The campaign Lichtschenken.ch is being launched jointly by the Swiss churches. Starting April 3, people can virtually light a candle at www.lichtschenken.ch and turn the map of Switzerland into a sea of lights. At the kick-off of the campaign, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Guy Parmelin, is also calling on people to take part in a video message.
Since April, we have regularly talked to our partners about the Corona situation in their countries and their personal state of mind. These were moving messages that we received and which were published as a "Corona Update" series in German and English. Now we conclude this series with the Christmas Special issue. We present to you...
Giving Tuesday instead of Black Friday: Giving Tuesday is a day of giving and donations. On this day, less privileged and needy people are to be made happy. Giving Tuesday was launched in the USA and has since become a worldwide movement for social commitment.
Peru was hit particularly hard by the coronavirus. Although the country was in general lockdown practically from mid-March to the end of September, the precarious health system did not withstand the pandemic. Hildegard Willer, co-coordinator of Comundo in Peru and freelance journalist, spoke with people in Mission 21's project regions about the...
In Ghana, new daily Covid-19 infections have averaged 25 people since October. The government in Ghana responded to the virus early. The measures also affected the church; church meetings and services were immediately banned. This is reported by Rev. Dr. Nana Opare Kwakye, lecturer at the University of Ghana in the...
Katharina Gfeller, who heads international development cooperation programs at Mission 21, reports in an interview with the newspaper "reformiert. about the drastic consequences of the Corona pandemic for the work of Mission 21.
In addition to Covid19 infections, unemployment continues to rise in Costa Rica. People working in the informal sector are particularly affected. Mission 21's partner organizations have responded and, together with other church institutions, are supporting people in need, for example with donations in kind.
The situation is getting out of control in both Palestine and Israel. The number of Covid-19 infected people is increasing day by day. Many universities and colleges have switched to e-learning because of the Corona pandemic. This is rather difficult for an institution like Sternberg, which supports people with intellectual disabilities.
Peace in South Sudan is very fragile. Children and young people in particular are suffering; many have lost family members in the civil war and are traumatized. At the Muhaba Child Centre, they are regaining hope. We spoke with Simon Ochedi, director of the Muhaba Child Centre, about the current situation.
Children and young people at the Sternberg support center in Palestine can now be driven safely to school and back home. Mission 21 and Herrnhuter Missionshilfe collected the necessary donations for the purchase of a new school bus suitable for the disabled.