28th of May – The new volunteers and new pumps have arrived in Uganda!
Our two new volunteers have arrived in Uganda! We welcome Erwin Weber and Agnes Sengstbratl from Graz.
Agnes is currently undertaking a teaching training in English and biology and will teach at the New Hope School.
Erwin has a lot of experience in the field of development aid – he will accompany our work, assess the needs and cooperate with the community. A teacher training is being planned, in addition to the installation of a pump and its subsequent launching.
Thanks to two new pumps, the water can finally be better distributed on the grounds of New Hope School, the Aggie’s Baby Home and the guest house.
1st of May – Volunteer at Terra Varietas in Uganda – a progress report
20 year old law student Lennart Matzen from Kiel worked as a volunteer for five weeks in our project in Uganda in March and sent us a very interesting report.
Read for yourself and find out how he felt here!
30th of April – Lots of donations for Bedarfshilfe Wien
Mrs. Viktoria Tobias, head of Bedarfshilfe Wien is pleased about the many high-quality donation of clothes.
In addition to lots of children’s clothing, pajamas and sportswear for children, lots of clothing for women was also donated this time. Bed linen and almost-new shoes complete the donation package.
29th of April – A new water pump is needed
Thanks to our donors, we are able to process the very important water supply project at the ABH and the NHS.
A good water supply for all the children (little and big children and adolescents) is elementary and very important!
Unfortunately, in the last few months and weeks, the water supply has constantly collapsed as the pipes and pumps are usually very old and completely overloaded.
Various possibilities for optimization are being discussed with our local master builder Gerald. A fast, reliable, but also long-term solution is crucial.
28th of April – Farewell for Robin, Ruth and Erika
A few weeks ago little Robin could be reunited with her grandmother. From now on she will live with her.
Robin had a very difficult start in Aggie’s Baby Home 2 years ago. Her first months were very difficult healthwise, however she has developed great!
The contact with Robin and her family remains. The project’s social worker will be visiting regularly to watch Robin’s development.
Our supervisor Ann-Kathrin Früh has already visited the family. We would like to continue supporting the development of this „former“ ABH child when needed. Ann-Kathrin Früh reports that the family is very grateful for these visits. We think that it is also an important task.
Erica and Ruth will say goodbye to ABH this weekend. They will be adopted by Dr. Becca, an American doctor who has lived in the country for some years now. Dr. Becca has been interested in adopting the two girls for some time. Unbelievably, she has just succeded in her attempts. This is a unique opportunity for the two children!
The girls continue to live in the country and will surely be in contact with us.
24th of April – Preventive dental care at the New Hope School
At the New Hope School, dental care is on the program. Dentist Donna shows and explains how the teeth should be brushed, ideally twice a day. The students are happy to participate.
15th of April – There is a lot going on in Aggie’s Babies Home. Here some impressions of the visit
There’s a lot going on in Aggie’s Baby Home, including lots of music being taugh and made with the children. Body care, examinations and dental treatments are on the daily schedule.
This is very important for everyone!
13th of April – A group of volunteers from Colorado in the guesthouse
Currently, a group of volunteers from Colorado/USA are staying in the guesthouse to examine the children at Aggie’s Baby Home. A dentist and a nurse examine all children and explain daily and dental care. Volunteers support the team.
Education, guidance and prevention are also at the center of the volunteers‘ work.
Besides the work with the children, a biological vegetable garden is being created!
10th of April – The new school building is ready
The end of March 2018 finally marks the beginning of the school operation for the oldest students of the New Hope School.
From now on, the top two grades and final exams can be completed on the school grounds. All students are very happy about the new building with 4 classrooms and a large dormitory for 140 students.
8th of April – New baby boy Mark
A few days ago, a new baby arrived in Aggie’s Baby Home. The little one month old boy was found at a gas station and is now called Mark.
1st of March – Our volunteers
These are the volunteers working with us at the moment in Uganda! Lennart Matzen, a German law student, just arrived a few days ago. He will be working at the project from now on.
Volunteers from left to right: Waly, her sister Gerhild, Agatha and Lennart, in front Lukas, the son of our supervisor Ann-Kathrin Früh.
Our chairlady Ann-Kathrin Früh with Claudia Porter from our American partner organization
22th of February – A Wonder!
Two days ago, a new baby arrived in Aggie’s Baby Home. The baby is called Miracle – it’s a 2-month-old boy. He was found in the courtyard of a house. Welcome, little wonder!
Patience with new baby Miracle Here there are 3 pictures: David and Ivan, Rhina and Trinity
22th of February – New pictures of Uganda
Agatha and Waly are fine. Waly is busy teaching every day. Yesterday she even did exam papers. At the weekend the two were on the market in Kampala. Here are some pictures:
17th of February – New pictures from Waly and Agatha
For several days Waly has been teaching at New Hope School again – the students are very happy to be there with her.
In the afternoon, walks are on the program…
The school’s musical performance
9th of February – Waly is back at the project!
We are very pleased that the Vienna-based HTL teacher Waltraud Kaminger is back in Uganda again for a few weeks, two months after her last stay in the project. Waly assisted yesterday at maths and she even taught spontaneously today.
