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People Empowerment

WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT PRINCIPLES

ARTEBENE has set itself the goal of actively contributing to the empowerment of girls and women in society. We have been a member of UN Women Germany since 2020 and have signed the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEP's) together with other strong brands to make our commitment to equality clear.


GODPARENTHOOD WITHIN PLAN INTERNATIONAL

 

Welcome, little Sreykat! 
To as a family-run business, taking on social responsibility is important, and we align our daily activities to the UN Global Compact's principles. Moreover, we have entered into a specific commitment within the children's aid organization Plan International last year, which is also supported by the United Nations Refugee Agency. Today we are proud godparents of little Sreykat in Cambodia and support her, her family and her community. Especially education for girls in developing countries is one of the most effective solutions in the battle against hunger and exploitation, which is why have decided to take on this godparenthood.

Ratanakiri is a province in the northeast of Cambodia, which is one of the poorest provinces in the country. The inhabitants live in villages with very poor infrastructure in terms of health, education and road conditions. Most of the people living there are seasonally engaged in agriculture and grow regional food. Slightly more than half of the inhabitants can read and write. This is also due to the fact that the nearest school is about 30 km away. Malnutrition among children and mothers is one of the biggest problems there. Insufficient access to safe drinking water and a lack of hygiene and sanitation facilities lead to severe health impairments for families.

The members of Sreykat's family are also small farmers and live in a small wooden house with a corrugated roof and no toilet facilities. They get most of their water from water sources in the nearby area. Sreykat, who was born in 2014, takes care of the water supply. It takes her about 30 minutes to collect water. Thanks to Plan International a well was built so that Sreykat can now attend school regularly. Since 2019, she now attends a primary school where her favourite subjects are language lessons and the local language.

 

Plan International has been active in the Ratanakiri region since 2011 and has already been able to achieve many improvements in the living conditions of families. For example, 37 pre-school classes have been equipped with teaching materials, four new primary schools, one secondary school and thirty-five wells have been built. Over the next five years, more initiatives will be implemented to respond to key problems in the region. These include care and support for young children, nutrition, education, child protection and water and sanitation. We are happy to be part of this great initiative and to witness the development of Sreykat through photos and letters from Cambodia. The ARTEBENE family has already taken her firmly to their hearts.


ARTEBENE HELPS SHAPE THE FUTURE

 

In addition to the Plan godparenthood, we also support the Yadav family in India. With the cost coverage for little Aaradhya's school education, the 4-year-old girl has now been attending kindergarten since March 2022 and will soon be attending primary school. Her father Rajeesh is part of the ARTEBENE partner production facility in India as a driver and is happy about the new opportunities for his little daughter. 

His employer and mentor Manu Gulati is also enthusiastic: "This is a very noble cause and in our society and religious teachings it is said the biggest help is the help to educate".

Seven months after Aaradhya's first day at kindergarten, our colleagues finally had the opportunity to meet the little girl in person. During the trip to the production facility in Delhi, Beate and Verena met Aaradhya with her family and had the opportunity to give her some presents for school. We look forward to the upcoming reports on her progress and especially to seeing her again on her next visit.

Last update: Apr 25, 2024 at 2:36 AM
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