17October2019

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Team and Helpers

We are ADH - The members of “Aktive Direkt Hilfe e.V.“ in Germany and the Congolese organization “ADH Congo ASBL” would like to share with you their reasons to voluntarily work in the Congo.


Prof. François Mishaam Mpona-Minga (ADH Congo Asbl - member)

Prof. François Mishaam Mpona-Minga (ADH Congo Asbl - member)

"To give poor people a testimony of faith is one of the greatest challenges for Christians in this postmodern time. Here, ADH has a fair share. We as Christians have the important task to be a testimony of love in our country. The work of ADH is a convincing example to the Congolese Christians to act more thoughtfully. Jesus has to play a greater role in their way of living. How can we foster the influence in this big country? The work of ADH seems to be a good answer to this question. All of these are good reasons why I like to work together with ADH and support it." (Prof. François Mishaam Mpona-Minga - professor at the University of Kinshasa, Congo)

Melanie Ottinger (ADH e. V. - chairwoman, treasurer)

Melanie Ottinger (ADH e. V. - chairwoman, treasurer)

After graduating from high school in 2010, I took a year to meet new countries and people. I spent several months in Italy, the Congo, Hong Kong and China. This time has moved, changed and enriched me with many experiences. I was particularly clear how well we are in Germany and how much luck and privilege I had to grow up the way I grew up. I admire Wolfgang and Lenka's inexhaustible commitment and selfless work for the world's poorest. With my work for the association I want to do my part to give the people of Congo the opportunity for a better life by helping them to help themselves. (Melanie Ottinger – psychologist) (Melanie Ottinger - administration & accounting)

Wolfgang Schmidt (ADH e. V. - chairman; ADH Congo Asbl - chairman)

Wolfgang Schmidt (ADH e. V. - chairman; ADH Congo Asbl - chairman)

"When I was a young man I didn’t see hope for this world. Then I experienced true love and my life changed completely. Now I only want to help others to experience the same. It pulls me to places and people which are abandoned and suffer the most. It is heartbreaking to see how people in the 21st century live under such poor conditions and so I try everything I can to improve their situation. In the heartland of the Congo the people simply lack the essentials of life and I believe that with the help of good education and agriculture things there could change. I put all my energy in the projects of ADH, in order that thereby at least a small part of this world can change."(Wolfgang Schmidt - initiator in the Congo)

Rudolf Roser (ADH e. V. - member, former chairman)

Rudolf Roser (ADH e. V. - member, former chairman)

"When our close circle of friend founded ADH e.V. in the year 2000 in order to help the people in Africa I was glad to contribute my part to the challenging design of our organization’s website. Apart from its regularly updates and upgrades I also took care of accounting and legal aspects of the organization. Out of conviction, our work is voluntary as hence the major part of our resources will be received by the ones in need. On the basis of this common ethos it is satisfactory to work in a well-coordinated team that offers people active direct help on site." (Rudolf Roser - administration & accounting)

Gabriele Lamparter (ADH e. V. - chairwoman)

Gabriele Lamparter (ADH e. V. - chairwoman)

Throughout my life, I wanted to support people in need. Therefore. as a board member of Active Direct Help e. V. I will continue to contribute to make my personal contribution to helping the needy in the Congo. I came into contact with Active Direct Help e. V. for the first time in 2000, when I lived with my family in West Africa for two and a half years. The self-sacrificing nature of the initiators of ADH - Wolfgang and Lenka Schmidt - impressed me deeply. I have a great deal of respect for the initiators of ADH as well as for all other volunteers who are wholeheartedly committed to making a difference in the lives of the poorest. I know how hard sometimes the slightest progress has to be fought for and I am therefore delighted about any sustainable development to which the ADH can contribute. (Gabriele Lamparter - chairwoman)

Gilbert Nkuli Yen Yengani (ADH Congo Asbl - chairman)

Gilbert Nkuli Yen Yengani (ADH Congo Asbl - chairman)

"It was very challenging for me to see that people would come from afar to help my own people while I knew that also I could do something. Therefore, I decided to support ADH at first and to join the team afterwards. ADH restores believe, hope and love - the true image of Jesus Christ." (Gilbert Nkuli Yen Yengani - C.E.O. of G.H. Investment Sprl.)

Prof. André Kapanga (ADH Congo Asbl - member)

Prof. André Kapanga (ADH Congo Asbl - member)

"It was a wonderful experience to encounter Wolfgang and Lenka. They showed me how someone can sacrifice his or her life to improve the lives of others. Their urge to improve education for those who have virtually nothing is an inspiration for all of us." (Prof. André Kapanga - former ambassador of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the UN in New York)

Roselies Roser (ADH e. V. - former chairwoman)

Roselies Roser (ADH e. V. - former chairwoman)

"As I myself once did missionary work abroad I’m grateful that there is ADH and so the possibility to support its active members. I was lucky to get to know the individual staff and I’m convinced that these people carry out their altruism wholeheartedly and with necessary courage, taken from God’s word." (Roselies Roser - nurse of the elderly)

Lenka Schmidt (ADH e. V. - member; ADH Congo Asbl - chairwoman)

Lenka Schmidt (ADH e. V. - member; ADH Congo Asbl - chairwoman)

"I like helping other people and so I work with “Aktive Direkt Hilfe e.V.” and “ADH Congo”. My goal is to provide an opportunity for education to the children in the heartland of the Congo which they otherwise would not have. I want to make an example that you can change something even where it seems hopeless. Apart from physical help I want to assist the people to lead a fulfilled inner life. I have experienced that when you give love to others this love will return to you. So, I try to inspire others to live this principle and to find more joy in their own lives." (Lenka Schmidt - organization & fundraising)

Jos Voorn (ADH e. V. - member)

Jos Voorn (ADH e. V. - member)

"I work together with ADH in the Congo because I think that the current project in Mushapo for instance is a project worth supporting and one which will have a positive and long-lasting influence especially on the lives of the children who will benefit from it. It also gives a good feeling to know, that I work with a diligent team that prefixes integrity in all its actions." (Jos Voorn - initiator in the Congo)

Jens Ottinger (ADH e. V. - member, web administrator)

Jens Ottinger (ADH e. V. - member, web administrator)

At the beginning of 2011, I accompanied Wolfgang and Lenka Schmidt to Mushapo. It is sad and fascinating at the same time how the people there (have to) manage their daily life with the simplest means and creativity. I became aware of how unimportant material things can be in our western civilization. As a student, I had the possibility to spend a lot of time to create the new websites of ADH. When I have seen the wild area in early 2011 on which in the meantime school buildings have been erected, I realized how important such micro-projects in rural areas are for the sustainable improvement of local living conditions. ADH engages at a point where other aid ends and that is exactly what makes the work of this organization worth to support. One life, one child, one village. It makes a big difference – in our world. (Jens Ottinger - student)

 In order to significantly improve the future prospects of the children (and thus also of their families!) ADH made the facilitation of a proper education and formation of children its goal!

Our objective – to provide education

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