And here some pictures of the building progress at our construction site – on the left the renovation of the sleeping houses, on the right the construction of the new high school for the two upper grades including 4 classrooms and beds for 140 girls!
1st of February – New pictures from the construction site
A lot is happening – you can see that clearly! We are happy that the school construction is progressing so well!
24th of January 2018 – The children and construction site are doing well!
There is still a lot to do on the construction site. Right now the carpentry work is being done – many school benches and tables are being made in different sizes and many others renovated.
The kids are fine too! Here is Sharon eating fruit with Volunteer Agatha and Stephen Noah is sleeping.
13thof January – Charité at Bedarfshilfe
Yesterday, a special event took place in a special atmosphere.
Ms. Viktoria Tobias, the head of Bedarfshilfe Wien invited us to a benefit event at Studio 67.
12th of January – Visit from Uganda in Vienna
Sheila from Uganda is visiting the board members Stefanie and Hans Kern for a week.
Sheila is very familiar with the Aggies Baby Home project. She is currently studying and gladly accepted the invitation to come to Vienna.
She is enjoying the every day impressions, experiences, and new adventures such as living in Vienna, a school visit with lectures, ice skating at the Town Hall Square and sledging in the mountains with lots of snow.
8th of January – Daily construction progress!
On the construction site things are progressing well every day. The beds for the new dormitory are already taking shape.
1st of January – Only a few days old…
Yesterday a very young baby was found. She was alone in a house for about two days and cried until a neighbour entered the house and found her.
It’s a girl named Ann Susanne. She cries a lot and was in a malnourished state but otherwise she is doing fine.
31st of December – Mixed feelings at NADA Serbia: great joy and gratitude but also sadness
People in the streets of Kladovo were amazed to see loud and cheerful young people with filled colourful bags. It was Christmas and New Year’s Eve in the day care centre for handicapped and people in need at the association Nada.
About 70 people and their families come together to celebrate this special event. Again this year, people without mobility options were presented with gifts at their homes.
All in all, Terra Varietas was delighted to welcome 82 families this year.
Unfortunately, 2018 will not continue like this – there is no more funding from the city administration. Also, the head of the association Tatjana Bosnic is seriously ill and has to undergo several surgeries in the coming months.
It has now been planned to open the day care centre for half day (in the afternoon), during the first half of the year.
28th of December – New baby found!
Today a baby was found in the street and handed over to the local police station. The mother dropped him off the road and never came back. The baby was handed over to Aggies Baby Home.
It is a little boy, who has been named Stephen Noah by the people at Aggies Baby Home.
No details are known at the moment. The first step is to provide good care and clarify his origins.
21st of December – The ground floor is ready!
The construction works carry on also during Christmas – progress continues even at night, and of course with good lighting to ensure completion of the construction before the beginning of the school year.
Agatha is fine – she’s busy with the little kids and sends greetings!
17th of December – The first beds are ready!
The work at New Hope School is progressing well. Both the renovation of existing dormitories and the new construction are progressing on a daily basis.
The first beds have been finished – they are still to be painted, but they already look stable and functional.
14th of December – Meetings with the Consul of Austria and the German Embassy
Yesterday, the head of Terra Varietas Ann-Kathrin Früh and our volunteer Agatha had an appointment with Karl Wipfler, the Austrian consul in Uganda. Today they were in the German embassy with Mrs. Brigitta Grosskinsky.
They had chance to introduce our association Terra Varietas and our work in Uganda. Both talks were very constructive. The two country representatives promised their support, and that is a good step towards our registry as an NGO in the country.
14th of December – Construction progress and new beds
Good progress is made daily at the New Hope School construction site.
110 bunk beds have been put together and some more have been repaired in order to provide all students with a good place to sleep!
13th of December – Tina and Waly’s farewell
Today Martina and Waltraud say goodbye to everything that has shaped their daily life for the past weeks and months. They say goodbye to the overwhelming zest for life of the people in the project, the children and adolescents in Africa.
They will flight back to Vienna in the evening.
9th of December – 82 Christmas bags for Nada in Serbia
This year, we have filled again Christmas bags with personal care products for the families of the social association NADA in Kladovo, Serbia. Apart from the support offered to young people with disabilities who are being cared for daily at the association, help is also provided to people with disabilities who are not mobile.
82 bags were made and ready!
This year, the content of the colourful organic cotton bags (which are also suitable as a shopping bag) is again varied. There is a shampoo, a shower, a towel, a packet of handkerchiefs with fragrance, a fruit tea mixture and a bag of sweets.
8th of December – Finished floors at Aggies Baby Home
The new tiled floor is completely finished at the Baby Home and the building can be redone!
Subsequently, some areas were painted and all doors needed to be sanded down, since the new floor is now higher. Richard sanded and repainted all cribs and he also set the tiles for the outer part of the building. Everyone is very happy about it !!
5th of December – Looking for a meaningful Christmas present?
One of our sponsors has just told us about a great initiative called Beans United. The project aims at producing and distributing high-quality coffee while donating a proportion of every package sold to provide children in need with enough food.
Thanks to the World Food Program (WFP), aid reaches where it is most needed. Currently, for example, help reaches the Sahrawi refugees in Algeria, South Sudan and refugees in Myanmar. Support ranges from serving school meals, special nutrition for pregnant women and toddlers to distributing cash and food vouchers.
