Ute has lived in Brazil for the past 50 years. Here she developed one of the most solid worldwide references in improvement works for slum communities. She founded the Associação Comunitária Monte Azul (Monte Azul Community Association) and is currently working with the Aliança pela Infância (Alliance for Childhood), where, among other things, she shares the extensive knowledge she acquired during her many years of work in the child development field with marginalized population.
She studied Waldorf pedagogy in the Teacher Training Center in Germany, which became the fundaments of her work, including that related to the community development of the slums.
She has published books in several languages as an author and co-author, in an attempt to spread her extensive experience. Among the books she published are “Favelakinder”, “Criança entre Luz e Sombras”, “A Questão Social”, “Girasol”. “Transformer é Possivel” (Transforming is possible).
In 1987 She was honored with the Bundesverdienstkreuz, Honor to Merit Prize, from the German Government.and in 2012 she became Honour citizen of Sao Paulo. She is a Board Member of the Anthroposophical Society in Brazil.