Hope is the best present

Hope is the best present

War, illness, poverty, exclusion: Hopelessness has many reasons. Luckily, remedies are also existing. The EMS Foundation concentrates on improving the living conditions for all humans worldwide - regardless of religion or nationality.

The Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) is an association of 25 churches and five mission societies. It is its goal to achieve better living conditions, for Christians and members of other religions alike. Sustainability, fairness and reliability are the guidelines for its well concerted projects and initiatives.

The EMS Foundation fights against poverty. It supports education, health care, peace work, church planting and environment protection within a solid network of worldwide partners in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. This valuable long-term help enables the EMS to give hope to people through new chances and perspectives in their lives in many regions of the world.


The Ursula Helene Foundation is a sub-foundation of the EMS Foundation and supports the education of girls in Africa sustainably. There, girls and women are still highly disadvantaged. Less than 60 percent of the girls attend a school. But education is vital, not only to improve the status of the women and girls. First of all, education is the best way to escape poverty and to build an economically stable society. The Ursula Helene Foundation supports the education of girls sustainably. With a donation to the Ursula Helene Foundation you bestow a new perspective for their future on girls in Africa.

What we support

Since Indonesian village schools are poorly equipped, many parents send their children to secondary schools in the city. There the children find lodging and supportive care in Christian boarding homes.

EMS-Corona-Relief: Together Against Corona


The coronavirus crisis is hitting the poorest countries especially hard. The virus is spreading like wildfire in the countries of our member churches. They, too, urgently need our solidarity.

Fostering Next Generation Ecumenical Leaders

South Korea

The ecumenical movement needs young and committed people. With management trainings the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea wants to strengthen its next generation leaders and broaden their horizon.

Interreligious Dialogue


Strengthening mutual understanding - this is the aim of the Institute For Interfaith Dialogue in Indonesia. Therefore, the centre offers religious leaders in Yogyakarta trainings and shows ways how different religions can work together.

Masangane AIDS Programme

South Africa

AIDS destroys the livelihood of many South Africans and their families since those infected can find no jobs and children are left as orphans. The "Masangane" project brings back hope to AIDS sufferers and to the children affected.

Pastoral Management


The Church of South India strengthens its pastors. In workshops they receive profound knowledge in the fields of management, administration and information technology.

Producing Biogas in Mamasa (Sulawesi)


In their training programmes for making biogas the Toraja Mamasa Church shows their members how they can use the manure from their cattle to produce sustainable energy.


Refugee Work

Hong Kong

Christian churches in Hong Kong take care of refugees and try to integrate them into the society. Through workshops and trainings they receive new perspectives of life.

Renovation of Rural Schools

South Africa

In South Africa, young people from rural areas still find it difficult to get an education. The Moravian Church of South Africa supports schooling and education for those who would otherwise not have access to education.

Solidarity with Irregular Workers

South Korea

Strengthening the rights of peons and raising awareness of the challenges of irregular workers: With its project the Presbyterian Church of Korea sets an example of solidarity.


Training for Evangelists


Evangelists are highly committed. They work as missionaries, community leaders, social workers or aid officials. The Church of South India supports their valuable work by workshops and trainings.

The Buraku is a Japanese minority which is constantly faced with social discrimination. Although they were granted equal rights by law in 1871, everyday life is a totally different story. The KYODAN Church stands up for their rights.

Stay informed

The magazine EMS Insights ensures you are always up to date with news from EMS and the churches in the international EMS community in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

EMS Insights will report on key topics from the very varied work of the EMS Fellowship and will always include examples taken from EMS projects. The free 16-page magazine appears twice a year in German and English (online only).

Download the current issue in English as a free e-book now.

Help in the long term


With your donation you help us to give people the help they desperately need. Our projects offer people a new perspective in life, for example through vocational training or a good health care. This way structures can evolve in the long term that improve the lives of all the people of the supported region. Join in. Hope is the best gift.


To help people in the long term is the goal of the EMS. The EMS Foundation provides the financial basis for this quest. Year after year, the interest revenue of the foundation assets helps people in need. You also can be part of it. Your support creates something remaining. With your donation to the foundation either while you are alive or as an inheritance, you support the efforts of the EMS effectively, for you give long term chances to people they would not have otherwise.

Spread the word

The projects and initiatives of the EMS are effective, manifold and exemplary for a cooperation based on partnership. But how much more could the EMS achieve, if more people would know about this work? Mission, help and grace of charity move and connect people. To be a part of this worldwide alliance empowers to help people with sustained effect. This is a good feeling, isn't it? Then spread the word!