With the active support of our employees and many people who are enthusiastic about our activities, DIA has once again focused on giving something back over the past year. We actively live our important corporate values of appreciation, cohesion and empathy with various donations and charitable activities.
And this has been the case for 20 years now.
The Himalayan Care Foundation (HCF) is doing a great job in supporting children and families in underdeveloped regions of the Himalayas. By working closely with various stakeholders such as organizations, authorities or professionals in the fields of education and health, the association aims to create long-term change for the benefit of the people living there.
To this end, HCF implements social and medical projects as well as preventive aid projects, which include a basic supply of drinking water and sanitary facilities for village schools. DIA supports the Leun-based association and its important work since 2022.
DIA supports the aid convoy for Ukraine of the Round Table Germany.
The aid convoy supplies Ukrainians with relief goods and has been made possible by an experienced and proven network in Germany, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania. The project has been able to compile and process lists of specifics needs in a very short time and get a large quantity of humanitarian and medical aid supplies out within the first few days. These supplies are handed over to partners close to the border and reach the people affected directly.
The direct help that "Menschen für Kinder" (People for Children) provides to children in need is of particular concern to DIA. We have been committed to the association since 2014 and, in keeping with our tradition, we have once again dispensed with customer Christmas gifts this year and made a donation to Menschen für Kinder.
The goal of Menschen für Kinder (MfK for short) is to help children in need. The non-profit organization is committed to helping children with long-term illnesses, particularly cancer, and other children in need.
Donations are used to support children's clinics and children's oncological practices throughout Germany.
Donations reach the projects without deductions.
The Christmas parcel convoy ("Weihnachtspäckchenkonvoi, WPK") is a fundraising campaign of Round Table Germany, which DIA has been involved in for many years. Every year we set up a collection point, organize boxes and pack Christmas packages to bring a little joy to numerous children in Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine. In collaboration with Round Table, we organize and monetarily support the transport of the Christmas gifts to orphanages, hospitals, institutions for the disabled, kindergartens and schools in the poorest, most remote rural regions of Eastern Europe.
From 50 packages packed by DIA employees in the first year, our contribution now stands at 440 packages donated by employees, partner companies, kindergartens and school classes, friends and families.
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The Christmas parcel convoy is only possible with the support of countless helpers working on a purely voluntary basis. The volunteer drivers pay a flat rate for food and accommodation at the end destinations out of their own pockets, and most of the vehicles are provided by supporters.
However, additional support is needed to cover logistics and fuel costs. Our annual Christmas donation ensures that the convoy will continue rolling again next year, bringing a little happiness to children in need over the festive season.
Blood is an elixir of life and the constant availability of blood can be essential for survival.
Around 14,000 units of blood are needed every day in Germany alone. On 6 May 2022, a large-scale blood donation campaign was held with the Gießen Marburg University Hospital at our headquarters in Wetzlar. This was the fourth time in a row that we were able to organize a blood donation campaign at our company, which this year collected 20 liters of blood, thanks also to many colleagues from Leica GmbH, Volksbank Mittelhessen eG and Nachfolgekontor GmbH. Another charitable tradition that DIA was able to establish.
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The association TERRA TECH Förderprojekte e.V. supports aid projects through donations, which among other things distribute food and hygiene packages in war zones in the Ukraine. However, the main project of TERRA TECH is the aid for East Africa. Here, too, the association uses donations to organize food transports to compensate for crop failures and famines. With the contribution of 30€ alone, the association can guarantee a school child in Kenya a supply of enough food for 30 days.
DIA participates annually in the Advent calendar raffle of the association and supports through the associated donation not only its important work, but also offers #TeamDIA the opportunity to win great prizes during the Advent season.
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One of DIA's first social commitments in 2004 was the World Vision sponsorship of the boy Darkhanbayar Munkhjargal from Mongolia. This was followed in 2006 by sponsorships for the three children Vo Tuan from Vietnam, Toni Omondi from Kenya and Tsolmontamir from Mongolia.
Darkhanbayar Munkhjargal is now an adult. With little Ines from Burundi, there are currently four children whose nutrition, drinking water, medical care and education DIA has made possible for many years. Of course, there is always a donation for the children and their village community at Christmas.
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