Corona Fund

Strengthening access to education together now!

In all areas of the world, schools have had to close their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic – including our KinderHaus facilities, where the classrooms currently stand empty. Because many parents cannot afford the school fees due to the crisis, and with no technical infrastructure to offer online teaching, children from India to Peru are currently missing out on their education.
We all share a responsibility to do what we can to help in order to ensure that coronavirus is kept under control. Education plays a key role in this. Our CORONA FUND EDUCATION HEALTHCARE allows us to provide immediate aid so we can all do our best to overcome the crisis facing children worldwide at our PATRIZIA KinderHaus facilities. Do help us in our efforts. Thank you!
Wolfgang Egger

Founder, PATRIZIA Foundation

We want to do something about this! We need to act quickly and we need to pool our resources now so we can help where it matters most. We need to alleviate existential hardships and provide new infrastructure so that these children and adolescents do not lose their chance of a better future. Especially now, it is important that we stay in close contact with all of our local partners at our schools, hospitals and children’s homes worldwide. We are staying in touch with them by telephone, via email, messaging and WhatsApp and monitoring the current situation regarding our projects, working together to find common solutions and establish an online platform to simplify communication. An example: if one of our schools has to be shut down, there are no school fees coming in … but the children are also not receiving their only valuable daily meal there. The school would like to offer the children lunch boxes – but they do not have the resources.
To act now, we have set up a fund called the Corona Fund Education Healthcare, 100 per cent of which will go directly towards our projects as a first step. See here how we have already provided concrete help in our projects with the financial resources from the fund. By donating to the fund, you will help support our project in the long term as a second step. Join in today and let’s work together in taking responsibility for everybody who needs our help! Read here how our PATRIZIA KinderHaus facilities assumes social responsibility in the pandemic.
Donation account for the Corona Fund Education Healthcare
IBAN: EN11 7208 0001 0160 0333 88
BIC: DRESDEFFXXX
Reference: PF Corona Fund
Donors receive a donation receipt

Even during the current crisis, we are providing children with long-term support worldwide!

Our schools

Some schools have closed, some have reopened. Many schools do not have photocopiers or digital teaching materials to continue to provide for the children. Also, some schools cannot meet the new hygiene requirements. Parents can no longer afford the school fees, and all school staff are experiencing financial hardship.

Our hospitals

Our hospitals are no longer able to work normally due to the heightened risk of infection. Without patients, there are no revenues and staff are forced to reduce their working hours on no pay – while still trying to help children and patients who need help using digital technology.

Our children’s homes

Hygiene is a particular challenge at the moment, with large numbers of little children living in small rooms. In many cases there are insufficient sanitary facilities or running water. The children also urgently need to be occupied – they need workbooks, tablets and ways to learn online.

A fund to help in the crisis

Our motto for the year 2020 is “tales of happiness”.

Since the establishment of our KinderHaus facilities more than 20 years ago, we have already been able to help more than 220,000 children – and thus write many tales of happiness.

Tale of Happiness
The current coronavirus pandemic requires a new chapter in our foundation era: As an immediate measure, the PATRIZIA Foundation has therefore created the “Corona Fund Education Healthcare”, into which we are paying 100,000€ as immediate aid for the affected children’s homes. We use 100 per cent of this sum for direct aid in our projects – just like all other donations that go into the relief fund.

We hope that thanks to the relief fund and the continued support of our sponsors, the current crisis for our KinderHaus facilities will take a happy turn and we will soon be able to tell more tales of hapiness. After all, our goal is still to give children worldwide access to education.

So far, we have already been able to collect 220.330,01 € with our relief fund – help us to increase this amount even more!

Donation account for the Corona Fund Education Healthcare
IBAN: EN11 7208 0001 0160 0333 88
BIC: DRESDEFFXXX
Reference: PF Corona Fund
Donors receive a donation receipt

THANK YOU for your support!

This is where we help

Money from our special pandemic fund – Corona Fund Education Healthcare – is used to provide immediate aid at the PATRIZIA KinderHaus facilities that need help now. We’re following this up with preventative measures aimed at containing Covid-19.

