A personal preface
If someone would have told me in 2002 that I would use all my energy to help improve other peoples' living conditions today, I would probably have laughed loudly. As a businessman and marketing consultant, it was sales, profit and other material criteria that had a higher value to me, even though I always had a strong feeling for injustice, especially human problems.
The turning point came on Christmas 2002, when I followed Inge Sterk's invitation to the Mae Tao Clinic, to see the tragedy of the Burmese refugees with my own eyes.
It was supposed to be a short visit, but turned into a six week-long stay. What I experienced during this time changed my moral concepts deeply. I knew that I had to do something.
With the support of dear people, our members and our team in Mae Sot, I founded Help without Frontiers. Every year this support increased and today we are a respectful, reliable and integral partner for many thousands of refugees, especially children. At the end of 2006 I stopped my job-related activities to work full time for the organisation. I could financially afford this; luckily, life has been good to me. Now I can give some of that back.
As a former businessman I feel obliged to use all funds in the most efficient and cost-conscientious way. This is one of the reasons why transparency and the strict distinction between donations and income for the administration have top priority for Help without Frontiers, as well as for myself. It is my personal concern that each donation goes to our projects and none of it has to be used for administration, travels or advertisement.
Thank you for your solidarity and all your words of encouragement during the last years. It encourages, and gives us energy and confidence.
A ray of sunshine
Your Benno Röggla