Four hundred and fifty children of all colours and cultures, with hearing difficulties and normal hearing, are educated here using special pedagogical methods. Phonak founders Andy und Hans-Ueli Rihs provided the significant set-up financing for this project. In his opening speech, Nelson Mandela spoke of the high value of this initiative. In the early years, the majority of the activities and infrastructure were covered by the Right to Hear Foundation; the idea and the further development of the project arose from the initiative of Nico van der Merve. Founded in the year 2001.