The association LHL

Learning - Helping - Living

Lernen – Helfen – Leben e.V. (LHL) has more than twenty years experience with developments projects in Ghana and Chad, beginning in 1989 in Ghana with support for small-scale crafts. At present, the Chad project (in Benoye) is still underway in collaboration with the Chadian regional NGO “JARABE”. Components are two secondary schools (le Collège et le Lycée de l’Amitié), a cultural centre – equipped with photovoltaic electricity – with a broad spectrum of cultural activities (e.g. education in hygiene, concerts, television), and a workshop for rural technology and a tailoring workshop. The schools are remarkable for their high percentage of girls, which equals that of boys. This is possible because LHL supports 50 % of the school fee for girls. Collaboration with JARABE is facilitated by close personal contacts and mutual visits. Thus, the president of JARABE visited Germany in 2006 on the invitation by LHL

Gouvernement-run projects are necessarily connected with much administrative expenditure. Their objectives and strategies are usually not defined in a regional context. Those who live in close contact with local people, are more likely to consider what is needed locally and what the aspirations of local people are.

These experiences were the starting point for former members of the DED (German Voluntary Service) who had been working in training centres for craftsmen in Ghana, to launch their own association, to foster projects and to mobilize private and public money while continuing close cooperation with DED. This was the beginning of LHL "Learning - Helping - Living".

The aim was support to local initiatives in Africa in the sense of integrated rural development at the local level. In the early years the focus of our activities was on Ghana, since 1995 there has been a shift to the republic of Chad, where we found a trustworthy and dynamic partner organization called JARABE ("we are building the country").


March, 20th, 2008: atmosfair awards climate price 2008 to efficient cooking stoves project in Nigeria

The 50.000 $ price was awarded today to the Nigerian Association DARE and the German Organisation LHL e.V.

The atmosfair climate award supports projects with high impact on local sustainable development, which are not only beneficial to the climate, but also to the people. Besides saving greenhouse gases, the efficient cooking stoves reduce indoor pollution and thus health problems of the users. Less money is spent for firewood and fossil fuels: The cooker saves up to 80% of the firewood. The technology, coming from Germany, is assembled in Nigeria, leading to qualified jobs. The project is developed by atmosfair as CDM Gold Standard project. Please find the press release here.

You find a description of our Nigeria-project on the website of atmosfair.


You find an English section of LHL on this website:


Website of DARE, our Nigerian partner organization:


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