Germany Chapter

CIYOTA's approach of strengthening community engagement does not goes beyond local communities. We have friends around the world, who care and love our work to transform communities in Africa. We welcome these people and extend the opportunity to build the community.

Anja Schäper
President of CIYOTA Chapter in Germany

She was born in1974 in Germany and studied education to become a secondary school teacher.

In 2009 she read an article about Joseph Munyambanza, co-founder and CIYOTA in a big German political magazine that moved her profoundly. Upon this she contacted Joseph and next to good friendships, her support for CIYOTA began. With this project Anja found something to support she was always looking for, especially in Africa. An NGO that was founded organized and lead by refugees FOR refugees who know best what, where and when something is needed. For Anja it was most important to find a project with a grassroot philosophy she could deeply trust: I know that every cent donated is effectively used for something important!

Right from the beginning she integrated raising awareness for this project within her teachings. She realized quickly that it is more sustainable to raise money for the community of Cyiota in Kyangwali, rather than sending school supplies from Germany.

This is why she built a network in Germany to raise money as well collecting various goods (e.g. glasses) to send to Uganda. Above all of Anja's visits strengthened her part in the Ciyota family even more.

Christoph Schäper

He was born in 1974 in Germany and also studied education. He works as a secondary school teacher and is Anja's husband.

Right from the beginning Christoph joined Anja in supporting CIYOTA and is an equal part in creating a support network in Germany. Among so many things Christoph is amazed that he could find a community that is built on real and authentic solidarity. He loves to be part of an organization that was founded by people who wanted to change their lives independently. People who saw the darkest places in life and grew from within to be the positive change their community and continent needed.

Christoph's humorous and positive personality always brings an enthusiastic spirit into the German CIYOTA group. A trait that is also cherished by the CIYOTA family in Uganda.

Andrea Zipfel

She was born in 1980 in Germany and studied education. She is Anja's colleague at a secondary school in Koblenz.

She was very impressed and moved by Anja's first presentation about the project in a school conference. Right after this she was motivated to support her and started with different markets and bazars in school. Over the years Andrea became a strong and enthusiastic member of the group. And supported all projects with many ideas.

CIYOTA's German branch is also supported by the Menningen family, Gisela and Gerd Reis, Jutta Michels, Dr. Daniela Mamic, Herbert and Steffi Justen, teacher's and pupils of Goethe- Realschule plus and Clemens-Brentano-Overberg Realschule plus Koblenz and many others donors in the Koblenz area.

Brigitte Reinhold

I was born in1969 in Stuttgart, Germany. Since 2000 I am a teacher at the Goethe-School in Koblenz. At CIYOTA, I became aware of my colleague Anja and her husband, Christoph Schäper, whose commitment I had admired from the start. Education is the only way to finally get peace in all countries. That is why I support Ciyota's genius path.

Kristina Jehle

My name is Kristina Jehle, I was born in 1987 and work as a teacher in Koblenz / Germany.
At CIYOTA I became aware of Anja, who has been supporting the organization for several years. I support CIYOTA because the organization promotes the education of young people, which is the basis for a successful and self-determined life. It is great that as a small part of a great thing you can do a lot and that the support arrives where it is needed.

Songal Ilay

I was born and raised in Izmir/Turkey in 1983. There I also studied philosophy. I came to Germany in 2008, learned German and started working as a Turkish teacher in 2010. I am the colleague of Anja Schäper, who told us in a conference about CIYOTA.

CIYOTA directly interested me because of three different reasons:
1. My childhood went off under difficult financial conditions;
2. It was my happiness that I had great parents who realized early that my sisters and I couldn't lead an independent life without education (especially as women in Turkey). They have sacrificed themselves to send us to study at the university;
3. Education is like a light! No matter how the conditions are: if one can see which ways are open in life, these can lead one out of the darkness. Everyone has to get an opportunity to get education. And CIYOTA makes this possible!