Bucher-basar helps awo projects in forchheim

Bucher-basar helps awo projects in forchheim

By annika beyersdorff

the iron is defective, the stove no longer works or the bobbin winding machine is broken: this is usually only a minor incident. But what happens when a household is hit by a lack of money for a new purchase?? In such cases, the arbeiterwohlfahrt (awo) in forchheim tries to help with its "family fund" project to jump in. "People often stand in front of me and say: I don't have money for a new washing machine, what should I do now??", tells lisa hoffmann, the managing director of awo.

The project supports about 50 to 60 households a year. In most cases, these are socially disadvantaged families with children who live on unemployment benefit II. In most cases, the families receive monetary donations worth between 300 and 500 euros. Sometimes even small sums can make a big difference. In extreme cases, this can be a young woman showing her empty wallet and saying, "please give me 20 euros to get me through the weekend."

The project manager says that the help is usually unique. It is difficult to pay a monthly amount, but that is not the purpose of the project. Whether the money is repaid later or not depends on the individual circumstances. "Partly, people come of their own accord and want to pay their debts", reports the managing director.

In other cases a refund is not possible. "Once we had a case where a child was in the erlanger clinic with meningitis", lisa hofmann recalls "the mother could not afford the travel costs. We bought her a mobi-card from the bahn so she could visit her sick child. In such a case, we naturally don't ask for the money back."

If a family is in urgent need of support, it gets it without meticulous research into the causes. However, personal contact with the people affected is indispensable for the employees of the awo forchheim. The social workers also try to help in other ways if necessary: "we don't just want to help financially, we want to give people all-round support."

The main source of income for the family funds is the bucher bazaar, which takes place five to six times a year in the forchheim town hall halls – with the approval of the artists who are exhibiting at the time. Under the leadership of luise wuttke and karola weib, volunteers here help together to top up the family fund account through book sales. Private donors, on the other hand, were fewer in number, regrets ms. Hoffmann. Only at christmas do they occasionally receive something more.

An unexpected donation

She was all the happier when she heard about the donation from volksbanken and raiffeisenbanken as well as the government of upper franconia. At the donation ceremony in bayreuth, the project received a donation as part of the "start ins leben – hilfe fur kinder in not" (start in life – help for children in need) campaign 2000 euro. In total, the volksbanken and raiffeisenbanken support five projects from upper franconia with a total of 10,000 euros.000 euro.

Another project from forchheim that benefits is "miena – with voluntary tutoring" of the caritas. Children from low-income families are offered free tutoring here. It is precisely this kind of commitment that lisa hoffmann would like to see more of in the future: "i would like to see the importance of togetherness in our society increase again".

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