Fondation Rolf Schnyder (FRS) was set up to honour the wish of my late husband, Rolf W Schnyder, to help the hapless, with priority to children, the future of our world.
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.
Founder, Chair: Chai Schnyder
MSc Manufacturing Engineering
Former Chair, Ulysse Nardin SA
Member, Asian Advisory Board of the Dariu Foundation
Board Members : Patrice Carrel
Former CFO, Ulysse Nardin SA
Member of the Board of Bayasgalant Foundation
Noni L Abdullah
Former Country Manager, Malaysia, Ulysse Nardin SA
Founder, Sophie K Interiors
Member, Board of Governors, Gordonstoun School
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 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.
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.
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.