His birthday in November Thilo Becker always celebrates with friends. In a big round there is laughter, stories and fondue. This is tradition since years and hence also planned for 2017. But one thing will be different this time. The laywer from Radebeul near Dresden wishes for donations for arche noVa instead of presents from his guests. “As great as it can be to get some presents, I want to use the possibility of supporting the organization I hold so dear.” On his invitation he announced the issue.
Already since more than four years the father of two sons regularly donates to arche noVa. He likes the organization for being locally resident and he knows that the money reaches the place where it’s needed. “In my family as well as in my wife’s family it is part of life to donate and share. May it be a school in the Ivory Coast of which we know the director, or the work of child welfare organizations.” The support of children is for Thilo Becker a major concern. He is pleased about arche noVa having started two schooling projects for children in Syria. But also the engagement for the human right to water worldwide is fully in his spirit.
The proverbial thinking out of the box
“As a student I always worked alongside, so I could backpack-travel the world”, Thilo Becker tells us. He likes to remember the many great encounters and experiences, but also memories have stayed that were not that easy to handle. “In my mind I see children in Jakarta, who so to say lived right on the garbage dump, always looking for something useful. I also still know how the favelas in Brazil occupied my thoughts.”
Thilo Becker was born in Hamburg, his wife in Munich, where her Spanish father was a lecturer. “Our sons are living in an open world and in school and university they get to know young people from all over the world regularly. They keep friendships intact regardless of country borders. That’s completely natural for them.” Short time ago the family had an exchange student from Tanzania. The proverbial saying “thinking outside of the box” belongs to the family’s daily routine. “Especially our youngest son is politically very interested. He was the one who brought up the idea not to spend the grandfather’s Christmas money in the family, but for a donation to arche noVa.”