Lebenshilfe für Afrika e.V.
§ 1 - Name, registered office and address
1.The association is called "Lebenshilfe für Afrika". It shall be registered in the register and the addition of "e.V." ("registered association") obtained.
2.Office of the Association is Radolfzell, Lake Constance, Germany.
3.Address of premises: An der Kindswiese 10 78315 Radolfzell-Markelfingen
§ 2 - Purpose of the association, benefit to the public and charitableness
1. The association serves the aim of carrying out and supporting development projects in Africa. These include:
- The supply of drinking water, installation of wells and pipeline systems
- The supply of solar power systems (photovoltaic)
- Promoting the construction and maintenance of buildings in order to carry out the mentioned projects (development aid)
- Health care, particularly in establishing and maintaining a suburban medical care,
- Various orphan and street children projects. The task is to give the orphans and street children a future through full-time care, accommodation, meals and education with the aim of vocational training at a later date.
- Adult education
- Awarding of training grants to needy individuals as defined in § 53 No. 2 AO (- charity -).
2.The association serves exclusively and directly non-profit, charitable purposes as defined in section "tax-privileged purposes" of the German fiscal code (§ 51 ff AO).
Association funds may only be used for statutory purposes. The Association is active in altruistic sense, it does not pursue its own economic purposes.
3.The members receive no allowances from the association. No person may benefit from expenses that are external to the purpose of the association, or by disproportionately high remuneration.
4.The association's posts are performed voluntarily. If necessary, association posts can be performed on the basis of a contract of employment or payment of compensation under § 3 No. 26 EST, according to the budgetary law possibilities of the association. The decision to reward activities for the association lies on the General Meeting in accordance with paragraph 2.
§ 3 - Duration of the association / Fiscal year
1. The duration of the association is undetermined.
2. The fiscal year is the calendar year.
§ 4 - Becoming a Member
1. Member of the Association may be natural or legal persons who are willing to:
a) support the association
b) commit to the stated objectives of the association
c) and recognize the Association's articles.
2. Sponsors of the Association are those persons who declare themselves willing to promote the association's purpose without purchasing the membership.
3. The request for membership shall be addressed to the Executive Board. It decides about the admission, which is effective upon entry in the directory of members.
§ 5 - Membership and Fees
1. The Membership is not transferable or inheritable. It also brings no claim to the assets of the association.
2. Each member has one vote in the General Meeting.
3. Members shall pay an annual fee; the minimum amount is agreed upon by the General Meeting. The fee is collected by direct debit.
§ 6 - Termination of Membership
1. The resignation from the association is possible at any time (without cancellation notice) and will be effective upon written notice to the Executive Board. Prorated fees are not refundable.
2. The exclusion of a member is only possible by decision of the General Meeting. The decision must be made with a two-thirds majority of members present.
§ 7 - Bodies of the Association
The bodies of the association are the General Meeting and the Executive Board.
§ 8 - The General Meeting
Convening of the General Meeting
a) An ordinary general meeting is held once a year.
b) An extraordinary general meeting may be requested by members of the association if at least 10 members request this, stating the purpose and reasons in writing to the Executive Board.
c) The convening of the General Meeting shall be made by written invitation of the Executive Board. The agenda is to be attached to the invitation.
d) The invitations are to be handed over to the office 14 days before the meeting to allow delivery via standard mail.
Quorum and decisions
a) The General Meeting constitutes a quorum regardless of the number of members present.
b) Voting has to be by secret ballot if this is requested by any member present.
c) Decisions are made by simple majority of members present and shall be binding upon all members. The same applies for personnel decisions. In case of equality of votes, the vote of the chairman determines.
d) Decisions on amendments to the Articles and the dissolution of the association require a three quarters majority of the valid votes cast.
e) Decisions of the General Meeting are to be reported by the secretary and signed by another member of the executive board.
§ 9 - The Executive Board
Composition the Executive Board and its election
a) The Board consists of four members of the association, that is the chairman, his deputy, the treasurer and the secretary.
b) The Board is elected by the General Meeting for three years. It remains in office until the end of the General Meeting, when elections take place.
c) If a board member resigns during his/her term of office, a supplementary election for the remaining period of post has to be made in the next General Meeting.
d) The Board proposes two auditors to the General Meeting. The two auditors are elected by the General Meeting and perform for a term of three years.
e) If an auditor resigns from office during his/her term time, a supplementary election for the remaining period of post has to be made in the next General Meeting.
2.The Executive Board as representative body
The association is judicially and extrajudicially represented by the Chairman alone or by two members of the Executive Board jointly. This also applies for entering commitments.
3. The duties of the Executive Board
The Executive Board manages the association and performs its duties. It keeps the books in such a way that they meet the fiscal requirements for the granting of charitable status and charity. It is bound to the decisions of the General Meeting and shall implement them.
The Chairman convenes the ordinary and extraordinary General Meetings and leads them.
The board may appoint "assessors" to assist it with advice and, where appropriate, participate in Executive Board meetings.
4. Statement of accounts
The Executive Board has to give an oral statement of accounts of the past fiscal year in the General Meeting.
The bookkeeping has to be examined each year by two persons not belonging to the Executive Board; they have to write a record of this. The oral report on this examination is part of the statement of accounts.
5. Discharge of the Executive Board
It is the duty of the General Meeting to decide on the discharge of the Executive Board.
§ 10 - Dissolution
In case of dissolution of the association or loss of its tax-exempt purposes, the assets of the association will pass into the ownership of the mission of St. Anna – sisters, registered office in Tivolistr. 21, CH 6006 Lucerne; it may only be used for charitable / non-profit purposes in Africa.
§ 11 - Final Provisions
1. Sponsors of the association (non-members) are entitled to attend all general meetings.
2. The Articles of Association are submitted to the District Court Radolfzell and are coming into force with the registration of the association in the register.
The Articles were agreed at the inaugural meeting of the association on 15th November 2000.
Radolfzell on 15 November 2000, as amended Radolfzell 27 June 2003
changed Radolfzell February 2006, as amended Radolfzell 09th April 2011