For several years, Lufthansa Consulting has been supporting help alliance – the aid organization of the Lufthansa Group and its employees – thanks to ongoing fundraising appeals and diverse baking events and sales campaigns by employees. In 2019 the support was intensified when consultant Matthias Rolfs joined the team of Lufthansa employees volunteering at help alliance and became personally involved as project manager for activities in Uganda.
Whenever time permits, Rolfs works for the "Farming goes to school" project, which is sponsored by ADEPT e. V. at the St. Anthony Secondary School in Kyazanga, Uganda. This project aims to give young people from structurally weak regions of the country the opportunity to attend school. In Uganda there are only a few state secondary schools, most of which, historically, are privately run and have to be financed by the parents. At most, families in need can pay the school fees, but cannot afford to help expand the schools.
St. Anthony Secondary School is assisted by an action package, which includes a sponsorship program, infrastructure measures and competence training in entrepreneurship. Currently, the school can provide about 400 places for young people aged between 12 and 18. Some classrooms will also be used provisionally as dormitories, but a boarding school is planned in the long term. In addition, a science wing will be built with water and gas connections for chemistry and physics as well as biology and agriculture lessons. Each newly created room will be equipped with scientific equipment and teaching materials.
Under the motto "Future through educational perspectives” the project aims to give more pupils access to further education in the future. In line with Lufthansa Consulting’s commitment to deploying volunteers from its own ranks, Matthias Rolfs has also taken on the specific task of creating volunteering opportunities for Lufthansa employees in Uganda.