“Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind!” – Swiss Philosopher, poet and critic Henri-Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)

About Us

Fondation Rolf Schnyder (FRS) was set up to honour my late husband, Rolf W Schnyder, and our mutual goal to contribute positively to the world and its future, with priority for children and education.

Established as a tax-exempt charitable organisation under Swiss law in 2012 as Fondation Rolf Schnyder – Ulysse Nardin, we changed our name to Fondation Rolf Schnyder in 2014.

FRS – Founder & Board Members

Founder, Chair:
Chai Schnyder
MSc Manufacturing Engineering
Former Chair, Ulysse Nardin SA
Member, Asian Advisory Board of the Dariu Foundation

Damien Messerli
“Giving children the chance to have a qualitative education is the purpose of our Foundation”  

Noni L Abdullah
Former Country Manager, Malaysia, Ulysse Nardin SA

“I hope that we (YOU and I) –  will help as much or as little; what we can, and when we can.” 

Enzia Schnyder
“Hi, I’m Enzia. The environment is one of my biggest passions, and I would like to help reduce financial and social inequality so that everyone can be in a position to enjoy and protect it.”

A word from the Founder

I came from a very humble background, but have been blessed in so many ways in my life. In trying to give back, I have asked myself whether it would be futile, fruitless work:

  • There are so many problems in the world – what difference can I make?
  • There are too many people suffering – what I can do is just a drop in the ocean.

There are governments and so many established organisation – why not just leave them to do the necessary ….. many factors and diversions (geo-politics, corruption, addictions, fanaticism, power, mass culture) stronger than what alternative I think I can offer.

  • How about if I just relax and enjoy the fruits of my success since I have worked so hard?
  • What if I am doing charity just to feel good about myself?
  • How do I know if I’m doing enough?
  • Should I just follow my heart, or must I be sure that there is scientific data and also scale?
  • How do I choose the areas to work on?

I do not have the answers to all those questions, but I decided to emulate my late husband’s ‘just do it’ attitude, and his courage in taking up challenges. Within a short time, I was pleasantly surprised that following my heart had led to many fruitful encounters – of wonderful, hardworking people, who dedicate their time and effort to helping the needy – and working with these people have meant that even the numbers are adding up now.

Indeed every effort makes a difference.

There are ways this world is developing which promises sustainability and a bright future of abundance. Let’s help as many people as possible get educated – to help them understand there is a future for them too, and to make the right choices for ourselves and themselves.  Give more people (as many as we can) a realistic way to hope for our future, and that of the whole world. Even if you think your help is futile – let’s have the hope to give someone else hope. The world population has now reached 7 billion, and counting. For every educated enlightened being, there are many more who have not had the faintest chance to the basics of literacy and numeracy; let alone be exposed to the minds of the wise and learned.

Let’s begin with small steps and let these count. Let’s make the difference. I am very grateful for any kind of support and contribution you would give to make this a continuity for the generations to come.


Chai Schnyder

In meeting with the needy – sometimes the most unexpected happens, and is actually most nourishing to the heart.  One day, a young beneficiary asked – what can she do for me in return?  I was so deeply touched that someone with so little wanted to do what she can for me, and wrote this:

When you smile

When you said “Thank you”

When you asked what you could do for me in return

 You already did

‘Cause my heart felt warmed

 All I want

Is that you get a chance

A chance to learn

A chance to move forward

A chance to hope

A chance to be happy

 And I thank you, when you take your step forward.