‘I was lucky enough to have the chance to travel to many countries during my tennis career. I often observed the terrible conditions children in other countries have to grow up in. It was then that then I decided to dedicate my time to these children after my active career.’
Regarding the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide exceeded 50 million – the highest number since World War 2. (June 2014). Almost half of them are children and adolescents. The major source countries of refuges are Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Congo. The five major refugee hosting countries are Pakistan, Iran, Syria, Germany and Jordan. In 2011, a total of 53.347 people submitted individual applications for asylum. Most refugees came from Afghanistan, Iraq, Serbia, Iran and Syria.
Children for Tomorrow is a non-profit foundation with the aim of supporting children and families who have become victims of war, persecution and organized violence. It was initiated in 1998 by Stefanie Graf. The foundation endeavors to provide support in the process of emotional recovery for children who have experienced various forms of violence.
A fruitful collaboration with hospitals and kindergartens has already led to the employment of child psychologists and further professionals as well as the purchase of much needed equipment on site. In addition to financing projects in Uganda, Eritrea and Kosovo, Children for Tomorrow also funds the Outpatient Clinic for Refugee Children and Adolescents at the University clinic of Hamburg-Eppendorf, where traumatized children from crisis ridden areas receive psychological and psychiatric treatment. All projects are aimed at long-term, as well as sustainable consequences. In April 2011 Children for Tomorrow moved into the new foundation’s headquarters on the premises of the University clinic of Hamburg Eppendorf.