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actMED e. V.

Bank für Kirche und Diakonie

IBAN: DE06 3506 0190 1011 1080 12

BIC: GENODED1DKD

 Copyright 2015 actMED [accompanied Church-based community Transformation, Medical care and EDucation] 

ABOUT US

WHAT WE DO:

Medical care

We stand alongside those living in poverty and advocate their basic human rights in an under-resourced health system.

Training of medical professionals

We train accredited surgeons, laboratory technicians and scientific personel  to strengthen the national health system.

Community work

We equip communities to meet their needs in-depedent from outside help.

OUR CONCEPT

we strongly invest in:

  • Partnership

  • Skills acquisition

  • Identification and mobilisation of local skills, resources, productivity

  • overcoming poverty-promoting worldviews

 

 

to see:

  • People empowered to think for themselves as agents of change

  • Ownership and autonomy for people living in poverty

  • development initiatives to be community-owned, not led or controlled by an NGO

THE FOUNDERS

Dr.med. Jens Vaylann,
Assistant Prof. of Surgery

(Loma Linde University, California, USA)

Executive Director

is trained as a general surgeon. The last years, he has worked as consultant in Kenya at Tenwek Hospital, training Kenyan physicians to become surgeons.

Dr. Eva Vaylann,

Ph.D

Executive Director

holds a master in biochemistry and molecular biology. She originally worked in the field of metabolomics and protein research. Today she  focuses on the training of laboratory professionals and scientific tropical health professionals in East Africa.

MEET OUR TEAM:

Rev. Walter Rutto

Community training

 

heads the community training in Kenya and is the founder of the organization Transforming Compassion Network. For his work he received the "Inspiring people" award by Tearfund in 2013.

Stephen Mosheni

Community training

 

trained in Primary Health Care, he is now a passionate and experienced trainer in community work in Kenya and beyond.

Winny Chemutai

Community work

is the local leader of the community training in Kenya.

 Alexander Euler

Media and church training


is a media designer and  heads the discipleship training in Germany.

 

Alexander Staudacher

Executive Board

 

works as a Controller and serves in his local church.

Jose Luis Rodrigues

Community work

leader of the community training and the orphanage in Mozambique.

Hellen Njoroge

Consultant

is holding a MA in counseling psychology. She lives in Kenya and seeks to provide counselling and life skills empowerment to the marginalized.

 

We want to tell a new story

 

A story that is not about the needs of African people but of their knowledge and their ability to steward their own communities.

 

The old and single story about Africa communicates the devastating message that only the economically wealthy can save the poor. But in this story both parties become poorer: the economically poor become more and more paralyzed from taking initiative to steward their own communities, and the economically wealthy are further confirmed in the erroneous claim of having all the answers.

This is a story that creates stereotypes and truncated worldviews.

  Redefining poverty

The people we work with are affected by chronic poverty. In addition to complex economic and political causes, we have learned that poverty-promoting beliefs have a crucial impact. Because our beliefs influence how we behave. Our program begins by identifying the beliefs that keep communities in poverty ...

 

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Poverty reduction begins in the minds and hearts of all involved people

Our project approach  focuses on strengthening the ability to act and the capacities of affected people. In this way, people  will have true ownership of their development independent from external aid, and find solutions to problems that we cannot even see as outsiders. This returns the responsibility for development back into the competent hands of the people living in developing regions.

Our vision

 

Local churches transformed and empowered by biblical worldviews practicing intentionally sacrificial neighborly-love to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs and to recover the broken and unjust social systems in every sphere of society.