What we do

We develop educational projects for disadvantaged adolescents and minorities in Eastern Europe to implement them accordingly with the collaboration of local communities. We support the development of health services in rural regions in Africa and advise communities in Eastern Europe as well as Africa in processes of building local infrastructures. Growing and strengthening the local civil society is our main focus.

About us

How do you get to help others? Everyone has their own answer to this question. In our case, it was our job and duty to make a difference. As journalists and founders of Bigent UG, we visited many critical areas around the world. Jutta Schwengsbier worked in the South Sudan region, an area marked by a civil war lasting for over 50 years. Mirko Schwanitz served in parts of Eastern and South-East Europe.

 

What we do

We develop educational projects for disadvantaged adolescents and minorities in Eastern Europe to implement them accordingly with the collaboration of local communities. We support the development of health services in rural regions in Africa and advise communities in Eastern Europe as well as Africa in processes of building local infrastructures. Growing and strengthening the local civil society is our main focus.

About us

How do you get to help others? Everyone has their own answer to this question. In our case, it was our job and duty to make a difference. As journalists and founders of Bigent UG, we visited many critical areas around the world. Jutta Schwengsbier worked in the South Sudan region, an area marked by a civil war lasting for over 50 years. Mirko Schwanitz served in parts of Eastern and South-East Europe.

Recent projects

Your involvement

Search and Help

Normally, a social enterprise is not able to make profits in Germany. That is why we founded an affiliate called “many4one” for commercial activities in order to fund projects of BIGENT UG. Many4one developed a partner website that generates advertising revenue with search queries.

Donate your time

Support us with your knowledge! Everybody has a talent that could benefit one of our projects…

Do you know how to crowdfund successfully? Do you have knowledge about videography? You would like to write about a project? Are you a good photographer? Do you understand art therapy? You can deal well with the elderly? Have you been or are you currently an entrepreneur? Do you educate pedagogues? You have experience with your own projects? Please get in touch with us – give your time to current or new projects…

Donate to a project

Our project has two premises: helping people help themselves and support through challenges. Help us help others…

Many people help by donating goods. Unfortunately, you cannot simply pay a teacher with goods, the construction company that is supposed to renovate an orphanage or the therapist that is working with traumatized children. Those things require financial donations and our blog on the website tells you how they are being used. Feel free to contact our project managers for questions or further information…

Finished projects

Palouge I

Model of Care – the Hospital

One of our first projects made our vision become reality – a hospital in the Upper Nil region of South Sudan that is marked by a civil war for over 50 years. A doctor in South-Sudan asked Bigent for support. The project began after the collection of extensive amounts of data about the population’s health conditions. Despite the new outbreak of the civil war, Palouge’s hospital provides health care to more than 250 patients daily.

Palouge II

Education of Health Advisors

South Sudan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world: for every 100,000 births, 2054 mothers die every year. In cooperation with the doctors in South Sudan, Bigent UG developed a concept that can reduce the maternal mortality rate to half within 3 years. The key to success: Every village should have a health advisor in the future. Six of them have already finished their education and training – with success.

Our team

Mirko Schwanitz

Executive director Mirko Schwanitz studied Journalism at Leipzig University and has been working as a correspondent for the broadcasting station ARD, Austrian broadcasts and Swiss radio station SRF in the Caucasus, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe regions. Similar to Rupert Neudeck and his organization „Cap Anamur“, Mirko Schwanitz is known for his early involvement in non-governmental organizations in countries such as Romania, Armenia and especially Bulgaria.

Jutta Schwengsbier

Project manager Jutta Schwengsbier studied Political Science, History, and Law at the University of Freiburg and Hamburg. She specialized at the broadcasting school in Nuremberg in media relations and broadcasting. Since then, she has worked with the BBC and the German broadcasting station N-TV and has been a frequent correspondent for broadcasting station ARD, Austrian broadcasts and Swiss broadcasting station SRF. Besides her work as a journalist, she has been involved in numerous humanitarian projects in Africa and is a well-known expert in the South Sudan conflict.

Team

Mirko Schwanitz

Executive director Mirko Schwanitz studied Journalism at Leipzig University and has been working as a correspondent for the broadcasting station ARD, Austrian broadcasts and Swiss radio station SRF in the Caucasus, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe regions. Similar to Rupter Neudeck and his organization „Cap Anamur“, Mirko Schwanitz is known for his early involvement in non-governmental organizations in countries such as Romania, Armenia and especially Bulgaria.

Jutta Schwengsbier

Project manager Jutta Schwengsbier studied Political Science, History, and Law at the University of Freiburg and Hamburg. She specialized at the broadcasting school in Nuremberg in media relations and broadcasting. Since then, she has worked with the BBC and the German broadcasting station N-TV and has been a frequent correspondent for broadcasting station ARD, Austrian broadcasts and Swiss broadcasting station SRF. Besides her work as a journalist, she has been involved in numerous humanitarian projects in Africa and is a well-known expert in the South Sudan conflict.