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Unser Anliegen ist es, mit unserer Öffentlichkeitsarbeit bestehendes Engagement und beispielhafte Projekte sichtbar zu machen. Darum rücken wir nicht nur in unseren Print-Publikationen die geförderten Initiativen und die Menschen dahinter in den Mittelpunkt, sondern haben auch auf unserer Website großen und kleinen Leuchtturmprojekten einen besonderen Platz eingeräumt.

An dieser Stelle möchten wir mit Kurzberichten über das aktuelle Projektgeschehen informieren sowie durch vertiefende Beiträge und Interviews einen möglichst anschaulichen Eindruck von den Initiativen vermitteln, die wir als Stiftung mit ermöglichen und begleiten dürfen.

Damit das gelingt, haben die Kolleginnen und Kollegen aus der Öffentlichkeitsarbeit viele der beschriebenen Projekte gemeinsam mit den zuständigen Projektleiterinnen bzw. -leitern besucht und sich vor Ort ein eigenes Bild von den Organisationen und Menschen gemacht.

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Help in a Difficult Time: Children’s Hospice in South Hessen

Foto: Charlotte Fischer

Since 2011, the Malteser Hospice Center in Darmstadt has offered an ambulant children’s hospice and family support service. A team of a few full-time employees and around 40 volunteers, based in several locations, offer care services for terminally ill children and their families – whether at home, in hospital, or in a care institution. In addition to offering practical guidance and concrete, everyday support to parents, the Maltesers also organize childcare and free-time activities for siblings. The service is free of charge for families.

To better respond to the many inquiries from the large area they serve, the ambulant children’s hospice in Bensheim wants to open an additional consulting center for the Bergstrasse region. The Software AG Foundation will support this important work during an initial three-year period. “The illness or death of a child is a hardly-imaginable loss for affected families,” says project manager Jana Weische. “It is comforting and reassuring to have people at your side who listen to you and bring you into contact with others. Competent care and consulting, like that provided by the ambulant children’s hospice, can help affected families avoid going into shock and to keep going.”


When someone approaches the end of life, it can be an extremely difficult time for affected family and friends. This is especially true in the case of a terminally ill child. The ambulant children’s hospice and family support service in South Hessen cares for families in this very difficult situation and also offers assistance for daily life with a critically ill or terminally ill child.

Repairing instead of throwing away: students at the Rudolf Steiner School in Munich-Schwabing are learning to do just that in the school’s repair workshop. The organizers’ experiences with the project are collected in a newly-released book, Reparieren macht Schule.

What value can a common-good balance sheet create for schools and other social institutions? A pilot project at the Free Waldorf School in Wetterau produces promising results.

People with and without disabilities often have few opportunities to interact in daily life. The staff, visitors, and helpers at an inclusive project in Darmstadt, ZwischenRäume, are working to change this by building bridges between two often very different worlds.

How can we reach young people who end up on the wrong track and drop out of school or their apprenticeship program? A Heidelberg-based project called “LÄUFT?!” uses a personal, individual support program to help young people in NEET (not in employment, education, or training) to find new perspectives on their personal and professional development.