RESPONSIBILITY e.V. is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 by a group of OPHARDT Hygiene employees. The RESPONSIBILITY Club’s mission centres on promoting health and quality of life in underdeveloped communities around the world by providing urgently needed hygienic equipment and life-saving medical instruments where they are needed most.
Since the establishment of the non-profit just over four years ago, RESPONSIBILITY e.V. has successfully raised $37,700 USD to fund four projects across the globe. In its fifth and current project, the Club is working to raise funds to finance the renewal of the well system and the water tower of the La Buena Semilla home in Peru.
La Buena Semilla is a children’s home located in the Amazon, about 10 kilometers outside the village of Puerto Maldonado. Established in 2009, the home offers a haven for abandoned and abused children aged 4-6 years while they wait for a permanent home placement. In the past 10 years, the well system has deteriorated and the water tower is in danger of collapsing. During this time, the water quality for the home has decreased significantly.
The urgently needed renovation will provide much needed clean and safe water for children in need, costing approximately $5,500 USD to complete. Click here to learn more about the project and to find out how you can help.
In December 2017, the Club successfully completed its inaugural project. Through generous donations from employees, partners, and friends of the company, RESPONSIBILITY e.V. raised $20,000 USD to purchase and donate an urgently needed ambulance for the General Trias Medicare Hospital in the Philippines. Located on the outskirts of Manila, the hospital provides vital primary health care for a population of over 245,000 people. In situations where patients must be transported to healthcare facilities with greater medical capabilities, there were few safe and reliable transportation options available. Thanks to the donations, patients are now able to be safely transported to and from the hospital.
Following the successful completion of the Club’s first project in December 2017, its second project centred on supporting healthcare workers at the Matyazo Hospital in Tanzania. The Matyazo Hospital is a Tanzanian medical care facility located approximately 45 km northeast of Kigoma. The hospital is an important facility for obstetrics in the Kigoma Region, where more than 1,300 babies are delivered, and nearly 1,200 surgeries are performed each year.
A functional operating light is an essential component of every hospital’s surgical equipment. However, the cost of an operating light exceeded the financial capabilities of this hospital. Through donations from employees and fundraising activities held throughout the year, the RESPONSIBILITY Club was able to successfully raise and donate the $4,800 USD necessary to purchase the surgical lamp in July, 2018.
The third project aimed to improve the living conditions of children and their care takers at the Kandyaa Child Protection Centre in Sodoké, Togo. This state-approved facility is designed to provide temporary shelter, protection and psychosocial support to children who are victims of violence, exploitation and gross neglect.
Only 8 km from Kandyaa Child Protection Centre is Kandyaa’s own farm, where animals are kept and fruit and vegetables are grown. This place has developed in recent months into a protective environment for the landscaping education of older children from 14 years of age. As the facility has grown to provide care to an ever growing number of children, the sanitary facilities were no longer sufficient. The RESPONSIBILITY Club raised and donated more than $7,000 USD to construct a new, gender-separated sanitary facility to support improved hygiene standards at the child protection centre.
Following the completion of the project in Togo, the RESPONSIBILITY Club focused its attention on improving access to clean water for an orphanage in Indonesia. Manuela I and II were established by the Leprosy and Children’s Aid Foundation in Indonesia, in the village of Balangan in Bali. Since the buildings are located on a limestone hill, gaining reliable access to clean water by means of a well is difficult. Instead, water must be pumped to the facilities, for which a steady supply of electricity is required.
Frequent power outages, sometimes taking between two and three days to fix, impact the orphanage’s ability to provide clean drinking water, and water for sanitation to the homes. To ensure an uninterrupted power supply, the RESPONSIBILITY Club raised the $5,900 USD necessary to help finance an emergency power generator for the facility. In March 2020, these funds were donated to support the redemption of short-term loans to finance this much needed emergency generator.
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