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News | Classrooms for cancer patients

At Chinese hospitals, Bosch supports school classes for children with leukemia

For children, leukemia means no playgrounds, no school, and practically no contact with other kids their age. Despite good chances of remission, children with leukemia must undergo intensive treatment over a period of one to two years. This keeps them isolated during an important phase in their socialization. To give these children access to education in a child-friendly atmosphere, a hospital in the city of Kunming in southern China offers classes directly at the ward. The Bosch China Charity Center (BCCC) supports the project in the capital of Yunnan Province.

A ray of light on the path to education

The initiative is managed by the New Sunshine Charity Foundation, a non-governmental organization with headquarters in Beijing. The foundation builds special classrooms at hospitals that are tailored to the children’s needs. Since 2015, 25 classrooms have been built in 12 Chinese provinces. “The New Sunshine Hospital School fills the gap that is created when children have to stay in hospital for extended periods of time,” says Michelle Gao, BCCC manager for the project in Kunming. “They should gradually get used to life at the hospital, while at the same time being able to continue taking part in school life during their treatment.”

Together with their teachers and volunteer helpers, twelve students between the ages of 5 and 8 learn about different subjects in their classes. The Bosch China Charity Center finances the required school supplies. Bosch wants to keep building on this commitment. The BCCC is thus planning to support New Sunshine’s work with around 1,000,000 yuan (approx. 137,000 euros) over the next two years.

Better prospects, less poverty

Founded in 2011, the Bosch China Charity Center supports activities that benefit poor or disadvantaged children. By 2016, more than 10.5 million euros had been spent on over 70 projects around the world. With an annual budget of 3.4 million euros, funding focuses mainly on educational initiatives for children and young people, as well as on projects that aim to fight poverty in central and western China. To drive projects such as classes at the Kunming hospital forward, the BCCC works closely with several partners, including private and public foundations.

More information on the Bosch China Charity Center can be found here

News | Running up high for a good cause

Bosch fire brigade takes part in the SkyRun 2017

On the occasion of the SkyRun at the Frankfurt trade fair tower, amateur and professional athletes ran up a total of 61 stories, 1,202 steps, and 222 meters in altitude. Initiated in 2007, the annual charity event is Europe’s highest staircase race. Proceeds go toward the  “Arbeitsgemeinschaft für QUErschnittgelähmte mit Spina bifida / Rhein-Main-Nahe e.V. (ARQUE)“, an organization that supports people born with spinal paralysis (Spina Bifida) and hydrocephalus, a disorder that leads to the excessive accumulation of fluid on the brain. As a self-help group, for over 40 years ARQUE has helped children, young people, and adults with disabilities lead independent lives.

 

Stefan Reinhart (Gerlingen Schillerhöhe),  Florian Eggers (Schwieberdingen), Stefan Marienthal (Gerlingen Schillerhöhe)

 

More than 1,200 staircase runners ran up the high rise, which is located in Frankfurt’s west end. The Bosch fire brigade from the Gerlingen-Schillerhöhe location took part in the event for the fourth time. In the “sprint” category, Stefan Marienthal and Stefan Reinhart tackled the steep climb. With their colleague Florian Eggers from Schwieberdingen, they were also the fastest team to take part in the “Fire Fighter’s Cup” portion of the SkyRun. The teams of three completed the run in full firefighting gear, including helmets, protective suits, boots. With team member Andreas Quett, the pair also mastered a major challenge in the “FFC-ELITE” category: here, the firefighters completed the entire race with their breathing apparatus, and got air through their breathing masks.

 

Stefan Reinhart,  Andreas Quett (Gerlingen Schillerhöhe), Stefan Marienthal

 

In the end, Stefan Marienthal and Stefan Reinhart had completed three races and climbed more than 3,600 steps, 180 stories, and 660 meters in altitude. Their achievement was honored with the XFire-SUPER-TRIPLE-CUP. And their efforts paid off: In total, SkyRun participants raised around 50,000 euros for ARQUE.

 

Andreas Quett, Stefan Reinhart

 

More information on the Bosch fire brigade can be found here.

News | Setting a good example

Up and coming Bosch executives volunteer with social projects

“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” – John le Carré

What are the characteristics of a good executive? In addition to specialist knowledge and sound judgment, many employers place a great deal of importance on their employees’ social skills and commitment to charitable causes. With its “Talent Pool” program, Bosch also encourages up and coming executives to volunteer. In teams comprising associates from different locations and divisions, young executives have the opportunity to volunteer for social projects.

 

This year’s Talent Pool participants at an event promoting social commitment at Bosch locations

 

Participants can decide how much time they spend working on the project and coordinate their work independently within the project team. In most cases, the teams also define targets and distribute roles and responsibilities themselves. “We strongly believe that this type of cooperation is very important,” says Mariana Peters, who works in HR development for Bosch corporate departments. “Often, participants are confronted with tasks that are completely new to them. So they need to be flexible and able to adapt to new situations.”

In 2016, 79 members of the Bosch Talent Pool from corporate departments took part in the program. Divided into eight teams, they supported a selection of charitable projects from the region, among them a local initiative that supports the integration of refugees in the workplace, as well as a project that promotes access for people with disabilities. In recent months, the project team comprising 10 up and coming executives helped create a city map for people with disabilities in Gerlingen, a suburb of Stuttgart. To this end, they scoped the town for barriers to accessibility and spoke with restaurant owners and local clubs about improving offers for people with disabilities.

In October, the participants presented their projects at a local event and talked about their experiences, which were positive across the board. The volunteers stated that the teamwork was decisive to the success of their projects. “For us, volunteering for a social project is an important building block for leadership skills,” says Mariana Peters. “We see how important open communication and responsibility are, and their importance keeps growing every day. With this project, we aim to enable up and coming executives to further sharpen these skills in an unknown environment, reflect on them in a timely manner, and make adjustments wherever necessary.” In the spirit of company founder Robert Bosch, participants make an important contribution to social well-being with their involvement in charitable initiatives. At the same time, they sharpen their leadership skills and set a good example for their future employees. 

More information on the Bosch Talent Pool can be found here.

News | Helping hands for the "Hand to Hand" foundation

Bosch Thailand associates are supporting a charitable foundation in Pattaya

 

 

 

In August, more than 20 Bosch Thailand associates volunteered for the “Hand to Hand” foundation in Pattaya. The foundation aims to help orphans and socially disadvantaged children access education and feel safer. In addition to the practical support of volunteers, Bosch has also helped the foundation with funding. Donations have been made to help fund children’s homes and schools, for instance.

 

 

The “Hand to Hand” foundation offers people who live on the margins of society access to education and medical care. It also provides practical support by way of clothing and food donations, regardless of the recipient’s religion or ethnic background. To name just a few examples, the foundation has founded a pre-school, a kids’ club, and a daycare center for the children of single mothers. In addition, the foundation’s employees and volunteer helpers visit several prisons each week, where they distribute food and carry out repairs.

 

 

Bosch looks back on a long tradition of social responsibility. Company founder Robert Bosch established charitable programs for his associates and their families. Today, the company continues to pursue charitable endeavors and Robert Bosch Stiftung’s non-profit activities reflect its namesake’s final wishes. The Stiftung is one of Germany’s largest corporate foundations. It has operations worldwide, and supports initiatives around the globe. With its programs and projects, the Stiftung aims to promote social well-being and development.

More information on the Hand to Hand foundation can be found here.