The coronavirus pandemic has also had a severe impact on the PATRIZIA school in Harare in Zimbabwe. Rising Star School would normally welcome 1180 children to the classroom every day, and for many pupils school dinners are the only nutritious meal will they will receive all day. The school has been completely shut down since the outbreak of the pandemic. Ever since, as well as having to stop lessons, the teachers are not being paid and it has been totally impossible to provide the children with nourishment.

The PATRIZIA Foundation is helping the school with a five-figured injection of funds to make sure schoolchildren will at least continue to have their meals again.

This money is also partly being used to fund personnel costs and implement hygiene measures. Effective tools in combating the spread of Covid-19 are nose and mouth covers, soaps and disinfectants.

PATRIZIA Vocational Training Center Ntarama, Rwanda

After the school’s budget, which mainly consists of school fees, fell short due to the coronavirus pandemic, the PATRIZIA Foundation was able to offer immediate help through the Corona Fund Education Healthcare: Money required to pay the staff’s salaries and to buy material for the new hygiene concept of the school.

The PATRIZIA Vocational Training Center in Ntarama is not only among the best schools in Rwanda for young people who are in training to become electricians, metalworkers, tailors, bricklayers or hairdressers. Its dormitories also provide a home to 150 of a total of 168 students. Long journeys to school in Africa are a great challenge to many young people and is often the reason they do not receive any training. In this way, the PATRIZIA Foundation makes an important contribution to school operations in Rwanda.

 

A large part of the school budget comes from school fees. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, these are no longer available, which poses a threat to its existence and future development. The regular teachers of the public school are paid by the government. But the fees of other personnel, such as cleaning staff, cooks, drivers and additional private teachers, needed to be covered as well. At the beginning of the lockdown, the school immediately cut all costs possible, but the bills where still piling up.

The food had already been ordered and needed to be paid. In addition, maintenance fees e.g. for the excavation of feces from the sewers – which is an important hygiene factor for the school – also generates costs. Also, the school owns many valuable machines and other school equipment for training purposes, which need be protected from theft. For this reason, the school is illuminated at night. This is a very important security aspect, especially during the lockdown phase, where a lower number of personnel is on-site.

In order to meet new hygiene standard requirements and prevent the spreading of diseases, the school needs to implement new washing facilities which are easily accessible for the students. Five such facilities are planned but not paid for yet.

The lockdown due to the pandemic hit the school at a particularly vulnerable time: The construction of a computer lab and a library had begun – the building needs to be finished before the brick shell is damaged. This building was being constructed by the students only, as part of their practical work assignment. During the construction works the students were allowed to practice masonry, welding and electricity under the supervision of their teachers. The students are very proud to be allowed to construct their own building. It will serve as a computer lab and library for at least 45 students. The students are at the stage of plastering and paving. The building is currently in its final stage of construction, and the money required will be used for cement, bricks, and other materials, which the school was supposed to cover from the school budget in the second term.

This building will serve the students as a place to study, develop their computer skills and to research. Because the building is big enough with 7 by 9m, the students will be able also to keep distance to each other.

How the Corona Fund Healthcare Education helped in Ntarama

With the funding provided under the Corona Fund Healthcare Education, the expenses of the PATRIZIA Vocational Training Center Ntarama were covered in three stages: firstly, the outstanding invoices regarding the staff, which helps relieve the distress on the community as a whole. Secondly, the fund pays for the electricity costs and maintenance of the school to preserve its valuable assets.

On a third level, the fund also goes into the necessary hygiene measure of five new washing facilities so that the school can be put back into operation as soon as possible. Also, the completion of the new computer lab and library is being supported through the fund by the purchase of materials like bricks etc.

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PATRIZIA Aftercare Hamburg

With the resources from the Corona Fund Education Healthcare, we were able to compensate for financial losses caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, a digital range of services (systems, licences and expansion of a token system for location-independent work) was expanded and communication with families was improved through a telephone-supported interpreting service. Our partner SeeYou was thus given the guarantee that PATRIZIA Aftercare Hamburg will continue to be able to offer all services.

