Team supported by the Dr Stephan Knabe Foundation at the Dr Ayres Menezes Hospital in São Tomé City

The focus of the Dr. Stephan Knabe Foundation is on the Democratic Republic of São Tomé e Príncipe. We support the archipelago, among other things, by promoting cultural exchange, scholarships and the establishment of economic contacts.

The Dr Stephan Knabe Foundation is involved in the following projects in São Tomé e Príncipe, among others: Operations and medical care for burn victims, teacher training, German as a foreign language, free provision of laptops.

Dr Stephan Knabe Stiftung Krankenhaus São Tomé

Preliminary meeting at the hospital Dr. Ayres de Menezes, São Tomé City

Medical help

In cooperation with the hospitals EvB Potsdam and Dr. Ayres de Menezes in São Tomé City, the Dr Stephan Knabe Foundation promotes the medical treatment of people in need. In the current projects, mainly victims of burns are treated in cosmetic surgery. These operations are hardly practiced on site, but they give back a part of normality and life to people who, for example, have suffered disfigurements of the face or body during cooking or in accidents. We support travel expenses of the medical staff, material and cooperation.

Educational Funding

The Dr. Stephan Knabe Foundation has been supporting education and teacher training on São Tomé e Príncipe for several years. One sign of this was the handover of two dozen brand-new laptops to facilitate the work of teachers and students. In addition, with the help of the foundation, it was possible to send an intern to the islands to provide staff support for the German Studies Institute at the University of São Tomé e Príncipe.

Dr Stephan Knabe Stiftung Übergabe Computer

Handover of donated laptops at the Ministry of Education São Tomé e Príncipe

Dr Stephan Knabe Stiftung Lehrerbildung

Dr. Stephan Knabe with prospective German teachers in São Tomé.

German as a foreign language

Another focus of the Dr. Stephan Knabe Foundation in São Tomé is German as a foreign language. Here, we directly support the training of German teachers. Since 2021, university training as a German teacher is guaranteed on São Tomé e Príncipe. Currently, 12 teachers teach at various institutions. So far, more than 850 interested people have learned German as a foreign language (in total in the secondary school 10th, 11th and 12th grade, in the professional field and at the university on Sao Tomé and Principe. A particular specialization is German for tourism and health care.


In Monte Café, we support the local girls’ soccer team with jerseys. The team is coached by Luis “Luma” Almeida, who was the coach of the national soccer team in his younger years and now passes on his knowledge to the girls and young women of his region. Team sports give the girls new perspectives and a different understanding of their roles. This enables them to develop professionally. Also through the stable contact with the foundation, the girls gain a self-image of internationality that will be useful to them in their future careers.

Dr Stephan Knabe Stiftung Sport São Tomé

With freshly donated soccer jerseys for the Monte Café women’s team, led by Luis “Luma” Almeida, formerly also coach of the São Tomé e Príncipes national team.

You would like to participate or need more information? Feel free to contact us at any time!

Our foundation video with many impressions from São Tomé e Príncipe

Dr. Stephan Knabe Foundation contacts

Dr. Stephan Knabe Stiftung
Flottstelle 7, 14548 Schwielowsee / OT Caputh, Deutschland
Geschäftsführung: E. A. Weinbrecht

Registernummer: HRB 32539
Registergericht: Potsdam

Information for download

Foundation letter 01 / (in German) Oktober 2020
Foundation letter 02 / (in German) November 2020
Foundation letter 03 / (in German) August 2022