From left: Josef Seitz, Rainer Hertle, Sister Gaspara, Georg Jaumann, Martin Stumpf, Stefan Rößle
Our gala evening - Official handover of donations
It was a great pleasure to welcome Sister Gaspara, Superior of the Usambara Sisters and Head of our SPN School, at our 100th Anniversary Gala Evening on September 26, 2019. She was already able to tell us about construction progress of the SPN School.
Thankfully and with much joy, Sister Gaspara officially accepted the donation check in the amount of € 40,000 from our managing directors Georg Jaumann and Rainer Hertle as well as the chairman of the board of the non-profit Fritz and Liselotte Hopf Foundation Josef Seitz.
SPN School in Africa. Helping people to help themselves - where people are at home.
100 years adorn our company. This gave us the occasion to make a globally meaningful and sustainable contribution together with the Fritz and Lieselotte Hopf Foundation.
In cooperation with the association Vier Steine für Afrika e.V. in Nördlingen and the donations of our customers and employees on the occasion of our anniversary, we were able to build a school for the children in Korogwe, Tanzania.
We would like to thank you all very much for your support of our "SPN School"!
Update on the SPN School in Tanzania
News in 2021
The school started with the first class on January 25, 2021. 37 students from the catchment area of Kwamdolwa, Kichangani and Goo are now being served there. In the following school year, the student body will then be increased with the 2nd grade. Every year the school will be enlarged by another grade. The goal is 7 grades, which will be supplemented with two dormitories for boarding students.
News in 2022
Also a part of the Christmas donation in 2022 went to our own social heart project "SPN School in Tanzania". Through the joint commitment with the Fritz and Lieselotte Hopf Foundation, as well as the association "Four Stones for Africa", the students were able to enjoy their own school bus. SPN Managing Director Rainer Hertle: "Seeing how our school in Tanzania is growing fills me with pure joy and gratitude. The team around Sister Gaspara is making such an important and valuable contribution. I am convinced that we are opening up a better perspective for the children through this educational opportunity."
An official opening ceremony was scheduled for February 23, 2022. However, a Corona warning was recently issued in Tanzania, which led to the postponement of this event.
To SPN School
The planning of the school in Tanzania had already begun in June 2019, when Sister Gaspara, Superior of the Usambara Sisters, visited Germany. It was quickly clear that it should be an inclusion school, as this group of people are often excluded and not supported by society. In addition, the long-term objective of the school center should include technical education. The construction of the school should proceed quickly in order not to jeopardize the start of school in January 2020. "Unfortunately, we have often experienced how "real life" in a country like Tanzania with new challenges can throw plans out of kilter and cause delays," says Rainer Hertle, technical director of SPN Schwaben Präzision. At the end of November 2019, there was heavy and prolonged rainfall in this region of Tanzania, followed by major flooding. No more raw materials and construction materials were delivered. Construction work could not continue in a timely and safe manner.
Subsequently, the Corona pandemic upset the target plans once again.
In August 2020, the construction of the school in Korogwe finally entered its final phase. Approval for the school was granted by the government, and the start in early 2021 was envisaged.
Construction progress of the SPN school
The pictures show the construction of the shell including the roof, starting with the clearing of the land, the laying of the foundation and the production of the floor slab of the 1st classroom. The foundations for the second building have also already been laid.
First day of school
School operations started on January 25, 2021 with the first class. 37 students from the catchment area of Kwamdolwa, Kichangani and Goo are now being cared for there. In the following school year, the student body will then be increased with the 2nd grade. Every year the school will be enlarged by another grade. The goal is 7 grades, which will be supplemented with two dormitories for boarding students. A dining room and a kitchen will then complete the school, which was donated by the "Four Stones for Africa" association.
You would like to donate?
If you would like to donate specifically for the SPN school, please note this on your bank transfer in the subject line. Also, do not forget to include your name and address so that Vier Steine für Afrika e.V. can send you a donation receipt. Transfer your donation to: Vier Steine für Afrika e.V. Account 526 800 RVB Ries eG, BLZ 720 693 29 IBAN: DE37 7206 9329 0000 5268 00 BIC: GENODEF1NOE Thank you! Further information about Vier Steine für Afrika e.V. and our SPN school can be found here.