What defines us?
How does Aid Pioneers e.V. evolve.
What defines us?
How does Aid Pioneers e.V. evolve.
What Aid Pioneers e.V. stands for
Aid Pioneers aims to tackle distribution inequality by making resources that we have in abundance and cannot make us of available in crisis areas where they can change the lives of many. Since our inception, we have used flights that were not fully booked to fly donations as extra luggage and free space on cargo planes to send donations as air freight. We also transport larger volumes of donations by truck. For example, in September 2021 we brought a cone beam tomograph, a ventilator, a defibrillator and 39 hospital beds to Lebanon, among other things. Due to various regulations, this medical equipment could no longer be used in Germany, although it was still fully functional. We have made it our goal to create logistics solutions so that such devices need not be thrown away and can continue to be used in crisis areas. That way, we were able to bring 13 tonnes of disinfectant to the Moria refugee camp on Lesbos in January 2021, at the height of the Corona pandemic, before the disinfectant would have been destroyed due to high storage costs. Aid Pioneers also sees itself as a platform and partner for many other NGOs. We not only provide other NGOs with our logistics solutions, but also help them conceptually to make their projects even more efficient and impactful. Since June 2021, for example, we have been supporting an organisation in Sierra Leone that produces reusable menstrual underwear for young girls so that they can go to school permanently. As the organisation was no longer able to maintain their production due to supply chain problems and thus the income of 18 Sierra Leonean seamstresses was also at risk, Aid Pioneers helped to raise 40,000 USD to buy 2.3t of flannel with this budget and bring it from Turkey via Brussels to Freetown. In this way, 12,600 menstrual kits can now be produced, bringing as many girls back to their classrooms for the next three years.
Our finances and accountability
At the beginning of the work process is the acquisition of donations. Here, the association can draw on, among other things, a successful crowdfunding campaign (€24,000) in December 2020. Aid Pioneers e.V. received additional support of €9,230 from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development for the transport of medical supplies to Lebanon. In the summer of 2021, the association organised a benefit concert in Bavaria for the first time
(€9,400). Also, our education campaign raised €9,650 to bring children back to school in Lebanon. Inspired by this success, a benefit art auction will take place in Berlin next November and another benefit concert in London. In addition, the association is constantly receiving donations in kind from companies such as Sparkasse or Culto GmbH.
How we are organised
Aid Pioneers e.V. is divided into various aid projects and cross-sectional areas. The aid projects currently include projects in Lebanon, Sierra Leone and Northern Iraq. The aid projects are flanked by the cross-sectional areas of logistics, funding, law and finance, transparency and IT, as well as marketing. The association works primarily digitally from numerous cities. The two donation warehouses are currently located in Berlin and Düsseldorf.
As Aid Pioneers e.V. is characterised by flat hierarchies and flexible engagement, the association allows members to adjust their time commitment according to their study or work situation. Individual members who work in the above-mentioned areas spend 2-3 hours a week. Members in coordinating positions, on the other hand, spend up to 30 hours per week. It should be noted that every Aid Pioneer, without exception, is pursuing a degree or a profession. Thanks to the given secondary occupations, numerous fields of study are covered, especially the following: law, political science, philosophy, business administration and economics, as well as natural sciences and engineering.
For the efficient transport of donations, Aid Pioneers e.V. can rely on an extensive network of Qatar Airways Cargo, Sundair and Brussels Airlines. The airlines transport the donations free of charge as extra luggage on flights that are not fully booked to three continents by now. In the case of bulky or hazardous goods, such as medical equipment or disinfectants, the association commissions shipping companies by land. For the collection and delivery of donations within Germany, Miles GmbH DE offers us to use their cars for free.
A network of local NGOs and partners of Aid Pioneers facilitates the planning of distribution on site. In Lebanon, for example, the association reaches thousands of families of different population groups across religious and cultural boundaries through the partner NGOs “Kafe be Kafak” and “We Do Association”. In this way, local circumstances can be better understood and evaluated for future transports. In northern Iraq, the European Technology and Training Centre has been supporting the association locally since May 2020 by providing the necessary documents and distribution. As Aid Pioneers can only send members to the field on a selective basis, it is essential to maximise donation efficiency through the expertise of local partners.