The foundation mainly sponsors smaller organisations which carry out or enable projects «helping others to help themselves». Such organisations have their registered office in Switzerland or a personal connection with Switzerland.
We give priority to the following:
A. Projects in developing countries:
Capacity Building in agriculture and nutrition
Implementation of human rights (at grassroots level)
The foundation concentrates its commitment on the following countries: India, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru
B. Projects in Switzerland:
Integration through training and continuing education
What applicants can expect from us
Forging of a long-term partnership, personal contact and support with know-how and connections
Simple application procedure, simple reporting; no unnecessary formalities
We appreciate and encourage personal commitment
We also support organisations with contributions unrelated to a project
Support that is well thought through: What happens at the end of sponsorship?
What applicants should not expect from us
Support for projects or organisations outside of our priority areas
Such a large amount of funding that an organisation becomes financially dependent on us
Sponsorship of large aid organisations and their projects
Funding of events or publications
Sponsorship of projects with no «helping others to help themselves» element
What we expect from our applicants
Transparency before / during/ after sponsorship
«after action»: Report at the end of sponsorship stating what has been accomplished and how the goal of «helping others to help themselves» was achieved.
All organisations and projects which are currently supported
Asia / Middle East
ASRA Foundation, India
The ASRA foundation, founded in Switzerland, looks after physically disabled and disadvantaged children and young people in the slum districts assisted by the ASRA. The atDta foundation contributed to the building of a new school for mentally disabled children.
Edelgive Foundation, India
Edelgive Foundation is an Indian foundation that organises various aid projects for children and women. The atDta foundation is helping with the construction of a middle and high school in the Madhya Pradesh region.
Förderverein (development association) CEWAS, India
CEWAS (Center for Women’s Advocacy Studies Trust) is a politically and religiously neutral grassroots organization that campaigns for the legal and social empowerment of women in Madurai (southern India). CEWAS runs a drop-in and advice center for legal matters and organizes women’s rights meetings in the villages.
Usthi Foundation, India
This aid organisation, founded in 1977 in Rapperswil, is committed to helping underprivileged children and young people in India. The atDta Foundation supports their professional training centre in Hyderabad.
Help for leprosy and children in Indonesia - Zurich
The relief organisation «Lepra- und Kinderhilfe für Indonesien-Zürich» is a privately founded institution working in an honorary capacity. It promotes several projects in favour of persons suffering from leprosy, orphans and other under-privileged children on the island of Lewoleba-Lembata near Timor and on Java. It supports the construction of new schools, hospitals, homes for disabled people and orphanages. Thanks to the aid of the atDta foundation, 26 adolescents previously suffering from leprosy have the possibility to receive an artisan training or to study.
Child's Dream Foundation, Mekong-Sub region (Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand)
This aid organization was founded in 2003 by two former UBS bank employees in Thailand and looks after underprivileged children and young people. They aim to reduce illiteracy with a basic education and to generate alternatives to exploitation. The foundation builds Schools, learning centres, provides educational material and Awards scholarships.
Center for Vocational Training Yangon, Myanmar
This project concerns a vocational school in the capital of Myanmar (Burma) where adolescents, primarily from under-privileged families, can study for an apprenticeship diploma in different educational professions. The school teaches about 200 students in five different educational professions. Its teaching system is based on the Swiss dual model, i.e. the students work in a firm where apprentices are trained and attend the vocational school each week. The atDta foundation not only contributes to the good running of the school but also to the development of a new training course in hotel business and gastronomy organised by the Swiss School for Hospitality and Tourism in Chur.
Friends of Kashmir Association, Kashmir
The Friends of Kashmir association (Switzerland) was founded in 2003 in St. Gallen with the aim of providing moral and financial support to the people of Dagpora in the Indian part of Kashmir through nonprofit projects. With help from the atDta foundation, the village school established by a Swiss couple was enlarged.
Aramaic Relief, Syria
Aramaic Relief is a non-profit Swiss aid organisation that helps people in need, war refugees, victims of violence and children in Syrian and Iraq. The atDta foundation contributes to a scholarship programme for students in Homs and Aleppo in Syria.
DROPS - Community Progress, Lebanon
The organisation supports the integration at school and at work of young people from outlying districs in Palestine and Lebanon who have dropped out of School, as well as Syrian refugees. The 14 to 20 year-olds receive a 12-month job training paid for by DROPS, which will ensure them an income in the future. The Trainees are supervised by a mentor who also helps them find work.
The non-profit foundation Cooperaxion, whose registered office is in Bern, supports sustainable development and intercultural exchange in Liberia and Brazil. The atDta foundation gives support to the “Ygarapé” project, which provides several communities in north-east Brazil’s with clean water and ensures food sovereignty.
