Empowering people, changing lives
Together with local partners, Rhein-Donau-Stiftung e.V. aims to enable needy people, especially women, to escape poverty on their own and in a sustainable way through education.
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The name “Rhein-Donau-Stiftung e.V.” refers both to the origin of the association with its two founding regions of Bavaria and the Rhineland and to its mission. For rivers have always been places of prosperity and culture. We support our partners in our project countries materially and ideally, so that they can develop a rich cultural and economic activity in their homeland.
Since its foundation, the association has had its own endowment capital. The interest generated from this is used to finance the association’s administrative costs.
The Rhein-Donau-Stiftung e.V. (RDS) was founded in 1977 by Dr. Hans Thomas, today Secretary General of the Association, with other friends to promote educational and development projects. The initial impetus came from the words and example of Blessed Bishop Álvaro del Portillo, Prelate of Opus Dei from 1975 to 1994, who encouraged members and friends of Opus Dei worldwide to establish social initiatives on their own responsibility for the benefit of the poor. In 1989, the BMZ co-financed for the first time an RDS project to promote the education of women in Medellin, Colombia.
The logo of the RDS takes up both rivers, the Rhine in green and the Danube in blue. The dots denote the fruits arising from the activities of RDS for the benefit of the people in our project countries.
The Rhein-Donau-Stiftung e.V. has been a bearer of the DZI donation seal since 2007. The DZI (German Central Institute for Social Issues) donation seal certifies that the Rhein-Donau-Stiftung e.V. uses donations economically and in accordance with its statutes and is a sign of carefully examined seriousness and worthiness of donations.
In addition, the association is committed to the standards of the Transparent Civil Society Initiative and the VENRO Code of Conduct. The Rhein-Donau-Stiftung e.V. is a member of the Association of German Development Non-Governmental Organizations (VENRO). (VENRO).