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We at KOLPING change the world for the better – every day a little bit. Because the ideas of our role model Adolph Kolping still work today! From now until the Kolping World Day of Prayer on 27 October 2021, the 30th anniversary of Adolph Kolping’s beatification, we want to show the world in a digital campaign how KOLPING changes people’s lives for the better. Therefore, Kolping Families post photos or videos of their activities – always using the hashtag #KOLPINGworks. By doing so, we can show the world how colourful and sustainable the work of our Association is.

On this page we show every week an example of the effective power of Kolping from one of the countries with Kolping Families. By the time of the celebration of the beatification, we will have compiled a colourful collection of the work of Kolping today in the world.

Even after 170 years the following is true: #KOLPINGworks.

KOLPING Malawi: Economic empowerment by promoting livestock farming

The majority of Malawians rely on farming to provide for both their main source of food and source of income. However, the majority face food shortage each year. Poor agricultural practice has left the country with low crop yields and rampant food shortages. Self-sustainability through agriculture is absolutely vital.

The escalating prices of chemical fertilizers make it impossible for the majority of smallholder farmers to afford. Kolping Malawi saw the need for alternative low-cost soil fertility enhancing technologies and embarked on training their members in compost manure making to improve soil fertility.

Kolping International has supported towards economic empowerment by promoting livestock farming, village savings and loans through capacity building so that low earning members become independent economically.

The water program of KOLPING Brazil ensures the survival of families in the northeast of the country


The water program is implemented by local Kolping Families in the semiarid region in the northeast of Brazil, especially in the states Bahia, Ceará, Pernambuco and Piauí.

The individual activities of this program significantly improve the living conditions of the affected families as well as of the small rural agricultural producers in this region, especially through measures in the fields of water security and management, training on the management of water resources, due and efficient use of water for basic needs, food, family farming and animal husbandry.

The program includes measures for the construction of water cisterns and wells, educational and income generating activities that promote a harmonious co-existence with the environment.

On the photo, you see the couple José Edivaldo de Queiroz and Eleni Muniz de Souza Queiroz together with their son Enzo Gabriel de Souza Queiroz who live in the Flores region (state of Pernambuco). They participated in the water program and received a water cistern.

The project fundamentally improves the living conditions of the families and the small rural producers.

#KOLPINGworks – this principle holds true in Germany for 170 years now


A strong Association with dynamic local communities, with more than 225,000 members in 2,300 local Kolping Families, comprising 35,000 children, adolescents and young adults among the Kolping Youths.

In a video message the National Kolping President Ursula Groden-Kranich, Member of the German Bundestag, points out the present work of the Association and its nationwide institutions and enterprises and at the same time asks for support of the worldwide online petition “Kolping is sacred to me!“