SHARE FOR SMILES e.V. supports educational projects in Africa and puts great emphasis on the development of sustainable perspectives
Presents with a special social significance, just like the SHARE FOR SMILES Africa Calendar' is the core of our fundraising activities.
With the support of our projects, like schools and orphan projects, we focus on the funding of socio-economic and ecological sustainable measures. Therefore, the long-term independence of the projects from continuous funds is the vision for our sustainable action.
Under the following link you can order the calendar.
In March this year, before the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, SFS representatives Heinz, Boitumelo and Tobias visited the community in Matsaudi. Together with representatives of the village community, the next steps for the construction of the SFS Learning Centre in Matsaudi, on the selected plot of land (marked red in the aerial photograph), were agreed upon. This joint project will benefit the entire Matsaudi community and especially the children and young people.
The project plan envisages the development of a boma (a fortified covered outdoor space without the classic brick four walls) with two classrooms, an office, three children's toilets, two adult toilets, a storage room and an energy-efficient outdoor kitchen. The boma will serve as a central recreation area for the playgroup and can accommodate 80 to 100 children. Beyond the kindergarten, young people will be able to use the boma in the Learning Centre for wood carving, basketry, environmental education activities and for cultural events or seminars.
Rupert Klein and Dr. Christian Hien is supporting SHARE FOR SMILES for the second time with a total of 2,700 euros. Rupert Klein has been designing a beautiful Regensburg calendar with self-photographed pictures for ten years and donates the proceeds to us. His dentist Dr. Hien, who is also convinced of the SHARE FOR SMILES vision, supports us again. This time, the donation will benefit our children's and youth project in Maun, Botswana.
Based on the successful cooperation between SHARE FOR SMILES and SAVE Wildlife Fund, we built a Learning Centre in Shakawe, Botswana, in 2018. We are currently planning another Learning Centre with a similar concept for the community in Matsaudi, Botswana. With the purchase of this Africa Calendar you help us to build the Learning Centre in Matsaudi.
The Learning Centre will include a play group for early childhood development and a youth center. The main goal is to help needy children develop the skills they need to get ready for school. This will be combined with environmental education, which will implement the vision of protecting the uniqueness of nature in the Okavango Delta by sensitizing children and youth to a respectful use of natural resources. Further information about our funded projects can be found here.
In the children's home for girls in Kilifi, Kenya, run by Kenia-Hilfe Buxheim e.V., the water can now be heated in a cost-saving and environmentally friendly way thanks to the support of SHARE FOR SMILES with a modern solar thermal system for heating domestic water. "Sun is pretty much the only thing that the people in Kenya have in abundance," says the chairman of the association Roland Herbst. Therefore the thought was obvious to use solar energy with the help of a Solarthermie plant for the warm water production. Due to the high cost of electricity, the heating of the water has so far been avoided in warmer months, but this led to colds and other illnesses of the girls due to the cold showers. Besides the river precipitates frequently also once or twice per week for several hours, so that also therefore no stable warm water supply was present. Thanks to the solar thermal system, the girls now enjoy hot water all year round when showering.
The Weltladen in Neuburg an der Donau has supported SHARE FOR SMILES for many years. In the core of its activities, the World Shop is committed to ensuring that more justice is "lived" in trade relations between the countries of the Global South and the North. All persons are involved in the World Shop on a voluntary basis. Every year the Weltladen in Neuburg donates the net proceeds to selected projects. SHARE FOR SMILES as a selected organization has received a donation from the World Shop in Neuburg for years. The 1st chairwoman of the Weltladen e.V. Edeltraud Steiner and treasurer Klaus Ehneß were happy to hand over 500 Euro to SHARE FOR SMILES this year. Together with the calendar earnings in 2018, the donation was used to purchase a solar thermal system for hot water for the orphanage of Kenia-Hilfe Buxheim e.V. in Kenya. Our members Erika and Roland Herbst have built up this facility in Kenya and have been looking after it for years with their team in untiring commitment. Many thanks to the whole Neuburger Weltladen team.
In 2010, we sponsored the orphan Percy Madikwe, the founder of the Guardian Angels Orphan Society, to help build a Better Children and Adolescent Organization in the Bontleng slum in Gaborone. With the donated laptop Percy has written and published various textbooks for preschool children in Botswana. The proceeds from the book sales benefit his organization. Of course, SHARE FOR SMILES has purchased these preschool textbooks at the SHARE FOR SMILES Learning Center in Shakawe, which opened in July 2018. So our donation helps twice.
Teacher Mma Kadimba's quote "We are happy about the donation, the children are happy and excited, and if they see something new, they are thrilled!"
Rupert Klein and dr. Christian Hien supports SHARE FOR SMILES with a total of 2,250 euros. Inspired by the SHARE FOR SMILES calendar project, each year Rupert Klein from Regensburg designs a beautiful Regensburg calendar with self-photographed pictures and donates the proceeds to SHARE FOR SMILES. He could see the interest of his dentist. Hien to awaken our association and convince him of our vision. The donation will benefit our children and youth project in Shakawe, Botswana.
Under following Link you can order the Calender.
After joint planning and construction works of several years with our great partners from SAVE Wildlife and Botshelo Trust in Shakawe The Learning Centre will be officially inaugurated on July 6th, 2018. The Learning Centre was fully funded with Share for Smiles-funds. (Learning Centre Shakawe)
The German Ambassador and the Botswana Minister for Basic education have confirmed to attend the official inauguration ceremony. All Share for Smiles supporters are invited to celebrate with us to get an idea of the locality in Shakawe. If you are interested, please contact us. https://www.share-for-smiles.de/english/contact/
Together with your help, we supported the association Kleine Schule Botswana e.V. in setting up the pre-school C & M Little Angels
Our fundraising for the purchase of a school bus was very successful. So we could buy a bus, which now brings the children safely to school.
