1993: Lifespark is founded by three Swiss women
2000: Lifespark helps to set up a speakers’ tour in Switzerland with the speakers: SueZann Bosler, Rick Halperin, Sonia "Sunny" Jacobs, Dennis Longmire, Gary Taylor
2003: Lifespark becomes a member of the World Coalition against the Death Penalty upon its foundation. The film festival at "La Cinémathèque Suisse" celebrates the 10th anniversary of the organization. 11 films are presented during the month of October.
2005: Lifespark helps to organize another speakers’ tour in Switzerland with the speakers: Mina Ahadi (Iran), Hashim Mohammed Ahmed (Sudan), Martina Correia (USA), Fatna El Bouih (Morocco), Rick Halperin (USA), Harry Wu (China).
2013: For its 20 th anniversary, Lifespark involves its members and their penpals in creating an artistic project: penpals are invited to submit texts onto which music tunes are composed. The final project becomes Inmates’ Voices Choir 2013, a singing performance of 14 songs by 8 singers which tours in 13 various halls.
Lifespark today: Since 1993, lifespark has greatly expanded its services for its members and in public activities. So far, there are about 350 lifespark members who have been writing to 1500 inmates.
Lifespark also participates in educational projects and political abolitionist lobbies in the USA by financially supporting local American organizations.
The history of lifespark -
After spending many years living in countries where human rights were violated against daily, I joined a group of Amnesty International in 1986 -
The first letter from an inmate
After a year or so, my group got a letter from an inmate on Death Row in Texas -
A very deep and lasting friendship resulted from this and I wrote him very often and visited him every year. Unfortunately this all ended abruptly when he was executed in 1993! What a devastating experience! I did not want to write to any inmate on Death Row anymore...
The interview with a Texas Radio Station – and more letters from inmates
But then, I gave an interview to a Texas Radio Station about this pen pal-
The idea of lifespark is born
I met two ladies who also had started a pen pal-
After about a year we already had 30 members! We wrote some articles in women’s magazines, but mostly it was through word-