Roots and Wings Trust
Together with South African businessmen and current trustees Connel Ngcukana, Velile Dube and Almo Lubowski, Dr. Heinz Guentensperger founded the Roots & Wings trust in March 2010.
The core purpose of the trust—education—is rooted in the conviction that all human beings should have opportunities for personal growth. Vast inequalities in access to basic educational infrastructure in childhood are the root cause of most social issues; in South Africa these issues are perpetuating themselves and need to be vigorously addressed.
The trust has chosen the pre-school “Understand Hope and Care” in Cape Town’s township Khayelitsha as its first project. The pre-school is in desperate need of improved basic infrastructure and a self-sustainable educational concept (read more… this could then link to the “our projects” – Understand Hope and Care).
Children’s Campaign Trust
Children’s Campaign Trust (CCT) was started in 1999/2000 as a business trust that owns and operates business ventures for profit. The profit is donated to the Viva Network subsidiary in Cape Town, Connect Network. Viva Network is an international NGO based in Oxford in the UK, started by Patrick McDonald, after his experiences as an aid worker in South America. He found that children at risk were serviced by numerous aid agencies and other NGO’s, but that no co-ordination existed between the agencies and the NGO’s concerned.
CCT and the Anton Lubowski Educational Trust together envision developing a 300 Montessori pre-school network throughout the Western Cape to provide children with access to quality education that will enable them to read, write, do basic arithmetic and develop a love of learning.
Tony Grubenmann and Yvonne Noser Grubenmann
Tony and Yvonne Grubenmann feel immensely privileged to have grown up and be able to live in Switzerland, one of the most beautiful, secure and stable countries on the planet. The entire world offers innumerable miracles in its extraordinary landscapes and breathtaking natural wonders. Last but not least is the miracle of human warmth and kindness everywhere. The Grubenmanns consider South Africa to be a particularly stunning and fascinating combination of all these miracles. At the same time, they recognize that the country suffers from an enormous discrepancy between rich and poor, with all the complex problems that such inequality entails.
“We wish to share our fortune with those who face less favourable prospects. Feeling bonded to South Africa and its people, we decided to start our first supporting initiative in this country. Thanks to close friends we finally found out about Imizamu Yethu and have future plans of developing the school further. We intend to aid the youngest with their upbringing and endow them with hope regarding a better future. Hence the name of the project was born: Give Hope. Visit www.givehope.ch for more details.”