Picture 1: Video conference at SeeYou with medical director and aftercare employees

Picture 2: Diabetes consultant Birgit Stamm from SeeYou on a laptop

The SeeYou Foundation is our partner at PATRIZIA Aftercare Hamburg. In this facility, SeeYou’s specially trained professionals take care of critically and chronically ill children. They provide social and medical assistance for around 160 children and their families every year and help with the organization of everyday family life.

Due to the protective measures to contain the pandemic, established and proven processes in outreach socio-medical aftercare were suddenly no longer possible. The interdisciplinary team was faced with new challenges – always with the aim of providing the best possible support for families, especially in times of crisis.

Aftercare staff could only visit the families at home in exceptional cases. This made the situation for families more difficult and caused financial losses for SeeYou. In addition, the foundation urgently needed interpreting services for the telephone consultation with families who have only limited knowledge of German language.

SeeYou still made it possible: The employees supported the families and helped them to build up an individual supply network even in these difficult times. Especially in the case of chronic diseases, a stable social and medical network improves the success of medical treatment.

How the Corona Fund Education Healthcare actually helps in the aftercare centre

SeeYou took new paths and introduced virtual processes. PATRIZIA Foundation provided financial support for the purchase of a digital system as well as licenses and the expansion of a token system for working location-independently.

With the resources from the PATRIZIA Foundation Fund, SeeYou can continue its services without any limitations and be there for families with premature babies or chronically ill children, even if the health insurance does not cover all services. Here, the operating grant from the relief fund ensured that the aftercare work of the SeeYou staff could also be paid. With an interpreter service, the aftercare staff were also able to talk to their patients without barriers and provide them with targeted help.

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PATRIZIA Child Care Western Cape, South Africa

Thanks to the relief fund, Corona Fund Education Healthcare, the PATRIZIA Foundation was able to provide support on three levels: food vouchers for the families of children at the centres; an operating allowance for facilities, so staff salaries could still be paid during closures; and the provision of learning materials for the children, so they could receive some form of education during the lockdown.

PATRIZIA Child Care Western Cape in South Africa supports three- to five-year-old children with little or no access to education with the aim of fostering pre-school development. To this end, our local partner, the Thembalitsha Foundation, operates three Educare Centres to offer an education to nursery-age children.

When the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, all educational institutions throughout the country were closed. For the children at the Educare Centres, the closures also meant they had no access to meals previously served at the facilities, and as a result, their basic nutritional needs were no longer being met. Many of the parents of children who attend the Educare Centres are seasonal fruit pickers who have no income in the winter. The pandemic has left many of them unemployed and without any source of income, so they can no longer afford the school fees. Even staff at the Thembalitsha Foundation feared for their livelihood.

How specifically the coronavirus relief fund helps in South Africa

Thanks to monetary support provided by the relief fund, Corona Fund Education Healthcare, the Thembalitsha Foundation has been able to hand out food vouchers to the families of children during the months that the centres were closed. The PATRIZIA Foundation also helped the Educare Centres with top-ups on fixed costs so they could pay staff salaries despite the closures.

In addition, the coronavirus relief fund was able to pay for learning materials for the children to help them learn at home. To reach out to as many children as possible, materials were prepared for different age groups and provided in the children’s mother tongues.

The Educare Centres reopened their doors in early September 2020 under the government’s strict Covid-19 restrictions. The measures are supported by the PATRIZIA Foundation and they have made it possible for the children to receive an education again while still observing distancing requirements and hygiene rules.

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PATRIZIA School Yaoundé, Cameroon

Life at PATRIZIA School Yaoundé – with its 600 pupils and 65 teachers, not to mention other staff members – came to a screeching halt when COVID-19 hit. To help the school return to normality as soon as possible, it received money from the Corona Fund Education Healthcare. These funds were invested in much-needed renovations to sanitary facilities, new masks, disinfectant and medical supplies for a recently erected infirmary. A full-time nurse is also now a member of the establishment. But first of all, the school needed help with producing learning materials and supplying pupils at home. In a country where less than half of all primary schoolchildren have the option of moving up to a secondary school, education means the world to children and their parents. The plan in the long term is to set up a multimedia room at the school.

