2022: FLY & HELP event

Emotional evening in Straelen

Thanks to Reiner Meutsch and FLY&HELP, a good 200 people experienced an unforgettable evening in the Bofrost Halle Straelen on Monday, 07.11.2022. We support the vision of the Reiner Meutsch Foundation to build schools in emerging countries by building a school in Malawi. In order to provide children with a livelihood in the form of education, the managing director couple Andrea and Ingo Grusa are particularly committed.

“Dear guests, I think we have all experienced a very special evening that will not only remain in our minds, but in our hearts. And we have experienced how important our support is for these people. One sentence in particular touched me this evening: Where people have the least, share the most. Maybe that’s exactly what we need,” Andrea Grusa concluded to long applause from the audience.

With traditional dance interludes, live music and singing, the presentation of the world journey was experienced by the audience.

For the official inauguration, of the now several school buildings, Andrea and Ingo Grusa will travel with a group of family, friends and co-workers to Malawi in May 2023. The 26 participants are looking forward to an eventful and emotional experience.

Already 3.200,-€ donations have been transferred on the first two days and support our project. If you would like to contribute to the school construction with a donation, please contact the Baak company.

His FLY & HELP round-the-world flight was an adventure, an aid project and his heart’s desire all at once. The founder and RPR1. radio presenter Reiner Meutsch fulfilled a lifelong dream: He exchanged his desk for the cockpit of a small plane to fly around the world once. However, the focus was not on adventure, but on the desire to enable children in developing countries to attend school.

In his luggage he has a thousand and one stories from his flight around the globe. Along a 100,000-kilometer flight route from Africa to Asia, Australia, North and South America, and Greenland, a captivating and at the same time moving story unfolds through 77 countries. A show of emotions and natural spectacles awaits the audience – from sandstorms in Mauritania, a speedy rickshaw ride through Kolkata, smoking volcanoes above the Andes or mighty glaciers on Greenland.

Using colorful images and entertaining video sequences, the globetrotter reports on the journey of a lifetime and the work of his foundation since 2010. “The show is very close to my heart. I want to inspire people, carry them away and use the favor of the hour to draw attention to the great importance of education in developing countries,” says the FLY & HELP globetrotter. (Source Fly & Help)

2022: Progress in Malawi

2022: Construction of the 2nd building - progress and development

Cyclone Ana hit Mozambique and Malawi in January, causing storms and flooding. The region of our school was severely affected, but the new school building weathered it well and suffered no damage.

Until now, three additional classes were taught there in temporary wooden/straw huts, which unfortunately did not survive the storm and flooding. Therefore, we will bring forward the construction of a new building this year so that the three classes can be taught again. Now the construction site has been opened by the municipality.

Our project partner was in Malawi at the beginning of May and visited our school buildings. The construction site is very well organized and the young principal is doing a great job. The joy about the extension is very big.

2021: School opening

2021: School opening

After six months of construction, the school in the African country of Malawi was completed and inaugurated in September ’21. 520 students between the ages of 6 and 12 are now being taught in four newly built classrooms and two makeshift classrooms. On behalf of the children, we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you, our team, friends and families as supporters and sponsors of this project. With your and your donations, many young people will be given the basis for a self-determined life.

Due to the Corona pandemic, our fundraising efforts have been somewhat delayed, so Fly & Help has advanced funds. The total amount of 60,000 € is still 7,478 € short. But we are firmly convinced that we will get this sum together with your help and the charity event on 07.11.2022 in Straelen.

2021: Progress in Malawi

2021: Progress in Malawi

Our German partner was able to travel to Malawi in April and brought back these pictures and info:

The building is already half bricked (picture 1).

The friendly principal (pictures 2, 3, 4) thanks you very much for your donation and is already looking forward to the new school together with the children.

On pictures 3 and 4 you can still see the old classrooms, which will soon be replaced by new, beautiful ones.

And on picture 3 the principal is holding a paralyzed, retarded child in her arms. Our partner donated a wheelchair for this child.

In August: The bricks are plastered and the interior work is also almost finished! The construction is nearing the end.

2020: Planning

2020: Planning of the school

Project planConstruction of an elementary school
Type of project 4 classrooms
Target group approximately 200 students
Country/location Malawi/Nakonya
Funding 60,000 euros
Partner Reiner Meutsch Foundation FLY & HELP
Term March - September 2021

2019: Trip to Tanzania

2019: Trip to Tanzania by Andrea and Ingo

This school was built in the no man’s land of Tanzania and now offers 600 children the opportunity to learn to read, write and calculate. Without the support of Fly & Help, these children would never have the chance to later lead a self-determined life through education. One must not forget that these people are deeply rooted in their home countries and most of them do not want to leave their countries at all to flee to Europe.

But besides the poor humanitarian conditions, the educational situation in emerging countries is often catastrophic. People invest in the capitals and forget about the children in the countryside. And it is precisely there that we have experienced how urgently help is needed.