Right in time for the anniversary year 2015, ZF Friedrichshafen AG has rolled out the so far largest humanitarian education project in company history. Following the motto "100 Years – 100 Schools", the company and its initiative "ZF hilft." make it possible to build and expand 100 educational institutions in poverty-stricken regions around the globe. For the first time all ZF staff worldwide are asked to donate.
Above all, the current "ZF hilft." fundraising campaign is aimed at creating a basic education infrastructure and thus the prerequisites for the transfer of knowledge in various poverty-stricken regions. With this goal in mind, a total of 30 new schools will be founded in Bangladesh, India, and Sierra Leone – mainly in slums or on their outskirts. Where the required buildings are already in place, there is often a lack of means to safeguard the quality of education. This is why "ZF hilft." lays an additional focus on training young specialists and integrating them into everyday life at school, as well as on providing adequate teaching materials. 70 different educational institutions in China, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, and in the Philippines will benefit from this project.
For these initiatives and the construction of new schools, ZF closely cooperates with its long-standing partner "Foundation UNESCO – Education for Children in Need".
In cooperation with the international relief organization "World Bicycle Relief", the nonprofit association focuses on mobility as the third pillar of its far-reaching relief campaign. Even today, it is still very difficult for students from remote villages in Zambia and South Africa to reach their schools: Lacking any alternatives, they have to leave home on foot when it is still dark in order to get to school on time. It even takes a third of them more than two hours. Now, robust bicycles for children in need at 100 schools will remedy this urgent problem.