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Wintershall supports “Hafen 17” after-school club15,000 euros for funding an educational specialist

Kassel. Whether to eat lunch together, learn or play – primary school children attend the “Hafen 17” after-school kids’ club every week day. Wintershall has now donated 15,000 euros to the project in Kassel’s Unterneustadt district. This shall be used to fund a full-time employee who will provide day-to-day educational care and support for the children. The Hafen 17 (Port 17) project, which is entirely funded by donations and is run by the Diakonisches Werk Kassel, aims to foster the social skills and creativity of the children. The parents of the roughly 30 children, who come from 14 different nations, are often unable to sufficiently look after them after school. 

“Hafen 17 is a project that does an excellent job with a considerable amount of volunteer commitment. That is something we are pleased to support,” says Ties Tiessen in explaining why the company is keen to promote the project. In addition to a shared lunch and help with doing homework, for the last eight years the “open-door” kids’ club has offered a diverse programme that supports the children in their development. The children are encouraged to discover their own talents and strengthen their own personal development. Cultural excursions are aimed at fostering the creativity and independence of the children.

The donation was presented at Hafen 17 on Friday, 20 November 2015 by Wintershall Executive Board Member Ties Tiessen. Afterwards he read to the children as part of the nationwide Read Aloud Day. 

Wintershall Holding GmbH, based in Kassel, Germany, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF in Ludwigshafen. The company has been active in the extraction of natural resources for 120 years, and in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas for over 80 years. Wintershall focuses on selected core regions where the company has built up a high level of regional and technological expertise. These are Europe, Russia, North Africa, South America, and increasingly the Middle East region. The company wants to expand its business further with exploration and production, selected partnerships, innovation and technological competence. Wintershall employs some 2,500 staff worldwide from 40 nations and is now Germany’s largest, internationally active crude oil and natural gas producer.

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Contact: Katrin Rausch