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In memory of Rupert Weber

Rupert Weber

"A better future for all can only exist if we manage to improve the livelihood of everyone, even in the worlds’ most vulnerable regions."

- Rupert Weber (1964-2021)
Very rarely in life do we meet people who are committed in an extraordinary way to those who have been disadvantaged by fate. Rupert Weber was such a person. He had found his life's mission in standing up for others, in supporting people with all his strength whose lives were marked by poverty and hunger. Rupert wanted to open up perspectives and opportunities for them so that they could improve their lives and those of their families and be able to shape them independently. He wanted to do his part to ensure that the lives of the next generation would be improved and that the children of today would be spared the fate of poverty. Courageously and fearlessly, he continued the legacy of Karlheinz Böhm's life's work. He always saw the possibilities, never the obstacles, and was a shaper with great vision. He was deeply committed and hard-working member of the Foundation.
Like hardly anyone else, Rupert was able to inspire people and supporters for the projects of Menschen für Menschen. Everyone who visited a project with Rupert will remember this as an extraordinary enrichment. He was a bridge builder. Between Austria and Ethiopia and between different people. And he always put his heart and soul into his work.
This was also felt by the people in Ethiopia. They trusted him, shared their stories, and told him about their concerns and worries. Over the years, deep friendships have developed. Rupert was a welcome guest and Ethiopia has become his second home over the years.
Seeing the progress of the measures and the local situation with his own eyes was always a major concern for Rupert. He often and gladly traveled to Ethiopia. When he visited the then undeveloped project area of Ginde Beret in 2011, he explored the region on foot for several days in sweltering heat. This action caused disbelief among our Ethiopian friends, but he earned the respect of the local population and the entire local team forever. He himself showed the deepest appreciation for the team in Ethiopia. Each of his visits ended with a campfire where we ate, laughed and danced together.
Rupert always had a clear eye for the essentials. He questioned many things, and it was important to him to always act in the interest of the people, to further develop projects, to constantly improve our work. Many innovations were preceded by days of discussion with project staff or other decision-makers. He possessed great foresight, which impressed us time and again, and over the years it became apparent that he was usually right. His personal commitment was very high.
Rupert stood up for the poorest of the poor. Many things are owed to him. For example, that today there are microcredits for destitute women or that the water supply for an entire city has improved and, of course, the construction of the Gara Gatama stairs, which facilitate the ascent from the lowlands for thousands of people. He launched the first Social Return on Investment study and various evaluations to scientifically prove the effectiveness of our work. Much could be added to that. But Rupert was rather modest. He did not make a big issue of many of the significant changes for the people of Ethiopia that resulted from his work. He was simply happy about them and sometimes - to the astonishment of his companions - a farmer he met by chance at the market simply gave him a joyful hug.
Rupert Weber has worked very successfully for the organization Menschen für Menschen for over a decade (since 2009). Since 2014 as executive director, most recently as chairman of the board. His life journey has now come to an end after a serious illness. Much too early, not only for us who were able to work and shape things with him.
Now all we can say is thank you. Thank you, Rupert, for your energy, your humor, your stubbornness, your commitment, and your love for the people. You have moved a so much and you leave a rich legacy.
We would also like to thank you on behalf of the more than 400,000 people in our project areas Ginde Beret, Abune Ginde Beret, Jeldu and Chobi, who owe a better future to your tireless efforts. Your humanity and your actions will continue to be an inspiration and incentive for us in the future. In this sense we will continue together your work as “Menschen für Menschen” and your way of living humanity.

The team of Menschen für Menschen

"Helping one person may not change the world,
but it can change the world for that one person."