The WFP has set itself the goal of stopping famine worldwide by 2031.
More at: https://www.bean-united.de/
Also click on our Facebook page to learn more about it!
5th of December – Tina and Waly with the mountain gorillas
Yesterday, our two volunteers Tina and Waly were allowed to visit a group of mountain gorillas for an hour in the Bwindi National Park. The group consisted of a 12-member mountain gorilla family.
It was an incredible experience for Tina and Waly!
4th of December – Construction work at the New Hope School
The big construction work started these days in Uganda at the New Hope School and the holiday season is great for that since it has just started and the students will have some days off.
The existing high school dormitories will be renovated – both outside and inside. Some classrooms are being repainted. This is a generous gift from our master builder Gerald. Thank you!
The construction of the large dormitory and classroom building (beds for 140 students plus 4 classrooms for the top high school classes) has already begun. The excavation work is in progress. All are full of anticipation and filled with great gratitude!
2nd of December – Agatha’s arrival and greetings from Tina and Waly!
Agatha was well received in the project and could today once again experience everyday life in Aggies Baby’s Home.
Tina and Waly say hello! They are fine, they had an exciting day – only Tina’s battery is empty…
1st of December – Welcome Agatha!
Our volunteer Agatha Golab arrived today in the project. Agatha will stay here for a year and will work mostly at the Baby’s home but also in the administrative and purchasing departments. She is full of energy for this important task!
She enjoys the fantastic view first and looks ahead the exciting time to come!
1st of December – Farewell and the beginning of a round trip for Tina and Waly
For our two volunteers Martina and Waltraud, weeks of very intense and gratifying work come to an emotional end.
Today at 7 o’clock in the morning, the two embarked on a two week round trip through the west of Uganda. They head now southwest to Mbarara and the Lake Mburu National Park, then to Bwindi NP to the gorillas. Afterwards, they will head north to Queen Elizabeth NP, Fort Portal, Murchison Falls NP, Rhio Park, and finally they will head back to the project.
We wish them exciting and adventurous days to come!
30th of November – Big project!
We are proud to announce our large construction project for the students of the New Hope School!
Starting from now, a sleeping house with beds for 140 high school girls is being built. In the same building below, the construction of four classrooms for the last two high school classes is taking place, so that all students can graduate from the New Hope School from the beginning of the semester. There are some requirements that the school board has to fulfil. If it all goes well, students can take up lessons here starting from March 2018.
The huge costs are about 100000 Euros (about 110 000 USD).
The construction started yesterday and it is expected to be ready in three months. By then everything should be ready for use and the lessons can start!
Furthermore, the existing sleeping houses and bathrooms will be renovated, so that the high school boys will all have beds in the school grounds for the very first time and no longer need to sleep on the ground or outside the project with strangers.
This project requires 140 beds and mattresses to be purchased, all existing beds and mattresses controlled and ideally exchanged if necessary. The same applies for the school tables.
The oldest girls and boys were overcome with the joy of being allowed to stay here for two more years and thus have better educational opportunities. There were a lot of tears of joy!
The gratitude is huge!
29th of November – Surface tension, walk and visit to the Baby Home
Today and yesterday, the students were amazed when Waly vividly explained the terms surface tension and smallest connecting surface. The experimenting session was welcomed with a lot of joy!
Photo impressions of the walk in the surroundings…
The Scooby Doo project visited the kids from the Aggies Baby Home today.
29th of November – Schnitzel, the Austrian national dish
Today Waly and Martina cook together with the mothers of ABH. They present Schnitzel, a typical Austrian specialty and also demonstrate how it is prepared.
29th of November – Grill party
yesterday there was a small inauguration ceremony with the mothers of Baby’s house for the new barbecue area. Everyone was happy and enjoyed a lot the cosy get-together.
The flooring work in ABH is coming to an end – we all hope it is done soon so everybody can enjoy the new floor.
27th of November – Floor renovation at the children`s house and a tea plantation visit
The construction work at Aggie’s Baby House is in progress. The new floor will be very handy; the mothers are looking forward to it!
Today, the volunteers took a long walk with the girls from the high school to a tea plantation.
26th of November – That was the weekend: the source of the river Nile and the Ssezibwa Falls
Martina and Waltraud spend the weekend away in the nature. On Saturday they went to Jinja (Source of the river Nile). The beautiful 7-colored bird in the picture is a Marakait Kingfisher.
The Ssezibwa waterfalls were really beautiful!
Swarming fruit bats and heavy work in the stone quarry for very little pay (about 2 Euros for 12 hours of hard work)!
24th of November – Finally the rain is here!
Today, the long awaited rain finally came and all humans, animals, and nature alike were overjoyed. It felt very good!
Waly and Martina are playing „Silent Post“ with the students in class today. It is a very funny game for all ages!
Waly, Martina and Anni celebrate with Richard, who was hired by Terra Varietas as a volunteer and guesthouse manager.
He hopes to start studying law after the holidays.
23rd of November – Graduation Ceremony
For the students of the New Hope School there was a big graduation ceremony.
