Self-made Climate Rescue: Agroforestry project in the Brazilian rainforest.

In cooperation with Catus AG Vermögensverwaltung, BKB Charity is sponsoring an agroforestry project of the “Self-made Climate Rescue” initiative in the Brazilian rainforest.

This climate protection project involves reforesting areas of rainforest that have previously fallen victim to chainsaws and fire. The special feature of the agroforestry principle is that trees from the rainforest are cultivated together with crops to create forests that can also be used sustainably for agriculture. Agroforests not only bind enormous amounts of CO2, they also protect water and soil, preserve biodiversity and, through agricultural use, help local small farmers to establish a long-term livelihood.

With this intelligent combination of ecological and social benefits, the people, our local partners, are actually living sustainability at its best.

In the picture: Anatol Gunkel and Polly Di Brito, “Self-made Climate Rescue” initiative



Samaki Project Uganda: Further facilities for fish farming and vegetable cultivation.

After two years of operation of the first Samaki plant for fish farming and vegetable cultivation in Uganda, our partner Enactus Aachen e.V. is now working on the multiplication of the concept. The efficiency and capacity of the system will be increased and further plants will be built to supply more people with fresh fish and vegetables in the long run.

The technical and logistical challenges will be analysed with the help of the Research Institute for Ecosystem Analysis and Assessment e.V. in a parallel facility directly at the Aachen site. All findings and results then form the basis for further project implementations in the most remote regions of the African continent.

Background on Samaki: In a plant powered by solar energy in a regenerative and sustainable manner, fish can be bred and vegetables grown at the same time via a special water cycle – without the otherwise necessary access to existing waters. With help for self-help, people in developing regions are thus given the opportunity to create work and sources of income for themselves and third parties and to counteract malnutrition. Samaki is a project of the student organisation Enactus Aachen e.V. supported by BKB Charity.



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The Kinderhospiz Sterntaler e. V. in Mannheim is pleased about a donation of 8,700.00 Euro, which the women’s network Desperate Workwives has procured by creating a unique Advent calendar.

Under the title “24 multicolored moments to Christmas,” one finds in the calendar a colorful mix from contemplation, tips, prescriptions, stories, mysteries, handicraft guidance, and much more besides. From the content concept to the design to the complete organization of the project, the Advent calendar was created voluntarily by the women of the network on their own. Thus, every cent of the proceeds could be earmarked for the children’s hospice.

The project was financed via the crowdfunding platform Startnext and with the help of BKB Charity.

Further Information:
www.desperate-workwives.net |www.kinderhospiz-sterntaler.de

The dance school M.A.K. Studios is now a new cooperation partner of BKB Charity. Joint activities and events are planned as well as the sale of charity products to support the humanitarian and social aid projects of the BKB Charity Initiative. Dancing for a good cause – M.A.K. Managing Director Maryam Anita Khosravi-Piazolo and BKB Charity are already looking forward to exciting “Charity Dance Challenges”.

In the heart of Freiburg, in the beautiful Friedrichsbau, the dance school M.A.K. Studios offers diverse and highly professional courses and workshops – from ballet and jazz to modern urban dance styles such as hip hop, breakdance, locking, popping or dancehall.

Information on M.A.K. Studios Freiburg:
www.mak-studios.com | www.facebook.com/makstudiosfreiburg

Nuremberg-based Nut wedges Manufacturer Kai Küfner and BKB Charity launch mutual aid projects for humanitarian institutions in Nepal and Tanzania. Meister Küfner bakes BKB-Charity-Nut wedges for one season, of which a part of the proceeds from direct sales goes to charitable hospitals in both countries.

The Sushma Koirala Memorial Hospital in Nepal will be supported and will treat the poorest of the poor, especially children, free of charge. The aid in Tanzania is intended for the Nkoaranga Hospital (project “Feuerkinder”), where children suffering from burns or severe bone deformities are also operated on free of charge.

The Nut wedges by Meister Küfner are known in Nuremberg – and far beyond – for their high quality and unique taste. We hope for a successful campaign for the two aid projects.

Further information on the facilities in Nepal and Tanzania:

www.nepalhospital.de | www.feuerkinder.de


Cooperation Enactus Aachen and BKB Charity.

Helping together: BKB Charity is pleased about the new strategic partnership with the association Enactus Aachen. The humanitarian, social and ecological aid projects of both organisations will clearly benefit from this bundling of forces.