Condolence Book

Rupert Weber touched the lives of many people and will continue to accompany us in our thoughts. This online condolence book is intended to give all his friends, acquaintances, colleagues and companions the opportunity to express their thoughts, memories, and condolences.
Condolences may also be sent to or to our office address. We will forward these to the family.
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In der jahrzehntelangen Unterstützung und Arbeit für die Äthiopienhilfe von Karlheinz Böhm haben wir im "Arbeitskreis MfM Zwettl" erfahren und erlebt, dass es nur eine Möglichkeit gibt, das "Räderwerk" einer Entwicklung zu beeinflussen, wenn direkt "vor Ort" eine Hilfe ermöglicht wird, die eine Verbesserung der Lebenssituation für die Ärmsten der Armen erwirkt. Mit "Menschen für Menschen" wurde ein Weg für eine Entwicklung eingeschlagen, der beispielgebend für eine erfolgreiche Arbeit ist.
Rupert Weber hat diese Arbeit im Sinne von Karlheinz Böhm bestens fortgesetzt und die Nachricht von seinem Tod hat uns zutiefst erschüttert. Aufrichtige Anteilnahme für die gesamte Familie und dem MfM-Team.
Die Arbeit hört nie auf!
Erika Berger und Norbert Müllauer "Arbeitskreis Zwettl - MfM"
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Erika Berger und Norbert Müllauer "Arbeitskreis MfM Zwettl"

Mein aufrichtiges Beileid.
Meine Gedanken sind fest bei Ruperts Familie.
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Eva Kummer

To read this memorial of Rupert’s contributions to humanity in general, and to the people of these regions of Ethiopia specifically are touching and inspiring. It makes me think “what a meaningful life Rupert lived”, and why are we all not so inclined and driven to give back as Rupert was? He was very special, and as a childhood friend of more than 50 years, I will miss him here on earth, but know that he can Rest In Peace having lived a life of goodwill to humanity.
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Michael Cook

Lieber Rupert! So kraftvoll hast du immer gewirkt, so lebensfroh und so tatkräftig. Es ist kaum zu glauben, dass du nicht mehr da bist. Doch deine Spuren auf dieser Welt werden nachwirken. Mein herzliches Beileid deiner Familie!
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Silvia Mayrhofer

Leider gehen die Guten immer zuerst...

Ich bin dankbar, Rupert kennen gelernt zu haben, und sehr traurig, dass er so verfrüht gegangen ist.
Ich bin auch dafür dankbar, dass ich zwei Tage bevor er uns verlassen hat, noch mit ihm reden konnte, wenn auch nur telefonisch.
Zweifellos hat die Welt mit Rupert einen sehr wertvollen Menschen verloren. Wenn mehr Menschen so uneigennützig für anderen einstehen würden wie er, wäre das Leid auf dieser Welt viel geringer.
Wenn weniger Menschen so von Gier und Habsucht besessen wären, hätten es Leute wie Rupert leichter gehabt.
Was er trotzdem alles geschaffen hat beeindruckt mich immer wieder.

Danke nochmal dafür dass es Dich gegeben hat. Du bist einer der wenigen Menschen, die einen positiven, und vor allem bleibenden Eindruck auf der Welt hinterlassen hast.

Mein Beileid gilt seiner Familie, seinen Freunden und allen, denen er auf dem letzten Weg vorausgegangen ist.

Wenn es ein Leben nach dem Tod gibt, freue ich mich auf ein Wiedersehen!
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Alexander Keck

Danke Rupert, und an Alle, die das Werk von Karlheinz Böhm so engagiert weiter führen.
RIP Rupert, Du hast Vielen geholfen!
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Erwin Priglinger

Bin traurig und leer – als ich von Ruperts Tod erfahren habe.
Kann es nicht fassen…mein ganz tiefempfundenes Beileid an seine Family.
Und natürlich auch an seine langjährigen KollegInnen.
Werde Rupert immer im Herzen tragen.
Aloha und Mahalo,
Chris Jung (RBSK Kollege & Freund)
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Chris Jung

Lieber Rupert, all die sehr persönlichen und so mitreißenden Einträge auf dieser Seite sind so bezeichnend für dein Wirken. Alle von uns, die dich gut kennen lernen durften, wissen, dass du nie jemand warst, der sich gerne in den Mittelpunkt gestellt hat.
Du warst in erster Linie ein Brückenbauer und hast immer und unglaublich konsequent und weitblickend die gemeinsame Sache an vorderste Stelle gestellt.

Trotzdem glauben wir zu wissen, dass dich all die Anerkennung aus jenen beiden Weltregionen, in denen du so besonders gewirkt hast, sehr gerührt hätte. Du hast sie dir mehr als verdient! Unsere Gedanken sind besonders bei deiner Familie, auf die du immer unglaublich stolz warst.
Danke für die gemeinsame Zeit!
Du wirst fehlen.

Ruhe in Frieden
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