- Human rights
- International/Cultural relations
- Youth and education
Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste e.V. (ASF) is a European level non-governmental volunteer organisation with approx. 50 (full- and part-time) employees, 830 members and branches in several European countries. ASF was founded in 1958 by Christians seeking to confront the era of National Socialism in German history. Since then more than thousand of young volunteers have been involved in our work towards international and intercultural reconciliation. The yearly costs of our work amount to about 3,8 Mio. Euro. We finance our work mostly with donations, church collections and members fees, but also with church and public funds, EU subsidies, grants from fundations and other proceeds. We work in a network of partner organisations in 14 European and non-European countries. We cooperate with diverse partners from the fields of historical and political education, social work, with memorial sites and human rights organisations.
Our goal is to raise awareness of the consequences of National Socialist crimes and take a stand against current forms of anti-Semitism, racism and monirity-group discrimination. Our international long- and short-term volunteer programmes as well as our educational work offer an opportunity for young people to learn about history, other cultures and societies and about themselves. They provide chances to experience and accept different patterns of thought and behaviour. The programmes help the volunteers to fight racism and anti-semitism and to commit themselves to the creation of a more tolerant, just and peaceful world.
Our main activities are: long-term voluntary services in Belarus (currently paused due to the political situation), Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia (currently paused due to the political situation), United Kingdom, Ukraine (currently paused due to the war against Ukraine) and USA - short-term voluntary services in Israel - international summer camps in various countries - two-week internships in Israel, Poland and USA for job trainees - educational trips to Belarus, Israel and Ukraine - Educational work (e.g. seminars, public events, publications, etc.)
We bring years of experience in the fields of educational, historical and political voluntary work and a solid network of various partnerships in European and non-European countries.
We are very interested on expanding our work in the EUROMED-countries. Being a member in the ALF Network could help us find possible partners for our future projects.