January 12th, 2013 by Zachary Shahan
OK, if you don’t follow tennis at all. Ever. Not even for a second. Then you might not know who Roger Federer is. If not, he’s arguably the best tennis player to ever live. Incidentally, he’s also heavily involved in charitable efforts, especially in some of the poorest countries in the world (a form of “planet saving,” you might say).
One such effort I recently learned about it is an effort to build schools and related facilities in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world.
“So far 10 schoolhouses for over 2,000 children have been built,” the Roger Federer Foundation notes. “There is a severe lack of school buildings in the rural areas of Malawi. Often over 120 children share one single classroom and poorly trained teachers do not know how to actually teach with hardly any educational material at hand. The consequences of these conditions are a poor educational background of many children as well as very high dropout rates, despite 8 years of compulsory primary education.”
The Roger Federer Foundation has teamed up with Credit Suisse on this effort. Credit Suisse also notes the following: “Over the next 10 years, around 54,000 children should benefit from a new early childhood education project set up by the Roger Federer Foundation (RFF).”
Notably, Roger Federer’s mother was born in South Africa, which makes him especially attracted to work in Africa, but his charity has also helped out victims of the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, victims of Hurricane Katrina, victims of the 2010–2011 Queensland floods, and many more.
If you didn’t like Federer before, I think you can’t help but like him now. But if you still need a little help, enjoy this video of him and arch rival Rafa Nadal:
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