All sponsorship contributions and donations are privately financed, NOT through the foundation!
»Anyone who has once been to India not only with their eyes, but with their souls will still find it a home-from-home country.«
Especially India has always been my dreamland. So much read, heard so much, a strange bond in me over the years to this country of the greatest fascination and differences. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to a large number of countries for a few years - a great gift, for which I am very grateful. I saw a lot of the world, beautiful and sad, both shapes life. Asia is very important to me. I visited orphanages, where the life of the mostly sick and neglected children deeply shook me. But I was always received so sincerely warmly and especially in India I found wonderful friendships. I would like to give something back from this warmth of heart and therefore decided on godchildren from India.
So I applied to Plan International for a sponsorship for an Indian child. In 2003, my desire to help a child in a developing country became a reality. I was deeply touched and thrilled when I finally saw Bhagirath in the photo for the first time :)
He lives with his family in Bhubaneswar. He is now a healthy, bright teenager, even attending university and loves football.
I am in a loose correspondence with Bhagirath and his family and from time to time I send him also little things from the plan shop. Each time, I am excited about new photos and letters with news about him and his family, and the progress of community development work.
I finance the contributions and grants through private funds and not through the foundation. Projects are being sponsored by the Bhubaneswar community, where Bhagirath lives with his family. The Andy & Bianca Dauber Foundation Sibling Hearts, on the other hand, exclusively and directly supports selected projects of mine and Plan.
By adopting a sponsorship, children have a chance of a self-determined childhood and a better future. Not only does it support the life of a single child, it also promotes families and communities. This helps to change entire regions.
Update August 2018:
Due to his age, Bhagirath has reached the stage of life when the sponsorship ends. Adolescents retire as adolescents when they enter adulthood, but continue to benefit from projects that are also offered to their age group. After so many years together, despite being far away, this has a strange feeling. So it means for me to say goodbye. In the heart and in life, we stay connected anyway and you always see each other twice;)
THE BEST WISHES AND EVERYTHING GOOD FOR A FULFILLED LIFE, BHAGIRATH!
Riya is my second Indian godchild, but my first girl :) She was born in 2012 and lives with her mother and her three year older brother in the area Casp-plan Delhi. Riya is healthy, has received all the basic vaccinations and is currently attending elementary school. Her family lives in a brick house with a roof of corrugated slabs and a cement floor. Most of their water is taken from a well, and it takes less than five minutes to fetch water.
It is always exciting to see how children develop, how small children become young adults. And to be able to share this a little bit with the children is even more exciting and beautiful.
Riya's name means 'the singer'.
I wish her that her life becomes a wonderful symphony!
I finance the contributions and grants through private funds and not through the foundation. Projects are funded by the Casp-plan Delhi community, where Riya lives with her family. The Andy & Bianca Dauber Foundation Sibling Hearts, on the other hand, exclusively and directly supports selected projects of mine and Plan.