OUR GOAL

Nurturing Leaders, Effecting Change

Our volunteers work on special projects that contribute to making a positive change in the world. Many of our current activities are related to the Compostela Village Project, which focuses on sustainable livelihood through agriculture, education, entrepreneurship and other projects.

Our Work

Follow Your Dreams

Dekeyser & Friends was founded by Bobby Dekeyser in Geneva in 2009. Inspired by a life-changing experience, he decided to launch an initiative for young people. As a teenager Dekeyser was invited to attend a football camp in New York City, and there he met Pelé. He asked the international football star for advice on how to achieve his goals. Pelé replied, “Follow your dreams”.

“I never forgot his words,” said Dekeyser.

 The foundation has so far initiated a number of international projects. In Bavaria’s Schliersee, fellows from all over the world used traditional methods to build a farmhouse under the guidance of Markus Wasmeier, an Olympic gold medalist in Alpine skiing. Dancing to choreography by Mustafa Erdoğan of the Fire of Anatolia dance company, fellows performed in an international stage production in Istanbul. In Hamburg they learned everything about handling food from the television chef Tim Mälzer. Internationally renowned goalkeeper Jens Lehmann (Arsenal London) supervised a football project in Hamburg. Primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall worked with fellows on a conservation project.

Today, the foundation’s main project is the village of Compostela, which was created to help give a fresh start to people living on a dump site in Mandaue City on the Philippine island of Cebu, with guidance from Father Heinz Kulüke (Steyler Missionaries).

Our People

friends from all over the world

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BOBBY DEKEYSER

CAROLIN DEKEYSER

Yannick Dekeyser

Marie Dekeyser

Oya Ogurcu

Hervé Lampert

Daniel Borer

Find out more about the foundation’s roots
in Bobby Dekeyser’s biography.

All of the proceeds from the sale of this book go directly to Dekeyser & Friends.

DEKEYSER & FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK

Dekeyser & Friends shared Dominik Bloh's post.

A day without a letter in my mailbox is a good day.

I wish no one had to be afraid of checking their mailbox and that no one winced when they heard the doorbell ring.
It took a while for me to put my name on the door and on the mailbox.
That was something I hadn’t done for a long time.
I used to drown in yellow letters.
Resigned, I let the mail pile up. I suppressed all thoughts of consequences.
Today I received a postcard from a friend on vacation in Sardinia.

My name is on the mailbox, and I can look inside without being afraid.

It’s a great feeling.

#Ankerschmerz #DekeyserAndFriends #Ankerherz #DominikBloh

Ein Tag ohne Post im Briefkasten ist ein guter Tag.
Ich wünsche niemanden Angst davor zu haben in den Briefkasten zu schauen oder zusammenzuzucken, wenn es an der Tür klingelt.
Es hat etwas gedauert bis ich meinen Namen an Tür und Briefkasten angebracht habe.
Das habe ich schon lange nicht mehr getan.
Früher bin ich untergegangen in einem Stapel gelber Briefe.
Resigniert ließ ich die Post liegen. Ich verdrängte den Gedanken an die Konsequenzen.
Heute habe ich eine Postkarte einer Freundin erhalten, die auf Sardinien Urlaub macht.
Mein Name ist am Briefkasten angebracht und ich kann ohne Angst hineinschauen.
Das ist ein wirklich gutes Gefühl.
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Ein Tag ohne Post im Briefkasten ist ein guter Tag. Ich wünsche niemanden Angst davor zu haben in den Briefkasten zu schauen oder zusammenzuzucken, wenn es an der Tür klingelt. Es hat etwas geda...

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