Network's Donation 2022
If you would like to offer assistance (and you may have already done so), the Coordinating Team has sourced the following independent non-profit company here in Freiburg which, we believe, will ensure donations get into the right hands to help the Ukrainian people displaced by this terrible act of violence. We're happy that in 2022 we have been able to donate 200 EUR to this exceptional charity.
Together we make a difference - Soukbaladeh - the authentic Lebanese e-souk in Germany
Network newcomer Mirna Jahnke, who hails from Lebanon although she has lived in Freiburg for 21 years, introduced us to new, healthy (no sugar added), delicious Lebanese delicacies at our Network evening in November 2022. Together with her two sisters, Mirna is working to revive the culinary heritage of Lebanon here in Germany whilst directly supporting small Lebanese farmers and producers who, in one way or another, continue to be affected by the economic crisis that has hit Lebanon over the last three years.
The company imports different products directly from these producers and, therefore, offers an abundant medley of tastes and aromatics to the German people. Since these flavours are often ‘new’ to the German taste, Soukbaladeh conducts tasting sessions to small groups of people every month sharing stories and explaining more about the health benefits of the products and/or ingredients. By purchasing Soukbaladeh’s products you are helping to finance the company’s growth and, consequently, sustaining Soukbaladeh’s mission to support small producers in Lebanon.
You can find more information about Soukbaladeh, and shop online at www.soukbaladeh.com - alternatively, in-shop purchases can be made at Oil&Vinegar - Freiburg.
If you are interested in learning to cook Lebanese food - a friend of Mirna’s is offering recipes and cooking events through her company www.lebanesecookingdays.de
Network's Donation 2021
The water came overnight on July 14-15, 2021. It funneled through sometimes narrow and steep sections, taking with it homes, bridges and roads and leaving behind a mud-covered path of destruction.
Some 3,000 of 4,200 buildings along the River Ahr were damaged, according to the German government. At least 766 people were injured. A third of the population saw their homes either completely destroyed or left with significant damage.The Network is happy to be able to donate 230 EUR to the flood victims in the Ahrweiler area.
Network's Donation 2020: Support for the Charitable Organization Obdach für Frauen (OFF)
Since March 2020, Covid-19 has affected our lives in such an enormous way that it has been impossible for our Network group to meet together on a regular basis. As a result, we thought it only fair that members be given the choice of having their fee returned or donating it to one of the Network’s favourite charities - Obdach für Frauen (OFF). We were delighted to receive such a wonderful response from our members, and have since donated € 690 to this exceptional charity.
Thank you to all of you who agreed to a donation!
Network's Donation in 2019
Run by a charismatic team of women headed by Veronika Lehmann and Elisabeth Armbruster, Boutique Le Sac/OFF is a hidden jewel among women’s volunteer organizations in Freiburg. If you didn’t have a chance to attend our October meeting, and would like to find out more about OFF's outstanding work, check out their website at www.off-freiburg.de
The Robert Bosch College in Freiburg officially opened its doors in September 2014. The historic ’Kartaus’ was painstakingly remodeled and expanded to create the only United World College (UWC) in Germany. In February 2014, Laurence Nodder, founding rector of Robert Bosch College, talked to the Network about the concept and education movement behind UWC. The main idea being to build a more peaceful and sustainable future through cultural exchange, dialogue and the experience of differences - or similarities. In February 2016, we were delighted that Laurence agreed to give us a tour, updating us on the College’s activities, achievements and successes two years on.
Some of our members enjoy a close relationship with the college providing guest accommodation for students during the school year. The college offers campus tours on a regular basis, which is a great way to meet the students and learn about UWC. In addition, the students plan a number of exciting activities and events throughout the school year. If you’d like to learn more, check out their website:
Charitable 2020 Scholarship
This year, the UWC Robert Bosch College has instigated a fund-raising program among its alumni - ‘You Give Back, We Match.’ If they reach their target of €10,000 by December 31, 2019, a donor will match the remaining amount to make this a full scholarship - the first-ever alumni scholarship given to the College. In 2020, UWC Robert Bosch College will then create an additional place for a student from an SOS Children’s Village worldwide. The College has reached a little more than €8,000 with just €2,000 to go! The Network has contributed €200 to the fund. (If you are in a position to contribute to the campaign and, therefore, help the College and its alumni fulfill the scholarship challenge, they will be more than grateful to hear from you! For more information check out
To mark the occasion of our 25th anniversary, and in our founder Susan Padman-Reich's memory the Network made a donation of 300 EUR to her family's chosen charity- SOS-Kinderdörfer.
Saturday, July 15th 2017 marked the Network’s first family fun day with picnic and barbecue in Wittnau! A big thank you for your drinks contributions which reached €110. The Network has topped up the amount to €200, and this summer we donated this sum to "Tigerherz’’- a charity that looks out for children whose parents have cancer, helping them deal with their problems and anxieties.
‘Refudocs’ is an association of some 30 doctors in Freiburg offering invaluable medical aid to refugees. They originally started administering vaccinations in temporary accommodation in and around Freiburg where several hundred people live in confined spaces. These humanitarian doctors felt the need to offer quick, non-bureaucratic help, independent of the existing medical care structure, and so the non-profit organisation ‘Refudocs e.V.’ was born under the leadership of Chairman Dr Roland Fressle, paediatrician and neonatologist. Dr Fressle impressed us with his talk about Refudocs, and the plight of refugees in the Freiburg area in November. The CT felt moved to make a donation of 150€ to this invaluable cause thanks to membership support in 2016.
Find out more about the interesting and entertaining programs available to the English-speaking community in Freiburg at the Carl-Schurz-Haus - Freiburg's German-American Institute. Their comprehensive library of English books, magazines and movies is also worth a visit: www.carl-schurz-haus.de.