Social Responsibility
SWJ engages three issues important to a healthy society: the fight against poverty (Ingenieure ohne Grenzen e.V., the Darmstadt Food Bank), the well-being of children (Unicef, the Children's Hospice in Bremen), and the protection of the environment (WWF).

Ingenieure ohne Grenzen e.V.*

Ingenieure ohne Grenzen e.V. is a non-profit relief organization concerned with solving engineering problems in developing countries. Its members include all manner of engineers as well as architects, engineering students, and sponsors and supporters from all walks of life. Ingenieure ohne Grenzen e.V. assists other relief agencies and people in need by answering questions about engineering and by being there to help implement their projects.

*Ingenieure ohne Grenzen e.V. is a member of Engineers Without Borders International.

SWJ is in a unique position to not only contribute financially, but by providing manpower and engineering know-how. Some of the contributions we have made to projects include:
  • Purchasing solar mirrors for cooking in Tanzania
  • Drilling wells
  • Emergency shelters for the Third World

Darmstadt Food Bank

There is an overabundance of food in Germany, yet not everyone gets their daily bread. The Darmstadt Food Bank (like many other food banks in Germany) tries to balance things out. They collect surplus – but not spoilt – foods and give them to people in need. The food bank is volunteer-run and, hence, supported by the City of Darmstadt’s social administration and employment agency. Sponsors contribute food, money and commodities. The food bank is an independent organization dissociated from any parties or religious bodies. Its purpose is to provide unconditional help to anyone in need.



UNIFCEF campaigns for the realization of children’s rights everywhere, hence their motto: “Every child is our child.” The United Nation's children's aid organization was founded in 1946 and is currently active in over 150 countries. UNICEF supplies vaccinations to every second child across the globe, builds wells and provides school materials for millions. At the same time, UNICEF campaigns politically for the long-lasting improvement of children’s living conditions – even in Germany.

Lionheart Children’s Hospice

Lionheart Children's Hospice in Syke, near Bremen, admits children with fatal illnesses for which modern medicine has not yet found a cure. Eight rooms are available for children that are ill and another eight for their parents and siblings. As many as 150 families stay here every year. The ambulant "Lionheart Children's Hospice for Bremen and the Surrounding Area" attends to and provides support for seriously ill children and their families.


The World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) is one of the largest independent environmental protection organizations in the world. It creates conservation areas, preserves threatened natural landscapes and protects endangered animal and plant species worldwide. It influences governments, industries, commerce and consumers and gives definitive advice on how to protect the natural world. The WWF was founded in 1961 (1963 in Germany). It is active in more than 100 countries and it is supported by more than five million sponsors. It actively engages all levels of society with its argument for environmental protection. The WWF may pursue its goals tenaciously and persistently with the support of the latest scientific information, but it is also willing to cooperate with governments, public authorities and private companies.

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