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Autism Saturday group needs help to avoid closure

A project from Autismus-Stiftung
in Kassel, Germany

Every year, Haus Maranatha offers its residents to take part in the outing of the Gespannfreunde Kassel-Korbach and the Principality of Waldeck/Wellen. The participants always report that the excursion gives them great pleasure.

Johannes Schatt
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About this project

Every year, Haus Maranatha offers its residents to take part in the outing of the Gespannfreunde Kassel-Korbach and the Principality of Waldeck/Wellen. The participants always report that the excursion gives them great pleasure.

During the day trip, the residents ride together with a supervisor in a motorcycle with sidecar and can see the landscape from a different perspective. During the lunch break the residents can relax with coffee and cake. Above all, the break also offers the opportunity for exchange between the residents and the sidecar drivers and helps the residents to make contacts. 

"In the meantime, friendly contacts have developed with the residents," says Dr. Detlef Kienle, who initiated the campaign and organizes the joyful event every year. He himself is a board member of the Autism Foundation and an active driver of such campaigns. He himself rides a Goldwing team with which he leads the troop of twelve teams - from the parking lot at Haus Maranatha up to the Knüllköpfchen to the Knüll-Jause restaurant.

In 2021, the 18th team ride took place, and it will certainly not be the last ride with the residents of Borken. Thanks to Detlef Kienle's perseverance, the residents have known about the project for many years now. This is important for people with autism, because clear and familiar procedures are particularly important for them.

Unfortunately, however, it is becoming increasingly difficult to finance the outing. This is because we depend on donations for the catering and support. So that the project can continue to take place, we need your support.

About "Haus Maranatha"

Haus Maranatha in Borken is a facility of the Hessian Diaconia Center Hephata. It offers living and employment opportunities to people on the autistic spectrum. Self-made articles are sold in the "Lädchen" of the house. In addition, there are therapy rooms in the building where various activities are offered.