The projects we support
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The projects we support
are our windows onto the world.

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The goal of our public relations work is to make our current activities and exemplary projects more visible. That’s why the people and initiatives that we support take center stage, both in our print publications and on our website. Lighthouse projects both large and small are given a special place.

Here, we provide short updates that reveal current happenings among our projects. In addition, we present in-depth reports and interviews that create a vivid picture of the initiatives that our foundation is privileged to enable and support.

To make this possible, our public relations team visits many of the projects together with the responsible project managers and gets to know the organizations and people on location.

We hope that these reports, in text and image, help to orient engaged individuals regarding possible support from the Software AG Foundation (SAGST) – and encourage them to tread new paths.

New Café L’ink brings Inclusion to Großsachsenheim

Mugs with inscription from Café L'ink
Photo: Tragwerk e. V.

Anchoring inclusion in everyday life, not only accepting diversity and difference but explicitly welcoming it – that is what the non-profit association Tragwerk is committed to in and around Ludwigsburg. Events and workshops on the topic of participation, translation activities and advice on “simple language” or language courses for migrant or refugee women provide a valuable stimulus. Another central element is the “Café L’ink: Ludwigsburg inklusiv” café projects at several locations. These are organised and led by an inclusive team: two pupils with assistance needs and two youths who are participating as part of their social work placement.

They receive support and guidance from employees of the association and their teachers. The pupils are learning how to get there independently and manage their time well, as well as experiencing the demands of running a café – all important basic skills for a self-determined career. “Despite the changed legal conditions, there are unfortunately very few opportunities for such protected practical experience”, explains project manager Elke Rahmann from the Software AG Foundation (SAGST). “Café L’ink offers an ideal framework for this.” It also creates employment opportunities for people with assistance needs who have so far worked exclusively in workshops. In this regard, the association cooperates with Theo Lorch Werkstätten (WFbM), especially during the holiday periods when the students are not working in the café.

In addition to three locations in Ludwigsburg, the concept has now been expanded district-wide with the support of SAGST: In November 2022, another café opened in Großsachsenheim, a small town near Ludwigsburg. There, the association uses premises belonging to the Haus Sonnenfeld nursing home, which is located right on the edge of a field and a busy cycle path. There is also a large school campus with a youth centre in the immediate vicinity – the best possible conditions for the new Café L’ink to develop into an attractive meeting place. As in the other three cafés, offers such as lectures, readings, music, culture and art will be open to the public. Moreover, the social pedagogue from Tragwerk e. V. is also available for basic counselling during the café’s opening hours.

For many decades anthroposophic institutions have been places where people with and without assistance needs live, learn and work together. The broad-based project “in guter Gesellschaft – Inklusion leben” (in good company – living inclusion) of the German association of anthroposophic social service providers – Anthropoi Bundesverband – aims to further develop this inclusive approach and open it up even more to the surrounding community.

Not only is fertile soil the basis for healthy nutrition, but it is also an important factor in counteracting global warming. Projects such as Bodenfruchtbarkeitsfonds (Soil Fertility Fund) or the “Soil Ambassadors” allow Bio-Stiftung Schweiz (Swiss Organic Foundation) to provide farmers with support to improve the quality of their farmland.

The importance of giving children a sense of security and reassurance from an early age: that is the topic of this interview with Prof. Dr. Stefanie Greubel of Alanus University for Arts and Social Sciences. In this conversation, Professor Greubel discusses how we can enable children to successfully manage challenges and transitions so that they emerge from them with strength and confidence.

The Münzinghof anthroposophic community near Nuremberg has been offering practice-oriented specialist training for future curative education nurses for more than ten years. The proseminar established within this framework will now be opened up to participants from other institutions.