For the shareholders and directors of CONVALOR social responsibility and commitment are part of a successful entrepreneurship as well as its hallmark. We understand the privileged circumstances of our living as a mission to use our opportunities not only for our business but also for the common good.
The living conditions of less privileged people in Europe and on other continents repeatedly lead us to spontaneous responses to make a contribution – though with limited means – to an improvement of the poor circumstances and to set an example of solidarity.
Main areas of financial support are/were:
Besonders in der aktuell schwierigen Zeit der Pandemie möchte CONVALOR durch ein großzügiges Engagement im Rahmen ihrer gesellschaftlichen Verantwortung ein Stück weit dazu beitragen, dass auch weiterhin viele wunderbare Aufgaben und Ideen gemeinsam mit den Kindern umgesetzt werden können. Von einem haupt- und ehrenamtlichen Mitarbeiterteam mit viel Herz und Passion können am Kölner Standort wochentags bis zu 125 Kinder betreut werden. Die meist sozial und finanziell benachteiligten Kinder und Jugendlichen erwartet ein kostenloser Mittagstisch, Hausaufgabenhilfe und verschiedene Freizeitprogramme. Auch Ausflüge und Feriencamps werden durchgeführt.
An insufficient infrastructure and supply situation are among the most widespread challenges for people in rural Africa. Africa GreenTec supplies and operates mobile plug and play solar power plants with a reservoir for selected villages in Africa that are difficult to access. The self-sufficient standard container - the so-called Africa GreenTec solar container - as a decentralized, private energy supplier is manufactured in series, easy to transport and able to flexibly supply several hundreds of households and up to 4,000 people. Immediately after the construction the people benefit from fair, low-cost solar electricity, which, including the financing expenses per kilowatt hour, costs half as much as diesel-based electricity.
Since 2015 a pilot unit in West African Mali in Mourdiah has been underway. Further projects, for which Convalor and the founding shareholder have been financially involved, are being implemented mainly in villages of Mali – meanwhile the first prototype of the plant is being developed into a model with twice the storage capacity.
Through this project, named "students are building a school for students", the students of the Physics Seminar at the secondary school in Obermenzing enable a better educational opportunities for young Ethiopians. Along with the non-profit association Hawelti in Nürnberg, they are planning to realize a primary school with electricity and water supply for about 120 children in Endayesus since 2017. The students are still taught outside under trees - in the rain, the lesson is canceled.
Convalor is financially involved in the construction of the school
building as well as two qualified civil engineers with their know-how
and skills. Construction plans and materials are predominantly available
- the parents in Ethiopia have fabricated more than 6,000 bricks on
Already in 2009 the women’s shelter in Bamako was established with the help from Mr. Graebner and the human rights organization TERRE DES FEMMES (TDF) from Berlin, who support the partner organization APDF in Mali. On the basis of this cooperation the project idea "Women’s Shelter in Gao, Northmali" with an usable area of 300 sqm was founded. Girls and women affected by violence and forced marriages are to be attended by provision of accommodation as well as medical, legal and psychological help.
The location Gao was chosen, since APDF has about 1.000 active members who can operate on site. After the acquisition of the property the preparation and implementation of the construction measures for the realization of another great and courageous project, which are being supported by the engagement of Convalor, can be started.
Infectious diseases, such as malaria and tuberculosis,
and poorly supplied accidents are often the cause of high child
mortality in Ghana. Many families with children do not have access
to sufficient and affordable health care.
In cooperation with the Cape Coast Regional
Administration and the Ghana Health Service, ANDO (A New Day
Organization), a union of young professionals and students, has set
itself the goal to fight health problems of children and adolescents in a
sustainable way. The newly constructed children's hospital provides
medical staff and medicines and thus effectively improves the basic
medical care - as a result we can enable a better tomorrow for the
children of Efutu.
The hospital has opened in August 2016.
On the occasion of the discussion on the adoption of a
Equal Opportunity Act in favor of girls and women in the muslim african
state of Mali Mr. Graebner stood up during his visit to Bamako in
September 2009 for the acquisition of funds in order to complete the
first women's shelter in Mali.
Thanks to a spontaneous donation campaign, the founder and chairman of APDF (Association pour le Progrès et la Défense des Droits des Femmes Maliennes), Mrs. Fatoumata Diakité, and her project team were able to complete the house. The building was finished at the end of June 2010.
This project is concerned with homeless boys from Burkina
Faso who are affiliated every year to train them as "professional
soccers". From each year, some of them have the opportunity to build up a
career as a professional soccer player.
Another intention of this project is to convey vocational training to all these participants who have learned to read and write during the training period at the Fogebu boarding school. Thus an exemplary participation to an effective development policy is to be accomplished.
The Concordia organization, founded by Father Georg
Sporschill SJ, provides support for 300 homeless children, for people
seeking help and former refugees through the Club Concordia, road works
and social centers.
About 1,000 children today live in the sheltered houses and apartments of Concordia in Romania, Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova.
Unemployment is the most widespread problem in Africa. Not only the lack of jobs is responsible for this but most of all the poor access to vocational training for young people.
Through the support of this project provided by Dr. Rupert Neudeck's Green Helmets organization, young people in Rwanda are being trained in different teaching profession. The aim is to enable them a better life of independence and wealth.
The Green Helmets are helping affected people through the construction of houses, villages, streets, hospitals and schools.
The orphanage accommodates over 275 children at the age
of 4 to 10 years with very different disabilities. Most of them are able
to move with difficulty but they still have problems to coordinate and
control their movements. Some children are bound to the bed and need
full care day and night.
Unfortunately this house still is in need of money for a lot of matters, such as the elevator reparations, children's wheelchairs, therapeutic facilities and other self-evident facilities which we people take for granted.
Many children in a lot of areas in India lack access to school education. Due to the school project in Makula-Samanpur, Saraikela-Kharswan, India, children, in particular girls, receive the opportunity to start a 4-year primary school education. The funding of the project included the construction of a school building, the provision of school uniforms and bicycles (to be able to overcome the mostly long distance to school) as well as the cost of lessons for the whole education.
WeSMCO (Welfare for Streetmothers and Children
Organization), founded by Eshetu Mengistu, has been focusing on the
enhancement of the nutrition and health situation mainly of mothers in
Ethiopia who live with their children on the street and also homeless
children without any parents since 1997.
Another responsibility of the organization is to give young boys and girls in Ethiopia educational and professional career training in order to enable them a better and appropriate life of wealth, independence and freedom.
WeSMCO: Let us fight poverty together.
In the projects of Katutura that supervises a total of approx. 110 kindergartens children are not only getting lessons in basic knowledge in reading, writing and calculating, they are receiving a warm meal each day as well. Also children with mental or physical disabilities are looked after by volunteers and house mothers.
An important project is called "Dolam Children's House Orlindis Place of Safety". In these institutions children and infants affected by TB and AIDS are getting care and support.