Together for the region!
From left to right: Front row: Erik Hensgen, Christina Bergold (both Bethanien Kinderdorf), Norma Habbel (Habitat for Humanity), Esra Hasbal, Nuran Özdemir (both Malteser Refugees’ Home), Richard Mittag (Antoniusheim); Back row: Dr. Marcus Kreikebaum (EBS), Sophie Neuhoff (Habitat for Humanity), Regis Guezodje (Books for Benin)
For the past ten years, EBS students have been working with the group-pedagogical tutoring group of the German Child Protection Association (DKSB) in the Rheingau region. In the last semester an additional team was formed to support the association financially. For this purpose, the group produced a “Welcome Guide” for international students at the EBS, which was financed by advertisements of regional companies. From the proceeds the students were able to donate a total of more than 600 euros to the DKSB. On the occasion of the Social Impact Day, they expressed their sincere thanks for the donation and the EBS students’ commitment.
The German Child Protection Association (Deutscher Kinderschutzbund) had been invited to the campus, along with many other organisations, to exchange information with the students and to further develop its long-standing contact with the University. In addition to regional projects, the volunteers also focus on many international projects. Since 2008, EBS students have been travelling every spring to Mississippi, to collaborate with the aid organisation Habitat for Humanity in building houses in the slums of Clarksville. On the occasion of the anniversary of this “Alternative Spring Break” Sophie Neuhoff and Norma Habbel from Habitat for Humanity Germany now presented the programme of the worldwide operating relief organization at the EBS Universität.
The organisers of the Social Impact Day were delighted with the lively response: In addition to the approximately 160 students, there were many project partners present who took the opportunity to introduce themselves personally. “On this day we were reminded once again of what our students and project partners are achieving together. It is particularly important to us to be active together for the region and to learn from each other”, says Dr. Marcus Kreikebaum, Executive Director of the Institute for Corporate Ethics at the EBS. Guests included the Youth Welfare Association Antoniusheim Wiesbaden, represented by Richard Mittag, the Bethanien Kinderdorf (children’s village) Eltville, represented by Christina Bergold and Erik Hensgen, the Malteser Refugees’ Home in Lorch, represented by Nuran Özdemir and Esra Hasbal, as well as the project “Books for Benin”, represented by Regis Guedzodje. In the course of the event, many new students came forward who would like to actively support the social institutions in the region and projects beyond that in the coming semester.