About the Association

The association HOPE - Hope for Children in Nepal is based in Magden (Switzerland) and is recognized by the tax authorities as a charitable organization. Donations are tax-deductible.


The board works on a voluntary basis, and all contributions directly flow into the project. Nepal trips and related expenses are privately funded.

Board members

President - Barbara Roniger

In 1998, I was first confronted with a vision to support children in Nepal. Three years later,  I traveled to the country and have been involved in various projects to support children ever since. With the new association "Hope - Hoffnung für Kinder in Nepal" established in 2012, I aim to help disadvantaged children, mothers, teenagers, and families by bringing some rays of light into their bleak future.

I travel to this beautiful country once or twice a year to ensure that the entrusted funds are being used properly. The radiant eyes of the children, the warm-hearted people, as well as the eyes filled with survival and future fears, always give me joy and strength to embrace this challenge anew.

Finance - Julien Roniger

When the association was established I gladly took on the responsibility of managing its finance. As a person in the banking industry I have a strong affinity for working with numbers and money.  It was a wonderful opportunity for me to leverage my skills and contribute them towards a meaningful and impactful cause.

Actuary - Madeleine Sunier

In 2011, I had the opportunity to travel to Nepal for a trekking tour to the Kingdom of Mustang. The breathtaking landscape and the warm-hearted people left me truly fascinated. It was during my visit to Pokhara, where I had the pleasure of spending time with my sponsor child, that the idea to create a project providing school education for underprivileged children was born. Inspired by this experience, I decided to collaborate with my friends to turn this idea into a reality.

Portfolio Manager - Lukas Schmutz

During numerous collaborative lunches over the past few years, Barbara and I have diligently addressed potential challenges in the HOPE projects in Nepal, striving for their smooth execution and ultimate success. Since my early retirement, I have become even more actively involved in supporting HOPE. In the summer of 2018, I collaborated with Barbara and Narayan Baral to formulate a comprehensive plan for the vocational school, which has proven to be a crucial foundation for its successful implementation in Pokhara and effective engagement with donors. Drawing upon my extensive experience in portfolio management, strategy development, and change management, I am able to provide valuable assistance in these endeavors.