Following the unexpected death of Stefan Wellensen in July 2013, the Fred-Eric Essam and Philipp Karutz appointed Madlen Ehrlich to be a member of the executive committee of ident.africa. Madlen is going to be responsible for finance. Continue reading
Dear friends, dear partners and supporters,
today we have to make a very sad announcement. Our member of the board Stefan Wellensen died much to early and very unexpectedly. We are still looking for the right words in order to give our consternation the right and proper expression. We are not only mourning for a valuable member of ident.africa, but rather for a very good friend.
Stefan Wellensen was an early and very important member of ident.africa. He was actively supporting ident.africa since 2004. He was keeping an eye on the financials of the association year over year, while initiating creative new projects. Thanks to his organisational talent involved in the soccer tournament “Kick4Boboyo” we were able to bring a lot of people in Cologne together and to demonstrate them our project in Cameroon.
We will miss Stefans loveable character, his competence and his willingsness to help very much. The gap that is left by Stefan is big – not only within our association. All the more our honest sympathy goes out to his family.
Dr. Philipp Karutz
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pawlak
Fred-Eric Essam, a senior solution sales professional for IBM Germany whose native country is Cameroon on the West Coast of Africa, founded the not-for-profit organization, ident.africa, to balance the education deficit on the continent. Based on a research project and with the help of architectural experts from Germany and Cameroon, a preschool of traditional design, meeting climate induced aspects and using building materials from the surrounding area, will be built in the village of Boboyo in the north of Cameroon in 2013. This promises an economical use of resources and thereby conforms to the objective of sustainability, while providing early education to 120 children in a country where education is still a privilege. Continue reading