Chronology

  • 1972 Opening of the first bookshop in the town of Preetz in Schleswig-Holstein.
  • 1983 Second bookshop opens in the neighbouring town of Plön.
  • 1988 Katrin Rohde’s first trip to Africa, via The Gambia and Mali to Burkina Faso.
  • 1995 Move to Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. House sold, businesses sold, remaining possessions fit into a minibus.
  • 1996 Opening of the first orphanage, AMPO (Association for the Protection of Orphans: the good is never lost). At first it houses twenty-nine boys, today sixty boys live here, aged between six and eighteen.
  • 1997 The handicapped workshop provides training oppor- tunities for twelve physically handicapped boys. They make wooden toys.
  • 1998 The wheelchair project provides spare parts for wheel- chairs at twenty-five percent of the list price and gives the handicapped an opportunity to help with repairs.
  • 1998 Forty street kids build their own house where they live together and attend night school.
  • 1998 The private surgery for now more than a hundred chil- dren becomes a public, state-recognized clinic. Forty thousand patients were treated in 2009 and fifty-three thousand in 2011.
  • 1999 AMPO orphanage for girls, today sixty girls live here, aged between six and eighteen.
  • 1999 PPFilles starts counselling women and girls on family planning issues, AIDS prevention, circumcision and malnourishment.
  • 2000 AMPO clinic extended to include gynaecology unit.
  • 2001 Katrin Rohde receives the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande, the Order of Merit of the Federal Repub- lic of Germany, for her work.
  • 2001 AMPO produces short films on road accident preven- tion, which are shown on national TV.
  • 2002 Katrin Rohde writes the book Mama Tenga – My Afri- can Life, first published in German by Kiepenheuer & Witsch.
  • 2003 AMPO produces films about child labour and human trafficking in girls.
  • 2003 The MIA project takes in pregnant minors infected with AIDS and their children, an innovative concept indicating that AIDS patients need not be ostracized, as is so often the case here.
  • 2004 The Cinémobile spreads the message to remote vil- lages in the bush. Four facilitators show films on the most important topics. We have an audience of about twenty thousand every month.
  • 2005 Opening of Tondtenga, the organic farm and boarding school. Eighty boys come here to learn animal hus- bandry and farming. Many visitors marvel at this pro- ject for organic farming in the tropics, a unique con- cept in this country.
  • 2005 Our transition to biogas and solar energy demons- trares the possibilities of soft energy in Burkina Faso.
  • 2005 A dental practice is added to the AMPO clinic.
  • 2005 Katrin Rohde is appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre
    du Mérite Burkinabé.
  • 2005 Katrin Rohde is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as a part of the swiss campaign 1000 women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005.
  • 2006 Sahel e.V. receives the internationally recognized DZI charity seal of approval for the first time.
  • 2007 Every year AMPO pays the school fees for around one thousand children in Burkina Faso, in addition to that of our own three hundred children.
  • 2008 ALMA is the urgently needed extension to MIA. There are now fifty abandoned girls in the care of AMPO.
  • 2008 The mobile wheelchair workshop and Edouard make it possible to provide a direct service for the physically handicapped in the villages.
  • 2009 Two hundred wheelchairs are distributed to the handi- capped, mainly to children whose school fees are also paid by AMPO.
  • 2009 The AMPO rehab centre is the latest extension to the clinic, for the long-term treatment of children with serious burn injuries.
  • 2009 AMPO receives a gift of five hectares of land from the Mayor – what will the next project be?
  • 2009 Katrin Rohde receives the distinction Chevalier de l’Ordre National Burkinabé and the Certificate of Honour of the Order of Mother Teresa (Mission- aries of Charity) for her work.
  • 2010 The nutrition project is launched at the clinic. Two thousand four hundred mothers with undernourished children are trained in subjects including the prepara-
    tion of enriched baby food, hygiene and family plan- ning. The children’s development is regularly moni- tored and the effort is rewarded by the progress made by the smallest infants.
  • 2011 Katrin Rohde is appointed Ashoka Fellow.
  • 2011 New strategies are developed for the Tondtenga agri-
    cultural project.
  • 2012 Opening of the EMMA YIRI generation project in Ouagadougou. Twenty young girls and five to ten elderly women in need live and learn together in this facility. The young women learn organic vegetable farming methods and small livestock farming. They can also learn pottery in our own pottery workshop. The elderly women come from the poorest back- grounds, they are integrated into the community and teach the girls traditional values, sharing their experi- ence of life. Serving as an example, this farm is unique in Burkina Faso.
  • 2013 Owing to urban development the orphanages have to undergo reconstruction by the end of the year. The road between the AMPO and ANNEXE houses is to be tarmacked and the children have to be moved.

 

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