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Universidad Austral occupies top positions in the ranking: second best university in Argentina, best private university in the country and 11th place among all universities in Latin America. The courses offered include biomedicine, business administration, communication, law, engineering, education and philosophy.
The university meets high academic standards, but it differs from many other higher education institutions in its practical relevance, its social responsibility and its active philanthropic commitment to the population. Exchange students from Europe, for example, immediately notice how committed and at the same time relaxed professors, lecturers and students meet the academic requirements. This may be due, among other things, to the fact that Austral focuses on the human potential in teaching and research and is based on Christian values. The religious training, which is part of the optional offer, should also be seen in this context. The spiritual direction of the institution is entrusted to the Catholic personal prelature of Opus Dei.
It is a challenge to fund private educational institutions in a crisis-ridden country like Argentina, which was practically bankrupt in 2001 and was classified as technically insolvent by rating agencies in 2014. A private donation to an endowment from the Limmat Foundation was therefore very welcome. This donation is intended exclusively for the maintenance and expansion of the infrastructure and services of the University of Austral.
In 2017, the university's IT department was reorganized and renewed. The old campus in Buenos Aires, which is now only used for postgraduate courses, also needs to be renovated. The bachelor's and master's degrees have recently been taking place in the new building that was built on the outskirts of the city. The research laboratories and surgical department at the university hospital were due to be renewed. In 2017, large sums of money were also used for the construction of several decentralized outpatient clinics in the suburbs of Buenos Aires for social engagement. There people in need can find low-threshold and inexpensive care at a high medical level.
With a loan, the Limmat Foundation supports the expansion of cardiology and obstetrics at the Austral University Hospital, where medicine, economics, law, engineering and communication are taught. The university was among other things. Founded by members of the Opus Dei prelature, this means that in addition to specialist knowledge, human and Christian values are also taught.
For the training of doctors and nursing staff, this means in concrete terms that above-average value is placed on the link between theory, daily practice and social responsibility. Austral organizes various social projects parallel to the university clinic
- A technically well-equipped bus regularly drives to poor quarters so that children from poor families also receive good medical care.
- An affiliated foundation enables poor patients to receive expensive medical care.
- An information campaign funded by Austral informs the population about the risk of skin cancer and analyzes tissue samples free of charge if they are suspected.
- The hospital also supports volunteers who are involved in family and community work.
The Association for Educational Projects operates a dormitory, several youth clubs and a center for further education, seminars and conferences. Around 300 girls and women use the services of this institution, whose spiritual activities are entrusted to the Catholic prelature Opus Dei.
The previous rooms have become too small for the extensive activities. The association asked the Limmat Foundation for a loan to replace the existing building with a new one. With this support, the first phase of construction work could begin in 2009. The common rooms, the library, multifunctional conference rooms, offices and study rooms were created. In the next stage, the dormitory will be built.
Creston College is part of the University of New South Wales in Sydney. It is committed to Christian values, but accepts students regardless of their beliefs or origins. The building, constructed in 1965, was refurbished with a loan from the Limmat Foundation.
La Paz is located on the populous highlands in western Bolivia. After the decline of mining, the not very fertile region became increasingly impoverished. The rural population, mostly of indigenous descent, migrated to the surrounding cities. But there is no livelihood for these people in the centers either. They cannot find work because they have little education and hardly any professional qualifications. Women are particularly hard hit by the consequences of internal migration.
The Centro de formación integral para la mujer (Cefim) offers these women a practical educational offer. Practical also means that they learn to assert themselves against discrimination and violence and develop social skills, self-confidence and entrepreneurial thinking. They learn what civil rights they have and how they can enforce them. Most of the female students at Cefim are trained to be cooks or assistants in child care and care for the elderly. The Centro also offers training courses in service professions for homes, hotels and restaurants (hospitality management). The pupils complete their internships in domestic businesses in the area, and many then find a job through the Cefim employment agency.
In 2006, 219 women completed vocational training. Over 90 percent of them then found a job and were thus able to improve their family budget.
