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PROJECTS

 

Below you can find a selection of the projects and initiatives
the KAEFER FOUNDATION has been and is supporting.

Donation campaign for Ukraine

Ukraine donation campaign (2022)

In response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, the KAEFER FOUNDATION organised an emergency fundraising campaign to support displaced people from across the country and region. Thanks to the amazing contribution of KAEFER colleagues worldwide, a large sum was sent to the UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) who work with the authorities in Ukraine and neighbouring countries to help organise emergency relief items and shelter to people forced to flee. Additionally, funds were also donated to the SOS Children's Villages to assist in taking care of children in need in the Ukraine.

Help for the city of Minas Gerais

Help for the city of Minas Gerais (2022)

In early January, Minas Gerais was again hit with very heavy rainfall which caused severe damage and affected many KAEFER employees at RIP. Through cooperation with the local governments in Itabira and Itabirito in Brazil, the KAEFER FOUNDATION and RIP provided mattresses, water, food baskets as well as general assistance to families which were affected.

Firecrackers on New Years Eve

"Böllerfrei" initiative (2021)

The KAEFER FOUNDATION supported the ‘Böllerfrei’ initiative from the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (Environmental Action Germany) which aimed to minimise the use of firecrackers especially on New Years Eve. The purpose of the campaign is to reduce the side effects of the explosives on the health of communities, animals and on the environment.

#Venuslauf2021

Venuslauf (2021)

From 17th to 19th September KAEFER colleagues worldwide joined this virtual charity event by running, walking, skating, swimming or cycling for the good cause! In doing so, we raised money for designated cancer charities in Canada, Germany, France, UK & Ireland and Sweden.

Flooding in Germany

Flooding in Germany (2021)

In response to the severe flooding in Germany in July 2021, KAEFER FOUNDATION supported Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V., an alliance of German aid organisations and initiated a fundraising campaign to support people in need.

Butterfly

Insect garden in Bremen (2021)

KAEFER FOUNDATION is delighted to support BUND e.V. in creating an 800 m² insect garden in the city of Bremen as a place to meet and learn. The aim is to raise awareness about preserving native biodiversity and understanding the role of insects in ecosystems.

Flower

World Environment Day (2021)

In line with this year’s theme “Reimagine, recreate, restore our planet”, the KAEFER FOUNDATION invited all KAEFER colleagues to submit initiatives and projects addressing these topics. As a result. very diverse and interesting ideas have been handed in which are presented here. Based on these, the KAEFER FOUNDATION will support three non-profit organisations in the following sectors: Biodiversity, Recycling and Waste Collection & Cleaning.

International Students

Emergency financial assistance for students (2021)

Bremen welcomes more than 5,000 international students every year. Many of them live at the lower income limit as they usually do not receive any financial support from their families, but work along the way. They can quickly find themselves in financial distress through no fault of their own, especially in these difficult times of a pandemic. Therefore, the KAEFER FOUNDATION decided to support XENOS e.V., a charitable organisation that helps those students in need with the aim to enable them to complete their studies quickly and successfully.

Team in Brazil

Floods in Brazil (2021)

In February, the area around Santa Maria de Itabira in Minas Gerais, Brazil was severely affected by floodings and landslides caused by heavy rainfall. Supported by the KAEFER FOUNDATION, 58 Brazilian colleagues teamed up to distribute drinking water, stoves and washing machines to local families in need.

Christmas presents

Fulfilling Christmas wishes (2020)

In 2020, the KAEFER FOUNDATION supported the WK Weihnachtshilfe, an initiative in Bremen, Germany that aims to fulfill Christmas wishes of children from families that are facing financially difficult times. Thanks to the donation from the foundation as well as from other generous donors, the organization was able to make all wishes come true.

Christmas calendar

Christmas calendar for the good cause

In December, KAEFER’s Headquarters in Bremen again turn into a giant advent calendar. Each day, a local charity receives a donation by the KAEFER FOUNDATION in order to support their efforts and work. The full list of organisations that are part of this year’s calendar can be found on our LinkedIn page.

Charity certificate

Supporting charities in the UK & Ireland (2020)

On the occasion of “giving Tuesday”, KAEFER in the UK & Ireland and the KAEFER FOUNDATION supported 12 charities in December 2020. Among others, the Irish Cancer Society, the Down’s Syndrome Association and Mind (supporting people’s mental health) all received donations.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day (since 2010)

Each year, KAEFER shows its sup­port for World AIDS Day on 1 Decem­ber. Stigma and dis­crim­in­a­tion to­wards people liv­ing with HIV or suf­fer­ing from AIDS is still a strong real­ity. We at KAEFER com­mit 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!

Venuslauf 2020

"Venuslauf" goes global (2020)

Walking, running and biking the extra mile. On 20 September 2020, hundreds of KAEFER employees around the world joined the so-called “Venuslauf”, a charity run raising funds in the fight against cancer. On our own, but close together, fantastic 11,971 km were covered resulting in donations totalling about 20,000 EUR for different cancer charities around the world.

