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Lateinamerika-Zentrum e. V. (LAZ)

Kaiserstr. 201
53113 Bonn

Telefon: +49 (0)228 - 24 25 685
Telefax: +49 (0)228 - 24 16 58
Adresse e-mail:info@lateinamerikazentrum.de
Interlocuteur: Paloma Wieland

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The Latin America Centre e.V. (LAZ –Lateinamerika-Zentrum) was founded by Dr. Hermann M. Görgen in 1961. During World War II he had fled from Germany to Brazil, together with a group of Jews and opponents of the regime. When he returned, he founded the Latin America Centre in order to help people who were suffering in Latin America.

The LAZ was officially registered as a non profit-making organisation in 1962. Together with its partner organisations, the LAZ has so far supported and carried through around 1000 aid projects in 16 countries. The work of the LAZ helps people to help themselves and, in cooperation with its partners, the LAZ creates long-term sustainable structures to fight poverty.

The LAZ is unbureaucratic and has a small, highly qualified team of unpaid members who are competent to see the projects through, offering advice or involvement.

The focus of the work of the LAZ in Latin America is on children, young people and women, as well as the disabled and descendants of native Latin Americans. They are not able to free themselves from the poverty trap on their own. There are LAZ projects in rural districts and in the cities.

Apart from these projects, the LAZ contributes to the development of awareness in Germany and the rest of Europe. The public is sensitised to problem areas and difficulties within Latin American societies, as well as being shown the cultural riches of the region.

The LAZ takes on sections of the function of representatives of the lands of Latin America by cooperating with embassies, by supporting economic cooperation and by the portrayal of the countries to the public. Thus NGOs in the north, such as the LAZ, are able to make a significant contribution to the globalisation process and are in a position to have a positive influence on it.

The Latin America Centre acts a link and integration point for Latin American immigrants in the European community. Many young Latin Americans are among the association of friends of the LAZ, and are deeply involved in the planning and realisation of undertakings, and in helping with (charity) events.

On request, the LAZ is happy to take part in charity events, presenting its projects and providing information about lands, peoples and culture. As far as we are able, we organise spontaneous brown bag sessions for representatives of, or visitors from, Latin American countries, so that they can voice their concerns. We are glad to help with any questions about Latin America or with the provision of contacts. For financial reasons we cannot, however, dispatch volunteers to Latin America.


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