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Human rights

Education, information about death sentences in the USA, and letter writing to people on death row.


lifespark is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 and based in Basel, Switzerland. One of our main goals is to arrange penpalships with inmates on death row in the USA. Other goals are to offer members support, donations and event organization. Currently we have about 300 members worldwide and have connected about 1735 penpalships in the past 27 years.


lifespark, PO Box 3529, 4002 Basel, Switzerland

Lifespark is a non-profit organization, founded in 1993, with no religious or political affiliation. We
are based in Switzerland, have members worldwide and pursue the vision of a world with human
dignity being the fundamental and unconditional basis of societal systems.
As organization, we want to take a stand against the death penalty which we consider a cruel form of
punishment violating human rights, mainly by arranging penpalships with death row prisoners in the
USA. Within the framework of democratic structures, our organizational work is done on a voluntary
basis and financed by membership dues and donations. The organizational language is English; offers
in other languages are based on members' initiatives. All members are welcome to contribute their
individual skills and interests in various tasks and projects.


Roles of the volunteers


Planned the project

Own funding

Membership fees


Death Penalty, Human Rights, USA

Quality Standards of project with volunteers

I declare that my project meets all the quality requirements here listed

  • There are clear, planned outcomes for the local community based on identified needs.
  • Volunteers bring added value to the project and don’t replace paid staff.
  • Volunteers are recruited, trained and managed according to the quality volunteer management cycle.
  • The conditions of the opportunity are inline with the relevant legal framework in the country/ region concerned. Eg regarding insurance, expenses payments, agreements/contracts etc.
  • The volunteers are celebrated and thanked for their time and commitment.


  • The organization providing the volunteer opportunity demonstrates an inclusive approach. Volunteers from all backgrounds and situations are welcome.


  • There is the opportunity for the learning acquired through volunteering to be validated, if the volunteer desires it.