Sabine Plattner African Charities

In order to preserve our planet for future generations, the Hasso Plattner Foundation supports environmental conservation and educational projects through the Sabine Plattner African Charities (SPAC).

George Child and Family Welfare (GCFW)

With SPAC as patron of the GCFW, 13 social workers, six auxiliary workers and a number of project leaders are funded in support of five crèches hosting 600 children, life skill centres, community support programs, and in collaboration with clinics of the Department of Health a SPAC funded and maintains a safe haven and two foster homes for children who need emergency placements.

Early Childhood Development (ECD)

The ECD program was launched in 2012 in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo. The early childhood development program enables children to grow and develop to their full potential.  The children are given the opportunity to learn fundamental literacy and numeracy skills through play and song in a clean and safe environment as well as provided with two daily healthy meals.

The EduConservation Program

The aim is to find ways to integrate conservation-led Afro-centric content into the curricula of schools in Africa. Afro-centric learning content and methodologies are being developed as well as learning-aids and meaningful activities, which will enhance learning optimally within the national/indigenous context.  This program is being piloted, in five African countries i.e. Congo, Gabon, Morocco, Namibia and Senegal.

Conservation, Research Network

SPAC’s approach to conservation and research is focused on helping communities to appreciate the value of their resources and to empower community members to become protectors of their own families as well as of the rainforest and its animals.

Through an interdisciplinary research network, the SPAC research team, under the leadership of Dr Magdalena Bermejo, has established the SPAC Field Station at Ngaga in the Odzala Kokoua-National Park in the Republic of Congo. This Network involving various universities cooperating and contributing to conservation research in Africa.