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Our steering committee

Helga Schneider-Graefer

After studying pedagogy, I worked in various institutions and administrations, always with a focus on education, be it in primary, school or adult education.

After the end of my professional activity, I got to know the association "Bildung fördert Entwicklung" 2 years ago, became a member and joined the team 'schools'. I was happy to receive on one of the Kenyan interns in Trier and, through the contact I have had to this day, I learned a lot about Kenya and the very different educational opportunities there.
Travelling through India and African countries I had already been able to get an idea of this problem.
This motivated me to run for office for the position of chairman, since the previous founder of the association and chairman, Dr. Johannes Michael Nebe, wanted to resign from office.
Together, the entire board will continue to implement the purpose of the association with all their strength and thus positively influence the educational path of many young people in Nairobi.

Gisela Sauer
Gisela Sauer
Vice Chair

Education is the basis for participation in social life - in all countries and in all cultures. I would like to support the goal of the association, to promote the education of young people in Kenya and to give them a perspective in life. I got to know some scholarship holders in Trier. I am impressed by the strength of their will to use their training and knowledge gained from internships in Trier, among other places, to approach problems in Kenya and to initiate and implement projects/initiatives, for instance: combating water shortages, advising coffee farms, teaching sustainable agriculture, or educational opportunities in community centers.

I would like to help with committed people to continue to provide the financial means for this work.

Jonas Koch

Education is the future. Not only in my job as a high school teacher do I try to sensitize young people to other continents, cultures and, above all, the people who live there and their way of life. Africa has been particularly close to my heart since my first excursion to Kenya in 2015.
Since then, I have been intensively involved in comparing the ideas of students in Germany about life in slums with what I myself experienced and, above all, what the people in the slums told me. Especially here in Europe, misconceptions, prejudices and stereotypes of Africa in general, of life in Kenya and especially in poorer areas unfortunately still exist.

Melanie Weicherding
Melanie Weicherding

I am deeply impressed by the great and important work that the association does and am very happy to be part of it and to be able to contribute something myself. It is a pleasure to work with such motivated, competent and committed people and to make the world a little bit better in the process.

Dr. Nicolas J. Kraff
Public Relations Officer

During my geography studies, I took part in an excursion to Kenya with Dr. Nebe in 2008 and had the great privilege of getting to know the country and its people. During the eight months I spent in Nairobi afterwards, I was very moved by the living conditions of the people in the slums. This prompted me to take a critical look at the effects of globalization and to conduct scientific research on poverty-stricken neighborhoods worldwide. Knowledge of the situation on the ground and education for the people are cornerstones for working at eye level and initiating developments with mutual respect, true to the quote that can probably be attributed to Immanuel Kant (1724-1804): "Knowledge is not power, but responsibility"!

Detlef Kröger

I have already gotten to know some countries in Africa while traveling and have been able to make many experiences with the environment and the people. I was also very impressed by the willingness of children and young people to learn, but unfortunately they often lack the financial means and a suitable infrastructure. Access to education opens up new future prospects for people through better job opportunities and higher incomes. I became aware of the association because I was looking for a voluntary activity where I could use my advanced knowledge of office software and I am happy to support the association in the technical organization and administration.

Louise Gubanski

I got to know the great work of the association on a business trip to Kenya.
Seeing what has been achieved and meeting the people who are still benefiting from it can only be persuasive to support and encourage such actions. Creating access to education also means enabling exchange and cosmopolitanism. I am sure that the young Kenyans will learn as much as we do through this intercultural exchange. I would like to do my part and pass on my enthusiasm and curiosity.



Founder of the association, formerly on the board

Dr. Johannes Michael Nebe

The goal of our association is to give young people in Kenya a decent perspective on life through education, which often remains closed to many of them due to poverty. In doing so, I have been able to experience that without a human touch, financial support alone is not enough to achieve this goal. I would like to continue along this path and do everything in my power to ensure that the young people we support, who are hungry for education, can play an active role in building up their homeland. This is my idea of a concrete development policy that serves the people!