Aug 22, 2017

Unforgettable experiences with volunteering

Memories for a lifetime

Building bridges in Vietnam, rescuing and rehabilitating abandoned dogs in the USA, or working in an orphanage in Uganda – our employees’ engagement is diverse. This is shown through the winning pictures of this year’s photo competition run by the corporate volunteering initiative “Make an Impact on Tomorrow” (MIT).

More than 100 photos from 20 countries have been submitted by employees and retirees for the 12th MIT photo competition. The photos all have one thing in common: They show that volunteering can be an unforgettable experience.
In the photo competition, employees could vote for their favourites among the submitted photos. The winning photos from the category “Yourself in action during your MIT project” depict dedicated volunteers who actively commit to their projects with heart and soul. The winning photos from the category “Emotions of your MIT project” show various projects from around the world and capture unique moments. All winners will each receive a special donation from the Fritz Henkel Stiftung foundation for their projects.

Discover the unique moments of the global initiatives in our photo galleries!

First category: “Yourself in action during your MIT project”

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???gallery.open.slideshow??? Gabriele Haak from Germany with the mother of one of the girls who lives in the Mirembe Cottage of Street Girls in Jinja, Uganda

Henkel employee Gabriele Haak from Germany with the mother of one of the girls who lives in the Mirembe Cottage of Street Girls in Jinja, Uganda. This accommodation for young girls who have been neglected or abused is part of the project Sonrise Ministries, which she has been supporting for many years.

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Uganda: Henkel employee Alcom Chelo from Spain also supports the Sonrise Ministries and visited the project in Uganda for the first time in 2016. The smallest ones captured her heart right away.

???gallery.open.slideshow??? Silvia Pellegrini (Henkel Netherlands) also supports the Sonrise Childrens’s village in Uganda.

Silvia Pellegrini (Henkel Netherlands) also supports the Sonrise Children’s village in Uganda. Together with some colleagues and friends, she visited the village for two weeks in December and brought lots of Christmas presents for the kids such as German sausages which caused a bit of confusion with the children...

???gallery.open.slideshow??? Mauricio Sandoval from Henkel Colombia with little Paula from the “Hogar Luz y Vida” foundation.

Mauricio Sandoval from Henkel Colombia with little Paula from the “Hogar Luz y Vida” foundation. This Colombian foundation serves the community as a shelter for abandoned children with a handicap. One third of the more than 200 kids living here has at least one disability and requires special care. Additionally, some of them were victims of physical violence and were abandoned by their families who could not afford to take care of them. The MIT donation is used to buy wheelchairs with ergonomic features to make the kids’ lives a little easier and happier.

???gallery.open.slideshow??? Tom Lo and his colleagues from Henkel in Taiwan are planting “Trees of Hope” together with school kids.

Taiwan: Tom Lo and his colleagues from Henkel in Taiwan are planting “Trees of Hope” together with school kids. These attract insects and butterflies in the summer, and the children can photograph them and use 3D printers to create models that they study in class. The funding of the MIT Initiative is used to modernize the classrooms of the school and provide them with new equipment.

???gallery.open.slideshow??? A team from Henkel Vietnam supported the building of a bridge for a local community in the An Giang Province

Vietnam: A team from Henkel Vietnam supported the building of a bridge for a local community in the An Giang Province – one of the least developed areas in the country. The new steel bridge offers a safe and convenient way to cross the river, reconnecting the local community to essential infrastructure such as schools, markets and hospitals.

Second category: “Emotions of your MIT project”

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???gallery.open.slideshow??? Alena Kuznetsova from Ukraine supports the local project “Sensory room”

Ukraine: Joy, laughter and other emotional experiences are an integral part of every child’s life no matter what their challenge might be. Alena Kuznetsova from Ukraine supports the local project “Sensory room” that provides professional support and assistance to families which raise kids with down syndrome.

???gallery.open.slideshow??? John Michael Bustamante and his colleagues from Henkel in Manila supported the project “Dental mission”

Philippines: John Michael Bustamante and his colleagues from Henkel in Manila supported the project “Dental mission” together with the Philippine Dental Association. Several dentists and volunteers from Henkel treated patients and taught them the basics about oral hygiene. Finally, the Henkel employees provided the Navotas Habitat community’s residents – people who lost their homes through flooding – with almost 1,000 dental kits.

???gallery.open.slideshow??? Nigeria: Two-thirds of the Nigerian population lives in absolute poverty

Nigeria: Two-thirds of the Nigerian population lives in absolute poverty, meaning they live on less than one US dollar a day. Many of them were forced to leave their homes. Henkel employee Laura Pujal from Spain supports the organization Oxfam, which provides people in need with emergency shelters and cooking equipment, as well as seeds and tools to help traders and farmers get back on their feet. The MIT initiative donation was used to distribute food, drinking water and hygiene kits.

???gallery.open.slideshow??? obin Kingma and her colleagues from Henkel North America founded the organization Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue in 2010

USA: Robin Kingma and her colleagues from Henkel North America founded the organization Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue in 2010. Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and ultimately re-home abandoned, stray and neglected Australian Cattle Dogs throughout the state of Arizona. More than 900 dogs have already been rescued.

???gallery.open.slideshow??? children in the Sonrise Children’s Home in Uganda

Joyful faces of the children in the Sonrise Children’s Home in Uganda. Four Henkel employees visited the project in Jinja in December 2016 and brought lots of Christmas presents from Germany and the Netherlands – the children were especially happy about the sweets.

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