For 25 years I have shared my life with my wife Marianne. We love professional challenges, travelling and experiencing different cultures, nature, spoiling our guests with culinary delights, spending time together with family and friends, and, of course, with the children we support through an NGO in East Africa. In 2020 we decided to set up a small organization ourselves, to address the urgent needs of vulnerable children and families in Africa. We are motivated by the bright eyes of children, a warm, hearty laugh, and the connections we’ve made with the wonderful people of Tanzania. We are putting our energy and resources into creating a long-term and sustainable organization – NUKIA – and hope you will join us.
In the summer of 2009, I did an internship in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It was an unforgettable experience. I got to know and appreciate the country’s nature, people and a completely different culture. While being there, friends and I volunteered at a school, and when we were finished, we knew that we wanted to continue helping children in Tanzania in the future. Since that time, I have worked on projects to support children in the country. I am excited to continue my work through NUKIA, and I am grateful for my family’s support in this endeavour.
We have the great fortune to be at home in a country where we lack nothing. And I think this is generally appreciated far too little. Again and again I am disturbed by a certain dissatisfaction. Sometimes I also catch myself in how I deal with problems that are actually "none". During the few trips I was allowed to make in Africa, I was always impressed by the joy of life they have. It filled me with great gratitude and a deep satisfaction that I can now directly contribute to an organization. With a lot of heart and soul and personal commitment, it tries to provide children with security, social structures and esteem. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the NUKIA family.
Nimefurahi sana kukuona - I am very happy to see you! A sentence in Swahili that I learned quickly and have not forgotten to this day. In 2013, during a six-month volunteer assignment, I got to know and love the Tanzanian culture, their language and their warmth and openness. Teaching English to the children at school as well as to the adults, spending leisure time with the children in the orphanage and learning new things from them, filled me with great joy. I very much enjoyed spending time with them and now I stay connected with them through this engagement with NUKIA. It is a matter close to my heart to use my knowledge and skills for the sustainable development of children - be it here in Switzerland or in Tanzania.
Improving the living conditions of children, mothers and families in Africa promotes international solidarity, charity, tolerance and international understanding. Our organisation fulfills this purpose by supporting different projects, programs and campaigns with the aim of sustainably strengthening the resilience and independence of disadvantaged people and population groups, promoting social justice and disseminating information about the causes of poverty and need.
We collaborate with local people. Our model is the baobab tree. Big, strong, deeply anchored roots, providing shade, rich in nutrition, a haven of peace and a symbol for Africa. We too want to grow slowly, put down deep and strong roots, stand up for nutrition, safety, and sustainability and help people to help themselves. We know the importance of working hand in hand with and developing trust with local people, who are experts on their own situation and needs. For the past 10 years NUKIA’s board members have been members of a Swiss-based NGO, working in Africa, and now the time has come to use our experience purposefully, and to plant another baobab tree.
We are opening a new children's home in Tanzania in January 2021 for children ages 1-18. The children will come from under resourced children's homes / orphanages, where their basic needs are not being met, as well as from families, who are unable to care for their children.
In July 2021 we will start with a kindergarten for children between the ages of 4-6. The program will provide a safe and structured environment, where the children learn, play, and receive a healthy and nutritious daily meal.
In October 2021, we plan to open a day-care center. This will provide children with a safe and stimulating environment for their development, while at the same time providing mothers the opportunity to pursue work or training opportunities. In 2022, we plan to create the NUKIA Meeting Point, which will provide struggling mothers and their children with a temporary home, while also providing the mothers with the opportunity to learn new skills so that they can transition to independent living.
The NUKIA association is politically, religiously and socially independent. NUKIA can collaborate with other humanitarian and non-profit organizations with similar objectives, as long as this serves the realization of the purpose of the association. Apart from that, independence must be guaranteed without exception in the realization of the purpose of the association.
The NUKIA association has exclusively non-profit objectives and does not provide the board with any financial advantages. Without exception, the board works for the interests of the association free of charge. Any net profit from the association's activities of any kind is to be used exclusively and in full for the realization of the association's purpose.
Our model is the baobab tree. Big, strong, deeply anchored roots, providing shade, rich in nutrition, a haven of peace and a symbol for Africa. We also want to grow slowly, put down deep and strong roots, stand up for nutrition, safety, and sustainability and help people to help themselves. We know the importance of working hand in hand with and developing trust with local people, who are experts on their own situation and needs. For the past 10 years NUKIA’s board members have been members of a Swiss-based NGO, working in Africa, and now the time has come to use our experience purposefully, and to plant another baobab tree.