About WABE

The German abbreviation "WABE" stands for "Wohnen, Arbeiten, Betreuen und Entwickeln" ("living, working, caring and developing"). Based in Hamburg, the association is an accredited provider of child and youth welfare services, a member of the Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband (Federation of German Welfare Associations) in Hamburg, Hessen and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and a member of the Forum Sozial e.V. social services organisation in Schleswig-Holstein. The association is non-partisan and non-denominational and recognised as a non-profit charitable organization.


The conceptual framework defines binding basic requirements for all WABE facilities and their work. With this as a basis, the individual day care centres have the discretion to "fill in" this defined framework according to their own needs and requirements.

Our educational approach

Scope of Services

WABE e.V. provides care to about 2,900 children in 25 day care centres in the German states of Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Hessen and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Our International School Campus in Pinneberg-Thesdorf opened in early September 2016. At three other school locations, WABE e.V. is a co-operation partner involved in the all-day school programme, providing on-site care for about 800 pupils in the "all-day school" ("Ganztagsschule"), "all-day care at schools" ("ganztägige Betreuung an Schulen")  and "open all day school" ("Offene Ganztagsschule") models. In addition, our parent-child centres in Hamburg-Bergedorf and Jenfeld are very popular.

Our Scope of Services

Contact Persons

Please do not hesitate to contact your preferred contact person or the relevant contact person at the main WABE office.

Our contact persons

Management Board and Supervisory Board

WABE e.V. is registered in the Register of Associations of the Hamburg District Court under the number VR 16858. In addition to the general meeting, the management board and supervisory board are the governing bodies of the association.

Our Supervisory Board & Management Board

Cooperations and Partners

What would WABE e.V. be without its network? Here you can find an overview of memberships and cooperation partners as well as donors, sponsors and supporters of WABE e.V.

Cooperations and Partners

WABE International

WABE e.V. has also been active internationally since 2017. Our first German-English-Arabic day care centre in Amman, Jordan, will open its doors in summer 2018.

More about WABE International


Create and seize opportunities! We are aware of our social responsibility. Values not only guide our actions – we also want to pass on those values.

Our philosophy

Mission and Objectives

Since its establishment in early 2001, WABE e.V. has evolved from a common interest group in the social sector to a modern service provider. Realising shared values and ideas requires continuous growth through creativity and competence.

Our mission and objectives
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