Our network


The network of the Foundation is far reaching. Among our sponsors are many well-known corporations, companies and personalities from the television and film industry.


In 2015, ZF Friedrichshafen AG celebrated their 100-year corporate anniversary. Under the motto “100 Years – 100 Schools” the company and the initiative “ZF Helps” in cooperation with the UNESCO Foundation supported the building of 100 schools in poverty-stricken areas around the globe.

Together with the Foundation, Inditext supports an informative project in China concerning water protection for school children and students called “We Water Experience.”

`The YOU Foundation has a longstanding partnership with RTL – Wir helfen Kindern.
In Ghana, RTL supported children with generous donations to build wells in regions affected by extreme drought and water scarcity

With the support of Volkswagen AG, the factory for two-wheeler mechanics in Nabelin, Burkina Faso is being further developed, professionalized and furnished with the necessary equipment. The VW AG supports this project to train young people and offer them more opportunities.

Together with the Foundation, the BMW built an educational center in Nabelin, Burkina Faso. At this facility, young adults are trained in agricultural and welding techniques. Since its construction, the educational center has continually been expanded.

The Adler Modemärkte AG belongs to the leading and largest clothing retailers in Germany. The Adler Modemärkte supports an educational project for young women in India.

SAP Deutschland supports emergency aid projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 2014, a flood devastated this area and affected almost 1 million inhabitants. Thousands of people had to abandon their homes and many lots their lives.

For Ströer Media SE socio-political responsibility is very important. For many years, the Company has supported numerous projects and attracted much appreciated attention in the media to the work of the Foundation.

Since 2001, the Marl based Medienhaus Bauer and its six newspapers have supported the Foundation. With a Christmas donation drive of the following newspapers: Recklinghäuser Zeitung, Marler Zeitung, Hertener Allgemeine, Stimberg Zeitung, Dattelner Morgenpost and Waltroper Zeitung, the company supports a special project each year.

Along with Samih Sawiris, CasaOrascom is one of the most important sponsors of the YOU Foundation. The complete construction support for the Baraka project comes from city planner Samih Sawaris, a philanthropist and project developer from Egypt. He is also providing all the pre-financing of the project.

The founders of the Foundation “Helping out of Gratitude,” Georg and Ilse-Doris Papst as well as their sons Benjamin, Constantin und Daniel have supported our work for years.

Bankpower is a joint venture between the Deutsche Bank AG and Manpower GmbH & Co. KG. Two specialists have joined forces to capitalize on their long-term experience and international know-how in all things relating to finance and the labor market. Bankpower offers experienced professionals or newly qualified individuals the opportunity to work in the Banking and Finance sector in a modern and trendsetting environment as temporary employees either in a direct placement or as project or interim management solution.


There are many ways to help the interests of children. In the last years, the following companies have supported us with regular contributions.

Several companies support the Foundation by doing pro bono work for us.

Our homepage was conceptualized and created by the agency denkwerk. This digital specialized agency with offices in Cologne and Berlin has received many awards. Their team of 200 thinkers and doers from 14 different nations appreciates complex problems and easy solutions.

The federation of German architects supports our Baraka project in Senegal. The BDS unites approximately 5000 independent architects and city planners that are celebrated not only for their design winning constructions but also for their personal integrity and camaraderie.

Students of the PBSA Peter Behrens School of Arts developed houses and city models for the Baraka project. The best models and concepts were introduced by the speaker of the international jury Prof. Juan-Pablo Molestina (PBSA). The competition winning students remain involved in the realization and implementation of this project.

The city museum of Düsseldorf supports the Baraka project in Dakar, Senegal. The museum, located in the heart of the Düsseldorf old town, displays the work of the architect students participating in the competition of the PBSA(Peter Behrens School of Arts Düsseldorf). This contest was initiated by the BDA with the goal of developing a prototype house for the Baraka project. This house will replace the current accommodations in the slums.

Prominent Supporters & Patrons

Book author, moderator and soccer official, Reiner Calmund, is a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees
Since December 2013, Soccer World Champion Jérôme Boateng has been supporting UNESCO as a “Patron of Hope” and as a sponsor of the sport and education related project “Living a Dream”
For years, Thomas Anders has been committed to helping children in need. He has consistently supported the Foundation at various charity events. When the Foundation needs a celebrity, Thomas Anders has supported our work.
Heino is cult- and one of the most successful singers in Germany. Young and old celebrate him at his concerts. Heino has long become a German icon. In addition to his music, he has a heart for the underprivileged and has supported the work of the Foundation for years.
The actress Joyce Giraud has supported several projects of the Foundation for many years. She is a mother of two sons and has acted in a variety of films and television programs. From 2007 to 2011, she starred as “Angel” in 20 episodes of the TV series “House of Payne.” In 2014, Joyce Giraud supported the project “Happines for Children in Ouakam” which expanded and renovated the Ouakam kindergarten in Dakar, Senegal.
Artist and sculptor, Lorenzo Quinn, son of world star Anthony Quinn, created the sculpture “Support” that is awarded to prominent personalities for their social commitment as part of the UNESCO Charity Gala.
The YOU Foundation – Education for Children in Need, an initiative of UNESCO Special Envoy Dr. h.c. Ute-Henriette Ohoven, is committed to education for the poorest of the poor worldwide.



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