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India

Since 2005, in cooperation with the terre des hommes charitable organization, DACHSER has committed itself to the sustainable development of children and villagers in Uttar Pradesh, one of the poorest and most populated states in India. The predominantly rural-based economy is currently undergoing a structural crisis. Typical small artisan businesses are collapsing and local agriculture can barely feed the inhabitants. In addition, there are the serious consequences of climate change, constant rural exodus, high unemployment and low wages.

The project supports rural communities in the Varanasi and Sitapur Districts. By 2015, DACHSER had invested approximately EUR 900,000 in two successive project phases. For the first ten years, the motto was “From Education to Sustainability”.

Namibia

In Namibia, DACHSER has been cooperating with terre des hommes since 2014 to ensure better future opportunities for San children, the oldest population group in southern Africa.
The San, also referred to as “Bushmen”, live primarily in poverty – either on gigantic farms or in slum-like settlements on the outskirts of small cities. Unemployment is high and the social problems are massive. Together, terre des hommes and DACHSER support the WIMSA Organization (Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa) with educational projects for children. The project work focuses on early kindergarten and pre-school education, as well as the provision of support in subsequent education. In addition, practical professional training is offered to young people to prepare them for employment in lodges, hotels or on construction sites.

Brazil

In Brazil, DACHSER has been campaigning for the Limeira Children’s Rights Center since 2015. Drug-dealing, organized crime and deployment of the military police are an unfortunate part of the everyday lives of many children and young people in the community of Campinas, a city with more than one million inhabitants, in the state of São Paulo. In conjunction with terre des hommes and local government agencies, DACHSER supports educational programs to open up young people’s life prospects. The Children’s Rights Center strives to offer children and young people an alternative to criminality and drug addiction. For this purpose, the Center offers direct education in schools and alternative recreational activities. In addition, the children and young people, their families as well as representatives from local government agencies are made aware of children’s rights. Thus, children and young people are to be seen as campaigners for a culture of peace.

Many countries in South Asia are currently suffering from a difficult period of drought. The necessary monsoon rainfalls have declined over the past four years and consequently millions of people in at least 13 states in India are suffering from water shortages. The interior region of the state of Maharashtra was particularly hard-hit. Thus, the construction of water infrastructures is one of the main goals of DACHSER’s funded development projects which is conducted by terre des hommes and their local partners in the Latur region (in the state of Maharashtra).

WE SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING MEASURES:

All measures are planned in accordance with the humanitarian principles of terre des hommes. After providing short-term help to secure access to clean drinking water, the long-term goal is to help people help themselves, which is terre des hommes’ overall goal for all of their projects.

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terre des hommes Germany is an international developmental children’s aid organization which operates independently of governments, the economy, religious institutions and political parties. It is headquartered in Osnabrück in Northern Germany and has several local and regional offices worldwide. Since the mid-1960s, the non-governmental organization promotes an ‘earth of humanity’. terre des hommes supports more than 350 projects for children in need in more than 30 countries worldwide.

The children’s aid organization does not send volunteers, but rather supports local initiatives with donations and consultation. One of their main objectives is security and lasting support for children.

We protect children of slavery and exploitation, help refugee kids, take care of the victims of war, violence and abuse, and provide education and training for children. We support girls and boys, whose families died of AIDS, and stand up for children‘s rights for a healthy environment and the protection of discriminated groups.

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Bernhard Simon, CEO von DACHSER

The prosperity of the Western world is also due to the fact that, at least in part, production conditions elsewhere are far removed from our minimum standards. This therefore gives us a special responsibility. There is only one world in which we live; we are all interconnected in many different ways in today’s world.

Bernhard Simon, DACHSER's CEO

As a family-owned business, DACHSER is committed to a long-term and sustainable company policy. While focusing on economic and environmental goals, social objectives are equally as important and we pursuit them with great dedication and sense of responsibility. Logistics brings people, markets and production worlds closer together. For DACHSER, global growth means, even on a worldwide scale, assuming responsibility and actively working to improve the living conditions of those who have not benefited equally from globalization.

Especially in today’s world, where many places are being shaped by wars, crises, and uncertainty, we need powerful initiatives for further local development. In the age of globalization, we are all living in one world. Tomorrow’s refugees could be coming from another region. Our responsibility extends beyond company and country borders.

Therefore, DACHSER is actively involved in promoting sustainable improvements to the situation of children, especially for girls and young women in rural areas. Our engagement since 2005 is thus dedicated in particular to the children’s aid organization terre des hommes. Together we promote „Helping others help themselves” in order to improve living conditions as well as education and vocational training opportunities for disadvantaged minorities. Sustainable support requires thought-through concepts, patience and commitment. These principles have always guided DACHSER’s company philosophy as well.

The commitment made by DACHSER and terre des hommes has been designed to be sustainable and long-term. It is intended to bring about a structural improvement in the living conditions of socially and economically-disadvantaged population groups. Strictly adhering to the principle of “Helping people help themselves”, DACHSER has now been supporting the local partner organizations of terre des hommes for ten years with the following activities: To regard people in need as brothers on the same level – the idea of terre des hommes’ founder Lutz Beisel describes very well the difference between charity and corporate social responsibility which the DACHSER family fully supports as we are seeing ourselves as corporate citizens in a globalized world.

To see how people succeed in organizing themselves and connecting with each other has been among the highlights of the projects with terre des hommes for me. It does not just involve giving long-term financial support to the people and the region; it is rather about supporting them on their path to self-determination.

Bernhard Simon, DACHSER's CEO

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children attended educational programs

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children and women were educated about their rights and given assistance to actively demand them

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girls received tutoring to finish secondary school

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children attended vocational trainings

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trees were planted

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families received solar-powered lamps

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schools were equipped with special tanks for drinking water and sanitary facilities

While continuing its 11-year collaboration in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh with the children’s aid organization terre des hommes, ...

... DACHSER is expanding its commitment to additional project regions in India, Nepal, Brazil, and Namibia.

Over the next four years, the logistics provider will invest over EUR 1.1 million in local aid projects to bring lasting improvements to people’s lives by helping them help themselves.

Bernhard Simon

Living and working together in a flourishing environment creates better prospects for current and future generations. This is responsible entrepreneurship at its finest – on a small and big scale.

Bernhard Simon, DACHSER's CEO

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In Germany, people of all ages in approx. 120 cities volunteer for terre des hommes with the joint goal to help children in need. Working with terre des hommes is not just about giving something, it is above all also about receiving something in return, for example a smile.

You decide how much and for what you would like to make a contribution. Please click on the donation button below and you will be directed to our donation form on the terre des hommes website.

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