schools for participatory guarantee systems as a first step towards organic cultivation 2,500 EUR
SOCEO gGmbH Congo Sustainable income through entrepreneurship 5,000 EUR
SWAGEN Uganda Waste projects: development of organic waste briquettes  5,000 EUR
Pfarrei St. Joseph Mukasa Benin Mucuna cultivation and rabbit breeding, Bétérou 3,700 EUR
EMACE Foundation Sri Lanka Mangrove protection and apiculture 5,000 EUR
OroVerde Guatemala Improved living conditions for small peasant families and forest protection 5,000 EUR
Global Seed Savers Philippines Protection and domestic seed reproduction through local farmers  5,000 EUR
Sencab e.V. Ghana Training women in mango cultivation and fair trade, Agomeda (continuation) 900 EUR
Hekima Girls' Secondary School Tanzania Protecting land and forest against fire and land grabbing 3,000 EUR
Coopérative Yiwalo Burkina Faso Well drilling on new production area 5,000 EUR
Hekima Girls' Secondary School Tanzania Repair of classrooms and school rooms (continuation) 10,500 EUR
ANAS, Organic Agriculture Reg. Experimental and Recource Center Azerbaijan Development of organic farming and protection of soil health 5,000 EUR
Marafiki wa Afrika e.V. Tanzania Construction of a drinking water tank for Mavuno 5,000 EUR
Flüchtlingshilfe Mittelamerika e.V. El Salvador Environmental education for pupils in national parks/reserves  4,400 EUR
Foundation for Women in Development-Rwenzori (FOWID-R) Uganda Cultivation of organic vegetables for female peasants, Kasese 3,500 EUR
Rural Disabled Women Association (RUDIWA) Uganda Women's project with sustainable coal briquettes, Bundibugyo 2,700 EUR
ECOTOP Bolivia Cultivation of quinoa in an agroforestry system, Altiplano Sur 5,000 EUR
MORE (Movement for Rural Emancipation) India Rainwater utilization for the Toranam project/Southern India   5,000 EUR
Practical Permaculture Institute Zanzibar (PPIZ) Tanzania Kipepeo – help for self-help for female eco-entrepreneurs, Zanzibar 5,000 EUR
Succeed in Ghana e.V. Ghana GoldHaus – introduction of composting toilets 5,000 EUR
Weltweit e.V. Tanzania Protection of coastal forests through plantings and apiculture 4,600 EUR
Sekem for Land Reclamation SLR Egypt Pilot production of the Trichogamma bio-pesticide 5,000 EUR
Long Yang e.V. Nepal Trees for Suntakhan 4,800 EUR
Women and Children Protection WCP DR Congo Soap production for girls/women in the pygmy community of Bwegera/Uvira 5,000 EUR
Women and Children Protection WCP DR Congo Construction of school gardens/awareness-raising campaign for Artemisia annua 5,000 EUR
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