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Ute-Henriette Ohoven

Responsible for the Unesco Programme "Education for Children In Need" worldwide, Ute-Henriette Ohoven has raised more money for this activity than anybody else in the history of Unesco. But far more important: she guarantees personally that the money raised really arrives on location! 

Millions of dollars have been also brought in through such operations as the “telemarathon” hosted by Ute Ohoven, sponsored by Germany's leading broadcaster RTL. Mrs Ohoven's dedication to humanitarian causes back some 15 years. She has been a major benefactor of cancer research and treatment for children in Germany.  Recently she has been awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of merit) of the Federal Republic of Germany as well as the highest civil order of the republic of Senegal, and the Picasso Medal of UNITED NATIONS in gold. Ute-Henriette Ohoven is General Consul of the Republic of Senegal and has been voted among the 100 most influential women in Europe. See also my feature, written for "Excellence International" Pdf-article

Gala Event
Her annual charity-gala in Düsseldorf has the reputation of being one of the Top 10's in the world according to the newspaper "USA Today". During the past 10 years the gala's eclectic musical program included masterful performances by Shirley Bassey, Dionne Warwick, Eros Ramazotti, Barry Manilow, Lionel Richie, Chris de Burgh, The Scorpions, Zuccero, soprano Montserrat Caballé (Metropolitan Opera) and other famous singers.

Top-calibre guests who took over the patronage for the gala-evening so far: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Abbé Pierre, HRM Queen Noor of Jordan, Empress Farah Diba of Persia, HRH la Grande Duchesse Héritière Marie Theresa of Luxembourg, HH Begum Inaara Aga Khan, Dr. Helmut Kohl, Danielle Mitterand, the late Princess Soraya…Extensive media coverage is always provided thanks to the 22 TV-teams and 150 national and international journalists accredited for this unique event.

Unesco Goals

Throughout the world, over 100 million street or working children, young refugees and child prostitutes are not only robbed of their childhood but deprived of a basic education as well. For over five years, UNESCO's Programme for the Education of Children in Need, has been supporting dozens of initiatives to help rehabilitate children who are victims of violence and neglect. "When the battles are over and the guns silenced, children are left with wounds both emotional and physical," comments Ute Ohoven..
UNESCO Education for Children in Need is financed solely through donations. The gala proceeds allow the direct support of 207 projects in 74 countries, all entrusted to improve the plight of distressed children through vocational education as well as material and psychological support. Many are rescued from death.  UNESCO counts 188 country-members. Their duties are to actively promote policies for peace, respect of human rights and tolerance, independently of origin, language, race, religion and culture.

Education can help the healing to begin by building a bridge to normal life. Since being named Special Ambassador for Children in Need in 1994, Ute Ohoven has travelled the world - from Sarajevo to Calcutta, from Cuba to Cairo - to better understand these children's daily life and the projects established to help them. She has financed various projects, including four "Islands of Peace" that give shelter for 3200 children in Somalia and help street children in Mexico and Guatemala. She explains her indefatigable commitment to UNESCO's effort to aid children who are victims of war, violence and neglect: "UNESCO's experts know that they need more than bread, blankets and medicine. More than anything, children in need must have access to education so they can learn to take charge of their own lives and build a more peaceful future." This approach gives the children the help to help themselves, the only possibility to reduce poverty on a long-term basis. Please click here to read my article in Excellence International about Ute Ohoven.

Together with my husband Dr. h.c. Markus Jerger, who is the eldest son of Ute Ohoven, I hosted and organised the UNESCO Benefiz Gala Dinner on Friday, 15th of October 2004 in Geneva. To see details please visit

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* A special TV-feature "Ute-Henriette Ohoven" has been one of more than 200 VIP-Portraits, produced by Nathalie Gütermann for her TV-Shows 'Nathalie's Lifestyle' and 'Nathalie's Art of Living' that were broadcasted between 1990 - 2003 in Germany and in 15 countries world-wide. The content has been updated with actual information in 2004 for © 1990 - 2004. The reproduction or other use of any text, photos etc. needs the prior written permission of the Chief Publisher.

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