How the Corona Fund Education Healthcare specifically helps in Yaoundé

Until the new hygiene concept was developed and introduced, the school wanted to make sure its children did not lose access to education. Staff received funding to produce and share lessons, plus exercises for the children to do at home so they could stay involved and keep receiving an education.

The Corona Fund Education Healthcare also made sure hygiene issues were addressed so that pupils and staff could return to school. Handwashing facilities were set up at the school entrance, which can be used by twenty pupils at a time. On top of that, every pupil was equipped with masks. The entire school is now disinfected multiple times every day. The school also succeeded in acquiring medical equipment for its new infirmary. A full-time nurse will now be responsible for taking care of the pupils and staff.

The government has introduced part-time education for the current school year. In addition, class numbers have been revised downwards and remote learning is recommended as a better response to COVID-19. Next comes the fitting of a multimedia room, also thanks to the financial resources provided through the Corona Fund Education Healthcare.

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PATRIZIA School Buyamba, Uganda

The PATRIZIA Foundation has invested money from the coronavirus relief fund in important measures aimed at supporting PATRIZIA School Buyamba. After being forced to close for seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the first step was to introduce a number of measures to enable lessons to gradually get underway again. For example, 15 handwashing facilities were purchased and water supplies have been improved. In addition, to enable the school to open again, money was provided to pay teachers’ salaries and tuition fees

The school in Buyamba has been provided with practical support thanks to our partnerships with ADEPT and Schulwerk, which is run by the diocese of Masaka.

Between March and October 2020, the school had to completely close its doors due to the lockdown. To allow classrooms to gradually reopen to pupils, a variety of preventive measures had to be met, as laid down by the government for all schools in the country.

How specifically the coronavirus relief fund helps in Buyamba

To improve water supplies, four additional tanks were purchased, each capable of holding up to 10,000 litres of water. In addition, 15 sinks were fitted for hand-washing, complete with liquid soap and five digital thermometers. Signs were also positioned around the school with instructions on preventing the spread of Covid-19. To make it easier to control access to the school, the fence around the school grounds was completed and repaired. To mark the return to school, seedlings were also purchased to grow vegetables in the school garden. This will make an important contribution to the children’s nutrition.

Another important part of the emergency aid was the funding of school fees for three months, including four months of salaries for some of the teachers and administrative staff. Without this important support, it would not have been possible to uphold the structures required to run the school and get children back into lessons.

To finance these relief measures, the PATRIZIA Foundation has invested around €17,000 from the coronavirus relief fund. This has benefited no less than 890 children and young people, plus around 30 adults.

Further support planned

The relief project organised in cooperation with ADEPT has also injected new life into the partnership between the school, the Schulwerk unit operated by the Diocese of Masaka and the PATRIZIA Foundation, marking an important first step in laying a foundation for further projects. To ensure the school can keep offering lessons in the long term, additional support will be needed. This is also because the number of pupils has risen sharply over the last decade. Currently 800 students attend the school. This poses significant practical challenges when it comes to running the school. For example, currently the classrooms are too small, especially given the need to make provisions for Covid-19.

As a result, the next step for the PATRIZIA Foundation will be to help the school build two roofed ‘outdoor classrooms’, improve water supplies and renovate nine existing classrooms and dormitories. To help fund the new measures, staff at PATRIZIA UK recently organised a Lake District Charity Challenge  to raise money for the school in Uganda.

For some time now, the sanitary facilities at the school have also been in urgent need of renovation. To help in this area, PATRIZIA staff in Germany have already been busily collecting money by organising Sweet Greets events before Christmas. After a number of postponements due to Covid-19, preparations are currently underway for the next round.

