Helping people to help themselves
Social responsibility has always been important for our company philosophy, without talking much about it.
Until our partner OID (Opportunity International Deutschland) has convinced us, that many people would like to contribute to social welfare, if they only knew how to be sure to reach the people in need.
For many years we contributed to actions of "ANDHERI HILFE", giving back the eyesight to about 1900 persons in India and Bangladesh. E.g. our christmas project 2017 makes possible the operation of 240 blind persons in Bangladesh and thus enables them to live independently again.
Our christmas project 2016 supported the Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP), sponsored by our partner organization OID, which allows young people a three-year apprenticeship in skilled crafts and trades, who could otherwise not afford any training. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development quadruples all donations for the YAP program. As a result, the amount of our Christmas Project sum of 10000 € increases to 40000 €! An apprenticeship of three years costs approx. 1200 € per person. In this way - and thanks to your renouncement of gifts! - the training of 33 people is made possible.
Information about YAP (german)
We are convinced of the effectiveness of micro finance services for needy people. With our christmas project 2013 "Help for rice farmers in Ghana" we equipped needy rice farmers in Ghana with small amounts of money, so they could earn their own livings for themselves and their families.
Information about our partner organisation ANDHERI HILFE (Bonn): www.andheri-hilfe.de
Information about our partner organisation Opportunity International Deutschland (OID): www.oid.org
Final report of the project "Help for rice farmers in Ghana" (german)
Information about the principles of social mikrofinance www.mikrofinanzwiki.de
Information about trustbanks („bank with heart“), in which credit users are organized in small groups and support each other
Information about the circulation of donated money, that results out of the repeated re-investment of payed back money.