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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.

Ihre Beispiele sollen in Text und Bild anderen Engagierten eine Orientierung über die Fördermöglichkeiten der Software AG – Stiftung vermitteln und Mut machen, neue Wege zu gehen.

 

Protecting People and Bees

Foto: Charlotte Fischer

Bees – and other pollinating insects – are irreplaceable not only for food production, but also for the diversity and beauty of the natural world. That’s why the Aurelia Foundation is working to foster agricultural practices that are life-promoting and pesticide-free. As board member Thomas Radetzki notes, “This ecological orientation protects the biodiversity of bumblebees and other bees, but also addresses the global challenges of hunger, climate change, and soil fertility.”

“Pesticide control – protecting people and bees” is one of numerous issues for the Aurelia Foundation, which in 2016 relocated its offices to Berlin. In the German capital and beyond, the foundation works as an independent defender of bees, bumblebees, and their relatives in institutes, politics, and media. The foundation both carries out its own activities and supports other groups whose projects focus on protecting pollinators.

Christian Wüst, the responsible project manager at SAGST, notes: “The Aurelia Foundation profits from an exceptional network of experts, and it makes accessible current research and combines it with practical action. Thus, the foundation strengthens our sense of responsibility towards nature and motivates and activates personal engagement.”

 


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.