Freethinker Association of Havelland (HFH)
The "Humanist Freethinker Association of Havelland" (short:
HFH) stands for a free philosophy of life. In the HFH people meet,
sharing a nonreligious sight of the world and wanting to live in
a humanist and tolerant way.
The HFH stands for tolerance, peace, social justice, liberty for
people who live and/or think different and for the self-responsibility
of human beings.
We work mainly in the fields of life aid and counselling, youth
work and support the elder - so we do a lot of social work. The
HFH has a soupkitchen for homeless and poor people, we care for
the addicted and the welfare of social weak persons. We also organize
celebrations in a nonreligious way (like weddings, funerals etc).
Our association offers to our members and every person who comes
to us an open, warm and friendly atmosphere, in which you can discuss
problems, enjoy freetime and find real friends.
Our youth works is concentrated on nonreligious youth celebrations
and on the way to become an adult. We organise leisure time activities
for young people (and children) in our three youth clubs (in Nauen,
Bredow and Rathenow). There they can meet and talk to each other,
they can play some games etc. - they can just share problems or
have good times together. The HFH social workers take care of the
young visitors and are always open for problems or new ideas. Summing
up, it can be said that in our youth clubs the children becoming
adults are not left alone and they get help if needed, and support
from our side for every problem they have.
and international activities
We also organize trips for young people to other European countries
and in our own country, so that they are given the opportunity to
view inside different cultures, life styles and mentalities.
Added to these trips, we try to give education in taking responsibility
for one´s own life, for the future, for a peaceful world and
green environment. With this the HFH wants to make the people and
mainly the youth aware of their role in the world: every individual
is important and special and does not depend on the welfare of any
with Atheist Centre in India
Since 1994 we have been organising a youth exchange between the
Atheist Centre in Vijayawada/India and our HFH. The Atheist Centre
is situated in Vijayawada in the south Indian state Andhra Pradesh
and was founded by Gora, a very important Indian reformist and friend
In 1996 a delegation of young HFH-members visited India and the
Atheist Centre for the first time, an Indian delegation were our
guest in the same year. In 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 visits from
us to the subcontinent and from our Indian friends to Germany followed.
Through the programme we learned about their social and humanist
work, their mentality, amazing culture, thoughts and views on the
world and much more. For us and for our friends of the Atheist Centre
the exchange programme has become more than only work visits, we
found a family there and they here. When we organise our journeys
to India or the visits of our "Indian family" to Germany,
every young member is involved (as well as hosts families etc.).
In 2003 in February we hope to go to India again for the fourth
Post Address: Karl-Thon-str. 42, 14641 Nauen, Havelland,
Tel: 0049-(0)33211450746, Fax: 0049-(0)3321450747,
© 2002 by Marie Prott & Silvana Uhlrich (members of "Humanist
Freethinker Association of Havelland" HFH)
Involvement in IHEYO
HFH/Brandenburg is full member of IHEYO.
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HumanistInnen Berlin (Juhus)
The Jungen HumanistInnen Berlin (JuHu) are the youth organisation
of the Humanistischer Verband Deutschlands (HVD) Landesverband Berlin.
The JuHus organise projects like cooking classes, sports, dancing,
art, group games, weekends for handicapped and non-handicapped children,
etc. Also there are events like a new years ball, summer party and
club nights. In springtime and autumn we offer weekends with outdoor
activities. In winter and during the summer break we organise youth
travels through Europe. It are mainly our members that take care
of the youth in the camps and that organise the programme. They
go through an education programme for this.
All this work is supported by two employees in the JuHu office.
We also run a youth club with open door youth work,
supported by the two employees and a small school club for pupils
of a primary school.
We have about 250 members, mainly in the age between 18 and 30 years.
but some of them show up only once a year at an activity. And of
course there are also some very active members. There are seven
honorary board members, which organise, discuss and lead the main
activities of the JuHus. These activities are for the members (and
friends) and also for young people aged between 13 and 18.
Next to all this activities the HVD runs a very successful project
for coming of age ceremonies through JugendFEIER. JugendFEIER is
reaching per year circa 3000 young people, age 13 to 15.
JugendFEIER consists of a variety of different courses and spare
time activities that are offered in autumn and winter before the
ceremonies take place in spring every year. A lot of JuHu members
work as volunteers for the JugendFEIER and there is a good co-operation
the JuHus in other areas.
Secular Ethical Classes
The HVD is also reaching young people in Berlin through secular
ethical classes (Lebenskundeunterricht) on public schools where
pupils can then choose for this classes instead of religion classes.
32.000 kids between 6 and 16 years use that offer, so this is an
important project for the HVD.
As a new project we have a Kids and Youth Office that
does district work.
Contact Junge HumanistInnen Berlin
Greifenhagener Str. 53
0049/ 030/ 48 49 65 12
(Antje Leuschke- Education and Members)
Juhus co-organised with IHEYO the second IHEYO conference in Berlin,
2003. And the parent organisation of the Juhus, Humanistischer Verband
Deutschlands (HVD) is member organisation of IHEU, "parent"
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