Friends of Barefoot College

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The Friends of Barefoot College currently has chapters in the USA, UK, Switzerland and Middle East. They hold exclusive events and gatherings that help support all our projects around the world. They offer special products to supporters and send regular updates on projects that each chapter helps to make a reality. If you would like to join or you would like to open a new country chapter, send an email to friendsofbarefootcollege@gmail.com.

Our Members

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Kathrin Legg
President, Friends of Barefoot College, Switzerland

She comes with a strong background from both the Finance and Philanthropic arenas and is a dedicated Barefoot Supporter who has implemented programs in Tanzania and Zanzibar.

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Zina Al-Harthi
Friends of Barefoot College, Middle East

Zina lives in Oman and works in the fields of social sustainability and communication . She has run a few social campaigns and women training programs. To develop human societies, she believes in starting with simple solutions, utilizing existing skills, transferring knowledge and empowering women.

The few lovely days she spent working with the solar women in the Indian village of Tilonia, inspired her to establish a link between the barefoot college and the Middle East, to both increase supporters of the college, and to learn from the barefoot approach and their unique solar experience.

mefriends.barefootcollege@gmail.com
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Dagmar Tschurtschenthaler
Friends of Barefoot College, Germany

For over 30 years I have been closely associated with India – professionally and personally. The country has impressed me deeply – and never let go. In particular, people have fascinated me, especially the children whose parents live below the poverty line and even have no chance to attend school.

So I was looking for a way to support theses children of disadvantaged families, especially for the girls and decided for a collaboration with the Barefoot College.

Why? The educational program of the Barefoot College is focused on the holistic development of children in remote villages, reading, writing and arithmetic, but also practical knowledge and skills are taught.

The self-confidence of children is strengthened. Especially girls learn what rights they possess and how they can claim them. This will allow them to lead an independent life. Girls find jobs after school or return to their villages as role models and fight there actively for better living conditions.

As a mother of four daughters, it was always important to me that my children also get a healthy self-esteem in addition to a good education and develop into strong personalities. I am pleased to pass on to the children of the Barefoot College this “treasure” them and to create the possibility to live a free, independent life.
For more information:

childrenbarefootcollege@gmail.com
child-barefootcollege.de

Dagmar Tschurtschenthaler
Friends of Barefoot College, Germany

Seit über 30 Jahren bin ich eng mit Indien verbunden – beruflich und privat. Das Land hat mich tief beeindruckt – und nicht mehr losgelassen. Insbesondere haben mich die Menschen fasziniert, gerade die Kinder, deren Eltern unterhalb der Armutsgrenze leben und die selbst keine Chance haben, eine Schule zu besuchen.

So suchte ich nach einer Möglichkeit, mich für die Kinder aus benachteiligten Familien, vor allem für die Mädchen, einzusetzen und entschied mich für eine Mitarbeit beim Barefoot College.

Warum? Das Bildungsprogramm des Barefoot Colleges ist auf die ganzheitliche Entwicklung von Kindern auf dem Land ausgerichtet; Lesen, Schreiben und Rechnen, aber auch praktische Kenntnisse und Fähigkeiten werden vermittelt.

Das Selbstbewusstsein der Kinder wird gestärkt. Besonders Mädchen lernen, welche Rechte sie besitzen, und wie sie diese einfordern. Das ermöglicht ihnen später ein selbstbestimmtes Leben zu führen. Mädchen finden nach der Schule Jobs oder kehren als Vorbilder in ihre Dörfer zurück und setzen sich dort aktiv für bessere Lebensbedingungen ein.

Als Mutter von 4 Töchtern war es mir immer wichtig, dass meine Kinder neben einer guten Ausbildung auch ein gesundes Selbstbewußtsein erhalten und sich zu starken Persönlichkeiten entwickeln. Ich freue mich, den Kindern des Barefoot Colleges diesen “Schatz” weitergeben zu können und ihnen die Möglichkeit eröffnen zu können, ein freies, selbstbestimmtes Leben zu führen.

Artikel:
Die Frauen des Lichts
Selma, Fida und Jubadu brigen das Licht

Fuer mehr informationen:
childrenbarefootcollege@gmail.com
child-barefootcollege.de

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Address
Friends of Barefoot College
Route de Frontenex 46
1207 Geneva, Switzerland

Contact
friendsofbarefootcollege@gmail.com

Friends of Barefoot College, Switzerland is a Swiss based tax-exempt Association.
It allows for tax-deductible contributions to the Barefoot College in support of its International work and programs, from Switzerland, UK and all European Union Countries.