SHARE FOR SMILES e.V. supports educational projects in Africa and puts great emphasis on the value of sustainable perspectives. The core of our activity focusses on raising funds though the sale of gifts with a special social significance, such as the SHARE FOR SMILES Africa Calendar.
Funds raised help to support our projects, involving schools and orphanages, through measures that are sustainable from both a socio-economic and an ecological perspective. As a result, the vision for our sustainable action is the long-term financial independence of our projects.
Under following Link you can order the Calender.
Continental Temic, Arbeitgeber einiger Share for Smiles Mitglieder, unterstützt unser Busprojekt in Kopong/ Botswana.
In diesem Zusammen-hang durften wir auf dem Continental Familientag am 25. September 2016 in Ingolstadt das Projekt vorstellen und Spenden sammeln. Das Interesse der Continental-Mitarbeiter war sehr groß. Jedes Eintrittsband brachte einen Erlös von 1 €. Die Gesamtsumme spendet Continental an Share for Smiles für das Busprojekt in Kopong.
Wir uns an dieser Stelle nochmals bei der Continental Temic für die tolle Untersützung bedanken.
Share for Smiles war am Samstag, den 11. Juni 2016, mit einem Stand auf dem Afrika Fest in Ingolstadt vertreten.
Interessierte konnten sich über uns und unsere Arbeit im süd-lichen Afrika infor-mieren. Im Fokus stand dieses Jahr das Vorschulprojekt in Kopong/ Botswana. Share for Smiles und die Vorschulkinder in Kopong bedanken sich für Ihre Unterstützung.
Ceremonial dedication of the Share for Smiles aided pre-school in Kopong took place on 28th January 2016.
The pre-school, which is founded on the special sustainable school concept, offers orphans in Kopong equal access to education. Our members Tobias and Boitumelo Bader, who were visiting Botswana in January, took part in the event alongside Dr Unity Dow, Secretary of Education and the German ambassador.
Their speech gave special thanks to Mrs Claudia Brendebach, the project leader and main promotor for Share for Smiles e.V.
For more information about the project and additional pictures of the pre-school and the opening event click here.
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The Botswanan community in Germany invited Share for Smiles e.V. to take part in an event in Witten in connection with Botswana Day. Following a speech from the Botswanan ambassador, Mrs Tswelopele C. Moremi, Share for Smiles presented the Calendar for 2016.
Our members Mercy Kaisara-Zenz and Botumelo Bader (pictured opposite) spoke to Botswanan community members about Share for Smiles’ development projects.
The Africa Calendar 2016 received a great deal of interest and strong connections with the community were made. We would like to offer special thanks Geleki Lebang for organising the event.
The following link provides a brief introduction to our photographers Karl-Heinz Wollert and Andrea and Christian Heinrich.
Share for Smiles is grateful for their donation of magnificent and inspiring photographs every year.
In addition, Share for Smiles would like to thank all of our friends for contributing pictures and thus enabling our team to create the Share for Smiles Africa Calendar.
Share for Smiles funded a project led by Kenia Hilfe Buxheim to construct an outside kitchen as part of a new orphanage in Kilifi, Kenya. Share for Smiles funded wood-fired energy efficient stoves, including a power efficiency stove and a power saving baking oven.
This is a step towards the financial independence of the project, as the price of coal is continuously rising in Kenya, Moreover, the efficient burning of firewood is becoming more and more important due its local ecological impact. Read more about our project here.
At the beginning of 2014 five members of Share for Smiles visited Botswana, volunteering their time and covering their own expenses, to take part in meetings and discussions regarding the erection of a kids and youth center in Gweta. The discussions aimed to develop a deeper understanding of the special requirements of the Gweta community and to learn from the experience of similar projects. During their stay, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic Germany, Mr. Rolf Ulrich and his wife accompanied the Share for Smiles team and visited the SAVE projects in Shakawe. Everyone was profoundly impressed by the engagement of people in Botswana in the projects and discussions. The visit revealed the need to support the young, but existing, structures that are flourishing in rural Botswana.
The illustrated report below contains our impressions and experiences of the visit, which we would like to share with you.
Learning from the Roots e.V. and Share for Smiles have jointly funded the extension of an existing solar system (photovoltaics) for the water supply at the St Ruperts' mission in rural Zimbabwe.
The system allows storage of solar electricity over the course of the day, to provide lighting in the dormitories and in the main common kitchen. This makes the electricity supply independent from load shedding and rising energy prices.
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In January 2014 a Share for Smiles team visited Botswana to learn about their projects aims, organisation and partners.
Whilst visiting social educational projects, we met many highly motivated kids and young people. Our travels through Botswana’s wilderness were often adventurous, as we had to travel during the rainy season with unexpected high rainfalls.
More information about all the projects visited will be available soon on this website.
Funds raised by then Africa Calendar 2014 will go to the newly founded environmental education sustainable conservation center for children and youth in Gweta. The center is placed on the edge of the Makgadikgadi-salt pans in Botswana. More information here!
Each year SHARE FOR SMILES e.V continues to advance and leverage its mission of helping needy children in Africa.
Yesterday, SHARE FOR SMILES e.V. handed over a cheque donation of 12, 000 Euro from the proceeds of the Africa Calendar 2010 to the Philipp-Lahm-Foundation. The Phillip-Lahm-Foundation will support one of its founding project called the Shongi Soccer project. The Foundation is currently building a sports ground between two townships near Johannesburg, South Africa. To learn more about this project Click here.
After careful considerations, proceeds from the 2009 Africa Calendar were distributed among our partner projects. The funds are expected to transform projects, including Kenya Hilfe, Buxheim and Radisele primary school and we are confident that the projects will reach their future goals. To learn more about how your purchase of the Africa Calendar 2009 helped our partner projects Click here for details.