Here are the youngest preschoolers at the end of this first year. Patience, Michael senior and Anabella have completed their first stage at Aggie’s Baby Home. Anabella is Mable’s daughter, who is also a mother of triplets and works in the children’s home.
There was also time to share a cake. Delicious, isn’t it?
Soon they will start the Primary School and they are full of anticipation!
22nd of November – Toothbrush action today!
Today, more than 400 toothbrushes have been distributed and the basis of dental hygiene discussed and demonstrated at the New Hope School.
22nd of November – What is happening?
This happened yesterday:
Waly prepared diligently for a physics lesson and made models – besides the physics class.
In the afternoon there was time again to talk with the oldest girls. This contact is very important to create raport. Common youth topics are also discussed there.
And once again wonderful sunsets – 100 seconds after the second photo, the sun was completely gone.
21st of November – The sunset
Today I get in touch with you to show you two wonderful sunset pictures from our two volunteers. So impressive and idyllic!
Relaxed moments for Tina and Waly. Luke is probably the youngest volunteer in the project!
20th of November – Touching singing and football
Today there was a lot to discuss with the teachers of the school about teachers training, the construction of the school library and new textbooks for the students.
The oldest girls sang incredibly beautiful for Waly and Martina! Tears of emotion and the intensity and pure joy overwhelmed the two volunteers.
And the older guys had great fun with the real football!
20th of November – Excursion weekend
The last weekend, our two volunteers, Ann-Kathrin and her son went on some weekend trips.
On Saturday they visited the zoo and the botanical garden in Entebbe and on Sunday they went by boat to the Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria. The entire island is a chimpanzee rescue station where smuggled, trapped or injured animals are being taken well care of.
95% of the island belongs to the animals and only 5% to the caretakers and visitors. This space is divided by an electric fence.
The renovation of Aggie’s Baby Home started this morning with work on the new floor!
18th of November – Big plans – a new construction begins on Monday
Our supervisor Ann-Kathrin Früh with the two volunteers
Our supervisor Ann-Kathrin Früh has been at the project for a week and has a lot to do around the clock. The children sometimes need examinations to be able to accompany their development and special needs well. Some furnishing supplements such as washing machine, shelves in the storage area and inventory for the room of the housemaid Tracy are to be made.
In addition, next week starts the renovation of the Baby Home. The whole children’s house gets a much nicer and easy to clean floor, which was urgently necessary. New tiles that match the whole house need to be chosen and bought.
Construction meetings and plans are also scheduled for the next few days. The construction of a sleeping house for the older high school students has been our idea for some time now and will soon be realized. Likewise, an urgent construction of two other classrooms for the oldest students, as well as toilets and the renovation of existing dormitories need prompt planning. Not to mention the need for new beds and mattresses.
We hope for support in these big and important projects! Every donation helps with the construction!
In addition, some meetings are held regarding on-the-spot training of teachers by the volunteers in courses, setting up a school library, selection of appropriate textbooks with advice from the volunteers. Also, other partner projects have been visited.
The students in the upper grades of high school can complete their intermediate exams well and are very happy about it. Everyone is going into a peaceful weekend.
Waltraud and Martina were yesterday with the girls on outdoor lessons. The girls like to take pictures with Waly’s camera – they enjoy it!
16th of November – Joy, great joy!
Every day is a special day for the two volunteers. Today, Waltraud did a physics lesson on sound – spontaneous music was made. Unbelievable – good – full of joy.
Waly wrote me „Joy – every moment full of joy!“
Martina and the students did a quiz and had a lot of fun!
The close contact to the children’s house continues of course … there are countless of intense moments.
16th of November – The Country and its people
Our volunteers Waly and Martina take amazing photos! In addition to the many pictures of the children and the school grounds, they have also sent us impressive nature photographs and portraits of the people in Uganda.
Here are some impressions …
15th of November – Outdoor Lessons
Teachers Martina and Waltraud are really eager to teach. Yesterday, there were outdoor lessons with the older high school girls in the afternoon and it continues today with another group.
The outdoor activities and lessons help to reduce the students’ language barriers. The students have the chance to talk about their country, their dreams, their personal experiences, and explain to the volunteers during their walks everything they know about flora and fauna. Martina and Waltraud are learning a lot themselves and are intensively researching about Uganda.
15th of November – Nature from the project in Uganda
Today, with photos of the volunteers, I would like to briefly introduce the flora and fauna around Aggie’s Baby Home and the New Hope School.
Everywhere there is lush greenery, many trees, flowering plants and the screeching of the surrounding animals such as monkeys and birds.
More here – Uganda as a travel destination.
13th of November – Intense impressions
Waly depicts today as a day full of indescribable and intense impressions.
The two volunteers experience a lot every day. They have shared delightful closeness to the children from the babies’ home, all the way to the high school teens.
Yesterday, Terra Varietas president, Ann Kathrin Früh, arrived in Uganda. This time her son Lukas accompanies her.
13th of November – Volunteers teach 1st and 2nd grade high school
After a quiet Sunday, it’s time for Waltraud and Martina at school today. For the first time, they teach units among the younger high school students, 1st and 2nd Grade. It has been a great way to combine Maths with English – there was a lot of positive feedback both during and after that!
