By: Bakary Ceesay, in Germany
Two associations run and managed by Gambians in Germany; Help to Help Foundation and RAISE-The Gambian Helping Hands, have been nominated for the Best African Association in Germany Award at the AFRONEWS – Ortel Mobile African Community in Germany Awards (2021).
Winners of the AFRONEWS – Ortel Mobile African Community in Germany Awards (2021) will be announced at the Awards Gala Night sponsored by Ortel Mobile on 23rd October 2021 from 18:00 to 23:00 at Freigut Bootshaus GmbH, Freigut-Frankfurt, Eiserner Steg (Sachsenhäuser Mainufer), 60594 Frankfurt am Main.
Sponsored by Ortel Mobile, Germany’s leading prepaid sim cards provider for people with a migration background, the AFRONEWS – Ortel Mobile African Community in Germany Awards celebrate and recognise the outstanding achievements of Africans in different fields in Germany.
Details of the nominee: The main objective of Help to Help Foundation is to support African immigrants in Germany, especially those facing difficulties settling in the country.
It facilitates their integration and provides them legal advice.
Help to Help Foundation helps poor Africans in German have access to medical care and transports back home the bodies of those who die in Germany. One of its future projects is to work towards unity of Africans in Germany.
Help to Help Foundation was founded and is headed by the Gambian-born Christopher Mendy alias CHRIS BLACK.
Chris Black has been implementing different projects ranging from empowering Africans to invest back home, to nurturing talents of emerging African musicians and DJs, and organising multicultural exchange events bringing together Africans, Germans and other nationals living in Germany.
Details of the nominee: RAISE – The Gambian Helping Hands promotes international relations between the Gambians and Germans.
It facilitates connections between the schools in Germany and The Gambia and supports Gambian schools and teachers with educational materials.
RAISE – The Gambian helping Hands plans projects, implements and monitors them with the help of the Gambian associations.
Through Mr Yahya Sonko, an experienced Gambian refugee activist who is the Vice Chair of the association, RAISE – The Gambian helping Hands works with Gambian refugees in Germany.