Prompted by the Six Day War in the Middle-East, the idea for a citizens' initiative – the "Aktion Friedensdorf e.V." (Action Peace Village) – emerges in Oberhausen. The suffering of children in such crises motivates the founders to attempt to help these most innocent and helpless victims.
6th of July, 1967
The society is registered as a charity at the district of Oberhausen.
The first buildings of the Peace Village Oberhausen are constructed.
The first children arrive. Due to changes in world politics, these are not children from the Middle-East, but victims of the VietNam war.
The President of the UN's Plenary Assembly, Dr. Angie Brooks-Randolph, visits the Peace Village.
Apart from the medical rehabilitation centre, which will be opened in August 1971, all buildings of the Peace Village in Oberhausen are completed. Simultaneously, the world-wide project work of PEACE VILLAGE INTERNATIONAL begins with the building of the basic medical aid station "Villa Mimosa" in DaLat/VietNam.
The Prime Minister of North-Rhine-Westphalia (West Germany), Heinz Kühn, visits PEACE VILLAGE.
30th of April, 1975
The war in VietNam ends.
German Federal Republic President Walter Scheel visits PEACE VILLAGE.
Following the ending of the Vietnam war, donations to PEACE VILLAGE decrease by 50% – very seriously threatening its finances.
PEACE VILLAGE receives the International Peace Award of the organisation "Children as the Peacemakers" in San Francisco, California.
September 1985 September 1985:
Fritz Berghaus dies – he was the founding chairperson (1967-1976), and until his death the president of PEACE VILLAGE.
Retired Herbert Lindner begins a world tour on his little motorcycle to mark PEACE VILLAGE's 20th anniversary and raise funds.
The first injured children from Afghanistan arrive in Oberhausen from a refugee camp in Pakistan.
PEACE VILLAGE EDUCATIONAL CENTRE – PEACE VILLAGE's outreach institution for peace education – is nationally recognised for its "lasting achievements".
The first Afghanistan relief project is started.
The first national co-ordination office for PEACE VILLAGE is established in the city of Sommerkahl, near Frankfurt. In the same month, the first "Friends of PEACE VILLAGE" group in Koblenz, also located near Frankfurt, establishes itself.
The LEGO (famous toy production company) Prize "Ygdrasil" ("The Tree of Life") is awarded to PEACE VILLAGE INTERNATIONAL.
A Peace Village is established in Kabul.
PEACE VILLAGE is awarded the "Badge of Honour" for its work in promoting peace by the "French Veterans Organisation for Peace".
Founding of the PEACE VILLAGE SOCIETY in Austria. This peace organisation gives itself the task of supporting the work of PEACE VILLAGE world-wide and particularly to co-ordinate help in Albania.
6th of July, 1991
The German Federal Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher becomes patron – another landmark of recognition for the work of PEACE VILLAGE – during its 20th anniversary year.
Chairman of PEACE VILLAGE INTERNATIONAL Ronald Gegenfurtner receives the Federal State's High Service Cross by the City Mayor of Oberhausen. The honour is awarded for the exceptional work for children from war and crisis zones.
PEACE VILLAGE receives the "DZI-Contribution Seal" (certifying responsible use of donations) by the German Institute for Social Policy.
The first Angola project is initiated.
The first Georgian project starts – seeking to relieve the devastation arising from the crisis in Georgia (former Soviet Republic), and as a result the "People to People" parcel campaign is established.
The first truckloads of parcels for the Georgians are sent off.
A new building, the headquarter of PEACE VILLAGE, is finished near the Village itself in the city of Dinslaken.
The first second-hand-shop of PEACE VILLAGE opens its doors.
Thirty-five representatives from twelve partner organisations meet in PEACE VILLAGE for a communication forum.
PEACE VILLAGE EDUCATIONAL CENTRE opens its conference centre.
A plane of "Afghan Ariana Airline" crashes in the mountains just before landing at Kabul. All passengers and crew die. The same crew had accompanied the last Afghanistan project from the PEACE VILLAGE only a month earlier. Many of the crew members had been involved in various Afghanistan projects before.
The Dutch branch of PEACE VILLAGE, "VREDESDORP INTERNATIONAAL" is established.
A famous Japanese actress, CHIZURU AZUMA, visits the Village in Oberhausen with a TV crew, which prompts a kind of "Peace Village boom" in Japan. Further TV-reports will be shown in the following years. The interest of the Japanese population in the work of PEACE VILLAGE expresses itself in thousands of information inquiries, contributions and in many volunteers for honorary work.
For services to the Georgian population, the Prime Minister of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze, declares our chairman, Ronald Gegenfurtner, a honorary citizen of Georgia.
Drama characterises events happening around the 41st Afghanistan project. The aircraft that PEACE VILLAGE had chartered is commandeered by the Afghan government to carry pilgrims to Mecca. The project is thus threatened with complete failure. After extensive negotiations, work finally resumes at the beginning of March.
The "PEACE VILLAGE Foundation" (see: Foundation) is established to create long-term financial security for the work of PEACE VILLAGE.
After the catastrophic events in the USA on September 11th, much of Afghanistan becomes a war zone. For weeks, bombs hail on the already extensively destroyed country, which lead to the ever greater need of PEACE VILLAGE aid. The foundation starts a large-scale Afghanistan Project in December, which sees almost 90 tons of auxiliary goods being distributed to the suffering population in Kabul as well as taking injured children to Germany for treatment.
To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the German Lions Clubs donate more than one million Euro to PEACE VILLAGE. The donation is intended to support the extensive re-construction of the Village buildings.
The Prime Minister of North-Rhine-Westphalia, Wolfgang Clement, the mayor of Oberhausen, Burkhard Drescher, and the chairman of the German Lions, Klaus Tang, visit PEACE VILLAGE's annual village celebration and witness the official beginning of the re-construction project.