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The KAEFER FOUNDATION

Our helping hand.

The KAEFER FOUNDATION was established as a charitable organisation in 2010 to help our employees in times of hardship as well as to support the KAEFER AIDS Relief Programme between others.

Nowadays we go beyond providing relief to our staff during natural disasters, or fighting the stigma surrounding AIDS, for example. As part of our commitment to social, cultural, economic and environmental sustainability, the KAEFER FOUNDATION also promotes academic research, youth development and ecological initiatives.

We see the many faces of need around the world and aim to make a genuine difference in people’s lives.

In case you would like to support us, every little donation is highly appreciated and of big help.

Francisca Gorgodian

Francisca Gorgodian

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The KAEFER FOUNDATION offers support amongst others in the following cases:
  • Prevention of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and support for victims of these illnesses
  • Education, apprenticeships and training
  • Science and research
  • Protection of the environment and ecosystem; especially climate protection and energy efficiency
  • Development projects for younger generations
  • Natural disasters and catastrophes

Resources are allocated to institutions and projects; not to individuals.

 

 

The KAEFER Foundation gGmbH is a non-profit organisation that is funded solely through donations. If you would like to support us, donations are more than welcome:

KAEFER Foundation gGmbH
Deutsche Bank AG
IBAN DE62 2907 0050 0169 0049 00
BIC (SWIFT) DEUTDEHBXXX

Anniversary donation

 

On the occasion of the centenary of KAEFER, the KAEFER FOUNDATION will support three charitable institutions in Bremen in autumn 2018.

The chosen recipients can be found further down. If you wish to promote their work as well, please make a donation to:

KAEFER Foundation gGmbH
Deutsche Bank AG
IBAN DE62 2907 0050 0169 0049 00
BIC (SWIFT) DEUTDEHBXXX

Thank you for your support.

 

The recipients

 

Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS)

The Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS) or German Maritime Search and Rescue Association, is one of the most modern sea rescue services in the world. Their work is financed exclusively through donations and voluntary contributions. As a search and rescue (SAR) service, they are on call around the clock in the North Sea and Baltic Sea in all kinds of weather – with a fleet of 60 SAR cruisers and boats.

 
 

Bremer Krebsgesellschaft e.V.

The Bremer Krebsgesellschaft e.V. is a cancer society in Bremen that promotes the improvement of care and rehabilitation for people suffering from cancer. Being part of the German Cancer Society, the organisation offers courses, seminars, counselling and self-aid groups for patients and their relatives. Furthermore, training sessions for the professional audience are also available.

Pegasus Sommerfest 17
(c) Marianne Menke/Bremer Krebsgesellschaft
Pegasus Sommerfest 17
(c) Marianne Menke/Bremer Krebsgesellschaft
 
 

Löwenherz Children’s and Youth Hospice

The Löwenherz Children's and Youth Hospice accommodates children, adolescents and young adults suffering from incurable and deadly diseases that cannot be cured by state of the art medical treatment. The two houses have eight rooms each for the children and youths as well as rooms for parents and siblings. Approximately 250 families can visit the hospice every year. The Löwenherz ambulant children's hospice service in Bremen and Braunschweig supports children with fatal diseases and their families.

 

Annual projects

World AIDS Day

Each year, KAEFER shows its support for World AIDS Day on 1 December. All money raised each year is going towards the KAEFER AIDS Relief Programme (KARP) in South Africa. Stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV or suffering from AIDS is still a strong reality. We at KAEFER pledge a policy of zero discrimination. Therefore, we want to take the opportunity during World AIDS Day to remind everyone at KAEFER that we should fight prejudice! With our continuous commitment to KARP, which was implemented in South Africa several years ago, we continue to highlight the importance of supporting affected employees and their families.

  

Red awareness ribbon
Credit: Jannoon028 - Freepik.com
Charity Postcards

Entries of the biannual KAEFER International Photo Competition are used to produce postcards that are sold internally, raising funds for the KAEFER FOUNDATION. Among other locations, they are available at the Headquarters reception in Germany.

  

Postcards sold for the KAEFER FOUNDATION

Single projects

Football with Refugees (since 2017)

Doing sports in a team can gather people together – no matter from which country, cultural or social background. Supported by KAEFER colleagues from Bremen, the KAEFER FOUNDATION is bringing people together through football.
Since February 2017, a group of refugees that is supervised by a local youth welfare organisation has the opportunity to do sports together with KAEFER people. For the refugees, this is also a chance to practice their German speaking skills and for the KAEFER colleagues it is a good opportunity to get in touch with people from different countries and backgrounds.

  

Soccer players
Supporting Refugees (2016)

During the last years a large number of people decided to leave their countries due to civil wars, economic crisis and terrorism. Many of them came to Germany.
In order to help those in need, the KAEFER FOUNDATION cooperates with different organisations. Supported by KAEFER emloyees, the KAEFER FOUNDATION was able for instance to donate much needed socks and painting materials for children to an emergency shelter.
Moreover, sports clothing, school materials and Christmas presents have been donated to a local youth welfare organisation that takes care of nearly 40 unaccompanied minors from different countries.

  

KAEFER employees wrapping Christmas gifts for refugees
CARE Refugee Aid (2015)

CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere) is a leading humanitarian organisation fighting global poverty, which is currently working to help refugees. CARE-packages have been distributed to those in need since the end of the Second World War and a simple bar of chocolate, which has since become a symbol of the CARE-package, lifted the spirits of many people in post-war Germany. At that time, nearly 10 Million CARE-packages were received.
In 2015, the annual Christmas gifts to KAEFER employees in Bremen contained a small CARE package including the symbolic bar of chocolate and information on the initiative. Furthermore, a donation was made by the KAEFER FOUNDATION in order to support their refugee aid projects.

  

Care package for KAEFER employees
Nepal Earthquake Relief (2015)

Over 200 of our Nepalese colleagues were directly affected by the 7.8 and 7.3 earthquakes which hit Nepal in April 2015.
The immediate action taken included free calls to families in Nepal and covering the cost of plane tickets for employees with urgent cases. Financial support was also distributed to 184 selected employees.

With the assistance of Prayas Nepal, a local non-profit organisation, a KAEFER team from Abu Dhabi helped to build 21 shelters in Sindhupalchowk, followed by enough shelters to house 128 families in the Ramechhap district. All these materials can be reused to build their permanent homes.

The support from the worldwide KAEFER community was astounding. The KAEFER FOUNDATION was able to collect donations and allocate these to the affected co-workers, offering them financial relief.
In KAEFER’s Headquarters in Bremen, colleagues took part in a ‘night run’ to raise money. In Mexico at KAEFER Aislamientos, a campaign was launched, through which donations were collected. Employees from the Middle East Region also donated money to further help their affected colleagues.

  

Shelters built in Nepal
Help after the Nepalese earthquake provided by the KAEFER FOUNDATION
Help provided after the Nepalese earthquake
Scipio (2014 - 2016)

The Scipio team, short for Scientific Purification Indicator, consists of five electrical engineers from the University of Bremen, Germany, who have invented an innovative tool that is capable of determining if water is drinkable or not, when placed in a PVC bottle of water under direct equatorial sunlight.
As one of Scipio’s sponsors, the KAEFER FOUNDATION’s financial support helped to enable the students to compete at COSIMA 2014 (Competition of Students in Microsystems Application) in Munich and 2015 at International Contest of Applications in Nano-Micro Technologies (iCan) held in Anchorage, Alaska - winning first place both times.
The Scipio team is already in contact with several NGOs and once their end product is finalised, they would like to start producing it, in order to make it available to as many people as possible.

  

Scipio team