The Karl Kübel Stiftung, headquartered in Germany, is engaged in development work with focus on poverty reduction and education
Basically, we are co-operating with charitable non-profit grassroot level organisations in our selected partner countries. These are at present India, the Philippines, Nepal, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kosovo. Overall we are supporting 49 projects in our partner countries. The focus of our development cooperation lies on India with 34 projects. This focus has developed from the close personal contacts of our founder Karl Kübel (1909-2006) with India in the 1960s.
Our development work in India as in our other partner countries first of all aims to combat poverty, especially in the disadvantaged rural areas, and to provide the small farming families there with an adequate income. Education as the elementary basis for self-development and as a basic human right as well as integral part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have special importance in our work.
Our projects mainly focus on disadvantaged groups like indigenous people or day labourers. Women and girls, as still widely neglected and discriminated in society, also get a special attention and recognition in our work especially by the establishment of women's self-help groups. The project activities also aim to reduce social inequalities and strengthens civil society.
In our WASH-project (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) for example at 46 schools in the Indian state Tamil Nadu girls learn how to handle their menstruation in daily life and get support like separate restrooms for girls at school. Previously, every fifth girl has dropped out school at the start of puberty because they didn’t know how to deal with the tabooed menstruation. As a consequence of our hygiene trainings the girls continue school once they reach puberty and therefore receive the same educational opportunities as boys.
The initiative for a project is to be taken by the local partner organisation, in consultation with the target groups. It should always be driven by the needs of marginalised and deserving communities. Enabling parents to secure the basic needs of their children, such as food, health, education, shelter as well as value orientation towards a community based and driven holistic development should be focussed. The programmes in general do have preventive character.
We support self-help measures only as long as it is actually necessary. All projects are locally anchored in order to achieve sustainable effects after the completion of a project. The duration of the projects varies. It can be three years or up to ten years.
Majority of our projects is cofinanced by public funding agencies. Towards the public funding agencies we have to guarantee, that the planning of the project, the implementation, the reporting and the accounting is assured in a professional manner. Furthermore we recognise ourselves as a liaison between the interests of our partner organisations, the public and the political stakeholders.