The projects we support 
are our windows onto the world.

The projects we support are our windows onto the world.

   

What We Support

Project Insights

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.

Digital Coaching to get through the Crisis – Smart Hero Award for “Straßenkinder e. V.”

Lots to celebrate at Berlin’s “Straßenkinder” association: its “Digital Coaching – Not Only in Times of Crisis” project was awarded a special coronavirus-related prize at the 2020 Smart Hero Awards in late September. The “Digital Chancen” Foundation and Facebook give their Smart Hero Awards to projects in several categories that use social media for good causes. The special prizes worth € 7,500 each also honour outstanding commitment in our coronavirus era this year.

During the lockdown in the spring of 2020 traditional meeting formats and consultations as part of the youth welfare programme were impossible for weeks, even though these are essential as contact points especially for adolescents outside the family in socially deprived areas. In this particular situation, the “Straßenkinder” team opted for video calls, Mindcraft workshops and co. in order to keep in touch with the children and youngsters from Berlin-Marzahn and support them in completing their homework assignments. In addition, the staff distributed important school material such as laptops and mobile dongles to families that did not have the technical requirements for home schooling.

The Software AG Foundation (SAGST) has been a long-term project partner of the association, which is involved in various programmes for children and young people without a permanent address as well as for adolescents in other precarious life situations. In 2009, for example, the foundation supported the construction of a centre for children and young people and has promoted offers of assistance for homeless young people in Berlin-Friedrichshain for several years. “We congratulate you sincerely on your award and we’re pleased that the association has succeeded in constructively tackling the completely new challenges presented by the coronavirus crisis”, said SAGST project manager Silvia Eller. “Unfortunately, social inequalities have increased in many places during the pandemic – which makes it all the more important to provide targeted support to school students who are lacking resources.”


Children harvesting apples

Feeding cows, building an insect hotel or tilling your own vegetable patch: at the Schwalbennest (Swallow’s Nest) kindergarten farm on Lake Constance, there’s never a dull moment. The activity-based educational programme that is close to nature has now received an award as part of the UN Decade of Biological Diversity.


Employee and teenager in the café

Strengthening children, encouraging adolescents and supporting families: that is the aim of the “füreinander” association founded in Erkrath in 2012. In the borough of Sandheide, which is considered a socially deprived area, the initiative campaigns with full-time and volunteer workers for disadvantaged children and young people. The “MOSAIK” youth club and the “cube” café have been created as places with a familiar environment.


Children play in the sandpit of the garden

A learning and experiential field for the senses that is close to nature: in the southern Baden municipality of Binzen, “Die Gartenkinder” (= The Farm Kindergarten Children) sow, reap and process food with their own hands. The Farm Kindergarten, of the same name, cooperates closely with a local Demeter market garden, and in that way lays the foundation for sustainable environmental education.


Father and daughter do homework

The “familY“ program of the educational organization “EDUCATION Y” focuses on families as the key component of the educational system. This is why it assists parents in providing support to their children as they proceed from kindergarten to elementary school – which is a key prerequisite for continued success in learning. Since 2017 the International Family Center in Frankfurt am Main (Internationales Familienzentrum) has seen positive results with that, too.