The Shriners are a charity founded by Masons in the US in 1872 to help seriously ill children. In 1922 they opened the first own children's hospital.
Today, Shriners International has 22 children's hospitals (in the US, Mexico and Canada) where patients up to the age of 18 are treated for free. The so-called Shriners Hospitals for Children are among the world's leading institutions in orthopedic paediatrics and in the treatment of severe burns / scalds.
On August 21, 2010, the inaugural meeting of the European Shrine Center took place in Ludwigshafen. 41 master masons (from Germany, USA, Italy, Romania & Turkey) came to Ludwigshafen to attend the "Foundation Meeting" of the Emirate Shrine.
The European Shriners have set themselves the task of using the funds of its fund seriously ill children to facilitate the transport from Europe & Middle East to the Shriner hospitals. There they are treated free of charge. Since their inception, Shriners active in Europe have already transported more than 100 children. The child never travels alone, but always with a companion from the family of the child, for their accommodation and food is also provided.