Living and working in Switzerland, it’s sometimes easy to forget how good we have it. We support two charity projects that are helping educate children, and specifically girls in developing nations: Room to Read and Familia Moja. In Switzerland we support two further charities that help preserve the nature we love to enjoy and our access to it: ProNatura and Schweizer Wanderwege
Room to Read — Educating children for a better future
We’ve done perhaps the most work with Room to Read. In September 2013, we ran the Jungfrau Marathon up and down (Report) for the charity, for which we also organized a special Swiss Premier of the documentary film The Perfect Runner (Event Site).
If you’d like to make a donation directly to Room to Read, you can do so here.
Room to Read
111 Sutter Street
San Francisco , CA , 94104 United States of America
Tel.: +1 415 839 4400
Fax: +1 415 591 0580
Familia Moja — Kenyan orphanage
When we first started our language school, we were contacted by Sandra Steiger, the Swiss Board Member of Familia Moja, about running the Geneva Half-Marathon for the charity. We jumped at the chance of turning our running into something good and are happy to support this project. In August 2013, AnneMarie even had a chance to visit the orphanage.
Familia Moja Children’s Centre
P.O. Box 83
Wambui Muiru (Founder and Director in Kenya)
Sandra Steiger (Swiss Board Member and Key Fundraiser)
Tel.: +254 722 912 495
ProNatura — Protecting Switzerland’s Biodiversity
We love the great outdoors and Switzerland’s nature. Unfortunately, we’re often encroaching on very delicate ecosystems. ProNatura seeks to work with businesses and different regions to preserve the biodiversity of the area and keep it beautiful, pure, and full of life for future generations.
From our students we often hear that since moving to Switzerland the mountains and hiking have become an important part of their lives. They love hiking and discovering Switzerland’s peaks and hidden valleys. Access to these places is made possible by the Schweizer Wanderwege. As we do lots of hiking, and run mountain marathons that use this wonderful infrastructure, we think it only appropriate to support them.