Amasiko e.V. was founded in 2015 with the purpose of supporting a school and its local community ‚Hamukaka‘ in south-western Uganda.
While touring around in Uganda at the turn of the year 2014/2015, the participants of the trip got to know the Amasiko Green School.
This was the start of an intensive contact and exchange…
The residents of this community had founded a school 2 years earlier as a private initiative, which received no support from the Ugandan state and had to be financed entirely by themselves. The parents wanted to give their children the chance of a good school education. The walk to the nearest public school takes several hours, and the roads are often impassable due to the frequent heavy rainfalls. The children of Hamukaka were thus practically excluded from a regular school education.
We, the travellers from Europe, saw the inadequate equipment of the school, the poor hygienic conditions, the monotonous and not always sufficient nutrition of the children and the difficulties of financing the school by the parents. The income of the parents, who live from subsistence farming and at best earn an income as day labourers, is already barely enough for daily subsistence.
But we also saw very committed teachers and parents who consider the children’s education as a path to a better future and want to make it possible regardless of the difficult circumstances.
Deeply impressed by this strong will and commitment, but also by the catching joyfulness of the children, the idea of supporting the school by founding an association by the travellers was born.
On 11 July 2015, the founding meeting took place in Fulda / Germany, and on 25 October 2015, the time had come:
Amasiko e.V. was approved as a non-profit association and listed in the register of associations in Darmstadt / Germany, the city where the association has its headquarters.
Since then, an intensive contact has developed through further trips in the following years. In discussions with parents, teachers, children and community leaders, we also got to know better the neighbourhood and the village of “Hamukaka”.
We promote self-help measures for local residents so that they can improve their living conditions using their own resources. We believe that school and education are the appropriate way to achieve this. The residents have taken the first step by founding their own school. We consistently support this path.
from right to left:
Chairman Dr. Wolfgang Pfaff-Simoneit, Treasurer Monika Simoneit, Vice-Chairman Dieter Schaar
The general Assembly 2021 took place on 05 and 06 June in Darmstadt
The re-elected Board:
Chairman Dr. Wolfgang Pfaff-Simoneit
Vice Chairman Dieter Schaar
Treasurer Monika Simoneit
10 Members and 1 promoter travvelled from the cities of Aachen, Bad Schönborn, Darmstadt, Köln, Recklinghausen and Würselen at the General Assembly on 10 and 11 October 2020 in Darmstadt.
13 Members and 1 promoter travvelled from the cities of Aachen, Bad Schönborn, Bremen, Düsseldorf, Darmstadt, Köln und Recklinghausen at the General Assembly on 06 and 07 April 2019 in Darmstadt.