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Social project of the KERN-LIEBERS trainees

KERN-LIEBERS trainees contribute a week of ideas and energy to the Stiftung St. Franziskus foundation.

07/11/2014

As part of a social project implemented by trainees and students from Schramberg company Kern-Liebers together with interns and trainees at the Stiftung St. Franziskus Heiligenbronn foundation, the foundation's apiary was renovated and tactile games for a residential group were designed and built.

For one week, 54 trainees and students from both the company and the foundation worked together on two projects that called not only for their full commitment, but also their creativity and skills. With the trainees and second-year students, Kern-Liebers trainee manager Andreas Bitzer was again hosted by the Heiligenbronn foundation. For the young people, this was a completely new experience and an opportunity to demonstrate their technical skills. And they didn't let the rain get them down.

During the week's work, the area around the bee house, which is run by the beekeepers association as a teaching apiary, looked almost like a field camp. The roof was leaking and needed to be renovated. As described by the head of the foundation's wood workshop, Dominic King, a new roof truss was built, the roof was completely re-tiled, the eaves and gutters were put in place, and a soakaway was dug. Walls, windows and doors were also renovated, and the wooden fence was re-built, including the fence posts. Some of the work was also carried out at the Kern-Liebers training workshop.

A second group was given the task of developing and building games in the garden designed to stimulate the senses of the deaf-blind residents. After meeting the residents, the trainees came up with some original ideas, and then proved their skills in getting them built. At the closing ceremony, trainee Maik Österle explained the function of the five height-adjustable tactile games, which are fixed to the garden fence. These include for example a water sprayer designed to stimulate the sense of touch and a small maze to help develop motor skills.

At the end of the week, there was praise from Kern-Liebers CEO Dr. Udo Schnell, who described the project as "well thought out" when he came with HR manager Andreas Hamann to be shown around the work that had been done together with foundation director Michael Wollek, head of services for the disabled Roland Flaig and vocational school principal Udo Neudeck. In their review of the week, the two dual studies students Jeanne Osmers and David Moos stressed that for them, meeting the handicapped young people was also an important encounter that gave them a new perspective on deafness and multiple disabilities and opened them up to new experiences. They spoke of their "great respect" for the social commitment of the foundation, which they feel enables people with impaired abilities to "lead a good life in other ways". Director Michael Wollek expressed his thanks for the dedication shown and also for the "great ideas" of everyone involved.