Edvard Grieg was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic Era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. His use and development of Norwegian folk music in his own compositions placed Norwegian music in the international spectrum and helped develop a national identity.
Troldhaugen was the home of Edvard Grieg and his wife Nina. The villa was built in 1885 and became a museum in 1928. Troldsalen concert hall is located at Troldhaugen, and is one of the most important arenas for chamber music in Norway. The sunken building is so well adapted to the terrain that it is almost invisible to the visitors who cross the little bridge to Troldhaugen. The concert hall is well known for its special acoustics, and combined with the beautiful surroundings, this gives the audience an extraordinary experience. More than 300 concerts are held at Troldsalen every year, which seats an audience of 200.
Norwegian Church Aid is an ecumenical, diaconal and humanitarian organisation that works for global justice. In their pursuit of a just world, one of their main missions is to provide emergency aid to people who are suffering and are in need of relief assistance.
The organisation works to improve people’s livelihood and ensure their basic human rights by supporting local communities to achieve development over time. Norwegian Church Aid promotes democracy and human rights by influencing decision-making processes.
Ethiopia - Clean Water Project
Norwegian Church Aid's priorities in Ethiopia are economic development, water and health in addition to peace and security. Even though Ethiopia has prospects to become one of Africa's major economic and political actors in the years to come, close to 40 percent of its population lives in poverty.
One of the major challenges in Ethiopia is to ensure thath communities have access to clean drinking water. In Ethiopia, 80 percent of all illness is related to diseases caused by polluted water or diseases related to water. Official reports suggest that more than 50 percent of Ethiopia's population does not have access to safe water.
Even though Somalia is the only country in Africa where the population shares a common language, religion and culture, the country is characterised by conflict. Somalia has been without a functioning government since 1991 and the situation in the country has worsened by recurrent humanitarian crises related to drought and floods. The Norwegian Church's work in Somalia focuses on the right to water and health, as well as the right to peace and security.
The Thade School Project is a non-profit, religious and politically independent project based in Thade, Nepal. The Project offers all children in the district equal opportunities of primary education and is run by two sister organizations based in Sweden and Nepal.
Thade is a small area in the province of Okhaldunga and the school is located in the mountains connected to Kathmandu. Due to discrimination and social exclusion in Nepal, it has been difficult for children suffering from poverty to acquire an education. In addition to this, the closest primary school outside of Thade is located more than two hours away, making it difficult for children in the Thade district to attend school.
57 children were enrolled at the school by the end of 2016. The school teaches first and second grade, and expects to be able to expand to sixth grade within the following years. In addition to tuition and school supplies, the project also provides daily nutrient meals to all students. This is a strong incentive for families suffering from poverty to enrol their children at the school.
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The aim of Bergen Maritime Museum is to provide a survey of the development of Norwegian shipping from ancient times and until the present day. The exhibitions are mainly based on sources from Bergen, which always been one of the largest seafaring ports in Norway. Therefore, they also provide a representative picture of the history of shipping, its development and importance to Bergen and Norway in the past and today. The exhibitions offer a vast collection of ship models – including Viking ships – paintings, marine archaeological findings and various items related to seamanship and life on board.
The Norwegian Church Abroad serves as a cultural, social and spiritual meeting place for Norwegians abroad. The church serves around 900 000 Norwegians annually through more than 30 churches and 15 chaplains travelling to over 80 countries around the world visiting Norwegians around the globe.
Founded in 1864, the Norwegian Seamen’s Mission,or Sjømannsmisjonen, was established to secure the moral and religious education of Scandinavian seafarers, but also to give them a “breathing space” where a fellow countryman was available to lend an ear and offer his attention. Today, the churches and their staff together with travelling pastors around the globe represent a “resource centre” for all Norwegians travelling internationally.
Statsraad Lehmkuhl is a three-masted barque rigged sail training vessel owned and operated by the Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation. The ship was built in 1914 to serve as a training ship for the German merchant marine. After the First World War the ship was taken as a prize by England. The ship was purchased from England and put into service under Norwegian flag from 1923 and renamed after the former cabinet minister Kristoffer Lehmkuhl. Today, Statsraad Lehmkuhl is Norway's largest and oldest square rigged sailing ship, and the oldest amongst the large square riggers in the world.
After the ship was transferred to Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation in the mid-1970s, a grand collaborative effort began on behalf of the sailing ship, and a great number of people, organizations and businesses made contributions that resulted in the preservation of the ship. This is one of the reasons why the ship is currently in extremely good, authentic condition.
In recent years, The Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation, which is the current owner of the ship, has rented the ship out to schools, clubs, companies and other organisations that have used the ship for cruises and shorter trips. The Foundation has also arranged cruises and costal trips that have been open to the public.