Soziales Engagement - Helpers of Mary


Community engagement means taking responsibility. As a responsible company, we are committed to various social projects. We are therefore committed to solidarity, social justice and sustainability – not only in the local Melle region in Lower Saxony, but also nationwide and internationally. Find out here which projects we support and how you can help, too.

Helpers of Mary

Helpers of Mary
Really being there gives you more than just an objective insight into this world – it changes you.
Herbert Holtgreife, founder of Solarlux GmbH

The Helpers of Mary are a cause that means a lot to us. We have been supporting the project for many years. Nowadays, the Helpers of Mary are an all-Indian order of nuns which was originally founded in 1942 by the German Sister Anna Huberta Roggendorf. According to her principle of “helping people to help themselves”, the Sisters campaign for the education and emancipation of girls and women. Sister Rohini, a member of the Helpers of Mary’s Council, describes the society’s work as follows: “Our focus is on training young women who possess the necessary critical faculties to recognise what is good for them, to come up with creative new ideas and solutions, and to no longer simply accept the scraps left to them by politicians and society.” The fight against poverty also makes up a large part of their dedicated work in the community.

Helpers of Mary Sonderpreis
Charity special price

At the end of 2019, the 2nd Children's Charity Gala "Wings for the Future" took place in Osnabrück. The organizers of this gala are John McGurks Foundation “A Future for Children” and the Osnabrück Zoo. The Helpers of Mary received a special award, which was accepted on behalf of Herbert and Stefan Holtgreife.

Herbert has already visited the nuns a few times in the affected areas: “Really being there gives you more than just an objective insight into this world – it changes you. It's all about survival. These trips not only educate, they also make you affected. "

Other projects

“Meller helfen Mellern” social fund 
Using resources from the “Meller helfen Mellern” fund, the town of Melle supports residents in such cases for which the legislator does not actually provide assistance. The funds are used to make a one-off payment to any needy person who is in an acute emergency through no fault of their own. The fund is a purely voluntary and above all unbureaucratic aid, and is supported by donations from Melle residents and from companies, clubs and associations. Anyone who would also like to offer their support is welcome to do so – the fund’s bank details are as follows:

Account holder: Stadt Melle
IBAN DE 46 2655 2286 0000 1132 66
Purpose: “Meller helfen Mellern”

Melle vernetzt – “Klasse 2000” project
Melle vernetzt e.V. is a non-profit organisation which has set itself the goal of enabling Melle schools to run recognised and sustainable addiction and violence prevention projects. As part of its “Klasse 2000” project, the organisation encourages children to grow up in a healthy, strong and self-confident manner. It is the most widespread teaching programme in German primary schools dealing with health promotion, addiction and violence prevention. You can find more information and ways to donate at 

Arche Osnabrück
The Arche’s work with children, young people and families comprises six basic components: leisure (meaningful leisure activities), food (free meals), learning (effective educational support), friends (sustainable relationship work), holidays (adventurous holiday camps) and family (help and advice for parents). Further information on the organisation’s services and objectives, as well as ways to donate, can be found online:

Deutsche Entwicklungshilfe für Soziales Wohnungs- und Siedlungswesen e.V.
DESWOS (Deutsche Entwicklungshilfe für Soziales Wohnungs- und Siedlungswesen e.V.) is a private non-profit association. The DESWOS mission is to combat housing shortages and poverty in developing countries. This is done by helping needy families to help themselves, e.g. by building housing and schools, supplying water and securing their economic livelihoods. For more information, visit