SHARE FOR SMILES was on Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th of September 2017 with a stand on the Neuburger pottery market. Those who were interested could get information about our association, our projects and our work and buy the 10th anniversary edition of our beautiful Africa calendar 2018.
Karl-Heinz Wollert, a great photographer from South Africa, provides wonderful pictures for our Africa calendar every
During his visit on 23 August 2017, we met him personally for the first time. We can also look forward to his support in the future.
On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, the summer party of our Pindl school took place in Regensburg.
At the same time, the pictures of our previous African calendars, which were reproduced in the art lessons of pupils, were sold. SHARE FOR SMILES was supported with their proceeds and further donations at this event. The money will benefit our aid project in Shakawe (Botswana), which promotes an education and youth center.
We would like to thank all the pupils and all other helpers who have actively participated in the campaign. A special thank you goes to the director of the school Mrs. Andrea Klein and the responsible art teacher. Without them, this great support never came about.
On the 28th of January 2016 the from Share for Smiles aided pre-school Kopong was ceremonial dedicated.
On the opening event take our members Tobias and Boitumelo Bader part, which were visiting Botswana in January. The pre-school generates a schooling chance equity for orphans in the location Kopong. Caused by the special sustainable school concept the Botswana Secretary of Education Dr. Unity Dow and the ambassador of the German republic take part on the opening event.
In their speech they thanked especially the project leader Mrs. Claudia Brendebach and the main promotor Share for Smiles e.V.
To get more information concerning the project and additional pictures of the pre-school and the opening event click here.
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Buy an Africa Calendar 2016 and help SHARE FOR SMILES to create better education possibilities for african children.
Share For Smiles e.V. is followed an invitation of the Botswana community in Germany and had take place on the Botswana day of connection in Witten. After a speech of the Ambassador of Botswana Mrs. Tswelopele C. Moremi Share For Smiles could present the Calendar 2016.
Our members Mercy Kaisara-Zenz and Botumelo Bader (see attached picture) conducted a lot of conversations about the Share For Smiles development projects.
The Africa Calender 2016 generated a high concern and good contacts could be created. In particular we want to thank Geleki Lebang fort he perfect organisation.
The following link provides a brief introduction of our photographers Karl-Heinz Wollert as well
as Andrea and Christian Heinrich. Share for Smiles is grateful for their donation of magnificent and inspiring photographs every year.
Thank you also to all further friends of Share for Smiles contributing pictures and thus enabling our team to create the Share for Smiles Africa Calendar.
Share for Smiles funded the project of Kenia Hilfe Buxheim with the construction of an outside kitchen in the course of the
construction of an new orphanage in Kilifi. In this context Share for Smiles promoted the furnishing with energy efficient stoves, such as a power efficiency stove and a power saving baking oven,
both wood-fired. This is a step towards more financial independency to the project, as the coal price is continously rising in Kenya and the efficient burning of firewood is getting more and more
important due to the local ecological impact. Read more about our project here.
Five members of Share for Smiles visited Botswana at the beginning of 2014 on a voluntary basis and at their their own expenses. The purpose of the visit were meetings and discussions regarding the erection of a kids and youth center in Gweta. The discussions were supposed to bring a deeper understanding of the special requirements of the Gweta community, to learn from similar projects and their experiences at the same time. 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 deeply impressed about the engagement of the people in Botswana. The visit revealed the need to support the existing young flourishing structures in rural Botswana.
With the illustrated report below, we want to share our impressions and experiences with you.
Extention of a solar system for of the electrification of a boarding school at St. Ruperts (Zimbabwe)
together with learning from the roots* e.V., Share for Smiles funded the extension of an existing solar system (photovoltaics) for water supply at the St. Ruperts' mission in rural Zimbabwe.
The accomplished measure allows to store solar electricity during the course of the day, to provide lighting in the domitories and in the main common kitchen. Furthermore, the electricity supply is independent from load shedding and rising energy prices. To learn more about this project click here.
In January 2014 a Share for Smiles team visited projects in Botswana and learned about the projects of the organisation and its partners.
On the way to social educational projects, we met many highly motivated kids and young people. The way through Botswanas' wilderness was often adventurous - having to travel during the rainy season with unexpected high rainfalls.
More information about all the projects visited will be available soon on this website.
Wildlife conservation and children's Aid: Environmental education for sustainable conservation Center in Gweta. The benefit of Africa Calendar 2014 goes to the newly founded help- and environmental education sustainable conservation center for children and youth in Gweta, which is placed on the brink of the big 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 check donation of about 12.000 Euro from the proceeds of the “Africa Calendar 2010” to the Philipp-Lahm-Foundation. With this donation, the Phillip-Lahm-Foundation supports its foundation project - The Shongi Soccer. The foundation is building a sports ground between two townships near the South African City, Johannesburg. To learn more about this project, Click here.
After careful considerations, proceeds from the 2009 Calendar were finally distributed among our partner projects and went towards furniture, gardening & Co. For our project partners – Kenya Hilfe Buxheim and Radisele primary school, we are confident that the 2009 Calendar sales will bear the desired fruits and that in the near future these projects will have a completely different face. To learn more about how your purchases for the “Africa Calendar 2009” have helped our partner projects. Click here for details.