The girls are very active in the classroom and laugh a lot, while the boys have to find their way around first. At the end of the lesson everyone proudly presents their results.
Waly and Tina with John the math teacher of the Primary School.
The school cows provide the children with fresh milk.
Impressions of the environment below: first picture is from a former pupil, Richard, who likes to help out with the children – he wants to give back what he has experienced here.
12th of November – Well settled and happy!
Volunteers Martina and Waltraud, also known as Tina and Waly for ease of understanding, feel very comfortable and spend time with their children.
Here are some of their first impressions…
10th of November – Two guest educators at New Hope School
It is the second day for Martina and Waltraud in the project. The two of them have quickly settled in and teach the 6th grade in the New Hope School.
The two volunteers are experienced pedagogues of the HTL Rennweg in Vienna, who use their sabbatical year for this trip. We would also like to thank the management of the HTL Rennweg for the colourful chalks donated to the school. They are very needed and appreciated here!
The headmistress is very grateful for the chalks – they are a treasure!
9th of November – The first day in the project for our volunteers! Welcome!
Our first two volunteers Martina and Waltraud spend their first day in the project. Intense hours full of joy and happiness begin with the children of the Baby Home. The Headmistress Beatrice warmly welcomes the guests!
8th of November – Everything is prepared for the first volunteers!
The guesthouse in Uganda has been cleaned, organized, and beds are made. Even the fridge is already filled!
New Hope School’s young students prepare for the first two volunteers Waltraud Kaminger and Martina Oswald. In the late evening they will be picked up at the airport in Entebbe.
8th of November – A lot of donations for BEDARFSHILFE WIEN!
The joy of donations does not stop at the moment. Several large and well-filled Ikea bags have been handed over to the Wiener Bedarfshilfe.
This time, many warm jackets and vests, 15 woolly hats (!!!) and in addition children’s furniture, toys and other useful little things.
3rd of November – GREETINGS FROM SERBIA
Our board member Dragana Ungurjanovic has spent the last 8 days in Serbia with the people form the project Nada. The program directors were happy about the small gifts and our certificate for the successful cooperation.
Unfortunately, the future of the day-care centre for the disable does not look good. The city authorities do not want to support it from 2018. At the moment, various scenarios of support are being discussed, prompting extensive demonstrations, unfortunately so far without success. We will report any further development on this topic.
The sons of the founders Tatjiana Bosnic and Beba Kis both turned 26 during our visit, and it was celebrated warmly.
21st of November – Networking meeting 1:1
Today, two of our board members Hans Kern and Susanne Körner were at the 1 to1 Networking Meeting.
12 impressive initiatives have come together. Ecpat Austria gave a comprehensive lecture on child protection and the right of children against sexual exploitation.
It was an exciting day!
16th of October – HERE THEY ARE! Our first volunteers
Following the visit of our american friends, there was a meeting with our first three volunteers. After the workshop everything is quite concrete.
Flights are booked, vaccinations made and visas applied for. It all will start very soon!
We are very happy and pleased that they want to be part of the project in Uganda.
From the left to right: Agatha Golub, Martina Oswald and Waltraud Kaminger.
We are very happy to welcome future volunteers! More information here!
16th of October – WELCOME TO VIENNA!
Today we welcome Claudia Porter, her daughter Naomi Porter and Lori Wichael from Colorado.
They have supported Aggies Baby Home since the very beginning. It was good to meet them personally and to talk to them. The common goal is to support the children in Uganda in their development as best as possible.
The accompanying adults need a lot of educational input from our side. This is what has to be done now. A first step is our volunteers!
12th of October – We would like to thank the sponsors for their support!
Family Weiboltshamer from the Reformhaus Weiboltshamer gave us a sack with small money, which was collected at the checkout. Many thanks also to the customers!
We would also like to thank Mrs. Pfleger, from the paper store Pfleger Papier!
The second hand business Pixie and its customers delight many people with their generous donations. Thanks for that!
3rd of October – Donate directly to the ones in need
In recent weeks, we have received generous dress and shoe donations from the sencond hand shop Pixie.
The donations were sorted immediately. As well as many warm sweaters, jackets, shirts, trousers, sports underwear, children’s pajamas and socks, there were also pouches and even books.
At Wiener Bedarfshilfe there is great joy thanks to the donated garments. Of course, the summer things go our project in Uganda.
Thank you for your successful cooperation with Wiener Bedarfshilfe, where great work is done every day in the heart of Vienna.
The little Lelya from Syria wears the dresses and sweaters with great joy!
2nd of October – New copying machine for NADA in Serbia
Finally, it is here! A few days ago came the long awaited copying machine. The heads of NADA Tatyana Bosnic and Beba Kis and the people of the Day Care in Kladovo Serbia were very happy. Now a lot can be painted and tinkered again.
We are glad to have financed this device!
17th of September – Successful workshop with Deeper Travel
On Saturday 16 September a workshop was held for the members of the board of Terra Varietas. Eva Gaderer and Robert Bichler from DeeperTravel informed us about volunteer tourism in development cooperation.
After a theoretical examination of the subject of volunteer tourism, the strategic planning of the assignments together with project partners abroad was discussed.
Also of great importance were the selection process and the accompaniment of volunteers.
