Donate a second life for your first-aid kit!
Our mission is to collect first-aid kits in all of Germany before shipping them to Ghana.
There, they are going to be distributed by the Ghana Red Cross Society so they can be used for education purposes.
Our main goals are the improvement of quality of first-aid education, raising awareness for the importance of first-aid as well as finding a new way of use for already expired first-aid kits.
Why should you donate?
We are devoted to teaching students as well as teachers at universities and schools in Ghana basic knowledge regarding first-aid. Quite often however, even the teaching body does not only lack teaching material but also fundamental knowledge regarding first-aid measures.
One simple example: If a child stumbles, falls and thereby causes itself a scar, the wound usually does not get proper treatment although it requires disinfection and a dressing should be applied.
However, this failure cannot be explained by indifference but rather a lack of common first-aid knowledge as well as practical experience. The main reason being the fact that – even though theoretical knowledge is usually imparted in the context of first-aid courses and lessons – the availablity of sufficient quantities of first-aid equipment is often not given leaving course participants and students with no chance to practice their theoretical knowledge and gain confidence in perfoming first aid.
We strive to resolve this problem, but we need your help in order to do so. We are just asking for you expired first-aid kit that you would have disposed of otherwise. Please donate a second life for you first-aid kit.
You can´t find any first-aid kits at home? The kit in your car hasn’t expired yet? No problem at all! You can support us anyway.
Tell your friends and family about us and our idea. It doesn’t matter where and when. But most certainly, somebody possesses an old first-aid kit he or she might have already forgotten about that is patiently awaiting its chance of a second life.
Do you know a place that could function as a collection point for first-aid kits? Do you think you could spare some time in order to pick those up once the collection box is completely filled?
Or would you mind donating a little bit of money so as to support us to cover the costs of getting the first-aid kits to Ghana?
We are a group of young people from all over Germany who made a decision of not going straight to university or starting an apprenticeship at a company after graduating from high school. Instead, we participated in a volunteer program and went abroad to Ghana.Over the course of this program, we worked in schools, hospitals and orphanages in Ghana and experienced Ghanaian culture as parts of our welcoming host families. This is how we got to know and to appreciate the people and their way of living.
Some of us taught first-aid at schools during this time. By conducting these trainings, they realized that the Ghana Red Cross Society certainly is well-structured. Nonetheless, the lack of adequate and sufficient quantities of teaching and exercise material gets in the way of the success of these lessons.
This is when the idea of this project evolved aiming for a solution to resolve this very issue. We had no problems whatsoever to convince our friends, families and further volunteers of our idea, many of whom take part in our project in various ways. We sincerely hope that this project endures over a long period of time. But by doing so, we rely on you.
Are there still any unanswered questions
How can I donate my first-aid kit?
There is more than one answer to this question. It depends on the number of kits you would like to donate. We kindly advise you to find the way that suits you best by visiting our information page that concerns itself with different ways of donating. If you are still unsure how to donate or which method to choose, please do not hesitate to contact us via the contact form accessible using the button in the upper right corner. We are happy to help.
Where will my first-aid kit end up?
First of all, your kit finds its way to us. Alongside many other kits, it will be stored until we gathered a substantial amount of kits in order to minimize transport expenses. If we have enough kits to fill up an entire container, we are going to do so. Subsequently, the container will be transported by sea to West Africa. Our current plan is to transfer the kits into the competent hands of the Ghana Red Cross Society instructors and teachers. They, in turn, are happy to implement more practical exercises into their theoretical lessons. However, our long-term goal is to expand our project to more African countries and supply even more students and teachers with adequate teaching and exercise material.
How many kits do you plan on collecting?
We have not set ourselves a certain limit as we would like to help as many people as possible. Yet, we do hope that we attain our paramount goal for now and supply as many first-aid kits to Ghanaian schools and universities as required. Subsequently, we would like to expand our project to further countries and try to meet their demands in teaching and exercise material. However, the attainment of this goal is in the distant future. That is why we work towards our first milestone: 8.000 first-aid kits. That should be enough to fill an entire container.
Can I trace my donation?
Unfortunately, no, you cannot. We are not capable of tracing back every single kit that was previously donated. This is partly due to technological difficulties. Moreover, we would face privacy-related issues if we attempted to locate any particular first-aid kit. If you wish to find more information on how and where your kit is in use, please visit our blog instead where we keep you posted as to the state of our project, recent developments and advancements and so on.
How can I get involved?
There are various different ways of getting involved. Most importantly, you can help us by spreading the word about our project. You can pass on your enthusiasm towards our idea towards others who, in turn, might feel encourage to participate as well and donate first-aid material. Moreover, we are constantly looking for cooperation and business partners, new members of our association as well as assistants for the execution of events and other organizational issues. And obviously: Don’t throw your first-aid equipment into the bin. Please donate it instead to us.
Should you require further information, please refer to our FAQ page.