Ottobock GmbH press release
English and IT knowledge build opportunities for the future of street children – raised in the Rio de Janeiro favelas.
Peter Maffay and Professor Hans Georg Näder sign a cooperation agreement
This signature gives children a future. On the 3rd of March 2015, Peter Maffay and Professor Hans Georg Näder, owner of Ottobock Holding, started the implementation of the Tabaluga House Rio project. In general, education is the only real chance of escaping poverty for street children in Brazil.
“It is not the children’s fault they were born here. The socially underprivileged need lobby. We are glad we are part of this movement” stated Peter Maffay.
In order to help these children, Tabaluga House in Rio together with their regional partner “Instituto Marquês de Salamanca” (IMDS) provide free educational offers for children. They include 15 work spots equipped with computers and they fully cover the costs for the IT and English teachers. Access to such skills might be something normal for children in other parts of the world, but future prospects in Brazil are grim, especially for poor families. Education is the key and a possible ticket out of a disadvantaged socioeconomic environment. Besides education, children benefit from a daily meal and leisure opportunities.
“The first ambitious objective for Tabaluga House in Rio –
English and IT skills are key for any future opportunities in this dynamic society. In IMDS Foundation and its school in Santa Teresa we have a trusted and experienced local partner. I am very happy to launch the project Tabaluga House in Rio, together with my friends, Peter Maffay, and many others who support us”, stated professor Hans Georg Näder.
“Instituto Marquês de Salamanca” has more than 10 years experience in working with children and teenagers. This makes the institute a perfect partner for Tabaluga House in Rio. The idea of Tabaluga House in Rio started before the Football World Cup in Brazil. Joachim Löw, the national football team coach and actress Eva Hassmann spontaneously supported the project by offering for auction the pictures of “24 Hours, Santa Teresa Project”. “The initiative enjoyed tremendous success”, exulted Eva Hassmann.
This educational offer is one the main components of the project Tabaluga House Rio is going to implement. If you want to support the activities of Tabaluga House Rio, you may donate here: Sparkasse Duderstadt, IBAN: DE07 2605 1260 0000 5155 10, BIC: NOLADE21DUD, account: 515 510, bank account: 260 512 60, account owner: Schutzräume für Kinder Duderstadt gGmbH. Donation purpose: Tabaluga House Rio de Janeiro.