The hours were very fruitful and brought many new very important aspects. After the workshop, we closed with a lunch together.
1st of September 2017 – Baby Ruth is 5 days old
Tiny girl Ruth is today probably 5 days old. Here the latest pictures of the new arrival in Aggies Baby Home. Incredibly sweet, right?
30th of August 2017 – Three babies were found!
Yesterday a baby about 4 days old was found in the bush. The young man at the photo below found it and took it to Aggies Baby Home. The baby was named Ruth.
Two weeks ago, little Trinity was taken by Aggies Baby Home. She had been handed over to a police station.
In the middle of August the little Sharon is found and taken into custody. She is about 8 months old.
29th of August 2017 – Donations for Bedarfshilfe, Vienna. Plus ORF-Video!
Today, four large sacks with donations were handed over to Mrs. Viktoria Tobias, the head of Bedarfshilfe Wien. The joy was great!
The offer ranges from clothing for children, teenagers and adults to shoes, household supplies such as plastic dishes, picture frames, baby supplies, toys, Sigg water bottles and Tupperware boxes for the beginning of school.
Many thanks go to the kids brand fashion second-hand shop Pixie and private donors!
ORF also reported this summer about Bedarfshilfe Wien. Click on the following link to view the section:
28th of August 2017 – Summer in Serbia
This year it was again a hot summer in Kladovo. Some weeks temperatures raised at 40 degrees. This is extremely much and puts a burden on the body.
Nevertheless, people have been very positive and productive. Paper pies were tinkered and birthdays were celebrated.
Our team member Dragana Ungurjanovic also spent a lot of time at Nada.
A great desire for the future is a new copying machine. We would like to help with this new project!
11th of August 2017 – Great donation at a birthday party!
Thank you very much to all donors who gave generously at a round birthday celebration!
The birthday girl Karina Schlögl-Hanel handed out the sum of 1200 Euro to Terra Varietas with great joy. Thank you very much!
With the money, Terra Varietas assures for each child and adolescents of the New Hope School in Uganda their own sleeping place. A separate mattress in a separate bed is the goal. For this purpose, existing beds should be equipped with new mattresses. Furthermore, the construction of a sleeping house for the younger kids is planned.
At the moment the boys of the school sleep at nearby host families’ houses, on the floor, and are only tolerated for the night. This is an unacceptable condition.
The course of the action will continue to be reported!
2nd of August 2017 – Happiness over new mattresses in Uganda!
The newly married couple Stefanie and Hans Kern started the honeymoon with a stay in Uganda at our guest house at Aggies Baby Home and the New Hope School.
The two were able to examine the completed construction works. Everything was beautifully built.
This time, there was an urgent need to purchase mattresses for the kids. 150 new mattresses were bought and handed over! Thanks again to the generous donators at the wedding celebration!
Furthermore, small construction projects were discussed for the near future.
11th of July 2017 – Great donations at the wedding
Our board members Stefanie Wallner and Hans Kern have married this weekend. Congratulations!
In the course of the celebration in a charming castle in the wine district, many guests were also informed about the activities of Terra Varietas.
The interest was unexpectedly great, which makes us very happy! I even barely had enough brochures with me.
A wedding newspaper was specially designed by close friends and then sold to the wedding’s guests.
The proceeds – exactly 590 Euros- will be donated to Terra Varietas.
Many thanks to the designers of the newspaper Christian Tichy and Agnes Molozej! There were even advertisements of Terra Varietas and information presented in the magazine.
We would also like to thank the donors, who have already send their contributions to the association’s bank account.
6th of July 2017 – No summer holidays at Bedarfshilfe
Today I visited Viktoria Tobias, the head of the association Bedarfshilfe, at their headquarters in Vienna Meidling. Despite the heat in the city, the old walls at the building make it cool on the inside. The new goods have just been classified and the refrigerator is very valuable at such temperatures, since it keeps the salad and co always fresh.
Today, there is a lot of fresh lamb’s salad, many herbs in pots and some plants for the garden, which according to Mrs. Tobias, is a great specialty.
Our donations are welcomed with a lot of joy. This time there are some dresses, girls‘ shoes, a tablecloth and small gifts. Little Gloria is equally enthusiastic about the new Dirndl and is very happy wearing it.
We would like to thank the Markenmoden-Secondhand Pixie and individual donors, who always support us. Thank you!
6th of July 2017 – The journey will start soon!
Two members of the Board of Directors will travel from mid-July and visit Aggies Baby Home and the New Hope School in Uganda. Investments will then be discussed, such as the renovation of the floor at the babies’ home, the construction of a dormitory for the older boys, and the equipment with mattresses at the before mentioned dormitory.
Our goal is to enable every young person in the school to have their own sleeping place at the school grounds with their own mattress. Now, it is time to sort out all the donated garments and additional donations to prepare them for transportion.
5th of July 2017 – A new boy has been brought!
Two days ago, a three year old boy was abandoned by his mother and brought to the babies’ house. The small Joshua can stay in Aggies Baby Home until the next steps can be resolved with the authorities.
Joshua now breathes through and starts to relax slowly … next to him is Jolly Lavonne, who comes to welcome him.
All the children are doing well – here are a few impressions: Ivan, Jim, Rhina and Patience.
30th of June 2017 – Wheelchair donation for Serbia
The donated wheelchairs wil be used well in Kladovo in Serbia. The head of the association ensures that the wheelchairs will benefit families who need them.
Through such wheelchairs the everyday life of a whole family can be improved. Often, this leads to the first opportunities to explore the world for those affected and their families. In some cases, the wheelchairs allows them to leave their house for the first time in many years!
Thank you again to our donors!
2nd of June 2017 – A new Baby!
Aggies Baby Home is looking forward to the little Jolly Lavonne. The little girl feels well cared for and safe. She grows and grows, smiles often and can now relax and enjoy every day!
All children are happy and enjoy every day – here new photos! More photos at Project Aggies Baby Home.
2nd of June 2017 – And it goes much further!
Aggies Baby Home in Uganda is always very busy. The children are doing great!
The construction work is almost completed. The colorful fence looks cheerful and the house for the supplies and cleaning utensils is ready. A living area for one person is also included.
27th of April 2017 – A lot of work at Bedarfshilfe
Susanne Körner, Vice-President reports:
Today, I visited Ms Viktoria Tobias, the founder and director of Bedarfshilfe at the foundation’s main house.
A lot is happening at the club house of the Wiener Bedarfshilfe in the Längenfeldgasse. Lots of people in need come to pick up food and the queue is very long, despite rain, cold and wind. From Monday to Thursday, and from 10 am to 10:30 am, fruit, vegetables, pastries and much more can be collected directly by families who need this help. Volunteers Franziska and Dirk are usually very busy since the early morning.
As I came in, a Pakistani family was entering the dispensing room and joyfully received lots of vegetables, fruit and salad. They have a big family and therefore cook a lot every day.
Since the beginning of the year and until the end of March 680 men, women and their families received food at Wiener Bedarfshilfe according to the statistics kept by the volunteers at the foundation. Statistics have also shown that some families have a lot of children (up to 7 or 8 children are registered).
I brought today a bag full of donations from Pixie, a second hand shop specialized in kids‘ clothes and located in the 14th district in Vienna. There were tops, jackets, trousers, pyjamas, baby clothes, suits, shoes and rubber boots. Even hiking shoes and a dirndl were donated. Thanks a lot for all these goods!
Once a week, there is a family pick-up day, which always takes place on Friday’s evening. The families will be very happy about all the donations.
What else is there to do?
The learning afternoons for school children and the German conversation meetings for adults are a complete success. Now, Terra Varietas is thinking about starting a group for early musical education for the young children. The idea to offer instrumental lessons for older children is being discussed.
We are happy about instruments donated for this cause!
24th of April 2017- Reconstruction site in progress!
The new layout of the large area of the Baby Home and the Guesthouse is fully underway.
In addition to a new access area, a parking lot, and the relocation of the gate, the cottage is also almost ready for the perfect care of guests in the guesthouse.
Now the guests have their own entrance area and they can go directly to the guesthouse without disturbing the small children at Aggies Baby Home.
18th of April 2017- Beautiful days at NADA in Serbia
The instructors and participants of the day care facility NADA in Kladovo Serbia send heartfelt thanks and greetings to all the donors.
Susanne Körner and Dragana Ungurjanovic were able to gain a good impression during the days at the facility. The two caregivers at the day care center (Tatjana Bosnic and Beba Kis) work with every young person and with specific pedagogical and ergotherapeutical focus (the fine motor skills are coached and trained).
The material provided by Terra Varietas is used daily (thanks to Pfleger Papierwaren and individual spenders).
It was good to observe the different needs and development of the people being looked after in such a closed space. There we could see a mother sitting in a corner with a boy about two and a half years old, fed and kept next to her, a mother brought three of her daughters, who are about 4 years, 7 years and 13 years old. Right across the room there were some happy young boys who wanted to sing at the same time.
The caretakers feel very well the different individual and group moods and develop their daily program in situ. For example, well-formed kneading is made with non-toxic materials- with the exact texture so that it is neither too easy nor too difficult for the participants. At the same time, the people at the next table who do not participate on the kneading activity are provided with drawing supplies and short poems, which they eagerly repeat.
We could also experience first-hand the lunchtime dynamic. Each young person looks forward to their meal, which is specially tailored according to their preferences and tolerances, and they eat it with great appetite. In addition to the main meal there is always plenty of fruit for the snack time.
Everything means a great deal of work for the caregivers, who like to do it. The food distribution lasts long and the fruit must be cut for each person right by their sitting spot, sometimes involving their help in the procedure. This allows the process to be closely followed, depending on the ability of the participants. The fruit is quite fresh for immediate consumption. What is more beautiful for the senses than a freshly cut juicy orange? You can look at them, smell them, feel them and taste them. A real feast!
Also, plans for the coming period could be discussed with the facility’s director. In addition to some singing performances and market stalls with self-made items, a presentation and public relations campaign is planned. It is intended to draw attention to the handicapped people from the day care centre in Kladovo, Serbia. Tatjana Bosnic is also fighting for accessibility at public facilities.
The donated wheelchairs will be handed over to two needy families in the coming days.
17th of April 2017- CHARITY CONCERT at Replugged Wien
A few days ago there was a charity concert organized by Terra Varietas at „Replugged Wien“ restaurant in Lerchenfelderstraße. (Details on Facebook.)
Many thanks go to the Bruecke band, the duo Peppermint and Katja Aujesky from Berlin.
4th of April 2017 – Help for „Nada“ in Serbia
We will go to Serbia at the end of the week and useful donations will be sent with a small transport. We have been looking for quality and good wheelchairs for a long time and today we got the first one. A generous donation by Ursula Heinisch! Thank you very much!!
Family Weiboltshamer’s support as always is very active; this time, they decided to donate the collected money from the cash desk area at their healthy food store. Thank you!
30th of March 2017 – A visit from US
Seventeen national Americans from Colorado spent the last two weeks at the guesthouse in Uganda. They enjoyed the days very much and flew home today. They had a lot of fun and could spend both relaxed and intense hours here.
Teacher Claudia Porter travelled with her choir to visit Aggies Baby Home and the New Hope School, which they have been supporting for many years.
The finished guesthouse looks beautiful! All guests are welcome!
14th of March 2017 – The guesthouse is completely finished! Here are the details!
The guesthouse and the adjoining villa are finally finished!
Now, a wall with a fence will be built around the area. Likewise, the entrance will be rearranged and a new entrance with a small parking area will be set up. Currently, visitors pass directly by the Baby Home’s building. Thus, an independent access will be guaranteed.
From now on, we are looking for volunteers! Are you interested? More information here.
At the end of March we will welcome a group of 18 people. This will be of course reported.
5th of March 2017 – It will be spring in Serbia!
In the organization Nada a lot is being handcrafted with enthusiasm every day. Beautiful colourful water lilies are produced.
The spring can come slowly.
29th of January 2017 – Fun with watercolors and snow in Serbia
These extremely cold days in Serbia are also hard in Kladovo at the Nada club for the people. Fortunately the daily food is really good.
Despite daily minus degrees, it is fun in the snow. And trying out the new water colors, papers and pencils is a great pleasure, especially since the things are all of a good quality and are therefore much better suited for experiments. Many thanks to the donors!
27th of January 2017 – Uganda – a land full of experiences!
Two members of the Executive Board, Stefanie Wallner and Hans Kern, were able to experience unforgettable moments during their Uganda stay.
22th of January 2017 – Travelreport!
Our board members Steffi Wallner and Hans Kern could spend wonderful 17 days in Uganda. They stayed in the newly built guesthouse and which has been lovingly furnished.
They were impressed by the work done there. The young children are taken care of with love and have a nice everyday life in the facility. The children enjoyed a lot the new drawing equipment, which they tried out right away. The works were immediately hung up.
The children also wore immediately the donated clothes and shoes. For the first time all children have shoes that fit! Thanks to all donors!
The school was also visited. Unfortunately there are still beds missing for the big boys and many mattresses are old and damaged.
12th of January 2017 – Sincerly thanks from „NADA“
The Serbian Orthodox holidays are now over. The association NADA thanks sincerely for all the great donations from Vienna! There were many bright faces as the kindly filled and beautifully sewn bags were delivered. The craft and the writing materials were observed with great care by the community and then provided to the students for immediate use.
Thanks again to all donors!
How was it celebrated?
On December 23rd the children and teenagers of Nada proudly presented music, drama and their handcrafted works in a small market to the families.
7th of January 2017- CHARITY CONCERT AT KRAMLADEN
On January 6th there was a charity concert at the Kramladen in Vienna. The hall was full and the enthusiasm was great. Thanks for coming and donating!
It began with the American solo artist Nate Straffon.
Morgaine & Tjorben & Adrian Walther touched many souls with their expressive sounds!
Cumbia-Reggae-Latin Fusion Coverband Psycotropicos.
It was a successful evening with harmonious music. Thanks to all the artists!
15th of December 2016 – FINALLY FINISHED- BAGS FOR “NADA”
The time has come and the contents for the Nada bags are all set!
In addition, a box of craft material is also ready to be delivered, which contains painting kits, brushes, oil chalks, pencils, chalks, paper, colourful craft paper and much more.
Thanks to our donors, we could get rich fillings for 75 bags.
Each one of Betten Misner’s hand-sewn bags contains: a hairbrush, a shower gel, a hand cream, a toothpaste, a toothbrush set of 2, 1 pack of handkerchiefs, a bag of tea, a small tea light, a bar of organic chocolate, a Manner chocolate star, and a Manner Schokogeschenkepackerl . In addition, there is the healthy cranberry drink courtesy of the health food store Weiboltshammer.
12th of December 2016 – FINISHED BAGS FOR „NADA“
Today Tera Varietas was able to receive 60 beautiful colourful hand-sewn bags with ribbon for the children and adolescents in need at Nada in Serbia.
The bags are filled with a stable hairbrush, a shower gel and a hand cream. In addition, we would like to add toothpaste and toothbrushes. Something sweet should not be missing either, so we would like to buy a chocolate bars and little things.
Thanks to Betten Misner for the incredibly beautiful and individual bags!
Weiboltshamer family and their health food store donated 75 cranberry drinks full of vitamins! This donation is a great opportunity for the people in Serbia suffering from nutritional deficiency.