Who we are

The "Stiftung Schweiz ForAfrika" stands for development cooperation from Africa for Africa.

Who we are: We are part of the ForAfrika Group, Africa's largest development organization.

We believe that everyone deserves the chance to develop their full potential. That is why we work closely with local communities and support the African population in developing their full potential.

"Stiftung Schweiz ForAfrika"

As a partner of Africa’s largest development organization, the ForAfrika Group, we know the challenges that need to be overcome on the ground and support local communities in sustainably overcoming poverty and building a better future for themselves and their families.

Through our work in the areas of nutrition and education, wells and water, agriculture, emergency aid and our aid missions, we support local communities in overcoming poverty in a sustainable way and building a better future for themselves and their families. We help regardless of ethnic origin, religious and political beliefs or gender.

As Switzerland ForAfrika, we are subject to federal foundation supervision and are recognized as a non-profit organization. We also carry the ZEWO seal of approval, which guarantees that donations are handled responsibly.

The “Stiftung schweiz ForAfrika” (formerly Stiftung JAM Schweiz) is subject to supervision by the Federal Department of Home Affairs.

The “Stiftung Schweiz ForAfrika” bears the ZEWO seal of approval. ZEWO is committed to ensuring that charitable NPOs (non-profit organizations) use their donations for their intended purpose, effectively and economically. To this end, it has adopted 21 standards. They oblige NPOs to handle donations in a trustworthy manner and to communicate clearly and transparently with donors.

More about ZEWO

The accounts are kept by qualified specialists and are audited by the certified auditors Von Graffenried Treuhand.

You can find our annual reports here.

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Vision & Values

ForAfrika was founded on the basis of Christian values and a fundamental attitude of charity.

For an Africa that thrives.


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For Africa to thrive.

We provide the resources that unlock Africa’s heritage and wealth so that local communities can realize their full potential.

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To provide the resources that unlock the abundance of Africa so every African community can thrive.

Out of love for our fellow human beings on the African continent, we work tirelessly to ensure that they have the necessary resources at their disposal so that they can lead their lives independently and with dignity.


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Driven by a deep love for our people, we won’t stop working until everyone on our continent has the resources they need.

  • Passion
  • Proximity
  • Courage
  • Creativity
  • Reliability
  • Integrity

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Our team

The “Stiftung Schweiz ForAfrika” consists of a strategic, volunteer-led team (Foundation Board) and an operational team.

Strategic team - Board of Trustees

Maik Strassl

President

“As a participant as well as an outreach officer, I have seen many times on the ground how ForAfrika’s help in Africa improves the lives of so many people. Fittingly, Nelson Mandela once said, “It always looks impossible – until you’ve done it.” “

Maik Strassl is a computer scientist and entrepreneur. Apart from Africa, his heart beats for the event industry (as of 2022).

Sabrina Leuenberger

Vice President

“Ever since I was able to spend two months in Johannesburg, South Africa, for professional reasons in 2011, I have been fascinated by the African continent. Being able to express my love for Africa from a completely new perspective for the poorest people makes me particularly happy.”

Sabrina Leuenberger works as an expert in organizational management at UBS (as of 2022).

Michael Müller

Board of Trustees

“People are worth standing up for… This statement has been with me for many years. Providing support so that people can find their way to an independent existence and self-employment is very important to me. With my many years of experience, I can make my contribution to this.”

Michael Müller is the overall manager of the Ancora-Meilestei Foundation. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mein Platz Foundation (as of 2022).

Philip Winkler

Board of Trustees

“Overcoming poverty is not an act of mercy, but an act of justice”
– Nelson Mandela

Philip Winker works as a lawyer for the Federal Administration (as of 2022).

Operational team

Mitarbeiterin bei Schweiz ForAfrika

Mariana Dittmann

Managing Director

“Having grown up in the north of Argentina, I knew very early on how important education and agriculture are for development. Working at ForAfrika means a lot to me because together we can achieve a goal that I have personally been pursuing for a long time: supporting the fight against illiteracy and poverty.”

Fabienne Stöckli

Project Manager Operations

“During my four years as head of operations, I was able to see the sustainability of ForAfrika for myself on the ground. Supervising volunteer teams and making children’s eyes in Africa light up with them fulfills me in my daily work for ForAfrika.”

Benjamin Aebersold

Marketing & Fundraising

“What counts in the end is not impressive projects, many successes or great wealth – it’s changing people’s lives. That’s why I love putting my skills and my heart and soul into helping one person after another to a better future.”

Vacancies

Member of the Board of Trustees (honorary)

Discover enriching volunteer opportunities on the Board of Trustees at ForAfrika! As an honorary member of the Foundation Board, you can actively participate in development cooperation in Africa. Learn more about our current volunteer opportunities and contribute your commitment and expertise to drive positive change. Join us in shaping a sustainable future and become part of our dedicated team. Apply now and make a valuable contribution to Africa!

More jobs

You can find more jobs at the international ForAfrika Group.

ForAfrika Mitarbeiter

ForAfrika Group

The ForAfrika Group is the largest African development organization working for an Africa that thrives.

ForAfrika was founded in 1984 by a South African couple as part of an emergency aid project in Mozambique. Over the years, the work expanded to other countries in Africa and support offices from several intercontinental countries (e.g. we as the Swiss ForAfrica Foundation) joined the vision of ForAfrica – an Africa that thrives. This is how ForAfrika grew to become the largest development organization founded and run by Africans. Together as the ForAfrica Group, we are pursuing the 10-year goal of leading 20 million Africans to independence by 2032.

Thanks to our local roots, we know the challenges facing our communities and how best to tackle them. Our employees often live in the communities we work with. This makes us agile and provides us with local knowledge that feeds into our strategies and strengthens our resilience.

  1. South Africa
  2. Mozambique
  3. Angola
  4. Uganda
  5. Rwanda
  6. South Sudan
  7. Central African Republic
  8. Ethiopia

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