Release Date: 20 December 2006
Release ID: 695
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.
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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