The Founder

Dr. h.c. Ute-Henriette Ohoven

The Founder – Active for over 35 years

Dr. h.c. Ute-Henriette Ohoven is a UNESCO Special Ambassador, Honorary President of the ZNS - Hannelore Kohl Foundation (President until 2011) and Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Senegal. She has received many international accolades for her commitment to social work and is herself a mother of four children. She has been volunteering since 1985: four years for the Children's Cancer Clinic in Düsseldorf, ten years for the Education for Children in Need program and since 2002 for the YOU Foundation.

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"Education is the key to conquering poverty and the best way to create peace"

Dr. h.c. Ute-Henriette Ohoven
UNESCO – Goodwill Ambassador for the program Education for Children in Need

Humanitarian Engagement

For ever 35 years, Ute-Henriette Ohoven has been committed to helping humanitarian causes.


Commitment to the treatment of children with cancer at the Universitätsklinikum in Düsseldorf. Helped establish the first bone marrow donor registry in Germany.


Named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. Her work takes on an international dimension.


Named as Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO’s Education for Children in Need program. Following her naming as Goodwill Ambassador by the former UNESCO General Director, Prof. Federico Mayor, she commits fully to this program and to education for children in need worldwide.


Begins her tenure as President of the ZNS – Hannelore Kohl Foundation. Based on the invitation of former Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl, she becomes President of the ZNS – Hannelore Kohl Foundation. This foundation is dedicated to helping victims of central nervous system injuries and their families. Also in this function, Ute Ohoven increasingly gears her focus towards helping younger accident victims especially through stronger measures of accident prevention. In 2002 the foundation UNESCO – Education for Children in Need was established, and renamed in YOU Foundation – Education for Children in Need.

Honors and Awards

In order to honor her humanitarian and social work, Ute Ohoven has been welcomed into the private audiences of Pope Johannes Paul II, Pope Benedikt XVI, Mother Teresa and His Holiness Dalai Lama.

Ute Ohoven has received the following awards:

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Federal Cross of Merit

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Order of Merit of Nordrhein-Westfalen

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Honoary Citizen of Belo Horizonte and San Salvador

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Women’s World Award

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Golden Heart Award in Moskow

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Honory doctorate of the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Minas Gerais, on of the oldest and most respected universities in Latin America

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ONE WORLD FAMILY Award in Germany

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Medal of the Holy Eufrosinia von Polotsk (Weißrussland)

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Highest civil medal of Senegal

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UNESCO Picasso Medal in Gold

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Kinderlachen Award (Germany)

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Starlite-Award forexceptional engagement in Marbella

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Selected as one of the leading personalities promoting piece in the world for the publication „Universos de Paz“ and „60 Women Contributing to the 60 years of UNESCO“

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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