KIFA – WEITER BILDEN

KIFA – WEITER BILDEN

KIFA – WEITER BILDEN

Project initiator:

NEUMAYER STIFTUNG is currently implementing the KIFA education program in 32 day care centers in Germany and in Satu Mare, Romania.

Project description:

KIFA – weiter bilden (KIFA further education) is a systemic educational program for the further education and empowerment of all mothers in day care centers, based on tandem work between educational specialists and mothers.

The KIFA pedagogy links to the resources of the families and strengthens the mothers’ educational, training and language skills. By activating conscious participation, involvement and co-determination, participation is made possible and identification with the day care center as well as mutual appreciation between parents and the day care center team is stimulated.

With KIFA, day care centers become family centers where mothers are strengthened, receive encouragement, develop and educate themselves personally, and carry the spirit of cooperation into their families.

KIFA has been successfully established for more than 20 years in more than 30 day care centers and is an operative project of the NEUMAYER STIFTUNG.

Structure and affinity provide the framework for a healthy society.

This is what KIFA pedagogy stands for, it develops education further.

 

Mission statement

Project aims:

KIFA brings about help for self-help. The core of the program is to strengthen the mothers’ educational and upbringing skills through practical experience, exchange of experiences at eye level and with specially developed materials. KIFA thus causes parental activation and parental participation and supports healthy growing up and good educational opportunities for children from the very beginning – regardless of gender, origin or nationality.

Project location:

Germany

Project start:

2008

Project target group(s):

Women and mothers and/or families and educational specialists in child day care facilities; primary school teachers.

Aim of the funding:

KIFA is an operative project of the NEUMAYER FOUNDATION, which actively promotes the empowerment of women and mothers in daycare centers – in a structure all its own. Under the motto: “Continuing Education”, KIFA’s continuous further development, quality assurance and dissemination takes place.

Type of funding:

Funding by NEUMAYER STIFTUNG covers staffing costs, start-up financing during the implementation phase in nurseries, qualification of specialists and mentors, process and practical support, (further) development of parent course materials and strategy development.

Duration of funding:

Since 2008; unlimited

Successes/awards:
  • Bildungsidee 2012
  • Landesweiterbildungspreis Baden-Württemberg 2010
  • Preis Soziale Stadt 2008
Contact details of the project initiator:

KIFA organization office at
NEUMAYER STIFTUNG
Königstraße 28
70173 Stuttgart
Email: kifa@neumayer-stiftung.de

Neumayer Häuser

Neumayer Häuser

NEUMAYER HÄUSER

The lack of affordable housing has been a problem for people at the centre of society for a long time. In Hausach, NEUMAYER STIFTUNG is responding to this shortage by building a collective housing model, NEUMAYER HÄUSER.

The need

NEUMAYER HÄUSER is a response to one of the most pressing social issues of our time. The shortage of affordable housing is a major contributor to the growing risk of poverty among families, single parents and older people. Even average earners often struggle to find affordable housing. Hardest hit by the housing crisis are people who have no chance of obtaining housing at market conditions, because of a poor credit rating, physical or mental illness, rent arrears or some other difficult situation.

There has already been some response to this gap in supply in urban areas. This shortage is well-known in rural areas, but it tends to be less apparent and solutions are slow in many places.

NEUMAYER HÄUSER is a response to a highly topical and currently much-discussed issue. Together, we want to take on the challenge of shaping community life for the future and creating affordable living space and offerings that are designed to meet the needs of the local society.

Astrid Schimmelpenninck, Director of Projects

The concept

NEUMAYER HÄUSER will create affordable living space in 19 residential units (from one to five-room apartments) in Hausach for people in this difficult situation, thereby creating a community space that is intended to serve as a model and inspiration for the collective response to one of the most topical social issues.

The project should be seen as a preventive offering and as transitional assistance: It intends to actively prevent further social decline of at-risk people. The project should also act as a model for rural areas.

NEUMAYER STIFTUNG’s collective housing model is a sign of the foundation’s close ties with its home – and equally, in the most literal sense, an important building block for housebuilding in our community. NEUMAYER HÄUSER will fill a gap in demand for affordable housing.

Wolfgang Hermann, Mayor of the Town of Hausach

The target group

In line with the vision of NEUMAYER STIFTUNG, the NEUMAYER HÄUSER collective housing model is aimed at single persons, couples and families who don’t have sufficient financial means to afford or keep suitable housing at market conditions. These are working people who receive little or no support from the state, but who are constantly under threat of further social decline and therefore known to voluntary organisations. They are not dependent on the state aid system (yet) but there is a real risk of them falling into this dependency.