For thirty years, the Asociación Hogar y Cultura has organized practical courses for women of all ages, such as food processing, textile manufacturing, beauty care, horticulture, nursing and first aid. She offers schoolgirls task assistance and exam preparation. Up to now, around 100 women have taken advantage of this offer every year. The city of San José donated a piece of land to the organization in Pavas, a poor district of San José. I.a. With a loan from the Limmat Foundation, the Asociación Hogar y Cultura can build a school on it, increasing its capacity tenfold.
The Caribbean island of Hispaniola, on which the Dominican Republic is located, is a holiday destination. But at the foot of the social pyramid, income from tourism is scanty. Away from the inland beaches, unemployment and underemployment are common. Many people live here only on the transfer payments from their relatives living abroad (USA, Puerto Rico and Europe). The danger that young, pretty girls migrate to the tourist centers in order to prostitute themselves there is an everyday reality.
The region around Jarabacoa is somewhat elevated in a rural area. A great development potential is predicted there for eco, adventure and agrotourism. In Buona Vista, Indesco (Iniciativas de Educación Superior y Complementaria) is building the Serranía hotel management school in collaboration with the Limmat Foundation. 440 young girls and women receive specialist training there every year. Practical subjects such as service, cooking, lingerie, sewing, etc. are supplemented by commercial training and instructions for entrepreneurial action.
The aim is to qualify the graduates in such a way that they can find employment in hotels, restaurants, homes, bakeries, etc. or are able to open a small restaurant or snack bar themselves. A full-time course as well as modular courses are offered, which enable the students to pursue a job on the side. Serranía also attaches great importance to the ethical and moral development of the female students. Everyday spiritual care is entrusted to the Catholic prelature Opus Dei.
In 2008 the new school building was put into operation. The offer includes individual modular specialist courses that were attended by 209 women. Another 290 have started advanced training. 65 of the graduates immediately found a new job in nearby hotels and restaurants. Two have opened their own business at home. Some of the course participants are sent to Serranía for further training by their employers.
In Ecuador, many children and young people live wholly or partly on the streets. If they still have parents, they themselves live in misery and are required to earn a minimal livelihood. Often the parents also have alcohol and drug problems. They neglect their children, some mistreat them.
From a young age these children have to earn their own money by cleaning passers-by's shoes, singing for money on buses, selling sweets as “carameleros” or simply begging. With such activities they ensure their survival. However, they quickly learn that it is easier to steal money than to work for it. The move to delinquency, drug and gang crime is foreseeable. Most get caught in the vicious circle of malnutrition, cheap drugs, road traffic injuries, fights between youth gangs, kidnapping by human traffickers, neglect and imprisonment.
The Don Bosco aid organization has set up boarding schools for street children in several places in Latin America over the past few decades. In Ecuador alone, 4,700 children are currently living in such homes. Several of these centers also run a football school called Golaso (Supertor). Relatively good sports fields, sportswear and snacks are available. Experience shows that football is more than just a game. The fascination of football pulls children under its spell and teaches them what they would otherwise never accept: fairness, solidarity, friendship, conflict resolution, order and organization, to win or lose with respect.
However, only children who train at least twice a week and who undertake to attend regular school are allowed to participate in Golaso. Of course, this also means that the children have to decide to give up their self-endangering, but often seductive, self-determined life on the street. They have to be ready to integrate into an orderly school day and catch up on the education they have missed.
At school, thanks to loving support, they also learn self-confidence and respect for their fellow human beings. In a parallel program, the so-called “School for Parents”, those responsible at Golaso try to support the children's families. They also want to improve their situation to such an extent that the children can return to their families. As a thank you, some parents help with the maintenance of the football fields and the preparation of snacks.
Golaso is co-financed by the Limmat Foundation for three years thanks to the proceeds from a charity golf tournament, of which Credit Suisse was the main sponsor in 2018/19.
