I support ROKPA because...
Well-known and less well-known people explain what impresses them about ROKPA and why they volunteer for ROKPA.
Andreas Vollenweider, famous Harpist & ROKPA Ambassador
“The work with the ROKPA children has left a deep impression for me. To have been together with them counts as one of the most important events in my life.“
Marc Forster, Film Director & ROKPA Ambassador
"I support ROKPA because I know that the money donated goes to the childrden - to educational projects and orphanages. Future generations have to be educated in loving kindness, in order to win the struggle against poverty and social injustice. Within ROKPA people like this exist. Only by empathy and compassion for others are we able to find our own heart."
Sandra Studer, Television Presenter & ROKPA Ambassador
“I was fortunate to have been born on the sunny side of the earth. For this I am infinitely grateful, and at the same time I do not want to meet the injustice of this world simply with helplessness. I support ROKPA, because here simple people are helped to build the corner stones for a life in dignity: Safety, Trust, Love, Education and Home."
Marc Sway, Musician & ROKPA Ambassador
I am convinced of the great work that ROKPA does for these children for various reasons: I am a father of two girls myself and I dedicate my time to the upbringing of these girls and to do everything I can to make sure that they have a bright future ahead of them. This is what I also wish for the ROKPA children.
As a child and adolescent, I have seen poverty in Brazil where my family often spent time with my Brazilian mother. I have seen adults and children sleeping on cardboards which for me was a disconcerting sight since I lived in Switzerland, a First World country. It triggered my desire to help people like them. With my work for ROKPA, I can now fulfill this desire.
Otto C. Honegger, Documentary Film-maker and Author
"A few years ago, just back from Everest, I had the opportunity to visit and film the ROKPA Children's Home in Kathmandu: It was a fantastic experience! I found a house full of life, with children playing everywhere, happy, boisterous, but properly disciplined. The children's home is near the famous Stupa of Bodnath. It is a Buddhist symbol or mercy and compassion, a draw for tourists from all over the world. But misery starts right behind it, hardly visible to the tourists. This is where migrants from the country put up their tents in the hope of surviving in the capital city Kathmandu. Children who grow up there have hardly a chance. Most of them end up on the street.
Children who have been accepted into the children's home completely change after a few months with ROKPA. The kids are being nurtured, receive plenty to eat and a school education, the most important requirement for a better future."
Charles Lewinski, Screenwriter and Author
"Writers love stories. Maybe that was the first thing which drew me to ROKPA: just the fact there is a great story behind it.
A young actress in the middle of a life crisis travels to Nepal and then Tibetan aeras of China and doesn't find the sought-after enlightenment there, but something else: children who have nothing to eat. Who urgently need medical help. Who expect a life without opportunities: no school education and no chance of learning a profession. She finds a purpose.
And she rises to meet this challenge and becomes active. Takes responsibility. Sets up children's homes. Builds schools. And at the same time becomes an expert beggar herself, because to be able to do even the most essential thing for "her" children, she needs money. And she gets that too. Isn't that a wonderful story?
Even if it will never have a happy ending like in a Hollywood film. Because there will never be enough money to do all that needs to be done. Because there will always be new children who need a 'Mummy Lea'. That's why I support ROKPA."
Jill Dawson, former BBC Television Producer
"I experienced the work of ROKPA first hand in 2005 when I made a short film about its work in Nepal for the BBC. I have made films about the work of dozens of charities around the world, but the thing that strikes me about ROKPA is the way it both supports and stretches out a loving hand to some of the most vulnerable people on earth. Kindness is at the heart of what it does and this, I believe, is its strength. The children and families who benefit become an integral part of the global ROKPA family, helping to build a better life for themselves and for many more in desperate need."