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PATRIZIA Vocational Training Center Alego, Kenya

In early 2020, the lockdown in Kenya resulted in the closure of all educational establishments in the country. Thanks to the PATRIZIA Foundation’s coronavirus relief fund, our local partner in Alego, Sauti Kuu run by the Auma Obama Foundation, was nonetheless able to offer teaching to students sitting National Exams. This made it possible for children and young people in the area to prepare for upcoming final exams. They also received awareness training on Covid-19 and their families were helped by Sauti Kuu to plant kitchen gardens with the aim of making them more self-sufficient in the long term. To provide emergency relief before that happens, food parcels were also distributed to address acute food shortage suffered by families as a result of Covid-19.

A large number of Kenyans live in rural areas. The vast majority of children have to manage without electricity, let alone internet access, and taking lessons on a computer is especially difficult in these times of coronavirus. The PATRIZIA Foundation’s partner in Alego Nyangoma, which is in the rural west of Kenya, is the Sauti Kuu Foundation. The foundation supports children and young people through a variety of education services, also helping families make more sustainable and economic use of local resources.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on accessing education

In spring 2020, the lockdown in Kenya meant that children were no longer able to attend school. Despite this, the Sauti Kuu Foundation wanted to help young people in Alego Nyangoma prepare for National Exams, so it launched its Learning Support Initiative through money from the coronavirus relief fund. This made it possible to offer lessons at the PATRIZIA KinderHaus, originally built thanks to funding from the PATRIZIA Foundation and now also home to the training centre run by Sauti Kuu. The building is big enough to comply with social distancing rules. Masks were also given to teachers and students, and hand-washing facilities have been set up.

Overall, the project enabled 30 exam candidates to attend Sauti Kuu every day (14 from the high school and 16 from the primary school), offering a valuable opportunity to revise in small groups. The children also participated in Covid-19 awareness training. Teaching materials were paid for through the relief fund. To enable the pupils to get some exercise, non-contact sports were also organised.

By the time the examinees supported by Sauti Kuu returned to school in October 2020, the project had been expanded to include pupils from other grades. This made it possible to allow a further 144 children to return to lessons under the Learning Support Initiative. By June 2021, the project had been extended to enable another 110 children to receive support with their education. As a result, 284 children and young people are now participating in lessons again, despite school closures.

Self-sufficiency thanks to ‘kitchen gardens’

The Sauti Kuu Foundation has also been supporting 200 disadvantaged families – relatives of participants in the initiative – by involving them in a ‘Grow to Eat Project’. Based on a principle called ‘Use what you have to get what you need’, Sauti Kuu trains families to plant kitchen gardens, thus offering them the long-term perspective of self-sufficiency. In addition, any surplus produce can later be taken to market and sold to generate money. To tide families over until the first harvest, they have been receiving food parcels to set the ball rolling. The children also helped plant the gardens so they could also benefit from this valuable know-how in the future. The workshops organised for the families covered topics such as working the soil, water extraction, monetary matters, nutrition, food preservation and storage.

Help in the neighbourhood

The coronavirus relief fund has enabled the Sauti Kuu Foundation to provide masks and hand-washing facilities to several schools in the area, the local medical centre, a shopping centre and the families of students participating in the project. The schools and medical centre were also provided with thermometers and oximeters.

Conclusion

The biggest achievement of the project, especially the initiative aimed at supporting educational needs, was to see the wonderful exam results of the students. Nine of the 30 examinees ranked among the top performers and 18 did well enough to advance to secondary school or university. A further successful outcome of the initiative was the setting up of the kitchen gardens, providing 200 families with a sustainable source of nutrition.

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“No Chance for Corona” – how a comic book helps kids to understand the virus

Schools are closed and children are no longer allowed to meet their friends and grandparents – a situation that affects almost all countries worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For this reason, Welthungerhilfe, partner of the PATRIZIA Foundation in Kenya, together with the Berlin-based social enterprise WASH United, has developed a comic strip to help children and young people to understand COVID-19. It provides young people between the ages of 10 and 14 and with information about the coronavirus itself and other preventative hygiene measures. It has been translated into more than 20 languages, from Amharic to Pashtu and Swahili.