The aim of the project

The accommodation in NEUMAYER HÄUSER is intended to provide a stabilisation phase with the objective that, in up to five years’ time, the residents will be in a position to independently find and keep accommodation at market conditions, and therefore move out of NEUMAYER HÄUSER so that new residents can have the same opportunity.

Socio-educational support in individual cases, as well as general advisory services are essential components of NEUMAYER HÄUSER.

Project development

In spring 2019, the town of Hausach sold a suitable building plot of around 2,500 m² on Inselstraße, Badenwerkareal, to NEUMAYER STIFTUNG.

NEUMAYER STIFTUNG requested expressions of interest in summer 2019, to find an experienced operator. The potential operators competed by submitting an overall concept for use.

In November 2019, the Diakonie [the social welfare organisation of Germany’s Protestant churches] of Ortenau was awarded the contract for further development of the concept.

We were convinced by the complex concept that is fully aligned to Hausach and its needs in every area, but also by the wealth of experience of the Diakonie Ortenau in the region, as well as the team who will work with us to develop NEUMAYER HÄUSER. We are right at the very beginning of this enormous task and we are looking forward to now being able to make a concrete start together with all those involved.

Astrid Schimmelpenninck, Director of Projects

At the end of May 2020, the sale of the land of the former Badenwerk site in Hausach between the town and the NEUMAYER STIFTUNG was completed – this was the official starting signal for the construction of the collective housing model.

In December 2020 the architect Benjamin Schmider from Hausach was commissioned with the planning and construction of NEUMAYER HÄUSER.

NEUMAYER HÄUSER should be ready for occupation in 2023 and will be managed by Diakonie Ortenau as welfare officer. NEUMAYER STIFTUNG will be represented by an office in NEUMAYER HÄUSER.

Annual LeseLenz in Hausach

Annual LeseLenz in Hausach

ANNUAL LESELENZ IN HAUSACH

Project initiator:

Stadt Hausach, Verein zur Förderung des Hausacher LeseLenzes e.V.

Hausacher LeseLenz is a renowned literary festival that has been held in Hausach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, for 23 years. Every year more than 50 public readings are given in front of now between four and five thousand literature enthusiasts. The festival draws hundreds of first-class international authors to Hausach. Writing, drawing and storytelling workshops, as well as an extensive supporting programme encourage visitors to experience and discover language in a whole new way.

The series of events for children entitled „kinderleicht & lesejung“ is an important part of the literary festival. Every year, it encourages over 2,000 pupils from the region to take part in Hausacher LeseLenz.

Hausacher LeseLenz therefore brings together people who are interested in language and literature with people who otherwise have little access to literature and poetry. The main focus of attention is obviously on children and young people whose entire life can be positively influenced by improved access to literature.

Hausacher LeseLenz also supports authors with scholarships and prizes. The three „Stadtschreiber*innen“ scholarships give winners a three-month stay in Hausach. The „Amanda-Neumayer-Stipendium“ scholarship awarded by NEUMAYER STIFTUNG gives further support to the festival in the sphere of children’s and young adults’ literature.

Project description:

As one of the main patrons, NEUMAYER STIFTUNG facilitates events and public readings as part of Hausacher LeseLenz. Workshops in schools and kindergartens are offered as part of the „kinderleicht & lesejung“ series, and the results are recorded and presented in the printed publication “Wortwerk”. Authors are supported by their own scholarships.

Reading could mean learning to find your way in this world: Literature is language.

Language means capacity for dialogue.

Language is social work.

Reading keeps people alert and curious.

Mission statement

Project aims:

Language work is social work. Making literature accessible should encourage reading and therefore improve complex thinking and participation in society. Young people and adults get access to first-class, nationally and internationally renowned literature.

An easily accessible offer gives them the opportunity to broaden their horizons, and they can enjoy learning how to use language creatively in the workshops. There is support for authors and people engaged in culture, who can form international networks. The town benefits from the international cultural exchange.

Project location:

Hausach, Baden-Württemberg

Project start:

1998

Project target group(s):

Children and young people from the region and talented up-and-coming authors

Aim of the funding:

NEUMAYER STIFTUNG’s commitment is aimed at promoting reading and passing on linguistic competence in children and young people. Experiencing literature is supposed to break down possible barriers and create new points of view.
The readings give all listeners access to first-class literature and break down barriers to entry. Furthermore, the foundation also supports talented up-and-coming authors and facilitates international networks of people involved in creating literature.

Type of funding:

Numerous activities by NEUMAYER STIFTUNG make Hausacher LeseLenz possible. The festival programme is made up of numerous formats financed by the foundation, such as public readings and workshops in schools and kindergartens. The award of the “Amanda-Neumayer-Stipendium” scholarship for literature aimed at children and young readers enhances the event’s international significance.

