Founded out of a deep need,
to help children of prisoners
The imprisonment of a person is fundamentally not only a punishment for the person concerned, but always also for his or her family. Around 1.54 million people are currently imprisoned in European countries. This means that more than 2 million children grow up in Europe, at least one of whose parents spends an important period of their childhood in prison – and worldwide the figures are much higher!
Lost childhood, little future
The situation often puts
a lot of stress on the children
However, far too little is said about this in public. It is not only about the mostly criminal environment in which these children grow up, but also about the fundamental excessive demands in dealing with this situation and the lack of or insufficient child-friendly contact opportunities with the imprisoned parent. Regular contact with their children and the sustained support of a parent-child bond by third parties have also been shown to play an important role in the resocialization of incarcerated persons. A political action plan for this is partly on the agenda, but its implementation is still a long way off.
Therefore, Connecting Hearts was established in 2022 as a dependent charitable foundation in cooperation with our trustee, ChildFund Stiftung gGmbH. Our goal is to connect people and projects that stand up for children of prisoners.
Who we are
We are the Connecting Hearts Foundation
Behind Connecting Hearts are many personalities with very different backgrounds. Each of us is an expert in a different field, which makes our collaboration so exciting. We work closely together, enjoy strong international networking, and look forward to making a tangible difference in the lives of children of prisoners. Get to know us better.
CEO Telio Group
Hamburg-based entrepreneur Oliver Drews is the founder of Connecting Hearts and has worked for the Telio Group for almost 20 years. In his position as CEO of the communication and media systems company, his goal has always been to find the right balance between contact and control. Telio Group develops and delivers communication solutions for ministries and prisons in 20 countries around the world. All Telio products are designed to make an important contribution to the resocialization of inmates. Seeing an urgent need to advocate and build a lobby for the many children of prisoners, Oliver Drews founded Connecting Hearts in 2022.