What are the origins of the “Liewenshaff”?
25 years ago, a hand full of educators recognised the need for such an infrastructure in the Grand-Duchy. We were lucky that the municipality of Heiderscheid disposed of an ancient farm which the former owner had passed on to it with the obligation to use it for a social purpose. After having convinced several ministries and associations, we renovated the building in only a few months’ time. A lot of volunteers contributed to the realisation of the project. But nobody anticipated such a success story!
How does the centre work?
The boys and girls we take care of come on a voluntary basis. That’s very important. They apply by mail and then come for an interview. The decision is taken by an independent committee. Unfortunately, we only have space for 20 teenagers. At the same time, this limited capacity allows our team of psychologists, social workers and teachers to concentrate on every single person. We function like a boarding school. However, our students can stay here during school holidays to work and earn some pocket money. The state pays our employees’ salaries and for the rest, we need donations. Independence is very important to us – politically and religiously.
What’s the difference between “Liewenshaff” and “Päerd’s Atelier a.s.b.l.”?
We started working with horses. That’s why the non-profit organisation is called “Päerd’s Atelier”*. The aim was to reintegrate teenagers into society through horses. “Liewenshaff”* is the farm with its whole infrastructure. Over the years, we expanded our activities to other domains. Nowadays our students can make an apprenticeship in 6 different fields: hotel and restaurant industry, landscape work and gardening, industrial laundry, steel workshop or horses and farming. We constantly elaborate new courses.