Cestas Basicas

Donating food baskets in Brazil (2020)

In order to help people in need, especially due to the impacts of COVID-19, the KAEFER FOUNDATION supported the initiative of RIP Serviços Industriais in Brazil to donate food baskets in September 2020. In total, 3,000 of these boxes were distributed to 30 different charities in 10 federal states with the aim to minimise hunger within the communities.

Vincenzo Nocerino (Cook, „Bremer Suppenengel“), Francisca Gorgodian (MD KAEFER FOUNDATION)

Bremer Suppenengel - Part 2 (2020)

During the cooperation with the "Bremer Suppenengel" mid 2020, it turned out that at in their new location, some required kitchen equipment was still missing. The KAEFER FOUNDATION was more than happy to finance these absolutely necessary small professional kitchen aids. The new bread slicer, kitchen scale as well as the vegetable slicer were very well received as they save a lot of time when preparing food for the people in need. During their visit on site, the representatives of the KAEFER FOUNDATION were happy to see that these devices were already widely used in the day-to-day activities of the “Bremer Suppenengel”.

Suppenengel

Bremer Suppenengel - Part 1 (2020)

In the second quarter 2020 the Corona lockdown had an impact on some sites of KAEFER Industrie GmbH in Bremen, leaving a transporter standing unused in the company yard. The colleagues had the idea of making the transporter available to a local non-profit organisation. The idea was rapidly put into action by the apprentices of the Corporate Responsibility and Communication department. An association was quickly found: the “Bremer Suppenengel”. The apprentices startet using the transporter to collect food from various traders in Bremen and driving them to the Bremen central station, where the “Bremer Suppenengel” are based. There the food and donations are prepared, sorted and then distributed to people in need. It was a great experience for our apprentices to be able to support this good cause in a concrete and tangible way.

Treedom

Treedom (2020)

The KAEFER FOUND­A­TION forest is an­other proof of our com­mit­ment to en­vir­on­mental and cli­mate pro­tec­tion. The first dona­tions were col­lec­ted through an in­ternal KAEFER flea mar­ket for a good cause. This took place at the be­gin­ning of 2020 and offered KAEFER em­ploy­ees in Bre­men the op­por­tun­ity to pur­chase old pro­mo­tional ma­ter­i­als and product samples in re­turn for a dona­tion. With the raised money 24 ca­cao trees were planted in Camerun to sup­port local farm­ers.

Learn more on the Treedom website

Ger­man Bone Mar­row Donor Cen­ter re­gis­tra­tion

Ger­man Bone Mar­row Donor Cen­ter re­gis­tra­tion event in Bre­men (2019)

In Novem­ber 2019 the Deutsche Knochen­mark Spend­er­d­atei (DKMS) or Ger­man Bone Mar­row Donor Cen­ter re­gis­tra­tion event sup­por­ted by the KAEFER FOUND­A­TION took place in the HQ and branch of­fice in Bre­men. It was a great suc­cess – 56 col­leagues have re­gistered as po­ten­tial stem cell donors.

German Maritime Search and Rescue Association

German Maritime Search and Rescue Association (2018)

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. As part of KAE­FER's cen­ten­ary cel­eb­ra­tions, the KAEFER FOUND­A­TION sup­por­ted this Organisation.

Bremer Krebsgesellschaft e.V.

Bremer Krebsgesellschaft e.V. (2018)

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. As part of KAE­FER's cen­ten­ary cel­eb­ra­tions, the KAEFER FOUND­A­TION sup­por­ted this Organisation.

Hospice - Löwenherz

Löwen­herz Chil­dren's and Youth Hos­pice (2018)

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. 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. As part of KAEFER's centenary celebrations, the KAEFER FOUNDATION supported this organisation.

Kerala Flood Relief

Floods in Kerala (2018)

In July 2018, un­usu­ally heavy rain­fall led to severe floods and land­slides in Ker­ala in the south of In­dia. It was the worst flood­ing that oc­curred in this area in the last 100 years. Ac­cord­ing to the local gov­ern­ment, one-sixth of the over 33 mil­lion Ker­ala in­hab­it­ants had been dir­ectly af­fected. In the Middle East more than 2,000 people from Ker­ala are em­ployed at KAEFER. In or­der to help those in need, the KAEFER FOUND­A­TION as well as a local KAEFER char­ity fund en­abled im­me­di­ate fin­an­cial sup­port to the af­fected KAEFER em­ploy­ees.

Football

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.

Little Child

Supporting Refugees (since 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. 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.

CARE Refugee Aid

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. In 2015, the an­nual Christ­mas gifts to KAEFER em­ploy­ees in Bre­men con­tained a small CARE-pack­age in­clud­ing the sym­bolic bar of chocol­ate and a dona­tion was made by the KAEFER FOUND­A­TION in or­der to sup­port their refugee aid Projects.

Nepal Earthquake Relief

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 helped to build 21 shel­ters in Sindhupal­chowk, fol­lowed by enough shel­ters to house 128 fam­il­ies in the Ramech­hap dis­trict.

 

Scipio Team

Scipio (2014)

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. The fin­an­cial sup­port by the KAEFER FOUND­A­TION helped the stu­dents, to take part in 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.

Postcards

Charity Postcards (since 2010)

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.

 

To con­tact the KAEFER FOUND­A­TION please use Found­a­tion@kaefer.com