Duration of funding:

Since 2008; annually

Successes/awards:

José F. A. Oliver, founder and curator of Hausacher LeseLenz, was awarded the „Kulturpreis Baden-Württemberg“ cultural prize in 2007. The prize was awarded for Hausacher LeseLenz, among other achievements.

Contact details of the project initiator:

Hausacher LeseLenz
Pfarrer-Brunner-Str. 4
77756 Hausach
Email: info@leselenz.com
www.leselenz.com

Advance Care Planning (ACP)

Advance Care Planning (ACP)

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING (ACP)

Project initiator:

Paul-Gerhardt-Werk e.V.

Paul-Gerhardt-Werk in Offenburg, Germany, is a care facility for people of all ages. But it doesn’t just focus on medical and nursing care. Looking after people in need of care, and their relatives, should guarantee a feeling of protection and security, even at difficult times. In addition to serviced apartments, Paul-Gerhardt-Werk is also a provider of geriatric rehabilitation and care homes.

For people who are reaching the end of their lives, the ACP concept ensures that a person is looked after according to their wishes until the very end, and that the individual is not lost in the „machinery“ of care, as is so often the case.

Project description:

To really be able to guarantee that doctors and nurses act in accordance with the wishes of a person who is nearing the end of their life, this person’s wishes first need to be known and accessibly documented for all.

Implementation of Advance Care Planning (ACP) at Paul-Gerhardt-Werk primarily aims to avoid unnecessary hospitalisations. ACP gives people the certainty that nothing will be done against their will, even at the end of their life. Crises and death itself will be made as dignified as possible, according to the wishes of the person concerned. ACP addresses both the individual themselves, as well as their relatives, carers and specialists.

Care alone is not enough.

Mission statement

Project aims:

Improved communication between patients, the doctors treating them and with relatives and carers should contribute to reducing clinic admissions that do not contribute to healing. Efficient interdisciplinary cooperation will be enabled between doctors, and the wishes of the dying should be fulfilled at the end of their life. A culture that establishes dying as part of life should be created.

Project location:

Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg

Project start:

2017

Project target group(s):

Residents of care facilities, providers and employees of and in care facilities

Aim of the funding:

The ACP concept is being implemented in Offenburg as an innovative pilot project, and the structures and processes created are being extended to other care homes and outpatient services in the Ortenau district. Certification as ACP facilitators is an important objective, as is fostering of interdisciplinary cooperation between doctors and specialist staff. Standardised documentation, such as an emergency health care plan and advance directives by proxy, as well as development of electronic access and transfer channels, should make it possible to negotiate interfaces. A regional ACP process should result in lasting change in care structures.

Type of funding:

• Staffing costs for project coordinators and training participants,
• Costs of purchasing patient folders, and
• Public relations work

Duration of funding:

2017 – 2019 (completed)

Contact details of the project initiator:

Paul-Gerhardt-Werk e.V.
Michaela Hilberer
Louis-Pasteur-Str. 12
77654 Offenburg
Telephone: +49 (0)781 4750
Fax: +49 (0)781 475424
Email: info@pgw-og.de
www.pgw-og.de

Birth Centre Freiburg

Birth Centre Freiburg

BIRTH CENTRE FREIBURG

Project initiator:

Geburtshaus Freiburg e. V.

The initiative “Geburtshaus Freiburg e. V.” – consisting of a group of midwives, professionals and activists – wants to re-establish the freedom of choice of the place of birth by establishing a birth centre in the city and to enable women, parents, families and children in Freiburg to have a safe and self-determined birth.

Project description:

The planned birth centre offers families the opportunity to give birth to their child in a facility outside the hospital – self-determined, with little intervention and accompanied by midwives.

What a wonderful mystery is the entrance of a new human being into the world.

Leo Tolstoy

Mission statement

Project aims:

Families are cared for 1:1 by a midwife in the completed birth centre during the phases of pregnancy, birth and puerperium, and also have a place afterwards to find out about topics relating to relationship and attachment-oriented family life and to exchange ideas with other parents.

Project location:

Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg

Project start:

October 2020

Project target group(s):

Pregnant women and “expectant” families in and around Freiburg

Aim of the funding:

Conversion of an existing property to meet the needs of the Freiburg birth centre.

Type of funding:

Proportionate financial support for the conversion.

Duration of funding:

October 2020 – completion of the birth centre

Contact details of the project initiator:

Geburtshaus Freiburg e. V.
Münsterplatz 32
79098 Freiburg
Email: info@geburtshausfreiburg.com
www.geburtshausfreiburg.de