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.

A world in which people work with dignity, young people realize their dreams and children simply can be children.

Enabling people in developing countries to become key actors in their development through education, vocational training and the promotion of entrepreneurship.

Our work since 1989










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Cali (test project)
Local partner:
My foundation

Beneficiaries: 333
Duration: 2021-2022
Volume/Needed: 60€
Colombia 2019
Local partner:

Colombia 2020
Local partner:



Smartiki Kids Kenia
Vocational training for women and promotion of health literacy among children.
Local partner:
Kianda Foundation

Beneficiaries: 2.420
Duration: 2019-2021
Volume/Needed: 353.500

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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 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).