The terrible war in Ukraine has been raging since February. At FERI it was and is very close to our hearts to help the people affected. The ideas of what we could do were as diverse as our employees.
We have been working with the team of the Kinderschutzbund Hochtaunus for a long time and are convinced of their positive contribution to society. They are very committed to equal education for all children and young people in the region. As an education centre, we wanted to actively support the idea of making it easier for refugee children and mothers from Ukraine to start their lives here in Bad Homburg, and therefore launched the internal donation campaign #FERIhilft.
We doubled every euro that our employees donated under the keyword. In this way, more than €20,000 was collected in just two weeks. With this money, the Child Protection Association can offer a language course in addition to regular play/craft and cooking meetings to exchange ideas. In addition, joint excursions are organised to get to know Bad Homburg and the surrounding area.
We are proud that thanks to our joint efforts, this care programme can now be offered on a long-term basis!
All FERIans were also able to actively support various aid campaigns during their working hours.
In Bad Homburg, for example, some of them helped to sort the overwhelming flood of donations in kind in the clothing store set up in March in the vaccination centre of the Hochtaunus clinics or to set up and fill shelves donated by us. All in all, around 100 hours of voluntary work were put in. And we think the result is something to be proud of!
But not only here in Bad Homburg, but also at the other FERI locations, our colleagues actively supported various aid projects, took in refugees or collected donations in kind.
In addition, our locations in Germany and Austria were each given the opportunity to support heartfelt projects of their choice with 5,000 euros. The selected projects were as diverse as our locations. But financial help is not the end of the story for our colleagues - they often became active there themselves.
action medeor has been providing a wide range of aid in crisis regions as the world's emergency pharmacy since 1964. Our colleague Frank Straatmann (member of the management board and head of the Düsseldorf office) visited the site in July and was impressed by the commitment and professionalism with which the work is done.
Today, about 80 (full-time and voluntary) employees send about 400 tonnes of relief supplies worldwide every year. But the scale of the aid for Ukraine is unique in the history of action medeor: since the beginning of the war, one to two truckloads of medical supplies (medicines, dressing materials, medical technology, etc.) have been going to Ternopil in western Ukraine every week and are distributed from there to hospitals and pharmacies throughout the country. In the process, 300 tonnes of aid deliveries have already been collected by July 2022 alone.
In addition, six ambulances were delivered to hospitals in the war regions. We think this is a great achievement and are pleased that we can contribute to it with our donation.
Since 2015, the non-profit organisation Hanseatic Help has been providing uncomplicated help in Hamburg and the surrounding area, nationwide and internationally.
With the newly established Hanseatic Help Stores, privately housed Ukrainian families in Hamburg are currently being provided with the most basic necessities. They receive urgently needed clothing, hygiene articles and other essentials for daily life.
This is where our colleagues in Hamburg come into play: they have not only decided to make their location donation to Hanseatic Help, but are also happy to help with the sorting and storage of donations and relief supplies if needed.
SOS Children's Villages has been active in Ukraine for over 20 years and is able to support children and families in Ukraine in the current situation together with local partners. They help with evacuation and emergency shelters as well as transport to safe areas. They also provide food and hygiene articles and offer immediate psychological support.
In Poland and Romania, the organisation takes in refugee children and families in the SOS Children's Villages. And in Austria, too, refugee children and families from Ukraine find refuge in SOS Children's Villages and through the host family programme. In addition, they receive long-term help, accompaniment and support in Austria as well as for a possible return to Ukraine.
Our colleague Doris Hösch presented our donation on behalf of the Vienna branch in July to support SOS Children's Villages Austria in this important work.