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.
But 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. From helping in the aftermath of the Nepalese earthquake in 2015, where 187 of our people were directly affected, to supporting a science project at the university, the KAEFER FOUNDATION will continue to expand our efforts to help wherever we can.
In case you would like to support us, every little donation is highly appreciated and of big help.
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:
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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.
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.
Football with Refugees (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.
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.
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.
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.
Scipio (2014 - present)
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.