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Roger Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer visited Ethiopia in 2010

The Roger Federer Foundation (website) wishes to enable as many children as possible to take control of their future, and to actively shape it. In many countries in the world, countless children have no access to education or sport. Or the poor quality of the existing offers prevents the children from getting a fair chance to exercise self-determination. For this reason, the Roger Federer Foundation promotes access to education, sports and play, and improves the quality where there are no or only insufficient funds available.

The Roger Federer Foundation supports the following projects operated by relief organisations in selected countries of the world. The involvement is concentrated in several chosen countries – Switzerland, Ethiopia, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

CAMFED, Tanzania - The Roger Federer Foundation supports the efforts of CAMFED in the district of Kibaha, Tanzania, to increase the number of girls leaving secondary school with a diploma and to enable a good start to their professional lives. The programme was launched in 2008, and receives aid amounting to CHF 134,000.

EFDA, Ethiopia - The Roger Federer Foundation has been supporting an EFDA (Education for Development Association) project since 2007. It will be supporting the organisation until 2012 with annual aid amounting to CHF 170,000. This sum will contribute towards improving the quality of school lessons for 791 children in the existing primary schools in Kore Roba and Dubar and, additionally, for 750 children in the primary schools in Emanu Roba and Hebano.

ETAS, Zimbabwe - Since the end of 2009, the Roger Federer Foundation has been supporting the teacher-for-teacher project by ETAS with an annual sum of CHF 80,000 for a period of three years. With this, the expansion of the successful example of Matopo Primary School is being financed at eight other schools in the region.

Read, South Africa - From 2010, the Roger Federer Foundation has supported the “Growing to Read Programme” in the province of Limpopo with an annual aid of CHF 150,000 over a period of three years. The objective of the programme is to give small children the chance of a better start to their schooling.

VBP Martin Schaer, Malawi - Since 2008, the Roger Federer Foundation has been supporting the construction of the new secondary school campus in Salima, 100km east of the country’s capital, Lilongwe with a total financial contribution of  CHF 168’000 over four years. With this campus the Verein Bildungsprojekte Martin Schaer wants to improve schooling on a secondary school level for financially disadvantaged children. The opening of the school is planned for the summer 2011.

Stiftung Schweizer Sporthilfe, Switzerland - The Roger Federer Foundation has been supporting the sponsorship programme of the Stiftung Schweizer Sporthilfe, since 2007. The total annual contribution from 2010 is CHF 60,000. This sum is used to promote 24 young, talented athletes in a financially weak position from various disciplines and from various regions in the country.

Federer, NadalMatch for Africa

In December 2010, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played two exhibition matches. The first took place in Zurich, Switzerland and benefited the Roger Federer Foundation. Federer won 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 and the event raised $2.6 million.

“This is a special match for me, which I’ll remember forever, not just only for a long, long time,” Federer said afterward. “I thought obviously of doing a match like this for a long time, but I felt comfortable doing it this year and Rafa was so supportive and coming over and helping… I’ll look back on this with very fond memories forever and that I was able to pull off this event here in Switzerland for the first time so nicely and with such hype, it was just amazing.”


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