Christmas Letter 2021

Education is one of the most important steps towards a world without hunger and poverty.

Dear friends and donators!

Once again we are at the end of the year and it’s the second time with Covid around. Who would have thought that this virus would turn our world upside down with such an intensity and for such a long time.

Nonetheless, we have made good experiences. The stream of donations has not stopped. We want to thank all donators for their generosity on behalf of all children, youngsters, and families in India.

Thanks to these donations, it was possible to build up new tuition centers this year after the lockdown. These tuition centers are private teaching and mentoring opportunities for children on private property. Especially young children did not receive education and support during the Covid crisis due to lockdown of schools. Instead, they were urged for child labour in farming, workshops, or quarries. But education is indispensable to overcome poverty and suppression – this has been shown by many studies. That is why we do not want to stop our efforts to enable as many children and youngsters from poor families at the edge of the Indian society to receive support for school attendance, academic studies, and professional training.

For 2022, we hope for progress towards a fair world with equal rights, less hunger, and more successful ideas to overcome the global pandemic.

We wish you a peaceful Advent season, Merry Christmas and a healthy year 2022!


Christmas Letter 2020

Dear friends and donators!

We want to thank you for all your donations this year!

The year 2020 is coming to an end. It has been a special year, not necessarily a good one. The coronavirus has been an impact on our life worldwide.

Who would have thought at the beginning of the year that the pandemic would follow us for the entire year. Not only in Germany and Europe the public life has been shut down. Right after the USA, India is the country that has been hit the hardest by the virus. Schools, colleges, and universities had to close and move towards online learning. Schools are being reopened since the beginning of November. The funding of students through our foundation has continued and we are handling the allocation of scholarships flexibly. Nonetheless, everyone has to apply for the scholarship and keep us updated on their performance and exams.

The tailoring classes and beauty culture classes have been put on pause, but will continue as soon as possible. The tuition centers had to shut down as well.

We all hope that the pandemic will be overcome and that we can go back to a “normal” life in India as well as in Europe. The strategies that are necessary have to be developed and put into practice at a global scale. Thanks to the internet and global networks we will succeed.

We wish you a peaceful Advent season, Merry Christmas and a healthy year 2021!

Christmas Letter 2019

Dear friends and donators!

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. (Nelson Mandela)

This is one of the most important reasons why the Family Posielek Foundation focuses since 2002 on supporting girls and boys, young women and men, and families in India. Many studies find: education for girls means development – not only for the girls themselves, but also for the future of their country which is why girls and women are of key importance to us.

Thanks to your donations, more than one hundred young people were enabled a higher education; kids were supported in tuition centers; many young women had tailoring or beauty culture classes. This kind of education provides chances to find work with fair earnings that enables to care for themselves and their families.

We feel honored by the trust you provide in our foundation through your willingness to donate. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

We wish you a peaceful Advent season, Merry Christmas and a good start for the year 2020!

Annual Report of the CHANGE Foundation

Our partner foundation in India, the Change foundation, has released their annual report for January 2017 to March 2018. It provides an overview on the activities of the last year, focusing on skill training and scholarships that were enabled through funds of the foundation. Additionally, selected success stories demonstrate impressively that your funding is worth the candle.

Christmas Greetings from our Partner Foundation

Dear Members and Friends of Fam. Posielek Foundation,

We at CHAI wish you all the Peace & Joy of Christmas, and a Happy and Healthy New year with Hope.

Thank you for your generous support that we received in 2018.

This academic year (2018 – 2019), we could provide education scholarship to 105 students to pursue higher education. Of these, 75 (71%) are girls, mostly belong to Dalit and other backward communities. We have organized this year advanced training for 23 unmarried girls/young mothers in beauty culture. The two Women Societies, constituted by the mothers of students, and facilitated by the Foundation, could provide scholarship to another 28 students from the small amounts some of the mothers contributed back.

With your generosity, we could support one of our partnering organizations to organize 7 Evening Tuition Centers (ETCs named Akshara meaning Alphabet), attended by 150 children below 10th Std. Five of these ETCs are located in the state of Maharashtra & 2 in the Tribal State of Jharkhand. Most of the children belong to either Dalit or Tribal communities – of very low socio-economic status. Parents of most of these children are illiterate and they cannot help the children in their studies. They return only by evening after their daily coolie work – agricultural labour. Most of the houses are very poor. Many of the families live in single rooms. The ETCs help children in their studies after school hours. The ETC are relevant as most of the children attend the ill-equipped schools with not-so-trained teachers. ETCs help children, especially girls, to be regular in schools, without dropping out. The teams at ETC follow up the children at their own regular schools. They regularly meet the teachers in their own respective schools. The ETCs also make the children and their families aware of health and hygiene issues, rights of the girl children, govt schemes, etc. They groom leadership qualities among the children.

Thank you all. You generosity helps us to sustain the smiles of these children. Through your thoughtfulness, you become ‘Christmas’, give Hope for these children, in the midst of a world wallowing in greed and selfishness. We take this opportunity to specially thank and remember Mr. Joachim and Mrs. Joanna Posielek whose vision urges to move forward. Thank you Achim and Janka!

Where God is born, hope is born; and where hope is born, persons regain their dignity. Yet even today great numbers of men and women are deprived of their human dignity and, like the child Jesus, suffer cold, poverty, and rejection. May our closeness be felt today by those who are most vulnerable.” Pope Francis

Anto Maliekal, Managing Trustee

Christmas Letter 2018

Dear friends and donators!

„Sending a girl to school means forming a family and what applies to families also applies to communities and in the end to the entire nation.“
(Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General)

Not only as work slaves, women are having a hard time in India. Often, they are considered less worth than men, get less food, have to work harder, even at younger ages, are humiliated and neglected. This is a big wrong: especially well educated women are a chance for a better world where everyone benefits and they also raise and shape the next generation.

Thanks to your donations, many kids, teenagers, and families were supported over the last year. They were able to finish school, achieved an academic degree, or were trained to become a beautician. This provides them with the chance to work for a fair wage to take care of themselves and their families.

Through your willingness to donate, you put trust into this foundation which honors us and the work done. We want to thank you from the depths of our hearts!

We wish you a restful festive period, a Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year!

Christmas Letter 2017

Dear friends and donators!

Education is on of the most important steps towards a world without hunger and poverty.

Observation as well as experience has shown that education of women grows a country’s wealth. Thus, if women get the same chances as men, the entire country profits.

Women that go to school get married later. They learn that they have the same rights and develop self-confidence. Additionally, children of educated women have a bigger chance of growing up healthy. With every successfully completed school year or training, the income of a woman increases. Later on, they invest a bigger part of their earnings for the well-being of their own family and the education of their children.

This is the reason why the Family Posielek Foundation cares about education wholeheartedly, especially for women in India where they are still oppressed and kept from developing.

Thanks to your donations, many children, teenager, and families were accompanied and supported last year. We express our deepest gratitude to you! Your willingness to donate pays tribute to our foundation and the work. The projects are shown on our website.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and good start for 2018!