"He who has seen the poorest of this world feels rich enough to help."
The non-profit association Agape has been active in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Tibet and Romania since 1991. The focus is on disadvantaged children, for whom the association has built orphanages and schools in slums and rural areas. Our goal is to leave no one behind and to give children from poor families the opportunity of school education. In addition, the association is committed to ensuring that these children also have access to clean drinking water. We would be pleased if you would like to support us with a donation:
IBAN: DE 53 6725 0020 0000 417416 BIC: SOLADES1HDB
Our Flyer (for printing and recommending - German only)
On our homepage we document the history of the association and with it the great life achievement of the honorary chairwoman Christine Weitmann and the active members and partners from the sponsorships. Many of their projects continue, of course, and new ones are added all the time. We inform about the current projects of AGAPE e. V., give an insight into the concrete work of our current team and the development of the association.
We are: Dr. Martin Maier (1st chairman), Hans-Peter Hebel (2nd chairman), Christine Weitmann (honorary chairman), Charlotte Stirn (treasurer) and Katharina Fleer (secretary). The financial side is supported by Josif Herlo (cash auditor).
Our project area near Nabiganj, in northeastern Bangladesh, is particularly affected by arsenic contamination. Especially the shallower parts of the aquifer are heavily contaminated with arsenic. In some cases, there are already deep wells in the villages from which much better groundwater can be extracted. These deep wells are very often drilled to depths of 100 to 300 m because there is insufficient knowledge of the subsurface conditions. By evaluating data from an area-wide sampling, the University of Heidelberg has determined that arsenic-free water already exists at much shallower depths. This is due to the presence of clay layers in the subsurface that prevent the arsenic from shifting vertically from above to greater depths. Of course, these clay layers must be connected over a larger area to have such a separating effect.
There is a simple method to examine the subsurface for such clay layers....
In April, we submitted an application to the German Alliance for Global Health Research (GLOHRA) together with the Geological Institute of Heidelberg University (GEOW) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). In this project, which is funded with a six-digit sum, our water filters and the innovative arsenic removal by electrocoagulation are to be established at one of our sites in Bangladesh and optimized for series production.
Have you been keeping your fingers crossed for us? The decision is here....!
On 26. of May 2021 we asked here and in the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung for donations for Corona Relief for Asia. We received a generous donation in kind of very high quality cloth masks and 1500€ in monetary donations and more are still coming in. Thank you very much for this!
We have forwarded all of these supplies and donations directly to Bangaldesh, India and Nepal. Today we have received feedback from Nepal. There Bishnu Parajuli, our longtime local partner, is distributing masks and hygiene items in slums as well as to needy institutions. Here is more about what he tells us from there.