We are a mixed crowd with different interests, characters and motivation why we are part of our foundation.
Here a short overview:
I am actually operating a little specialised tour operator with the main focus on Asian countries in Berlin. In my free time I love to play hockey- since 30 years!
My big dream since I went the first time to Asia in 1995 was, to combine hockey and Asia - to put the most important things in my life together. My dream came true!
Together with Dilip I started the Bua Sa foundation in India. In the beginning of 2009 we visited the several schools in the village Garh Himmat Singh. I recognised that there
is one very important thing missing - good school material like books, pencils, maps...! How can the children have a chance for a better future without good education?? I am an optimist and you really need this attitude if you want to work here.
Looking into the smiling eyes of the kids here is the earning for all my work! I was lucky to grow up in Germany and to get a good education- so I have to give something back to those who were not that lucky.
Preferably I would like to move to the village and teach English and hockey to the children. The big encouragement of others is supporting me and we are on the right track! So let's do it!
Dilip is my partner in India since 3 years and with a lot of effort and devotion he takes care of my clients. Together with his family he lives in Jaipur- his mother actually comes from Gahr Himmat Singh.
In the past, at the time of the Maharajas she has lived in the fort of the village. All the land around the village was owned by her father. After her marriage she moved to the house of her husband.
The Maharajas were expropriated and the fort lost his importance - and with it the village… Dilip often visited his cousins who still live in one part of the fort. He has experienced that the rest of
the village and the fort went rack and ruined. So he was the one who said: the village needs help! Now he is working together with his cousin Chandu to realise our projects in the village.
Chandu is the cousin of Dilip and the good soul of the village. He is taking care of our clients when they visit the restaurant in the Bua Sa fort for having lunch and he is always looking forward to meet new people and welcome them in the village. Chandu lives together with his family and the family of his brothers in one part of the fort. In real life he is a vet… His family does't have enough money to take care of the whole fort, so the rest is ruinous. Chandu is trying to work out the details of our projects on the spot and he is very eager for knowledge. He already realised the space in front of the fort as a new hockey field!
One day, Kathrin came to my travel agency because she wanted to go to India. But she could not realise her trip that is why she decided to join me to India around New Year. Doing Yoga for years, being dedicated
to ginger and cardamom and the fact that she loves the Indian kitchen, were great prerequisites for a trip to India. Kathrin and her husband are operating a foundation in Berlin, and they already supported
orphanages in Asia. Spontaneously she has given a respectable amount of money to our village and promised to support also our foundation. Coming July we will fly together to our village… Kathrin also discovered
a new passion during our last trip- we had to stop every 2 hours for a “ Chai- break”…
Anne - well known from german television became part of our foundation when we met her during an event at ITB Berlin in march 2010. Anne
was so excited about what we are doing that she spontaneously agreed to join our project and she became ambassador of our village.
Maybe that is due to her passion for kids as she opened her own pre-school academy in Berlin in 2008 where kids can get a basic knowledge in
german and english language. The children will be prepared for school in a very soft way - basic knowledge in kindergarden atmosphere...
Anne will join our Wuselfest in june and she will visit the village in India together with her 2 children in october!
Sardar is playing for the indian hockey national team for years already. He was the captain of the team in 2008 and was voted as world hockey player in 2011. Born in a village in Haryana he is supporting hockey players in rural areas there as well and was touched by our hockeyvillage project of course. He agreed to be the new ambassador of the village and will for sure come to the village in summer to play hockey with the kids!
My mom has been in India for two times and she has become a big supporter of India. Her passion is the wide ranges of the Himalayas... As a kindergarten teacher and gymnastics teacher for children she already worked a lot with kids
and so she has become very enthusiastic about our projects. Last september we have opened our new school in the village. My mom did a lot of promotional work in her ladies gymnastics course and also in her kindergarten.
She has collected enough money to buy parachute silk as a toy for the children. Now she is in retirement and has enough time to support our foundation.
Manuela has also a distinct passion for India and she already infected her daughter with her passion. They travelled for the first time to India in September 2009 and they also visited our village. As a nurse working in the intensive care unit she promised to get involved with the foundation and some time ago she travelled again to our village. Manuela would be a great help for improving the health care and the hygienically standard in the village, because nowadays there is only one vet…
Moritz is a team member of the German national hockey mens team and has had contact to a similar project in the south of India that is led by two spanish hockey players. Now he also wants to support our village-
also decisive for his decision is probably the visit of his mother to our village.
Martin just started with his medical study and he is a successful hockey player in our national hockey mens team. During the hockey championship in Delhi he has gained a second impression of India. Unfortunately he has had no time to visit our village but spontaneously agreed to support our project. The kids in our village are big fans of hockey and I am looking forward to experience the day when Martin is going to visit the kids…
Florian is the youngest team member in the national hockey team and he has become a hero in the village after the championship in Delhi.
His grandparents and his mother visited the village and Chandu is very proud to be the owner of a tricot from Florian with the number 23 on it!
Florian decided to help us and he is going to establish a training for the children during summer. I hope that other hockey players are also willing to support us!
Hanne has been with us to India during our hockey trip last April in 2009. Her own children and also her grandchildren are playing hockey and she has been our biggest supporter during the hockey games in India. Hanne also decided to donate a huge amount of money and she
is very interested in the projects in our village. Hanne loves to travel and I am sure that we will welcome her again in our village!
Christian is a chef and has been already two times to India. He has also donated an amount of money to our village and decided to teach the people how to cook a chicken without bones. Furthermore he said that he wants to improve his language knowledge in English
together with the children living in the village.
The BSC is my home team where I am a member since my move to Berlin 15 years ago. I have already talked a lot with other team members about my project and Indian and I also did some trips with some BSC members to India. The idea of acquiring the BSC as a partner association suggested itself. On the 5th and 6th of June there will be the yearly “Wuselfest”, where about 600 kids and parents are visiting the area of the BSC on the "Hubi ground". The Bua Sa foundation is a partner at the event and we will have an information stand and offer some fun games. Furthermore we will open an exhibition with photos from our village starting on the 19th April so that people can see our work.
The organisation BHP in Berlin- more precisely Henning Heinrich – immediately agreed to support our project. Our hockey campaign is in all BHP shops in process. Henning has also donated sticks and tricots for the kids and this summer he is going to practice together with the kids in the village.
Christian Cohrs – owner and founder from T.H.W. has sent 100 hockey sticks in the village! As a outfitter for hockey equipment he is an important partner for us and he will for sure visit the village to see where is sticks are. T.H.W. supports Europe-wide hockey players and I am sure that he will meet some talented kids in our village.