Education: LLM University of Cape Town
Julika is in charge of the day–to–day running of the organisation. She spent the first 30 years of her life in Germany and graduated from the University of Passau in 1996, thereafter practiced law for three years. In 1999, in order to further her studies and to gain exposure to a different culture, she enrolled and completed two Master’s Degrees at the University of Cape Town being Maritime and International Trade Law. Having fallen in love with South Africa and its people, she decided to stay on. Initially she worked as a sworn English/German translator at the Western Cape High Court.
In 2004 she left Cape Town for Durban and settled near The Valley of a Thousand Hills with her husband Patrick. Energised by her volunteering experiences in Cape Town and supported German family and friends, she established her first charitable organisation, Libalele Foundation, in 2005, serving orphaned and vulnerable children in The Valley of a Thousand Hills. By 2008, with this small organisation continually extending its reach to meet the great needs that we encountered, she had the good fortune of receiving her first donation from Futurelife. Julika immediately recognised the value of fortified, instant meals at the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres they were supporting, the results for the physical and cognitive development of the children which whom we worked were nothing short of astonishing. In 2014 the Futurelife Foundation Trust was established with the mission to alleviate hunger and malnutrition among South African children under the age of 5.
“ Our development work in the ECD sector grew by the year and we were able to add two
further programmes to the large–scale nutrition programme, namely a nutrition & play
programme and an ECD registration programme with the Department of Social
Development. With a diversified programme and several more food donors coming on
board with support, we rebranded in 2018 to Zero2Five Trust. Our values and mission
remain the same and I invite you to join us on this journey towards making a measurable
impact on the lives of South African children”