Sharing Is Living Up to Our Responsibility
Matthias Kläsener, CEO of proALPHA Consulting GmbH, hands over the donation to Children's Hospice Sternenbrücke.
Success entails assuming social responsibility and giving something back. proALPHA is well aware that not all people are on the bright side of life and wants to contribute to moving things in the right direction.
We therefore did not hesitate and decided that we wanted to support social projects in the current fiscal year. Our main focus is on local institutions and projects in Kaiserslautern, Ahrensburg and Kenya, which are all dedicated to assisting children and seniors..
Here is an overview of proALPHA's projects in 2015:
Children's Hospice Sternenbrücke, Ahrensburg
The Children's Hospice Sternenbrücke is a facility for children, teenagers and young adults with terminal or degenerative illness – a hospice for young patients for whom there is no cure and who have a limited period left to live. It is a place where children can spend the last days of their life in a caring environment.
Cancer Aid Kaiserslautern, "Mama/Papa hat Krebs" ("My mom/dad has cancer")
The society "Mama/Papa hat Krebs e.V." is dedicated to raising the funds for this project. The Krebsgesellschaft Rheinland-Pfalz e.V. initiated the project "Mama/Papa hat Krebs" in April 2009 to help children and teenagers whose life has come apart at the seams due to their parent being diagnosed with cancer. Families receive the support they need in this difficult situation.
"alt-arm-allein", Kaiserslautern ("old-poor-alone")
"alt-arm-allein e.V." is an organization supporting elderly people in great financial needs in and around Kaiserslautern. 100 volunteers take care of people over 60 years who are alone and have to live on a very small pension. They do not only offer donations in kind, but also emotional support. "alt-arm-allein" is financed by donations.
St. Christophorus, Kaiserslautern
The Caritas Support Center St. Christophorus Kaiserslautern is open to people who run the risk of becoming homeless or have lost their home. It is a shelter where they can seek advice in difficult situations and emergencies.
Before Christmas, proALPHA employees showed great commitment in an initiative for supporting this project by buying baubles. They bought so many baubles for the Christmas tree at proALPHA that St. Christophorus could finance its entire Christmas dinner with the donation, and there was even money left to buy warm sleeping bags and clothes.
Rotary Distrikt 1860 in Rarieda/Kenia
The Rotary District 1860 help project in Rarieda, Kenya, is one of the first Future Vision projects and an excellent example of modern development cooperation and the efficiency of global grant projects.
The Rarieda district at Lake Victoria in Western Kenya is one of the poorest regions in the country. The people living there are in desperate need for help and extremely weak. 70 percent of the population have to make their living with less than one dollar per day and live far below the poverty line. Rarieda's HIV and malaria rates are the highest in the country. Approximately a quarter of the population is HIV-infected. 35 percent of children and teenagers are orphans.
Central Uyoma with its 36 villages, 3,500 households and 12,000 people is the "adopted" community of the help project in the Rarieda district. The project focuses on keeping diseases at bay, providing medical care, assisting families in need, organizing education campaigns at schools, and helping families to provide for themselves. The success after only one year was amazing.
Originally an initiative of RC Neunkirchen/Saar, the lighthouse project started in August 2011 and has become a district project in the meantime.
The Lindgren House in Bonn
Fast assistance for the benefit of children: If the life of babies, children and teenagers is in danger, action must be taken at once. However, it is not always easy to provide assistance fast. Not only do bureaucratic procedures have to be respected, it also takes a lot of logistical effort until a child finally receives help. The Lindgren House is a place where help is always at hand. If authorities decide that children have to get out of their families to be saved from harm, the Lindgren House can accommodate them at once.
There is enough room for six children between the age of three and eight. With a big garden, rooms for romping about and being creative and many other opportunities for play and activities, the house especially suits the needs of small children.
Our donation will fulfill a wish: a multiple stroller. Kindergarten teachers will be able to go for a walk along the Rhine and a breath of fresh air with several children at once.
Westpfalz-Werkstätten are workshops dedicated to the professional and social integration of disabled people living in and around Kaiserslautern and Kusel. They belong to the Ökumenisches Gemeinschaftswerk Pfalz GmbH, Landstuhl. The workshops have different units, such as the EDP group in Kaiserslautern-Siegelbach.
Westpfalz-Werkstätten supports proALPHA in shipping its news magazine "proALPHA Aktuell". This project is proALPHA's contribution to the work of people with disabilities (physical, mental, multiple and emotional disabilities).