Cooperation is an important component and, in many cases, a necessary requirement for our work, which means that we do not just work together with other foundations and associations when it comes to our own aid projects but we gladly support other institutions in their valuable work for children in need by providing financial assistance. Our commitment is not only to Germany but is also international.
We supported several orphanages in places such as Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, India and Congo; we helped to buy equipment for schools in Panama, Uganda, Benin, Congo, Mali and Senegal. We were involved in the provision of medical care for children from Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq; we supported social support centres and projects for children born to HIV-infected parents, reintegration projects for street children and children who have no lobby such as the children of the Roma in the village of Lomnicka in Slovakia.
Here are some examples:
A joint project with ‘Aladins Wunderlampe’ (Aladdin’s Magic Lamp)
Aladins Wunderlampe’ is an aid project for sick children in Basra, Iraq and was set up in 2001 by Dr Eva-Maria Hobiger. Particularly children suffering from cancer or those with congenital heart defects are the beneficiaries: in 2001, one hundred percent of the children suffering from leukaemia in Basra died. At the time, the children’s hospital in Basra lacked everything that a normal hospital needs. Due to regular deliveries of medication, the provision of medical equipment as well as the training of the staff in Austria, the ‘Aladins Wunderlampe’ project has, over the past few years, succeeded in lowering the mortality rate of children suffering from leukaemia to 40 percent. Countless children with heart problems, whose life expectancy would have been very low without treatment, were also saved with the help of the association. ‘Aladins Wunderlampe’ took the children who could not be operated on in Basra, to Austria or France for treatment. Almost all of them were able to return home fully cured.
Stiftung Zuversicht für Kinder supported this project and, by doing so, contributed to give a chance of survival to the seriously ill children of Basra and some hope to their parents during times that were difficult as it was.
A joint project with the ‘Confinis’ association
The ‘Confinis’ association is involved in helping street children and orphans as well as HIV-infected and drug-addict children and adolescents in Eastern Europe. One project is the AIDS Centre in Czernowitz, Ukraine. The Ukraine has the highest new HIV infection rate in Europe and is faced with an ever-growing number of drug consumers. Even in Czernowitz in the Western Ukraine, this sad trend is ever present.
At the AIDS Centre in Czernowitz, the children born to HIV-positive or drug addict parents, and those who are themselves HIV-infected or suffer from AIDS, are looked after and cared for. Currently, 90 children receive psychological and educational help and, in a playful way, are made to get involved in a variety of activities. As they are often mal- or undernourished, they are also provided with food and vitamins. If medical treatment or the administration of medication is needed, this is also organised. In addition, particularly needy children are given clothes and shoes.
With its financial support, Stiftung Zuversicht für Kinder helped to sustainably improve the physical and mental development of the children of Czernowitz.
A joint project with the "Panairobi" association
Panairobi was founded in 2001 to help the street children in Nairobi, Kenya. The association operates a school sponsoring programme in Mathare Valley, one of the largest slums in East Africa. Over 80% of the people in Mathare Valley are unemployed; they neither have clean water nor electricity; open sewers are running in front of the houses. The many street children are called "Chokora", which means waste. They are shunned, beaten and abused. Many are taking drugs. They try to survive through begging or engaging in criminal activities. They can only dream of going to school. But education is the only way to a better future, which is where Panairobi comes in.
At first, each of the currently 139 participating children attends a one-year rehabilitation programme to break away from the gangs and the violence as well as the drugs in the streets. During that time, the children are slowly getting used to a daily routine, which is essential to ensure that their schooling is successful. Afterwards, Panairobi organises a suitable school for each child and pays the school fees, uniforms as well as other material needed. The association also makes sure that the children receive medical care and at least one meal a day. The families of the students also benefit from the project. They can take part in a micro-credit scheme and are looked after by the social workers who are part of the project.
Stiftung Zuversicht für Kinder Austria supported this project and, by doing so, helped to give the street children of Nairobi the chance of an education, health and a better future.
A joint project with Caritas
The living conditions of many of the around 500,000 Roma in Slovakia are catastrophic; they subsist in ghetto-like settlements on the fringes of society. Poverty and illiteracy as well as violence and alcoholism are the norm rather than the exception. This also applies to the Roma village Lomnicka, home to 2000 people of which 60% are children and adolescents under 18 years of age. The majority of the parents are unemployed; many of the fathers are alcoholics. Sanitary facilities hardly exist; neither does running water or electricity. The roofs are made of plastic sheeting or pieces of wood and the windows are leaking. Many children do not attend school on a regular basis. The Caritas organisation Nova Ves aims to give the Roma children of Lomnicka the chance of a better future. Since 2006, the children have been offered homework supervision. If necessary, the children are also provided with special support such as language lessons for those who only speak Romany and hardly any Slovakian. In addition, they are taught about hygiene and preventative health care. But they are also given a small meal as well as clothes, medication and hygiene products. Furthermore, cultural and sports activities are organised.
With its financial assistance, Stiftung Zuversicht für Kinder Austria helped to improve the living conditions of the children of Lomnicka and, due to the educational opportunities provided, to positively influence their lives.
A joint project with GIZ
Since the start of the 1990s, the German Government has been providing support for the ethnic German minorities in the CIS states through cultural, economic and humanitarian measures as well as initiatives that strengthen their communities. The assistance offered by the German Interior Ministry focuses in particular on measures promoting social contacts, on extra-curricular German lessons, on working with children and adolescents, on training and development as well as on humanitarian and social help. The project measures in Russia, the Ukraine as well as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are generally put into practice via the German Enterprise for Technical Cooperation, the ‘Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH’.
One important element of the work is the provision of humanitarian aid to the socially disadvantaged, in particular to families with many children. The social support centres, which are operated via the German Fund for Humanitarian Aid in Bishkek, Sokuluk and Tokmok, offer free meals and provide medical and dental services. Every year, as part of the ‘winter aid’ campaign, aid deliveries are organised. The GIZ representatives Almaty and its partners maintain many contacts and partnerships with regional administrations, with educational, cultural, health and social facilities run by the government or local councils, as well as with other non-government organisations and companies. Our foundation has made a considerable financial contribution to look after around 500 children through the social support centres set up in the cities of Tokmok, Sokuluk, Bishkek. Approximately 150 large, socially deprived families, who, even by Kyrgyz standards, live below the poverty line, were the beneficiaries. They were given one warm meal per day and once a month they received a parcel containing basic food stuffs (sugar, oil, rice, corn etc.). All families are still in urgent need of this help as well as of the annual winter emergency aid.