The Child & Family Foundation

The Child & Family Foundation is a charitable association based in Graz, Austria, which supports children, adolescents and families in need around the world.

Since 2008, we have been spanning cultural and ethnical borders to provide support for children, adolescents and families in need under the guiding principle of “Education. Opportunities. Future”. We support various education measures, focusing on the theme of “education for all”.

Worldwide education projects

By constructing or improving schools in socially and economically deprived regions of the world, we help enable or improve access to education. In addition, we aim to improve the living conditions of financially, physically or mentally handicapped children, adolescents and their families.

How we finance our work

We finance our charity purely through donations and sponsorships from individuals or enterprises. In particular, the long-term partnerships with various enterprises and educational sponsorships enable us to implement our sustainable education and aid projects.

Find out how you can support our work under the menu item “Donations”.

Our team

Our committed Child & Family Foundation team spends each day working to improve the life of numerous underprivileged children, adolescents and families.

Alejandro Najera

Project Management

“I find working for the Child & Family Foundation very fulfilling. I am able to build bridges between generous people who are willing to help and poor people in need. As a globetrotter, I am also very interested in the Foundation's international reach. Other ways of living inspire me, they provide me with new input for my own life. Based on my experiences, I want people to be happier with what they have.”

Child & Family Foundation Team Alejandro Najera
Child & Family Foundation Team Stefan Brandl

Stefan Brandl

Project Management

“As project manager of the Child & Family Foundation I'm often on project sites, which is really interesting as you can learn a lot from each culture. Not everything you consider normal really is normal for everyone. If I could wish for something it would be that humanity would live in harmony with nature, and that there would be no violence, no grief, no illnesses, and no death.”

Child & Family Foundation Team Han-I Leiner

Han-I Leiner

Communication

“I believe that work should have purpose. I wish for people to be living securely and in peace on our planet, for nobody to suffer from hunger and for environmental damage to end. So I'm really glad to be able to contribute to this with my work at the Child & Family Foundation. I also have the pleasure of  working with very friendly colleagues here. But of course, those who need our help take centre stage. This type of work has also shaped my approach to life: my problems are nothing in comparison to some others.”

 

Iona Kirkpatrick

Project & Communications Manager

“I always wanted to do a job that mattered - to someone, somewhere. That made a difference to the lives of people. The Child & Family Foundation does just that in supporting children who are fighting against injustice to receive an education which will take them places. As I see it, there is no greater right than the right to education, enshrined in the Convention on Human Rights. Without this vital start in life, children are at a disadvantage and cannot carve a path of their own. I am thrilled to have the chance to help make the opposite a reality.”

The Child & Family Foundation Iona Kirkpatrick Project & Communications Manager

Our management

Birgit Windisch Obfrau

 

Birgit Windisch

Chairwoman

“There is an unimaginable amount of poverty in the world. Particularly children who grow up in such poverty are often refused the chance of education that would give them a better future. Personally, I find it particularly important to help the weakest and to support them in accessing education. The Child & Family Foundation organises various school projects that provide these children with more opportunities in life.”

Monika Murárová - Treasurer

 

Monika Murárová

Treasurer

“In the course of my training and work in children's homes, I was in contact with children and families with adverse fates pretty early on. Since I've become a mother myself, such situations affect me even more directly. In my opinion, it is very important to support children and families in times of need, and to provide them with the chance of a better life. The Child & Family Foundation has already achieved a great deal. It has enabled numerous children to attend school, enjoy a warm meal a day or have new opportunities in life. I'm proud to support the association by being part of the team. Get on board and help us to make life that bit better for young people in need.”