In January and February 2001, El Salvador was hit by two powerful earthquakes. 1.5 million people were directly affected. With a joint action, the European Commission, the Rhine-Danube Foundation and the Limmat Foundation were able to help build 62 houses. The project is being carried out on site by the Universidad Católica de Occidente UNICO, in Santa Ana. The beneficiaries are families, i.e. around 400 people who had lost their entire existence as a result of the earthquake. Those affected actively helped with the construction of all the houses. This solidarity brought a mood of hope and optimism into the village community. In order to consciously acquire their ownership, the new owners will pay USD 5 a month for five years.
In January and February 2001, El Salvador was hit by two powerful earthquakes. 1.5 million people were directly affected. With a joint action, the European Commission, the Rhine-Danube Foundation and the Limmat Foundation were able to help build 62 houses. The project is being carried out on site by the Universidad Católica de Occidente UNICO, in Santa Ana. The beneficiaries are families, i.e. around 400 people who had lost their entire existence as a result of the earthquake. Those affected actively helped with the construction of all the houses. This solidarity brought a mood of hope and optimism into the village community.In order to consciously acquire their ownership, the new owners will pay USD 5 a month for five years.
The school building in Montemira, San Salvador, was damaged by the two earthquakes in early 2001. The project now consists of renovating the damaged building and temporarily renting temporary premises for vocational training.
At the Yarani vocational school, 260 young women from simple backgrounds take part in professional training in housekeeping and hospitality every year. In cooperation with Desk Hospitality and the Limmat Foundation, the conversion of teaching to the dual training model began in 2019. A Swiss expert advised the management and teaching staff on site and adapted structures and courses. New internships in hotels and restaurants now offer young women the opportunity to gain practical experience.
Côte d’Ivoire is one of the largest coffee and cocoa exporters in the world. The export of cotton, rubber and palm oil is also considerable. There are oil and gas deposits off the coast. Industry has also developed, mainly thanks to the expansion of power generation.
This relative wealth aroused covetousness: In recent years, Côte d’Ivoire has been shaped by the struggle for distribution between those who, thanks to their political power, had access to the wealth and those who also claimed it for themselves.
On the face of it, the 2007 reporting year was dominated by the reconciliation of the parties to the civil war. But the actual division of the country continues. The north is controlled by the rebels, whose leaders “got rich practically overnight” (NZZ January 31, 2008). The South is in the hands of a president who remains in power after his regular term of office has expired. The bishops of the country criticized these conditions in a Philippika.
But there are small islands where, untouched by the power poker of the ruling elite, attempts are made to uphold moral values and to alleviate the plight of the socially needy
At the Yarani vocational school in Abobo, single women and young girls who have dropped out of school find active support. Yarani primarily offers them job-oriented training, which the women z. B. prepared for a job in a restaurant, in the hotel industry, in hospitals and homes. A course for aspiring micro-entrepreneurs is on the program. The moral and ethical development of women is supported with workshops on raising children and family problems. All of these courses were fully booked.
That is why the foundation bought another building in the Cocody - Deux Plateaux district of Abidjan, in which it built the Eventail vocational school. The classroom, the school kitchen, lingerie and a small boarding school had to be built in. The Limmat Foundation finances the necessary facilities.
In 2007 the renovation was completed and the teaching staff increased. 250 girls complete this training every year. 80 percent of them found a job after graduating and were very satisfied with the improved income.
In recent years, the Yarani Hotel Management School has struggled to find internships in hotels. Because of the civil war, hardly any foreign tourists come to the country on the Gulf of Guinea. In order to solve the problem in the long term, Yarani has teamed up with a conference and health center for women, the Center de Rencontres et d'Education Rurale Ilomba.
Since this new location is too far away, a boarding school with 35 places had to be built. In 2006 this new Center d’application des professions hôtelières was completed. It offers 100 internship positions. The Center Ilomba also benefits from this cooperation. This conference and health center was able to expand its various offers. This benefits women from this remote area, who can attend courses in nursing, healthy eating, hygiene and ecological treatment of the environment at Ilomba.
The health center is now able to carry out 9,000 consultations per year, vaccinate 2,500 children and have 2,000 children undergo preventive medical examinations.
