Bet­ween the years

Bet­ween the years

Merry Christmas

Loo­king back at 2020 and loo­king for­ward to 2021 are inextri­ca­b­ly lin­ked. For all of us, the year was mar­ked by the collec­ti­ve expe­ri­ence of the glo­bal pan­de­mic and few look to the future without con­cern. Howe­ver, the vac­ci­ne found in record time by inter­na­tio­nal rese­arch and the vac­ci­na­ti­ons alrea­dy star­ted give rea­son for opti­mism that we will soon be able to meet col­leagues and cus­to­mers, part­ners and pro­spects in per­son again. 

Even though we at Inno­soft are a litt­le proud to have come through the cri­sis without a sin­gle day of short-time work, to have kept the offices open at all times and to have been avail­ab­le and acti­ve for you at all times, the pati­ence is begin­ning to show signs of wea­ring thin. Some col­leagues have been in the home office for ten mon­ths now, and the webi­nars, online pre­sen­ta­ti­ons and dai­ly video con­fe­ren­ces can­not replace per­so­nal con­ta­ct. The lon­ging is gre­at for some­thing we actual­ly all found not so nice in the past: ever­y­day working life.

Nevertheless, amidst all the depres­sing news, the­re is also rea­son to be con­fi­dent that a bet­ter year will fol­low 2020, which was without ques­ti­on a very spe­cial year. One that, unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly, we will have few good memo­ries of. Even at the begin­ning, pres­sing pro­blems such as cli­ma­te col­lap­se or the unbe­liev­a­b­ly devas­ta­ting fires in Aus­tra­lia were soon pushed into the back­ground by a collec­ti­ve event that only dis­as­ter movie wri­ters could have imagined.

At the end of the year, it even gets par­ti­cu­lar­ly tough when, after all the pre­vious restric­tions and depri­va­tions, the big cele­bra­ti­ons of Christ­mas and New Year’s Eve also fall vic­tim to the virus in their usu­al form. This affects us all, but the­re are a lar­ge num­ber of peop­le who have far more fun­da­men­tal pro­blems than limi­t­ing the Christ­mas din­ner guest list. So when it came to the reci­pi­ents of our annu­al dona­ti­ons, we asked our­sel­ves who has been hit har­dest by this pan­de­mic that affects everyone.

As much as the cur­rent and see­min­gly unli­mi­ted lock­down is a mas­si­ve bur­den for all of us, one can see striking dif­fe­ren­ces if one takes a look at what our modest reme­di­es against Coro­na are: Hygie­ne. And qua­ran­ti­ne, iso­la­ti­on. Stay at home and keep your distance. So what do all tho­se do who have no home at all? Refu­gees and sea­so­nal workers living in over­crow­ded camps or hos­tels. Distance and hygie­ne are cer­tain­ly not in good shape there.

And final­ly, the incre­a­sing num­ber of homeless peop­le who have been living on the streets for far too long, right in our neigh­bour­hood. The first lock­down in March 2020 was alrea­dy bad, but the­re was spring, which made a lot of things easier to bear. Now it’s cold, wet and gloo­my. Yes, as much as it sucks, we have it pret­ty good when we have to lock our­sel­ves insi­de our very own four walls.

This year, we are the­re­fo­re dis­tri­bu­ting our dona­ti­ons exclu­si­ve­ly to initia­ti­ves that help peop­le without homes. As a regio­nal­ly roo­ted com­pa­ny, we like to sup­port not only inter­na­tio­nal­ly acti­ve aid orga­niz­a­ti­ons such as Doc­tors Without Bor­ders, UN Refu­gee Aid, Amnes­ty Inter­na­tio­nal and Unicef, but also hel­pers from the sur­roun­ding area, which is why Gast-Haus, Bodo and DoDog are also on the list of reci­pi­ents, as they are stron­gly com­mit­ted to the needs of homeless peop­le and offer them direct, immedia­te help.

We would be very plea­sed if we have acted in your inte­rest. Below you will find a list of the reci­pi­ents and their web addres­ses for fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on. And if you would like to use it as inspi­ra­ti­on, all the bet­ter: The­re are also com­pa­ra­ble initia­ti­ves in your area that care for and about such peop­le, who are unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly encoun­te­red in incre­a­sing num­bers year after year.

The only thing left for us to do is to wish you all a mer­ry Christ­mas and a buoyant start to what we hope will be a less worri­so­me 2021. May you and all tho­se clo­se to you remain healt­hy, strong and con­fi­dent. Inno­soft will be at your ser­vice again in 2021 as usual!

With best regards and best wis­hes for rela­xed celebrations

Your Inno­soft GmbH

Donation campaign

Dona­ti­on reci­pi­ents 2020:

Doc­tors without Bor­ders e.V.
Aid orga­niz­a­ti­on for emer­gen­cy medi­cal aid in cri­sis and war zones, medi­cal care in refu­gee camps.

Gast-Haus e.V.
Ecu­me­ni­cal homeless initia­ti­ve in Dort­mund that sup­ports peop­le without shel­ter with clot­hing, food, pla­ces to warm up and basic hygie­nic and medi­cal care.

Ger­man Com­mit­tee for UNICEF e.V.
Whe­re Unicef works, Coro­na is only one of many pro­blems. Poor living con­di­ti­ons, inclu­ding a lack of hygie­ne and food, pave the way for nume­rous diseases.

bodo e.V.
The aim of the asso­cia­ti­on, which also publis­hes the homeless maga­zi­ne of the same name, is to sup­port and social­ly reinte­gra­te peop­le who­se lives have gone off the rails.

Amnes­ty Inter­na­tio­nal Ger­ma­ny e.V.
In the world­wi­de com­mit­ment to human rights, and thus also to the most important good next to health: human dignity!

DoDog e.V.
The aid pro­ject for ani­mals of homeless peop­le. When the most faith­ful and often only com­pa­n­ion of peop­le without a home falls ill, the vet bill is often unaf­ford­a­ble. Here help is pro­vi­ded without payment.

UNO Refu­gee Help e.V.
Their com­mit­ment is always in demand, whe­ther for Roh­in­gya in Ban­gla­desh, civil war refu­gees in Yemen or the asyl­um see­kers in the new camp on Les­bos, the suc­ces­sor to the noto­rious Moria camp.

Inno­soft is taking a short break! From 24 Decem­ber 2020 to 3 Janu­a­ry 2021, the offices will excep­tio­nal­ly remain unoc­cu­p­ied. From 4 Janu­a­ry 2021 we will be the­re for you again!
As a mat­ter of cour­se, we are on stand­by bet­ween the holi­days: in urgent mat­ters, our sup­port can be reached at +49 231 427 885 — 277 or at the e‑mail address