The new partner Enactus Aachen e.V. is part of one of the largest student organisations in the world. The association members, talented students of the RWTH and FH Aachen have made it their task to enable people in need to improve their living conditions economically, socially and environmentally in a sustainable way through social-entrepreneurial projects. Together with other non-profit associations, professorships, committed companies and individuals, Enactus Aachen develops visionary entrepreneurial projects on an international level which, through sustainable and ecologically pioneering structures, bring long-term economic benefits to the needy target groups and provide help for self-help.

The new strategic partnership is the logical continuation of an already very successful cooperation with Enactus Aachen in the past. With the support of BKB Charity, two aid projects were successfully implemented in Africa.

In the “Samaki” project, a new type of fish farming system was implemented in combination with vegetable cultivation in the fight against malnutrition in the rural population of Uganda, which does not otherwise require direct access to existing waters. In the “Recycoal” project in Rwanda, biochar is extracted from municipal waste. This biochar serves as a substitute for the charcoal otherwise produced from felled trees. By avoiding further deforestation of the rainforest, the environment is helped and the better emission values of the biochar ensure less polluted breathing air for the people.

Further information about Enactus Aachen e.V.: enactus.de/aachen

A magnificent announcement! Our long-time partners and supporters of the Junge Kammerphilharmonie Berlin (JKPB) are planning something big: A concert tour through Germany and Japan – together with a first-class Japanese orchestra. The first idea originated at the Japanese Film Festival 2017 with our friends from Nippon Connection. Now the JKPB is preparing intensively for the realization of this intercultural concert project in the run-up to the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo. At the same time, they do not want to lose sight of the good cause and BKB charity. Thank you very much for everything – we look forward to being able to report more about it soon.



BKB Charity supports the social commitment of the dance school “Instituto Katiana Pena” in Brazil.

Bom Jardim is the name of a district marked by poverty, violence and crime on the outskirts of Fortaleza, a city of millions in northeastern Brazil. Katiana Pena and her team have been helping children and young people to escape the lack of prospects at this social hotspot for years. In the dance school of the same name, Instituto Katiana Pena, more than 500 young people are already learning to create courage and hope and to improve their living conditions in a community of art and culture. Regular trips and performances in the region create new horizons and offer the opportunity to escape from the difficult environment.

BKB Charity supports the work of Katiana Pena and plans a further future cooperation in different areas. At Christmas time, for example, BKB Charity was involved in financing food packages for needy members of the dance school whose parents have little money to support their families. The aid packages included a variety of basic foodstuffs for the joy of the children as well as Christmas treats.

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„Voices of Christmas” for BKB Charity.

With their new album “Voices of Christmas”, the a cappella band B’n’T is joining forces with BKB Charity for the first time.

Brooklyn, Bene, Simon, Moy and Tino regularly thrill audiences at their live concerts with their incredibly powerful voices and using no instruments at all. B’n’T, who come from Regensburg in Germany and are made up of former members of the Domspatzen boys’ choir, have now released their new album “Voices of Christmas”. The album features 11 songs in the band’s own unique style, including adaptations of German and English classics as well as one of their own compositions. The arrangements are diverse and exciting – from quick beats to serene solos and epic choral pieces. Anyone who is a fan of a cappella music and Christmas is sure to love this CD!

“Voices of Christmas” is the first project with which B’n’T are supporting the humanitarian and social initiative BKB Charity – a great start to a promising partnership.

Further information about B’n’T and on how to order the CD “Voices of Christmas” can be found here: www.bnt-music.de

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Pilot project in Ruanda: Bio-coal from waste.

BKB Charity is supporting a sustainable project in which coal is produced from communal waste, thereby reducing the health and ecological problems which exist in Africa.

Cooking over indoor wood fires is one of the main causes of severe and deadly respiratory illnesses. Every year in Africa, around three million hectares of endangered rainforest are cleared for the production of firewood. This is made worse by the fact that families have to spend a third of their monthly income on this fuel. Money which could otherwise be invested in education or improving the family’s standard of living.

In order to improve the dire state of these people’s health and living conditions, the student initiative Enactus Aachen e.V. from RWTH and FH Aachen has come up with a clever system called “RecyCoal”, in which a low-emission and inexpensive form of bio-coal can be produced by local people on their own initiative by applying the process of pyrolysis to previously unused biomass. Bio-coal for which no trees have to be felled.

With the financial support of BKB Charity, this promising humanitarian and ecological project has been started in Kigali, Ruanda and is soon to be extended to the rest of the country and even beyond its borders.


Pilotprojekt in Ruanda: Biokohle aus Abfällen

Pilotprojekt in Ruanda: Biokohle aus Abfällen

Pilotprojekt in Ruanda: Biokohle aus Abfällen


Further information about the RecyCoal process and Enactus e.V. can be found here: