Doing good makes the difference.
We support various children's aid projects in the direct vicinity of our properties. Moreover we regularly support aid projects run by the child welfare organisation Plan International, always with a focus on helping people to help themselves.
Safe schools in Nepal.
We are helping children in Nepal to gain access to high-quality education at safe and inclusive schools by supporting a project by the child welfare organisation Plan International to improve the education situation at up to 80 primary schools in Karnali province in western Nepal. The purpose of the project is to construct accessible classrooms and install water and sanitation facilities, as well as training teachers and providing suitable learning materials.
We support Plan International.
DeWAG is supporting the child welfare organisation Plan International and its construction project for safe and inclusive schools in Nepal. Karnali province in western Nepal is one of the most impoverished regions of the country. Although basic education is mandatory up to eighth grade, a large number of children – especially girls and children with disabilities – do not attend school or only do so sporadically. In addition to the widespread lack of sanitary facilities for girls, this is often due to child labour or child marriage.
The aim of the project is to provide boys and girls in the Jumla, Dolpa and Kalikot districts of Karnali province with equal access to high-quality education. This involves refurbishing school buildings and classrooms as necessary and, in particular, constructing separate girls’ toilets. Classrooms are also being made accessible and teachers and parents are being trained in equality and inclusive education.
Schools in the project region are being provided with learning materials and children’s reading is being promoted in a targeted manner. A further aim of the project is to enable all children to attend school. Children who do not go to school are visited by trained teaching staff who discuss the reasons with their parents and work to find solutions. All in all, the measures will benefit boys and girls at up 80 schools in Karnali province.
In Cambodia, the child welfare organisation Plan International is working on a project focused on early childhood education and the improvement of diet, water supply and hygiene for children aged six and under. In the rural regions of Stung Treng and Ratanakiri, many children show signs of malnutrition. More than half of the children have no access to early childhood support or education, and around 40 percent of people have no access to clean water, sanitary installations or washing facilities.
DeWAG is helping Plan International to build and expand 14 kindergartens. The water supply is being improved and sanitary facilities are being built in local communities in tandem with the villagers. Around 600 households and 1,000 schoolchildren are benefiting from this. In addition, local health services are being helped to train staff so that they can identify, treat and prevent malnutrition in children and pregnant women.
Access to clean water and sanitary facilities is being improved through construction projects. These facilities are being built in such a way that they can be maintained easily and cost-effectively, so that people can gain long-term benefit from them. 300 households are receiving water tanks fitted with filters. This enables them to store rainwater and then use it for cooking and washing, and to water their vegetable gardens.
Around a quarter of the population of the Philippines live below the national poverty line. In many cases, children are even given away by their families or fall victim to people traffickers, who kidnap them to work abroad or in other parts of the country. Studies suggest that between 60,000 and 100,000 children in the Philippines are forced into prostitution. Young girls are particularly at risk.
DeWAG is supporting the child welfare organisation Plan International in a project to protect children against child trafficking and help them deal with traumatic experiences. The protective structures for girls and boys in 24 villages and towns in the regions of Eastern Visayas, Mindanao and Caraga are being strengthened. Children and young people affected by human trafficking are receiving help in dealing with their traumatic experiences, as well as being given new life and educational prospects that ease their reintegration into society.
Approx. 80,000 children and young people are benefiting from the work in the project region. As they are particularly at risk, girls are the focal point of many of the measures.
Learning conditions in Malawi are challenging in many schools. Most classes are overcrowded, there are too few desks and chairs, and there is a lack of adequate learning resources. And only some of the children successfully complete the prescribed eight years of primary education. This also applies to two schools in the project region of Lilongwe: Mkoma and Malikha.
With support from DeWAG, the child welfare organisation Plan International is building classrooms, sanitary facilities and accommodation for teachers in the schools in both communities. In addition, new water supply systems are being constructed, and the schools are being equipped with learning resources and furnishings. To improve teaching quality, 60 teachers and the school management are undergoing advanced training. The aim is to enable more children, especially girls, to complete their education at the school successfully.
A safe, child-oriented learning environment is being created for around 4,000 pupils in total.
DeWAG is supporting a project of the child welfare organisation Plan International in the Eastern and Volta regions of Ghana. According to UNICEF, only 14 percent of Ghana’s population have access to sanitary facilities. More than 3 million people have no access to clean drinking water. The limited access to sanitary facilities and clean drinking water has serious effects on the hygiene and health situation of infants in particular.
Separate, fully functioning school toilets with washing facilities for girls and boys are being constructed in 19 schools. Sustainable water and sanitary solutions developed in tandem with the community are being built in 20 villages, where awareness of the links between hygiene and disease prevention is also being raised. This ensures that the installations are easily accessible and the water extracted is hygienically sound. To maintain the water supply in the communities after the end of the project, local water and sanitation committees are being trained in how to manage, maintain and repair the installations.
Once the project is complete, 19,500 members of the community should have access to clean drinking water.
In Geita, a region of northern Tanzania, many children work in gold mines because their families often cannot afford to send them to school. Although the Tanzanian government has abolished school fees, there are still lots of children who do not go to school. Low-income families in particular often do not have enough money for school materials.
DeWAG is supporting the child welfare organisation Plan International’s project to stop children working in the gold mines and enable them to go to school. With this in mind, 4,000 children are being provided with books, pens, rulers, school uniforms and satchels, making it easier for them to get into school. In addition, washable sanitary pads are being handed out to teenage girls so that they can go to school during their period.
The poor economic situation of families is the main cause of child poverty. That is why low-income families are being given help to improve their financial situation. Savings groups are being set up, enabling their members to save up shared assets from which they receive loans for small investments as required. Furthermore, young men and women are being given training opportunities at local workshops.
In Guatemala, around 1.9 million women are illiterate, as girls attend school much less frequently than boys, even though access to six years of primary-school education has been expanded, including in rural regions. By tradition, if money is tight, families are more likely to send their sons to school.
A DeWAG-supported project of the child welfare organisation Plan International in San Pedro Carcha, where there were previously no secondary schools, is aimed at giving girls in particular access to quality secondary-school education so that they can gain appropriate qualifications.
Initiatives include furnishing of the schools, construction of six new classrooms and renovation of four existing ones. Plan is helping to develop and purchase teaching materials that are essential to the delivery of remote learning. Each classroom is being equipped with a television set, teaching videos on the individual subjects and instructions for the pupils. In addition, Plan is offering teacher training throughout the entire project.
The project is being implemented at 32 schools. As a result, around 2,500 girls and boys from 64 communities in San Pedro Carcha, Alta Verapaz are gaining access to secondary education.