Project trips as an instrument
For many months, PATRIZIA Foundation staff were unable to visit KinderHaus projects due to the Corona pandemic. But with the easing of worldwide travel restrictions and Corona protection measures, project trips were finally possible again in 2022. There are many reasons why these are important to ensure the sustainable success of each project. Only on site can the Foundation staff, first and foremost the project managers, determine whether all the measures agreed upon and implemented are successful – whether progress is meeting expectations. Moreover, the visits are necessary to gain a deep understanding of the needs of the local
community that continuously develop over the course of the project. Through direct contact, challenges can be mastered more easily. The personal relationships with the local partners, the authorities and all relevant actors improve through direct exchange. Cooperation thus becomes more efficient, potential problems are identified and solved earlier. This saves time and money.
Flavia Bogorin, a researcher at the Competence Centre for Nonprofit Organisations and Social Entrepreneurship at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, visited five KinderHaus facilities in Tanzania in June 2022 to assess the medium- and long-term impact of the projects. The results of the ex-post evaluation confirm the PATRIZIA Foundation’s sustainable approach and its commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Flavia Bogorin was also able to find out whether the questionnaires developed were practical to ensure the best possible monitoring of the achievements to date. The results of the interviews were used to optimise the impact model and the tools for regular monitoring. The final impact model and the quantitative survey instruments for the annual monitoring are finally applicable to all existing and future KinderHaus projects from 2023.
PATRIZIA Vocational Training Center Ntarama is a leading vocational school in Bugesera District. The school has already helped 1,500 young professionals learn skills for their future profession. With the support of the PATRIZIA Foundation, a computer room was set up and a reliable power supply was ensured. Teachers and students were trained in the maintenance of the solar system. Thanks to the visit of the partner manager Otto Dodoo, contacts were made with relevant stakeholders. The school has now entered into a cooperation with Zatec Rwanda, a technology company, to teach pupils important skills for the digital world of work. “In summary, I can say that the trip was a success,” said Otto Dodoo after his return. “I think we can be proud of the support we provide in Rwanda!”
PATRIZIA School Yaoundé was selected as one of the pilot schools for the digitalisation project “Ready for the Future” in 2021. For this purpose, a “Ready for digital Learning” training has already been conducted with the teachers. The approach of the EoL concept enables child-centred learning in a simple and highly efficient way. In the summer of 2022, partner manager Otto Dodoo and educator Beatrice Rutishauser Ramm visited the school to assess the progress of ongoing projects and to continue the Foundation’s long-standing partnership with the PATRI ZIA School Yaoundé. During their visit, the two gained an overview of the status of “Ready for the Future” and set new priorities for the future.
In July 2022, project manager Kristian Bollmann travelled to Uganda to inspect the most recently completed construction work at PATRIZIA School Buyamba and to intensify personal contacts – after all, the basis for any trusting cooperation. With the additional classroom block and the new sanitary facilities, 620 children can now attend the school. On site, Kristian Bollmann discussed the options for expanding the partnership – and possible further projects in the region – with representatives of the Diocese of Masaka. One result: the PATRIZIA Foundation is considering supporting four more schools near Masaka as part of the “Model Schools Integrated Program (MSIP)”. The need is undisputed, Kristian Bollmann saw the schools in poor condition. “There is an urgent need for action,” says the project manager.