AIDA Cruises’ charitable initiative AIDA Cruise & Help joined the 2022/2023 world cruise aboard the AIDAmar as the company announced a commitment to enabling even more schools in the future.
Reiner Meutsch, founder of the FLY & HELP foundation and the cruise line’s partner, grabbed the attention of both guests and crew onboard AIDAmar with the show “Adventure Around the World,” which details his ten-month voyage around the world.
Meutsch’s stories were accompanied by photos, videos and a live performance by the Venezuelan singer Yma América, famous for the musical “The Lion King.”
“Reiner Meutsch’s stories touched the whole ship. Of course, as part of this unique journey, we wanted to do our part to help children in the poorer regions of this world have a better future. We are proud and grateful to have collected enough donations together with our guests to be able to finance the next AIDA Cruise & Help schools,” said Captain Felix Rothe.
Meutsch’s FLY & HELP foundation has so far built over 700 schools worldwide, and AIDA Cruise & Help is credited for enabling 37 of those projects.
“I cordially thank AIDA Cruises for being a loyal and committed partner at my foundation’s side for many years thus having already given thousands of children a place at school. It is great to experience the AIDA employees’ heartfelt support for our cooperation. I am looking forward to the new school projects that will result from this world trip”, Meutsch says.
Starting in May 2019, AIDA Cruise & Help has been combining all charitable projects of AIDA Cruises with a focus on providing better educational opportunities in emerging and developing countries. So far, the charitable initiative has given children access to education in Haiti, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Namibia, Nepal, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.