About Agapedia Germany

When we founded Agapedia in 1995, it was important for Jürgen Klinsmann to not only help children abroad but to also support children where he grew up himself. Esslingen on the Neckar river was the perfect starting location. According to the town’s youth welfare program, around 1,500 children live in the town center, many of whom spend their spare time on the streets.

Establishing a children’s center for ages six to twelve was our idea of creating a small, positive world in which children feel at home. It is a space for children to realize their potentials, practice social behavior as well as intercultural learning. They also learn how to cope with their own weaknesses.

Germany

Families in Germany are facing increasing pressure. Low wages, integration issues, the welfare net is unraveling. Child poverty (often invisible) is increasing. Around 2.04 million children, i.e., 15.1% of children under 15, receive welfare benefits.

Info

Since 1996, Agapedia has worked for children aged 6 to 12 in downtown Esslingen. The project was expanded in 2011 with the inauguration of the new Children’s Center.

Projects of Agapedia Germany

Networking

Civil Society Network EUSDR In addition to our work in the communities over the last 23 years, Agapedia has been…

European Voluntary Service

European Voluntary Service Since 2013, Agapedia has been a recognized organization of the EU program European Voluntary Service (EVS). Young…

Children’s Center Esslingen

Current Program of the Children’s Center Children’s Center EsslingenEvery day at Agapedia Children’s Center Esslingen, up to 60 children aged…

Local Contact

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Marika Barth

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Stefan Barth

From left to right: Stefan Barth (managing partner and co-founder of the Agapedia foundation), Iryna Gumenchuk (networking and social media coordinator), Marika Barth (managing partner and co-founder of the Agapedia foundation)