What we are committed to
Those who want to do something good, need to precisely identify their goals and pursue them with a plan. In the German Tax Law (AO), the legislator also stipulates some prerequisites when establishing a non-profit association. In our Articles of Association, we have formulated according to § 52 AO, which funding goals our association pursues.
Our promotion of development cooperation aims to improve living conditions in the partner countries. This includes enabling people to live a self-determined life without material hardship. The foundation for a good life is an intact living environment. It is for this reason that the issue of nature conservation is particularly close to our heart. Commitment in environmental protection and nature conservation are not only beneficial for people’s living conditions, but for those of the animals, too. Animal welfare is therefore another pillar of our commitment. Our numerous projects in the above areas are characterised by mutual respect and pursue the goal of helping people to help themselves.
The three pillars of our commitment
Investing in people
The promotion of child and adult education and vocational training is the key to a self-determined life. Yet education continues to be a privilege in many countries. According to UNESCO, more than 750 million adults worldwide can neither read nor write. Every investment in education is the foundation upon which society can further develop. The DER Touristik Foundation therefore fosters the construction and equipment of schools as well as knowledge transfer. In doing so, it facilitates access to education for disadvantaged children and young people in particular: the masterminds of tomorrow.
Likewise, the promotion of nature conservation and environmental protection play an important role in improving the living conditions of a region. The inhabitants are dependent on intact ecosystems, while tourists enjoy unspoilt and healthy landscapes. With its environmental and climate protection measures, the DER Touristik Foundation is committed to preserving these natural resources.
The DER Touristik Foundation is involved in various initiatives for promoting animal welfare. It attaches particular importance to the protection of wildlife in tourist regions. Because anyone who has ever experienced butterflies in their stomach during a safari in the African savannah knows: observing wild animals in their natural habitat is one of the most wonderful and thrilling travel experiences. Nevertheless, when the habitats of humans and wild animals clash, then conflict often ensues.
The prospect of practical vocational training also empowers young people to break through the cycle of poverty and create a better future for themselves and their communities. Besides education, the areas of hygiene, nutrition and health promotion as well as protection against violence, especially for women and children, also form part of the support for child and youth welfare. These issues, too, are reflected in the work of DER Touristik Foundation.
In order to raise awareness among the local population, it also supports nature and species conservation projects. The goal of the socially and ecologically connected funding projects is to show those affected that nature and species protection pays off by promoting tourism and thus creating new jobs. With its nature conservation projects, the DER Touristik Foundation also invests in the future of the respective country.
The animal’s areas for hunting and grazing often overlap with areas farmed by the locals. If wildlife threatens people’s livelihoods, their protection is difficult for the local population to comprehend. And in fact, quite the opposite: in areas where people cannot make a living, there is a risk that they will become poachers. The preservation or restoration of animal welfare is one of the key objectives of DER Touristik Foundation – in the natural habitat, but also where animals are more closely linked to humans.