The JHS Foundation, helps young women who would otherwise not have access  to an education. JHS funds higher education studies for young people from developing nations in their countries of origin. Our focus has been on women since 2012. We believe that education does not ony bring knowledge, it also gives students the power to change their lives and contribute positively to the future of their community, improving our world today and tomorrow.


The JHS Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation based in Zurich, Switzerland. It was founded in 2000, in memory of Johanna Heumann, who believed that helping others when you are given the opportunity is a duty, an honor, and a matter of course. JHS is run by a board. Board members represent various professional fields, work on a voluntary basis and rely on existing networks of information.

Global volunteers

The JHS Foundation works with local heroes, or volunteers, in developing countries such as Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Afghanistan, Palestine and Ecuador. Our local heroes serve as a bridge between the students and JHS. They identify and suggest potential students,  and then coordinate and monitor the student's progress, as well as helping with the administrative process.