The association Arbeiterwohlfahrt (Workers' Solidarity Association), or AWO, is one of six major private social protection associations in Germany. Since 1919 it has provided support to socially disadvantaged people, including the elderly, people with disabilities, asylum-seekers and children in danger. It has offices throughout the country .
The number of situations in which children are placed in extreme danger within their families has continued to increase in North Rhine-Westphalia in north-western Germany. When protection services are requested for a child, the AWO office in Düsseldorf is authorized by the federal authorities to assume care of the child very quickly.
The two legal guardians at the Düsseldorf office are currently responsible for 66 children ranging from 1 ½ to 18 years of age. They are responsible for placing them in foster families, monitoring their condition and protecting their welfare.
In particular, the association provides transportation services for some of the children (driving them to their foster home or doctor's visits, etc.). Both of these employees drive approximately 30,000 km per year.
In order to support the work carried out by these legal guardians, the Air Liquide Foundation's grant has been used to purchase a second vehicle.