Together with more than 70 regionally-based businesses, Airpas employees have swapped their desk for a day helping out in a community project. This year we have chosen the project “From Grain to Bread” with the Lebenshilfe Kindergarden.
Seven children with disabilities set off with five colleagues from Airpas Aviation to the Guten Morgen bakery. Each colleague took a child by the hand and there were plenty of opportunities during the journey, which included a bus and a tram ride, to get to know each other. Then, in the bakery everyone learned that hedgehogs are best baked from a yeast dough.
Together they shaped, kneaded - and nibbled. How is dough made? How does an oven work? How does grain become flour? All questions were answered patiently by the baker. Sponsor Reinhold Renger was in his element – “I’ve always wanted to see what happens behind the scenes in a bakery”.
While waiting for the hedgehogs to brown in the oven, everyone ventured up the steep staircase to the grain store. Finja was already feeling quite tired and was happy to allow her sponsor for the day, David Porter, to carry her. David was very happy to be of service, “I simply can’t resist those eyes” he joked. This was in stark contrast to lively Florian, who only reluctantly took the hand of Julia Brudna – he wanted to go up (and speed down) the stairs alone with his new walking aids.
At the end of their visit, everyone was given a wonderfully aromatic bag of freshly baked hedgehogs. “The experience was unforgettable for us all. We were pleasantly surprised to see how quickly and easily the children placed their trust in us”, said sponsor Susanne Kühn.
The Lebenshilfe Braunschweig, established in 1960, is a non-profit organization offering services to over 1300 disabled people in about 30 locations in and around Brunswick. The Lebenshilfe has become Brunswick’s largest organization of this type with the prime goal of achieving autonomy and social integration for disabled people of all ages, with any type of disability.
The aim is to form alliances between the worlds of private business and social work. All those involved have the opportunity to experience social engagement in practice.
We had a great day with “our kids” - in a largely unfamiliar “working environment” full of laughter, joy and unforseen enrichments - thank you!