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Roger Federer Foundation to support children and young people in South Africa

28.05.2004 | Foundation

The Roger Federer Foundation has gone into partnership with the South African/Swiss aid organization IMBEWU. Since 2001, IMBEWU has been working to improve social conditions for children and young people in the New Brighton township near Port Elizabeth, S

The first project to be supported by Roger Federer under the auspices of his fledgling foundation is an ideal match for the charity's stated aims: "My young tennis career has already given me so much. Setting up the foundation is my way of trying to give something back, especially to those who are least well off. I chose a project in South Africa because my mother grew up there, which means that I have always had a close affinity to the country. But to me South Africa is also a shining example of a country that has overcome hatred and oppression, making it a potential source of inspiration for other crisis regions around the world. Another key factor from my point of view is that IMBEWU will allow me to help people help themselves by providing practical and tangible support in a highly deprived area. The vast majority of the aid will benefit children and young people directly." The Foundation's partnership with IMBEWU will be launched at the beginning of June 2004 and is intended as a long-term venture. The partnership will focus on three areas: 1. Sponsoring schooling and two meals a day for around 30 children. 2. Paying the wages of two local IMBEWU staff in South Africa, who previously worked without pay. 3. Buying office equipment for the IMBEWU organization there.



IMBEWU: a South African/Swiss partnership

The locally active organization IMBEWU Community Volunteers (IMBEWU means "seed" in Xhosa, the local language) currently supports and manages six projects in New Brighton, which is one of the most impoverished parts of Port Elizabeth, a city located in the Southeast of the country. The charity's Swiss branch, IMBEWU-Suisse, is primarily responsible for providing financial support, but also contributes organizational assistance. IMBEWU's biggest project is a sponsorship scheme under which 100 Swiss families currently subsidize 100 children. Its other projects include schemes aimed at improving the nutrition of over 200 children, promoting sport for young people, voluntary work and healthcare. The money to finance these schemes comes from fundraising campaigns, donations and IMBEWU-Suisse members.


Roger Federer Foundation contact

Bernhard Christen, CRP Christen Rickli Partner

Tel.: +41 (0)61 279 45 00

Email: bchristen@crplaw.ch


IMBEWU-Suisse contact

Pascal Holliger

Tel.: +41 (0)79 607 53 05

Email: suisse@imbewu.org



Roger Federer Foundation

The Roger Federer Foundation is based in Basel, Switzerland and was established in December 2003. The Foundation has two main goals: 1. to promote sport for young people, focusing particularly on tennis in Switzerland, and 2. to fund projects that benefit disadvantaged children. Its activities in this latter regard are primarily focused on South Africa. The Board of Trustees consists of the following members: Roger Federer, Lynette Federer, Robert Federer, Urs Wüthrich (member of the Basel-Landschaft Cantonal Council) and Bernhard Christen of CRP Christen Rickli Partner.



IMBEWU Community Volunteers

The seed of IMBEWU Community Volunteers (IMBEWU means "seed" in Xhosa, the local language) was planted in February 2001. It was created out of nothing, or rather out of friendship between young Swiss and South Africans who had a common vision: to bring a small but valuable contribution towards poverty alleviation, social upliftment and empowerment within the most deprived township communities of the Nelson Mandela Bay. IMBEWUs projects mainly focus on supporting and giving opportunities to disadvantaged children and youth through educational, health awareness, sport and cultural initiatives. It is a small but very active non governmental organization, run in the townships by people of the townships. The organizations offices are situated in the New Brighton Township and the South African management team is currently composed of 5 persons.



IMBEWU-Suisse is the official Swiss branch of IMBEWU Community Volunteers. It is based in Neuchâtel and is run on a volunteer basis by a management team of nine young and committed persons who have either lived in or visited South Africa. Until we are able to find adequate local support in Port Elizabeth, IMBEWU-Suisses chore activity is to promote and assist the South African activity by channelling financial, human and material resources to the mother organisation in Port Elizabeth. Our aim is not to awake pity but to raise interest in people for another culture and for what is happening 10000 km down south. IMBEWU-Suisses role is to build bridges and encourage cultural exchanges between South African and Swiss communities and youth. In this sense, IMBEWU is actively involved in organizing cultural celebrations in Switzerland of South Africas 10 years of freedom and democracy.


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