Kwacakworo Association

The Kwacakworo Association for Culture, Peace, and the Arts

To preserve Kwacakworo’s material and immaterial work and to give his estate a practical function and meaning, an Association called the “Kwacakworo Association” has been established.

During his active time as a delegate of the ICRC, a commander of peacekeepers in the Nuba Mountains, and as a long-standing peace advisor to the Swiss government in South Sudan, Kwacakworo had passed on a large part of his salary to young South Sudanese, Nuba or Turkana  to enable them to  pursue their education or training, and to help them with other personal problems including healthcare, travel, accommodation in the refugee camp in Kakuma, etc. Kwacakworo had also launched and accompanied a scholarship programme of the Swiss government (SDC) for young people from marginalised areas of South Sudan for years.

In gratitude for his commitment to young South Sudanese of all ethnic backgrounds, one of the former child soldiers (Napoleon Adok Gai) had the idea in the 1990s to establish a “Kwacakworo Foundation”. The idea inspired many working South Sudanese to help young people with their education. However, due to the limited means of communication at that time, and the lack of resources, it was not possible to realize the idea of the foundation.

The Kwacakworo Association was founded in Davos on August 30, 2023.

The aim is to preserve the material and immaterial heritage of Kwacakworo and to give practical meaning to his legacy. The Perner House will be established as one of the cultural and educational centres in Davos. The goal is to build bridges of communication and cooperation in the fields of education, cultural exchange, art and peace work.

The Objectives:

  • To promote cultural and scientific exchange by preserving the heritage of Kwacakworo.
  • To make Kwacakworo’s life experiences, his writings and research on literature, culture, ethnography and peace-building accessible through the com website and his autobiography “Why Did You Come If You Leave Again?”.
  • To establish relationships between universities or international institutions and the Davos research institutes and cultural societies.
  • To maintain and take care of the historical Kwacakworo family house (“Haus Perner”) as the home of the Association.
  • To provide residencies for scholars, scientists, and artists as a resource for inspiration and creative work.
  • To gather resources including fundraising and collaboration with other centres to support the Association’s activities.

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Bank details

Kwacakworo AssociationMattastrasse 1, 7270 Davos Platz
Account Nr.10 478.308.700
IBANCH36 0077 4010 4783 0870 0
Bank Clearing-Nr.774