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Around the holiday season, we decided it would be a great idea to say thank you. We as a company and every single individual working here are very grateful for the safe and happy lives we get to live.

We know that many, many people out there haven’t had as much as luck as we have. That’s why we decided to make donations to projects and foundations that were handpicked by our employees. Everyone working at simpleTechs could decide were their donation should go to.

Here’s the list of projects and foundations that received donations from us:

Everyone knows Wikipedia by now. Likely the No 1 source of knowledge most people will choose. It’s freely available and free of advertising. Wikipedia is read by over 250 million people from around the world every month – in over 250 unique language editions. Of course, staff salaries and the technology that power Wikipedia need to be paid for somehow. You can learn more about donating to Wikimedia, the foundation behind Wikipedia, on their Donations FAQ website.

Kasapa-Brücke e.V. is a non-profit association founded by the German-Ghanaian couple Susanne Stemann-Acheampong and Kofi B. Acheampong that specializes in offering sustainable tourism, trips and workshops in and around Nyanyano, Ghana. Donations are used for apprenticeships so that locals can get qualified to work at the Kasapa Centre, their solar-powered and overall eco-friendly bungalow village for tourists.

UNHCR is the UN Refugee Agency. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 7,685 people in more than 125 countries continues to help some 33.9 million persons. Our donation was specifically used for Syrian refugees fleeing their country plagued by a disastrous civil war. Learn more about donating to UNHCR.

Immunity Project is a non-profit initiative dedicated to developing an HIV vaccine. They hacked the HIV life cycle to develop a vaccine that gives you the same power as HIV controllers. With success in their clinical trials, their goal is to give their vaccine away to the world for free. This work has been made possible by an intensive effort by computer scientists at universities and industry focussed on hacking into the HIV life cycle by analyzing blood from HIV controllers – people who, despite being infected with HIV, have very low viral loads and do not develop AIDS. Traditional funding sources are slow and they are motivated to move Immunity Project with the utmost speed. Learn more about donating to the Immunity Project.

SOS Children’s Villages help keep children in the care of their family.  They support disadvantaged families at risk of separation by bolstering their capacity to protect and care for their children. Children, who cannot be cared for by their biological families are supported by family-based carers either with foster families or within the SOS Children’s Villages. SOS families provide individualized care to promote the development, education and health of each child. In partnership with communities they develop local infrastructure and run kindergartens, day care centers, schools, vocational training centers and medical facilities. They provide over 80,000 children and youth with family-based care. Learn more about donating to SOS Children’s Villages.

Stiftung Zukunft Vieselbach is a non-profit association devoted to all kinds of local projects securing a better future around Vieselbach and Wallichen, Germany. One of their early projects has been the installation of four roof-based solar plants in Vieselbach that produce around 90.000 kWh each year. With the help of those solar plants, they were able to reduce amount of CO2 emissions by 45.000 kg every year. The profit they make by providing this kind of environmentally-friendly energy is put right back into the association to finance all their other projects. They are currently working on plans for building a new elementary school in Vieselbach. Learn more about donating to the Stiftung Zukunft Vieselbach (German only).

Donating has become somewhat of a tradition here at simpleTechs. It feels great to have the ability to give back. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our partners and clients. Without you, we would not have been in the position to donate in the first place. Thank you so much!

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