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Living out his passion for mountains, he got lost and rescued.

It was on a sunny autumn day that two team members of Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden couldn’t resist going for a hike. The hotel is located in the middle of the Bavarian Alps with breath-taking hiking paths. They chose that day to target the top of the Hoher Göll, a traditional climb for local hikers. On their way back, the most experienced one returned via the same path, while the 21-year-old team member decided to follow another mountain trail. As he progressed, frozen snow covered his path inch by inch, at the same time as night started to fall. The young man was trapped, alone with mobile batteries that had run out of power. There was no alternative but to fold himself into a murky ice-cold hole cut into the wall of the mountain, with just a space to light a brushwood fire. There he spent freezing times in pitch-black darkness. Numbed at sunrise, he struggled to climb his way back to the very spot where he split from his colleague the day before. Somehow he missed the path and got lost, again. Completely stranded, he yelled for help. Luckily, the young man was not the only hiker in the vicinity, he was heard and rapidly helped. A helicopter from Berchtesgaden’s Bergwacht saved him, but not before rescuers had to descend more than 300 metres to free him from his hot position. A human venture he probably will never forget.

 

Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol chose to support young innocent victims of war and conflict through Friedensdorf International

Their first fundraising campaign started in December 2021, by joining forces with the musical group “Mesdames Musicales”, a professional Crossover Ensemble consisting of four musicians who sing and play violin, clarinet and piano. To encourage people’s generosity during the festive season, the four ladies designed an Advent calendar, with 24 little doors giving access to different QR codes revealing each day an exclusive piece of Christmas music/songs. One only needed a mobile phone to unfold the creativity and originality of the musicians’ daily performance. Hotel employees sold the calendar to guests, acquaintances and friends with a spectacular final outcome of EUR 18,500. Such an amount allows children to be brought from areas of war and crisis to Germany and to be offered the medical care and treatment they need.

 

Celebration of the World TB Day is placed under the sign of COVID-19

The COVID-19 has disrupted the world in which we live. We are experiencing an exceptional situation dictating exceptional measures to stem the progress of the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, our teams stand in solidarity with all those fighting against the pandemic and deploy their efforts to prevent the disease, in combination with their fight against TB, in one of Bangkok’s most densely populated neighbourhood, Khlong Toei.

Like COVID-19, TB is also a respiratory disease but is preventable and treatable. And although the world’s attention is drawn to the devastating impact of COVID-19, we cannot disregard the fact that more than 10 million people are infected with TB every year, killing 1.5 million amongst them.

Our community health volunteers raise awareness about COVID-19 and TB on 24, 25, 26 and 27 March in Khlong Toei by distributing, door-to-door, clear pockets containing a mask, soap, hand gel and information leaflets about both diseases. Their knowledge on TB prevention as well as their skills and prevention tools have become solid support to combat COVID-19 amongst the poor and vulnerable population of Khlong Toei.

Encouraging healthcare-seeking behaviour in Djibouti

We are proud of our 19 newly trained peer health educators, committed to join our work and efforts to raise awareness about HIV, tuberculosis and malaria at the workplace and in Djibouti’s local communities. They are trained by healthcare experts to train their peers to disseminate accurate information through interactive activities, discussion, advocacy projects and social support to protect people from infectious diseases and inspire healthy behaviours. Peer health educators are approachable and have an impact on how their colleagues feel about infectious diseases and on what they will do about it when symptoms appear.

There are locations where traditional health care workers have difficult access, such as workplaces (i.e. hotels, harbours), migrant groups or marginalized groups. Peers health educators though may approach them through informal networks to create positive change in behaviours and social support. In Djibouti, our 30 peers are active at the workplace, harbours, schools, community centres and other public settings.

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok raised exceptional funds to support TB patients

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok collected THB 228,500 by organising a Silent Auction for the beneficiaries of our Social Protection Programme during their 9th Anniversary party on 08 October. We want to wholeheartedly thank the entire hotel team for their on-going engagement to raise funds allowing us to convert our objectives into concrete actions. More than 400 guests attended the hotel’s Anniversary celebration during which they could win a three-day stay in ten different Kempinski Hotels in exchange for their donations. They also raised many questions about our activities in their home town and the rationale behind Siam Kempinski Hotel’s support. Fifteen members of our team were on hand to happily answer every inquiry and respond to their interest face to face. It’s particularly gratifying for our team to have the opportunity to directly meet their supporting donors who allow them to do their work.

 

Peer Health Educators in Djibouti raise awareness about malaria

Since the beginning of the year, Djibouti suffers from a malaria outbreak which already took many victims since the beginning of the year. Although figures about the number of victims are flying around, we already know that the epidemic is of unprecedented size. Our peer health educators have now been trained in Malaria to raise awareness among their colleagues and in their neighbourhoods.

Malaria is preventable. People should have accurate knowledge about the disease and adopt the right attitude to protect themselves and their children. For that reason, our peer health educators who understand their community members’ fears and perceptions, provide accurate information to dismantle erroneous beliefs and attitudes about causes and transmission of malaria. Malaria is also curable. It’s therefore vital that they have the resources to help colleagues and neighbours in spotting the first symptoms of the disease so that they can be treated within 24 hours.