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It all started in 1999 with a letter

When Burkhard Varnholt, the founder of Kids of Africa, received a begging letter from Uganda in 1999, he replied with a small cheque to alleviate the plight described in the letter.

This unexpected contact developed into a pen pal relationship. In order to better understand the situation, Burkhard travelled to Uganda, visited the sender of the letter, his school and learnt a lot about the country, its history and its future prospects.

When the sender of the first letter was unable to find work despite having completed his training as a civil engineer, Burkhard decided to buy land outside the Ugandan capital Kampala. On this land, he enabled the young man he was supporting to build a few simple, functional family homes.

Burkhard Varnholt tells the story of the children’s village

Twenty years ago, Burkhard Varnholt received a begging letter from Uganda. The rest is history. The letter turned into an entire children’s village which today provides a home for around one hundred children on the shores of Lake Victoria.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead, U.S. Anthropologist
A vision becomes reality:

Kids of Africa and the power of commitment

While the construction work was progressing well, Burkhard founded the non-profit organisation “Kids of Africa” in Switzerland and Uganda and shortly afterwards brought in the land and the houses. A short time later, the children’s village was opened with dedicated foster mothers and a great deal of idealism and commitment.

The special story of how Kids of Africa came into being shows us that every person can throw a pebble into the water and it will travel in circles. We can never fully estimate where these circles will go. But it’s worth throwing the pebble, giving it a try and making the world a little bit better!

His reasoning was simple: the construction project would enable several people to find meaningful employment. Ideally, it would also serve as a reference project that would help people become self-employed later on (which it actually did).

In addition, he planned to transfer the land and the houses as soon as possible to a charitable organisation yet to be founded, which would also support future generations of Ugandan children in need.

While the construction work was progressing well, Burkhard founded the non-profit organisation “Kids of Africa” in Switzerland and Uganda and shortly afterwards brought in the land and the houses. A short time later, the children’s village was opened with dedicated foster mothers and a great deal of idealism and commitment.

Kids of Africa guarantees that one hundred per cent of every franc donated reaches our many protégés.

Because we believe in each of them! Thank you for your help!

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