01/11/2006, Düsseldorf


31,220-euro donation for establishment of Marine Vocational Training Centre in Southeast India

Düsseldorf ice hockey donation to build and equip Marine Vocational Training Centre in Ranganathapuram, India / Additional Henkel donation to purchase the site / Foundation stone blessed by Archbishop Anandarayar / Construction of the Marine Vocational Training Centre starts in spring of 2006

The joint collection on the occasion of the traditional Rhine ice hockey derby between the DEG Metro Stars and the Cologne Sharks on Sunday, January 9, 2005, raised the proud total of 31,220 euros for the survivors of the Southeast Asian tsunami of December 26, 2004. One year later, on the first anniversary of the disaster, Archbishop Dr. Antony Anandarayar blessed the foundation stone of the Marine Vocational Training Centre for needy young people from the devastated coastal region. The Centre will be completed in the course of 2006 and will have places for around 100 students. The project is part of the Henkel Smile Program, through which the Company assumes social responsibility and aims to encourage its partners to jointly realize charitable projects. Its partner in the "Marine Vocational Training Centre in India" project is the DEG Eishockey GmbH in Düsseldorf.  

On Sunday, January 9, 2005, in the Brehmstrasse in Düsseldorf, about 30 members of various fan clubs of the DEG Metro Stars, together with Henkel apprentices and employees, collected money in and around the Düsseldorf Ice Stadium and in the VIP tent. On this match day, they raised a total of 31,220 euros for the victims of the tsunami disaster of December 26, 2004, in Southeast Asia. It was the wish of Henkel and its partner, the DEG Eishockey GmbH, that the money should be used to set up a social facility in one of the stricken countries.

The philosophy of Henkel and the DEG Eishockey GmbH
Henkel and the DEG Eishockey GmbH believe that a good education is the basis for success in life. This applies both to the icehockey players of the DEG Metro Stars and to young people in India. After completing their vocational training at the school, young Indians will be in a position to earn an adequate living in their region. In the summer of 2004, sponsorship partners Henkel and the DEG Metro Stars had already agreed to cooperate on a charity campaign during the 2004/2005 season, under the auspices of Henkel Smile. Consolidated in Henkel Smile are all aspects of Henkel's commitment to society beyond business interests - referred to internationally as corporate citizenship. There's even more: Henkel encourages its partners to join it in assuming social responsibility. For example, the DEG Metro Stars.

The project decision
Henkel and the DEG Eishockey GmbH decided to make the collected sum of 31,220 euros available to establish a Marine Vocational Training Centre for needy young people in the coastal region of Pondicherry and Cuddalore, south of Chennai (Madras).

As part of the preparatory phase, top managerial staff from Henkel in India visited the area at the request of the "Henkel Friendship Initiative e.V." to obtain a detailed picture of the plans to build the Centre and the people involved on the spot. As a result of their favorable report, the green light was given to use the donations for this project.

The site
In December 2005, after months of negotiations with the landowners, representatives of the Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore reached agreement over the purchase of the site. It is very centrally situated in Ranganathapuram, near Pondicherry, with connections to wells and electricity, and is safe from inundation. It covers 20,000 square meters. There are about 200 coconut palms on the site.

Two to three thousand of the 20,000 square meters are earmarked for the Marine Vocational Training Centre. At some future time, the rest of the site will become an agriculturally productive area with diary farming. The money made from dairy farming and the sale of coconuts will contribute to the economic improvement of the Centre and help to improve the situation of the young people.

The purchase of the site was made possible by additional contributions from the "Henkel Friendship Initiative e.V.," a charitable organization established by Henkel. The site is now owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Pondicherry and Cuddalore.

The foundation stone
On the anniversary of the tsunami, in the presence of priests from the Archdiocese, Archbishop Dr. Antony Anandarayar blessed the foundation stone for the Marine Vocational Training Centre on the site of the episcopal ordinariate in the city of Pondicherry. This foundation stone will shortly be laid on the purchased site in Ranganathapuram, about 160 km south of Chennai (Madras).

The Marine Vocational Training Centre and the trainees
Henkel, the DEG Eishockey GmbH, the Board of the Deutsch-Indischen Kinderhilfe e.V., and the Henkel-Düsseldorf representative in charge of the project, Dr. Reimar Heucher, all agree that as many needy young people as possible from the region of Pondicherry and Cuddalore should be enabled to train in future-oriented vocations appropriate to the region.

Current plans provide for around 100 young people aged 16 to 20 to be trained in six trades. As fishing is the dominant sector in this coastal region, young women will mainly be trained in hygienic fish processing and packing and in shrimp farming. The young men will be trained as electricians, mechanics for shipbuilding and ships' engines, joiners and catamaran builders. All of the trainees will be taught how to use computers.

When the Centre is ready, teachers and instructors will be appointed by the Archbishopric. They will come from the Marine Department, an engineering college and Pondicherry University.

Archbishop Dr. Ananadarayar has appointed Dr. P. A. Sampathkumar and the Procurator of the diocese, Father S. Kulandaisamy, as the Archbishopric's officers responsible for the construction and administration of the Marine Vocational Training Centre.

The supervisory partners
In the spring of 2005, Dr. Reimar Heucher, of Henkel, Düsseldorf, applied for support to be provided, within the framework of Henkel Smile, for a social project for children in Southeast India. Heucher is a member of the Deutsch-Indischen Kinderhilfe e.V. in Bonn. He worked in India in 1986 and 1987 and is familiar with the Pondicherry and Cuddalore region. When the project application was assessed, it was found that the project idea could be significantly expanded to include plans for the Marine Vocational Training Centre.

The Deutsch-Indische Kinderhilfe e.V. in Bonn has been in existence since May 1995. It has eight voluntary Board members. The chairpersons are husband and wife Margret and Doraswamy Sridharan. The association has 70 members at present. Donations from Germany have enabled it to complete more than a dozen large aid projects and numerous smaller projects in India in recent years.

Top Henkel managers in India will monitor the construction of the Marine Vocational Training Centre during the coming months.

Project website
The Archdiocese of Pondicherry provides information about the project on its website: www.pondyarchdiocese.org/index.htm

How the money donated on January 9, 2005, is being used
After Henkel stepped in to pay the cost of buying the site, at the request of Henkel and the DEG Eishockey GmbH all of the 31,220 euros collected on January 9, 2005, are going toward constructing and equipping the Marine Vocational Training Centre. Between the purchase of the site and the opening of the Training Centre in the summer of 2006, about 155,000 euros will be required. The Centre is being financed by Henkel and the DEG Eishockey GmbH together with the Deutsch-Indische Kinderhilfe e.V. and the Aachen-based children's charity organization "Die Sternsinger."