Investing in the future
Read how the Bosch Foundations support local education projects
The Bosch Community Fund (USA)
It is probably safe to say that many schoolchildren dream of helping scientists salvage a cannon from the American Revolutionary War. The Bosch Community Fund, founded in 2012, makes it possible. Together with state schools in Detroit and the renowned Cranbrook Institute of Science, the foundation has developed the “Bosch Young Scientists Program.” This offers over 1,800 schoolchildren the chance to look behind the scenes of a natural science museum. The young people gain access to the museum archives and can call on the support of members of the institute's staff when they have questions – or raise a cannon from the bottom of the Detroit River with their help. The Bosch Community Fund has so far supported 90 charitable projects with an annual budget of up to three million dollars. The focus lies on education projects in the fields of technology, natural sciences, and environmental protection – areas that form the primary base of the Bosch company’s own activities.
The Bosch India Foundation
Hariprasad was 19 when he decided to go back to school. He had broken off his education six years earlier to work in the fields. Despite this, his family still lived below the poverty line, with an income of 15,000 rupees, approximately 178 euros, a year. Thanks to the Bosch India Foundation, Hari had the chance to take part in a three-month occupational training course as a car mechanic. His efforts paid off. The new qualification enabled him to find a job in a local garage immediately after finishing the program, and he now earns 5,500 rupees a month.
Hariprasad is just one of 420 young people who complete occupational training as mechanics every year with the help of the Bosch India Foundation. The foundation supports socially deprived people through a variety of training and health programs, helping them to lead an independent life free of poverty. Founded by five Bosch Group companies in 2008, its work with cooperation partners has enabled it to establish approximately 85 projects in 16 different communities since then.
The Instituto Robert Bosch (Brazil)
The purpose of the Associação Beneficente Robert Bosch (now Instituto Robert Bosch), founded in Brazil in 1971, is to systematically help socially disadvantaged people through education. Among the foundation’s activities to pursue this goal is the long-term project “Peça por Peça” (“Bit by bit”), which is being implemented at various Bosch plant locations. An example of the work of this project is a diverse sports program for children and young people aged seven to 17 in Campinas in São Paulo state. Sport enables the children to learn important soft skills. For example, they learn to persevere with activities, and to set targets for themselves. This not only makes attending school easier, it also prepares them for the challenges of occupational training. Interaction with other players also builds their personality and encourages team spirit among the youngsters. As part of the project, the “Atletas do Futoro” – athletes of the future – have the opportunity to play against leading professional teams such as the SESI São Paulo volleyball team. Some 520 children and young people currently take advantage of the scheme at the Bosch location in Campinas.