A longstanding humanitarian advocate, Dr. h.c. Ute-Henriette Ohoven initially focused her activities on cancer research and treatment for children in her native Germany. Her 1992 designation as UNESCO Special Ambassador for the Education of Children in Need further broadened and intensified her commitment.
She has been working tirelessly to mobilize attention, support and resources in favour of UNESCO’s education programmes for children in need worldwide. The annual UNESCO Children in Need gala, which Mrs Ohoven organizes in Germany has become a major international charity event – a celebration in which leading circles of the business and artistic community rally around the ideals of UNESCO and its education programmes. The funds raised enable UNESCO to implement education projects in numerous developing countries. Mrs Ohoven regularly visits project sites, taking great personal interest in project implementation and in the lives of the people she is trying to help.
In 2005, three major projects in Batticaloa, Ahungalla and Kalmunai in Sri Lanka were funded through Mrs Ohoven’s Children in Need Foundation to help the many victims who have suffered from the tsunami in South East Asia. Currently Mrs Ohoven supports projects for children in Haiti, Senegal, Belarus, and Ghana.