The help alliance forms the central pillar of the Group’s activities in the area of social responsibility. As an internationally active company and member of the German and international community, the Lufthansa Group takes on responsibility beyond its regular business activities in dealing with the challenges currently facing society.
Founded in 1999 by a group of 13 Lufthansa employees, this non-profit making private limited company is currently overseeing 20 projects worldwide which aim in particular to provide access to education for young people and to enable them to live a self-determined life.
As well as our main area of focus, education, we also promote entrepreneurship. Over the past few years, we have given our support to around 140 projects. The content of the projects is in all cases in line with the strict standards of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN’s sustainable goals for 2030.
Our projects are financed exclusively through donations. Through the anchoring of the help alliance within the Lufthansa Group and the generous support of our various member companies, we are able to cancel out all administration costs. This means that every cent flows directly into the projects.
The great commitment of the Lufthansa Group employees makes it possible to give children and young people worldwide a perspective. In our view, access to education is the key to this.
Patroness of help alliance
Through access to educational institutions and qualified teaching, we offer children and young people a perspective for their future. In addition, we support projects that provide young people with a quality vocational training and thus help them to generate their own income or set up their own company.
Each project is managed by a member of the Lufthansa Group or Condor. The colleagues who volunteer form the bridge between help alliance and the local partner organization, which has many years of experience in development cooperation and knows the needs of the people. Frequent visits to the projects and cooperation on the basis of equality create transparency and trust.
With The 2030 Agenda, the international community expresses its conviction that global challenges can only be solved together. The core element is made up of a list of 17 goals for sustainable development, to which our projects are also oriented in various degrees and forms. The same applies to the ten principles of the UN Global Compact. Through the involvement of the local community and the opportunity for active participation that our employees create, our projects unfold their full impact potential and provide sustainability and we thus help people to help themselves. In the future, we would like to work more closely with our partners on sustainability criteria in order to more effectively meet the challenges of development cooperation.
Education is a human right and the key to a successful, healthy and self-determined life. It enables people to improve their political, social, cultural and economic situation. Every child has the right to a school education and everyone has the right to satisfy their basic learning needs – throughout their entire life. All our educational projects are oriented towards the sustainable development Goal 4: Quality Education.
A good education is the prerequisite for a successful professional life and helps one to generate one's own income. In addition, based on the sustainable development Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth - we support young people with professional development opportunities, targeted training or micro-credits so that they can develop a business idea or set up and expand their own company.
... as a lufthansa employee, you know the help alliance and you always see photos and read reports from the projects. I wanted to be part of it myself at some point - a great added advantage: it's a lot of fun.
A320 pilot & project manager of the help alliance project „Stern des Südens“
... it offers me the opportunity to get personally involved and to actively participate in the project on site.
A380/340/330 Purser – Deutsche Lufthansa A G, help alliance project manager, Kinder Paradise in Ghana
... it's good to know that the employer takes responsibility by means of its own relief organisation.
Consultant Ground Operations Development Hub Airlines
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iThemba Pre-School School Capricorn, South Africa
Nelson Mandela famously said that, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. Currently only 9.6% of South Africas 50 million populationis able to speak English, while illiterate-rate in Western Cape is 24%. In township communities the statistics are even worse. “iThemba” means “hope” in Zulu. This fits perfect since high quality pre-primary school education was provided to the desperately disadvantaged and marginalized children in Cape Town townships.
help alliance Video shown on Lufthansa long-haul flights to raise funds.
Donations received during the financial year 2017
We would like to once again this year take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our donors, supporters and sponsors. Only with your help can we continue to enable disadvantaged people worldwide to lead selfdetermined lives, because help alliance has no means to act on its own, but is supported exclusively by donations. We would particularly like to mention all the volunteers who form the backbone of our aid organization as project managers, mentors, event managers, cookie makers or „friends of help alliance“. We are well aware that this cannot be taken for granted! In most cases, they sacrifice their free time in order to give strangers, whom they may never meet in life, a better life. Your motivation to do good is our incentive. Thank you to all those who form an essential pillar of our society!
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