Engagements

Social Engagement

It is not possible for me, to help anywhere I would like to help. But I am privileged to live in a rich country. That’s why I like to support people and organizations that are active and help in areas that are important to me.

For this reason I support the following organizations:

Permaculture

Permaculture, also called regenerative agriculture, solves many problems that arise from the one-sided management, especially with monocultures and centralization.These have led to an extensive reduction of natural resources and cycles, which manifest themselves among other things in massive humus degradation, disturbed water cycles and insect deaths with far-reaching consequences for various ecosystems.

The cure is to see the systems as a whole, to restore the self-regulating cycles and thus rebuild the humus and the water cycles. From the cultivation of monocultures with agricultural machinery back to the natural management of mixed crops, processed by hand.

The results speak for themselves:
Farmed with permaculture 1/10 of a hectare of land can produce as much yield as a whole hectare, farmed with traditional means and tractors.

I support two organizations that engage for the promotion and dissemination of permacultures, in Switzerland as well as globally. You can find more information and links about permacultures here.

Pro Specia Rara

At a time when Monsanto’s, Syngenta’s, and Co’s are trying to control the global food market, it is important to preserve natural seed and biodiversity. Pro Specie Rara is involved in this area. It was founded in 1982 to protect endangered livestock breeds and crops from extinction. Website in German, French and Italian.

Tischlein Deck Dich (The Wishing Table)

We Swiss people dump at least 40% of our food (2 million tonnes annually). This is an unbelievable waste in the face of world hunger and ecology. There are also people in Switzerland who do not have enough to live on (615,000 people below the subsistence level). Tischlein Deck Dich is an organization that saves food from destruction and distributes it to poverty-stricken people throughout Switzerland. Each week, they reach around 18,400 people in need at their 119 dispensaries. In 2017, they managed to save and redistribute around 4,000 tonnes of food from destruction. In doing so, they make a socially meaningful and ecologically sustainable contribution to the respectful handling of food. Website in German, French and Italian.

Kids of Africa

Built by Burkard Varnholt, a Swiss banker, Kids of Africa offers a family to hundreds of orphans and a brighter future for hundreds of schoolchildren in the region. Burkard Varnholt regularly visits the region several times a year and the donations go to the children and the projects without any deductions for administration and support. Website in English.

Worldvision

For nearly 20 years we have been supporting the work of Worldvision. We had three sponsorships, Thi Doan in Vietnam, Laxmi in India and Fatimata in Mauritania. We visited our child Thi Doan in Vietnam in the summer of 2001. That was a very impressive experience. We have learned that you can do a lot in such areas with only small budgets.
Our first child in India was called Neha. Unfortunately she died of a snakebite in 2005. Since her family was one of the poorest in the region, we were allowed to take over her little brother Laxmi in her place. We were able to buy 9 goats for Laxmi’s family. That cost less than 500 francs. The father of Laxmi has managed to build a livelihood with these goats. A Worldvision employee who recently visited the project area reported that the father was able to send his two sons to school. Today, the sponsorships have expired because all three godchildren are grown up.