CEO – The FUTURELIFE® Foundation. Lawyer and Sworn Translator for German/English. Skills: Strategic Planning, Child & Youth Development, Fundraising, Intercultural Learning & Communication, Social Development. Experience in Charity Work: 15 years; various NGOs. Qualifications: Qualified German attorney, LLM International Trade Law – (UCT) , High Court Sworn Translator.
I graduated from the University of Passau in Germany in 1996 and thereafter practiced for three years. In 1999, in order to further my studies and to gain exposure to a different culture, I enrolled, and completed, a Master’s degree in law at the University of Cape Town. Having fallen in love with South Africa and its people, I decided to stay on. Initially I worked as a sworn English/German translator in the Cape Town courts. And it was during this period that I began working in the development arena, serving as a volunteer with an organisation supporting the street children living in Cape Town’s CBD. This experience changed my life, opening my eyes to the immense need and suffering of South Africa’s orphaned and vulnerable children and, more importantly, to the truth that I had it in me to play an active and positive role in bringing a measure of relief and joy to their lives.
In 2004 I left Cape Town for Durban and settled near The Valley of a Thousand Hills with my new husband Patrick. Energised by my experiences in Cape Town I have established my own charitable organisation serving orphaned and vulnerable children in The Valley of a Thousand Hills. This endeavour was driven by passion and funded primarily by family and friends. By 2008, with our organisation continually extending its reach to meet the great needs that we encountered, we had the good fortune of receiving our first donation from FUTURELIFE®. We immediately recognised the smart food product was the ideal means of fortifying the diets of the malnourished children with which we were working. And as such were delighted that FUTURELIFE® agreed to continue working with us in an ongoing partnership. The results for the health of the children which whom we worked were nothing short of astonishing.
Although this partnership grew steadily over the course of a number of years, incorporating a wider and wider net of communities, I was convinced that even more could be done if we could create a coordinated framework of the distribution of these life-giving Future Life products. It was with this in mind, that in 2014 I approached the directors of FUTURELIFE® with a proposal that we establish the FUTURELIFE® Foundation. I saw the opportunity to dramatically increase the impact of our work by creating an effective distribution mechanism between the communities and organisations that support orphaned and vulnerable children and the future life products and brand. I was therefore exceptionally delighted when FUTURELIFE® threw their weight behind this proposal. This was no small decision and is a testament to the generosity of the FUTURELIFE® family. It’s such a pleasure and an honour to serve the vulnerable children of South Africa in capacity as the CEO of the FUTURELIFE® Foundation. And I invite you to join us on this journey towards life, opportunity and happiness for the children we serve.