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We mourn the loss of Sven Seifert

30. July 2018 - Dresden
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our founding member, long-time managing director and foreign program manager, Sven Seifert. After long illness, he eventually passed away on the 18th of July in 2018 at the age of 56.

arche noVa is Sven’s livework. Under his guidance, the vision of a small group of young Dresdeners became an internationally recognised organisation for Humanitarian Aid and Development Cooperation and not least also a civic voice for tolerance and helpfulness in Dresden and in Saxony.

Sven led our organisation with strategic foresight, neverending energy as well as the power of will and persuasion. He had the ability to inspire people and to defend the things that were important to him in an engaged and combative manner. Adding his idealism, paired with a realistic estimation of what is possible.

For the skilled locksmith and later hydraulic engineer it already was obvious to him in GDR times that he wanted to see and to change the world. In 1992, together with five friends he set off with an aid transport to Northern Iraq. Soon after they founded arche noVa – Initiative for People in Need e.V. Today arche noVa is active in 14 countries with more than 200 employees.

Sven never accepted standard solutions. In his eyes, Humanitarian Aid and Development Cooperation had to be adapted to the particular context. Solutions should be devised together with the affected people on-site and not over their heads. Sven acted following the motto “A path forms when it is walked”. Seemingly insurmountable obstacles and bureaucratic barriers could not keep him from providing help where it was urgently needed.

In 2016, Sven received the German Federal Cross of Merit in honor of his engagement. Until shortly before his passing he was an active part of every important strategic decision in the project work of arche noVa. He has left a gap that will not be easily closed. His spirit will shape arche noVa for the years to come.


Letters of condolence can be sent to the following address:
arche noVa e.V., Weißeritzstr. 3, 01067 Dresden, Germany or to margret.thieme@arche-nova.org

The public memorial service will take place on the 19th of August 2018 at 14pm on Schloss Hirschstein in 01594 Hirschstein, Germany

Sven Seifert’s family asks to refrain from wreaths and flowers.

 

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