For twelve years Maria von Blumencron fulfilled her dream to be an actress. Then one day whilst zapping between TV channels she was confronted by the picture of two young children who had frozen to death while trying to escape from Tibet. This moment changed her life completely. She swapped her role to become the one behind the camera in order to document the desperate flight on foot of Tibetan children over the Himalayas. She has worked as a filmmaker and author since completing her first documentation ,Flight over the Himalalays‘. Her attention is not restricted however only to Asia; her focus is also on Russia and Germany.
Maria’s books and films always elicit a huge amount of public willingness to lend a hand. Shelter108 was established in order to coordinate this support professionally and to ensure that help is brought to the right people in the right places.
Linda Raßmann hat im Januar 2020 unser Dolpo-Hostel in Kathmandu besucht und das Projekt vor Ort kennen und lieben gelernt. Nach dem Aufenthalt wollte sie sich gerne darüber hinaus für den Verein engagieren und wurde Anfang Mai 2020 zur ehrenamtlichen Vorsitzenden von Shelter108 e.V. gewählt. Beruflich ist Sie selbstständig im Versicherungsbereich tätig und verknüpft den Versicherungsvertrieb mit Spenden für den Verein. Künftig möchte Linda auch die Patenreisen begleiten und bei Info-Veranstaltungen den Verein unterstützen, sowie neue Projekte ins Leben rufen.
Michael Rupe studierte Betriebswirtschaften mit Schwerpunkt Finanz- und Rechnungswesen sowie Steuerrecht und gründete 1993 eine eigene Unternehmensberatung. Viele Reisen haben Ihn u.a. nach Asien - insbesondere Indien - geführt und schon in früher Jugend hat er sich dem Buddhismus zugewandt. Er trainierte Taekwon-Do und ist Träger des 4. DAN. Seit 1995 arbeitet er mit Schlittenhunden und fuhr bereits ‚Longtrails’ in Alaska und Kanada. Seit 1998 engagiert Michael sich sehr stark im Tierschutz.
Maria von Blumencron first met Jörg Arnold in 2000 shortly before ,Flight over the Himalayas‘ was to be filmed. It was Jörg’s spontaneous decision to assist Maria and accompany her and the six Tibetan refugee children on their arduous route to freedom.
Jörg was a founder member of Shelter108 and he is today chairman.
Christian Gatniejewski is a professional mountaineer and paramedic who joined Shelter108 after hearing one of Maria von Blumencron’s book readings in Leipzig. Three years later found him in the Himalayas on a treacherous trek to find Tibetan refugees. Christian looked after the refugees’s severe frostbite calmly and with incredible professional know-how. It was Christian who saved so many fingers and toes from amputation. The fact that the expedition was a success is largely due to his efforts and experience. Christian supports Shelter108 by holding lectures and presentations. People who attend these say that they are really not to be missed!
For more than two years Michael Landwehr was a natural sciences teacher in the Tibetan Children’s Village Dharamsala. He is one of very few foreign teachers to have worked there for an extended period of time. During his stay he developed close contacts to both colleagues and children. He himself has fostered three children in the Children’s Village. He returned to Germany in February 2009 and took charge of the Shelter108 office in Cologne. Apart from general administrative duties Michael is also in charge of sponsorships, sponsorship trips, educational tours for the
children and special projects.
Dick Davies was born in 1950 Redditch, Worcestershire, (England). He has lived in Germany since 1972. Until 2008 he worked in the advertising industry and was a partner in his own Frankfurt advertising agency. Married since 1972, Dick is now a proud grandfather.
"As a passionate father and grandfather it is almost unbearable when I hear how terrible life is for some children. And in contrast how wonderful a child's laughter sounds. If we at Shelter108 e.V. can bring a lttle happiness, warmth and optimism to kids who have no hope, then perhaps we too can have faith in a brighter future."
Helena Himmelsbach completed a 2-month traineeship with Shelter108 as part of her Asian Studies course at university (studying amongst others Hindi, Sanskrit and Tibetan), after which we were very loathe to let her go! Since then she frequently helps us at our information stand at various events and with new projects and translations! From 2016 she will organise and supervise her own trips for sponsors. Further, she is also a trainee responsible for purchasing at welcome-kaufenundhelfen.de.