Birgit Schönharting, project staff member of DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS in Germany, was presented with the cheque at a small festive event held at Yaskawa’s European headquarters in Eschborner on 11 December.
“This donation is intended as a signal at the end of a successful year,” said Manfred Stern, CEO of Yaskawa Europe, speaking at the event. “As a technology corporation we have a particular sense of responsibility towards society. For this reason, generating new values for the development of society is a central element of Yaskawa’s worldwide strategic corporate goals Vision 2025.”
Emergency aid in crisis areas
With a donation of EUR 15,000, DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS can supply clean drinking water to 62,500 people in the crisis area of Bangladesh over a period of three months, for example. The sum covers the material required for treating and supplying the water such as chlorine, water tanks, pumps and taps. “Thanks to the support of numerous donors we are financially independent. For this reason we should like to thank Yaskawa most sincerely for its generous support,” said Birgit Schönharting of DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS at the cheque presentation. “This donation will go towards helping people in need and saving lives in some 70 countries around the world.”
The DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS staff carry out more than ten million medical treatments per year. Last year, for example, they treated some 2.5 million malaria patients and more than 260,000 children suffering from malnutrition. In 1999, DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its services.