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EIRENE - Internationaler Christlicher Friedensdienst e.V. Charity Profile
EIRENE is the Greek word for Peace. It is a recognised German ecumenical peace and development organisation. EIRENE is approved as an international alternative to the required domestic civil service or to the obligatory military service in Germany.
EIRENE was founded in 1957 by Christians from several denominations. They felt committed to the practice of nonviolence. They wanted to show an alternative to the rearmament after the second world war. The founders were members of the historic peace churches - Mennonites and the Church of the Brethren - and the International Fellowship of Reconciliation. These churches still maintain membership with EIRENE. They are active on the council alongside with the German, Swiss and the Dutch branches.
Annually EIRENE has about 100 volunteers who serve as peace workers and/or as development workers. They are working in a variety of projects in many countries to help build solidarity and to provide relief. More than 1,000 volunteers in the last fourty years have experienced that the traditional classic foreign aid is just not enough. It is insufficient to resolve the unjust structures in our world and the root causes behind them. The main issue today is no longer simply how to support projects, but also how to support partner groups. EIRENE works with partner groups that establish just systems and structures in the third world as well as in the northern hemisphere.