The Silta-klubi leisure club is close to several schools and the university. Around 40 schoolgirls between the ages of 7 and 16 do their daily homework here under the guidance of volunteer students, meet other girls and can enroll in activities such as theater, handicrafts, handicrafts, cooking courses and music courses. Belonging to the community is an ideal alternative to the daily routine of many other children who spend their free time in front of the television or computer due to a lack of meaningful activities. On days off, the club management organizes excursions, but also social programs such as visits to homes for the elderly or the disabled. Everyday spiritual care is entrusted to the Catholic prelature Opus Dei. The highlight of the year is the summer camp, where the students can get to know girls from other nations. Together they go on excursions, create works of art and simply enjoy the camp romance.
The house in which Silta-klubi is located dates from 1956 and had to be renovated in 2009. Several Finnish charities and the Limmat Foundation provided the necessary funds for this major investment.
Under the umbrella of the Limmat Foundation, the French Apprentis d’Auteil Foundation has set up an endowment called “Apprentis d’Auteuil Suisse”. The first joint project benefits children from the poorest backgrounds in the Parisian banlieus. Children up to the age of 13 are allowed to spend their summer holidays in the country in Switzerland. They are looked after by families for a few weeks, and often they return to the host family in the next year, resulting in a longer relationship.
The Order of Missionaries of Charity renders service to the poorest of the poor. They operate two centers in Athens. Refugees, homeless and stranded people get a meal here. Accommodation is also available for women. Both houses were built years ago with the support of the Limmat Foundation and now had to be slightly renovated.
In the 1950s and 1960s, the long-established Greek minority in Turkey was expropriated and forcibly expelled. Many of these displaced people are now not only old, but utterly impoverished. Some beg on the street.
The Ecumenical Federation of Constantinopolitans takes care of this forgotten minority. The Limmat Foundation finances supermarket vouchers for 45 families in Athens and 5 families in Thessaloniki and covers the costs of medical care.
The association has rented a house and financed repairs and equipment so that 30 displaced people can find a home in it.
On several of the smaller Greek islands, the sick cannot be cared for because there is neither a doctor nor a pharmacy. Sick people would have to make the arduous journey across the sea to the next town. Many of the mostly elderly residents are also poor and - like an estimated three million more Greeks - can no longer afford health insurance. This means that these people are completely on their own in the event of illness.
In cooperation with the Médecins du Monde organization, the Limmat Foundation is helping to set up an outpatient clinic with emergency care on several islands. A doctor and a nurse examine and care for the sick and carry out preventive examinations.
This service is free for islanders, tourists pay for the treatments. The project started in 2015 in the eastern Aegean on the island of Tilos. In 2016, a medical care center was also set up on the Cycladic island of Folegandros.
The local partner Médecins du Monde operates worldwide. The network brings the experience of over 300 health programs in almost 80 countries.
Greek social welfare organizations are particularly challenged in these years of crisis, as financing is even more difficult than in previous years. The rehabilitation center for the disabled, Elepap, founded in 1937, is fighting to maintain the offer at the seven locations.
At Elepap, handicapped people will find a comprehensive range of care and therapy: a day-care center, specific therapy for small children, neuropsychological rehabilitation, music therapy, movement therapy, creativity promotion, computer-aided learning and family counseling.
The Limmat Foundation supports the running costs in the areas of general therapies for children, neuropsychological rehabilitation for brain injured adults, neuropsychological care and rehabilitation for children and young adults with brain injuries. Additional contributions go to a day care center for children with various chronic disabilities and a program for disabled children and the establishment of a room for a sensory integration program.
In 2016/2017 she financed the rehabilitation of adults with a traumatic brain injury, physiotherapy treatments and neuropsychological therapy products for children as well as the cooperation with the Agia Sofia hospital.
In 2019, the Limmat Foundation financed neuropsychological treatments for children and adolescents with traumatic brain injuries at the Hellenic Society for Disabled Children (Elepap), a rehabilitation center for the disabled. Thanks to part financing, the intervention program for children with several disabilities was maintained in the reporting year and the cooperation with the Agia Sofia hospital was continued.
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