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Heidelberg Sustainable Development Abroad e.V. (HeiSDA) is a student association concerned with developing projects in the Global South. We harness the energy, enthusiasm and resources of Heidelberg’s student body to facilitate developing projects in the developing world.

Working together with our local partner NGOs we support rural grass root community groups to realise small-scale, community-initiated development projects on the ground through financial and non-material support.

In close cooperation with our local partner NGOs, we aim to make sure that the projects we fund and help implement are sustainable. By ‘sustainable’ we mean that the projects are actually needed, are sensitive to the social context and that they have a positive immediate and long-term impact on the communities. The way to achieve this is through community-ownership and community-based decisions. This means, the local community is mainly responsible for both, the initial idea and the implementation of the project.

This way we help to alleviate some of the major development issues through basic but most effective development programmes. Most of the development projects funded by Heidelberg Sustainable Development Abroad e.V. funds are straightforward construction projects implemented to establish a better and healthier life within the communities, particularly emphasising the needs of the most vulnerable groups therein. The projects are either conducted to achieve practical changes to the lives of the host communities or to offer alternative and innovative approaches to community development.

Projects supported by Heidelberg Sustainable Development Abroad e.V. may include building or renovating community buildings, smokeless stoves, latrines, paths or other amenities as well as facilitating informal teaching sessions, awareness raising workshops etc.