The Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation

The Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation is a charitable organisation founded in 2010 in the bohemian St. Pauli area of Hamburg. We’ve made it our goal that every persona has access to independent, self-determined and sustainable livelihoods.

We support entrepreneurial and income generating initiatives in regions currently excluded from fair access to the global economic system. We partner with local organisations who implement projects within their communities to create positive change and strengthen economic independence.

The focus of our work is therefore on strengthening their resources. For this reason, we primarily promote entrepreneurship and educational institutions that aim to create sustainable sources of income.

Our organisation is funded primarily from the sale of Lemonaid & ChariTea drinks, but donations and active participation in our work are more than welcome. The projects we support lie in ingredients home countries of the beverages and teas.

As of December 2020, we have been able to support 45 projects since the inception of the Foundation. We choose our projects directly, and pay regular project visits ourselves to see how things are progressing . This means we get to know the local people and project partners during each successive visit, and learn about local problems and potenials. Local initiatives from our project countries South Africa, Rwanda, Argentina, Paraguay, Mexico, India & Sri Lanka that would like to be supported by the Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation can apply for this.

The Team

The Foundation

After studying in London, Aileen spent 7 years in the Eastern Cape of South Africa working in the field of development cooperation.


Part of the team since 2016, has she brought life and passion to the Foundation.

Aileen Puhlmann
Management of the Foundation, Projectcoordination (South Africa & Rwanda)

Hanna has supported the Foundation for over four years with her expertise in sustainability, Latin America and communication.


She firmly believes that there can be no sustainability without justice and empathy.

Hanna Brüning
Projectcoordination (Argentina, Paraguay & Mexico), Communication & Public Relations

The Internal Board

"The Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation is the main reason why I work for Lemonaid.

I want to move in are more innovative and sustainable direction than other NGOs, that's why I became part of the internal advisory board".

Stefan Haller
Chair, co-chair Mexico

"When the opportunity arose about two years ago to actively shape the development cooperation of the Foundation, I didn't have to think twice.

I am very happy to be part of the internal advisory board for another two years".

Simon Luyken
Co-chair Rwanda

"I think working at Lemonaid has a similar effect on all of us.

But the support of the Foundation is for me a further step to bring about a positive change in the world".

Ina Hanusch
Co-chair Argentina, Paraguay

"Development work does not always work as expected.

But the work of the Foundation is really unbelievable. I am looking forward to the next two years with exciting meetings, trips and new projects".

Sebastian Koch
Co-chair South Africa

"Cultural, economic and political challenges in the global south are complex.

The projects and partnerships supported by the Foundation motivate me to deal with them even more intensively through my work on the internal advisory board."

Udo Schulte
Co-chair Sri Lanka

"I am still quite new to Lemonaid, but have already worked for foundations in Hamburg and the Philippines.

I know the work & the structures and am happy to be part of the world of the Foundation".

Sebastian Schwickart
Co-chair India
The External Board

"As a journalist and communications consultant in the field of sustainability, I am excited to support the Foundation with my expertise.

So that the good can be seen - and that others can get in motion."

Thomas Friemel
Director Kombüse, Journalist

"Knowing what works and why, enables us to increase the quality of development cooperation with each individual project. That is why I advise partner organisations on impact-oriented monitoring and evaluations."

Kirsten Ehrich
Consultant for Monitoring & Evaluation at Plan International

"It is very important to me to promote the entrepreneurial potential of people and to accompany them at eye-level. I am happy to support the Foundation in the assessment and selection of sustainable projects".

Anke Luckja
Director Opportunity International Germany

"I'm moved by entrepreneurial approaches for sustainability. What counts in the end here is positive impact.

That's why I like to discuss with the Advisory Board how we can achieve and scale positive impact."

Markus Beckmann
Professorhip for Sustainability Management

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