Read more and download the comic here.

Helping our communities stay safe

Difficult times in particular often strengthen the solidarity in society and thereby bring about the beautiful stories. Even now, tales of happiness are created!
Here we have collected some for you. Read them for yourself and find out how our project partners or parents of our school children, for example, gather new strength in difficult times.
Help right next door

Debbie is a teacher at the PATRIZIA School Buyamba in Uganda. She teaches English and Science to primary school students. Currently, as the school is closed, she is in lockdown at home.

Debbie, how are people in your community coping with the situation?

We have been lockdown for a few weeks and everybody is at home now. A lot of people in my community are slowly running out of supplies and need food – especially the elderly in the village. Everyone is looking around to see who could need help, not only family members. So many people are donating food to other people, not in a big way, but they look around and care for those living next door.

How do you help?

When I go shopping, I think of my older neighbours and take an additional kilo of sugar or cornmeal with me to give to them. Often when I am cooking for my family, I will also carry an additional plate to our older neighbour. We like to eat matoke in our area – that is plantains, which can be cooked in a thousand different ways. With matoke everybody has a full stomach, and it is healthy and tastes incredibly good.

Notes to cope with the fear

Peter Nshimyumukizais a former student from the PATRIZIA Vocational Training Ntarama in Rwanda. He settled down with his family in the region and works usually as a qualified worker on construction sites. He also built his family house by himself. He has two children, Jean Simeon and Jean Yves.

Peter, how is your family coping with the situation?

My children are aged three and five years old. They do not fully understand the situation. Currently they are not allowed to play with other children, as they are used to. They also do not go to school and kindergarten. Again and again, every time something new about corona, they ask about it. They have many questions. They are also a bit afraid that mum or dad might get sick.

How do you help?

I cannot explain to my children what is really going on in the world, but I understand their fear and I want to take it away. That is why I have taught them prayers that they recite over and over when they feel a little bit of fear. The boys came up with the idea of sharing the prayers with other children, so we write them on slips of paper and leave them outside their friends’ doors whenever we go shopping.

Food for the poor

Théophile Rutabana is Managing Director at the PATRIZIA Vocational Training Ntarama in Rwanda.

Théophile, how are the people in your community coping with the situation?

The situation is precarious. Many people have no jobs and we don’t know how long the crisis will last. People in my village collect money to help those who cannot afford to buy food during the lockdown. Every donor gives a small amount of money, but we appreciate every donation. Everyone who can afford it is willing to help. This fosters a good feeling of community.

How do you help?

Schools were told to provide help. As Managing Director of a public school, I decided to offer professional help with the charity work.

I was involved in fundraising and helping the poorest in the community. We collected a lot of donations and organised help for people in our village. The needy families ended up with 5 kilos of corn and 5 kilos of beans. This required many donations and was a great success.

Father Jude’s shelter

Father Jude is the parish priest in Buymaba in Uganda. He is also the priest of our project partner at the PATRIZIA School in the village. He not only takes care of the spiritual well-being of the school. Together with the principal, Madame Sylvia, he helps run the school. The PATRIZIA School in Buyamba is his heart and soul.

Father Jude, how are the people in your community coping with the situation?

Food has become very expensive, as is usual in times of crisis, so people are eating all their supplies. People are more afraid now of hunger than coronavirus. Also, the families will not be able to pay the school fees either. As a school we have to be prepared for this. What is positive about such a crisis is that the people in the village stick together and help each other more than usual.

How do you help?

I am a priest of the parish, so my job is to help but I cannot help everyone. I have a few families where I know that I must take care of them because they cannot do it themselves. But most of the help I give is to the children who come to me. There are some who come every day or stay with me because their parents have smaller children for whom they can hardly care. So, the older children stay with me to survive. One of them finished primary school last year, two of them are in secondary school, some of them just come for lunch because they would not get it at home. So that’s my help and that’s a given and no matter if the crisis is called corona or poverty.

Thank you all – Take Care and Stay Healthy!