Learning - Helping - Living

Presentation of LHL:

LHL is politically and religiously independent. The association was founded in 1988 by returnees of the DED (Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst, i.e. German German Development Service), and it initially launched several small projects in Ghana.

These last years the range of activities and the number of countries in which LHL promotes projects, has increased. Themes are the support of schools, forest conservation, reforestation, organic farming, composting, drip irrigation, fuel wood saving stoves, solar energy (photovoltaics, training in the small-scale production of solar lamps, solar dryers), village development, building of toilets, low-cost housing using PET-bottles, awareness-raising projects in Germany (for students, teachers and evening universities).

Of particular significance is our CDM fuel wood saving stove project in Nigeria, the first of its kind world-wide, which is being realized in conjunction with the “Developmental Association for Renewable Energies” (DARE) and the German carbon offset company atmosfair gGmbH. The project is registered by the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) under N° 2711 and also by the Gold Standard Organisation (a quality label for climate protection projects) under N° 415.

A short presentation of our project in German is available on the website of the German Ministry of the Environment (BMU)

For the official project documentation see UNFCCC.

Some "Co-benefits" are described on the UNFCCC website.

Additional information on the current status of the project is available under "atmosfair"   

Working with LHL:

All collaborators of LHL – except one –work on an honorary basis. We don’t have German collaborators abroad, as all our projects are managed by local partners. LHL members in charge of individual projects are those, who first recommended the project and became members of the executive committee. Most collaborators of LHL are retired; on the other hand, the number of countries and projects is increasing. Therefore we need more young collaborators.

If you want to contact us please send a mail  to info@l-h-l.org  or call one of the persons incharge by phone.



  1. School project „Collège de l’Amitié“ in Benoye, Village development in collaboration with „JARABE“ („We are building the country“) ,

  2. Collaboration with the private agricultural high school ESTAF /N’Djamena,

Jürgen Marquardt, 0049-(0)-4441/81343,                      


  1. CDM Climate protection project „Efficient fuel wood stoves for Nigeria“,

  2. Training of solar technicians in assembling solar lamps (Trainer: Arwed Milz),

Bernd Blaschke 0049-(0)-211-629072

DR Congo East:

New forests new stoves and agro-forestry in South-Kivu“, reforestation, forest kindergarten, re-integration of former child soldiers, building of fuel-saving stoves (type Lorena) more on our rainforest internet site

Heinz Rothenpieler, 0049-(0)-211-312608

DR Congo West/Kilueka:

Collaboration with „Songa Nzila e.V.“, („Showing the path“), cultivation of medicinal plants for local use, forest protection as forage for bees, bee-keeping as a source of income instead of forest destruction, village development.

Irene Freimark-Zeuch, 0049-(0)-2527-947840


Project centered araound a school in conjunction with the Lycée Francaise de Düsseldorf, rural development project in collaboration with the "Association pour le Développement intégral de la Communauté Houdou" (ADICH), dans la région d'Atakpamé.

Chantal Kloecker,


Rural development project Andalamengoke, Bernd Blaschke in collaboration with the ecumenical environment group of the St. Thomas- and Franziscus  church in Duesseldorf-Moersenbroich, which is a collective member of LHL. Your find more information on our Madagascar-Internet site


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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