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Release ID: 695

Kuehne + Nagel tsunami aid well received

In the weeks after the

tsunami disaster of December 2004, the staff of the Kuehne + Nagel

Group and the company contributed roughly equal shares of a

donation amounting to 550,000 Swiss francs. Besides various

smaller projects, the large part of the money will go towards the

construction of an SOS Children’s Village in Banda Aceh and will

thus benefit a sustainable reconstruction project in the part of

Indonesia most severely affected by the tidal wave.

Press Release

Under a partnership agreement signed with the foundation Schweizer

Freunde der SOS-Kinderdörfer (Swiss Friends of the SOS Children’s

Villages), Kuehne + Nagel will meet the costs of building and equipping a

kindergarten and one of the 15 family houses in the village which will

provide a home for approximately 150 children. The construction work will

already be completed in April 2007; both buildings will bear the name of

the sponsor, Kuehne + Nagel.

“With the support for the SOS Children’s Village in Banda Aceh, we are

sure that we are making a long-term, sustainable contribution to the

reconstruction of the region,” said Klaus-Michael Kuehne, Executive

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel International AG,

who initiated the fund raising campaign.

According to official estimates, in the Aceh region some 30,000 orphaned

children are still living in provisional housing. “The aim here is to enable

the children to grow up in a protective framework that cares for their

mental and physical well-being,” said Christine Leimgruber, Managing

Director of the non-profit Swiss foundation Schweizer Freunde der SOSKinderdörfer.

“On behalf of the many children who will find a new home at the SOS Children’s Village, we would like to express our gratitude for this generous donation from Kuehne + Nagel.”


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