The Big Girls Foundation was founded in 2020 by Africa enthusiasts Johannes Viehhauser, Jörg Delhaes, Lisa Städtler, Marlis Hiegemann, Maximilian Krause, Nicole Vargas, Philipp Thönes and Susanne Schemmerl.
We have close professional and personal relationships with Africa and some of us have worked or lived in different parts of the continent.
Together we fight for our goal of creating a world in which every woman can develop her full potential and shape the future of her families, communities and countries.
Dr. Johannes ViehhauserChairman
With the establishment of the Big Girls Foundation, I want to support girls – who are still strongly disadvantaged in Africa – to become educated and self-confident women.
This will enable them to live a self-determined life and exert a positive influence on their families as well as the society.
Lisa StädtlerVice President
I want to pay it forward and enable others to do the same. Together we can achieve a lot.
The education of girls is of importance to me as it sends positive signals and is the start of a new way of seeing girls in their communities as well.
Marlis HiegemannVice President
OccupationHR Expert Recruiting
I would like to contribute to strengthening the self-image of women through education, thus promoting their position in the communities
Susi SchemmerlMember of the board
OccupationKinder- & Jugendlichenpsychotherapeutin
My goal is to strengthen the self-confidence of girls and young women by providing them access to education. Therewith, I want to enable them to live independently and become an important and valued part of their families and communities.
Philipp ThönesMember of the board
The education of girls and young women is an important building block for an equal / just society.
With our project I would like to make my contribution to setting this building block and contributing to further social development in Africa and in the world.
Maximilian KrauseMember of the board
Especially in Africa, where the level of education is still very poor and the opportunity for school education is reserved for individuals, girls are denied access to education.
With the Big Girls, I want to support young girls to lead a self-determined life through access to education.
Nicole Vargas CrispieriSecretary
Giving young women access to education and information opens up a world of opportunities and enables them to be self-determined with their destiny.
Through the Big Girls Foundation I can help girls and young women have this chance and hopefully support them to become who they want to be.
I really believe in the unique power of education and knowledge in developing personalities and therewith society.
To me this means foremost to put the high potential group of young women at the center of activities.I therefore engage with the Big Girls Foundation to enable young women to become entrepreneurs of their own life.