Instituto ProA, Brazil
ProA is a Brazilian NGO. Its aim is to enable motivated adolescents from under-privileged circumstances to get access to the labour market. For this, ProA grants scholarships for vocational schools and helps scholarship holders with job applications after their studies. During the period of the scholarship, the performances of the scholarship holders as well as their attendance at school are regularly supervised. The atDta foundation supports five adolescents during the three years of their studies.
Cocoa farmers' Choba Choba Association, Peru
This Swiss association was founded in 2015 as part of the social enterprise Choba Choba plc in Switzerland. Its goal is to improve the livining conditions of farming families in Peru who sell cocoa to Choba Choba plc and to maintain their ecosystems. The association is also aiming at the integration of the cocoa farming families by making them Choba Choba plc shareholders.
Aide aux Enfants foundation, Columbia
The Swiss organization was founded in 1985 and runs five children’s home in Columbia for children whose families are in crisis and who find themselves in an extremely distressing situation, and helps them to recover their physical and mental well-being. At the same time the foundation tackles the root of the problem, poverty, and supports the mothers of these children in their reinsertion into society.
Presencia Foundation, Columbia
For over 35 years, the Presencia Foundation has been supporting children and their families in deprived areas of Columbia’s second largest city, Medellín. With the help of a local team of professionals, young people receive an education and training, giving them life prospects to escape the vicious circle of poverty and violence.
EcoSolidar is a Swiss development organisation whose aim is to empower people in need to help themselves and to live in dignity. It supports small, local projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America in the area of education and the empowerment of women, children and young adults. The atDta Foundation is involved in an aid project helping women in Managua, Nicaragua.
equal education fund EEF, Nicaragua
The equal education fund is a Swiss association that promotes education projects in developing countries. The aim of its support is to find ways and means with the local project managers during the cooperation so that they can continue their work for the benefit of children and young people independently in the future. The atDta Foundation supports the “Las Hormiguitas – school instead of child labour” project in Nicaragua.
A former atDta scholarship holder, who as part of her dissertation in the Sociology faculty at Zürich University is setting up a micro-finance project for women from remote villages in Guatemala. The aim is to improve income opportunities through investment in income-generating goods.
IMBEWU, South Africa
This Swiss organisation offers children and young people in a township in Pretoria sports activities in their free time after school. They also receive a nutritious meal and help in improving their general education and in developing their life skills.
Sweetdale Skills Center, South Africa
Since 2017, 60 young people each year have completed a one-year vocational training course under the sponsorship of Laurenz and Margrith Weisser from Switzerland. The training can be compared with a shortened version of the Swiss vocational apprenticeship in the following professions: bricklayer, carpenter, painter and tiler, plumber, metalworker, electrician, horticulturalist and landscape gardener, as well as cook and waiter/waitress.
Swiss Hospitality Apprenticeship Programme, South Africa
A training programme for disadvantaged young people to help them find work in the hotel and restaurant sector. In a similar fashion to the dual vocational training system in Switzerland, young people receive training in the areas of front desk, service and housekeeping. The project was started by the Swiss Embassy in Pretoria. Local partners are various hotel and restaurant chains as well as the South African organisation NBI – National Business Initiative.
B360 education partnerships, southern Africa
B360 provides development aid in southern Africa. Their main activity is the transfer of knowledge and work experience by European experts to universities in Namibia, Zambia and South Africa. Their aim is to provide specialist knowledge and pracitcal professional experience and thus contribute to the development of a stable middle class. To this end, the B360 experts teach unpaid in African universitites, while African students have the possibility of carrying out an internship in Swiss companies.
Care for Kids, Zambia
The Care for Kids Farm is run by a German and is an aid organisation for orphans and homeless children in Lusaka/Zambia. The home takes in AIDS orphans and street children and gives them an education so that they can grow up healthy and happy in the “children’s village”, prepared for a brighter future. The Care for Kids Farm aims to be a home to the children that is as self-sufficient as possible (the farm grows its own cereals, fruit and vegetables).
Founded by a Swiss couple from Zug, this aid organisation strives to help disadvantaged children and has established its own orphanages for girls and boys. The children are looked after and provided with education and training as well as health care in order to help them achieve an Independent future.
More Than A Drop Foundation, Tanzania
The Swiss association More Than A Drop Foundation was founded in 2011 and runs a small hotel management school for young women from Slums and rural peripheries in Tanzania.
Karibu Children's Aid Foundation, Tanzania
This Swiss association was founded in 2007 and is commited to helping underprivileged and disabled children and young people. The atDta Foundation supports their professional training centre in Moshi, Tanzania.
Amani - Support African Children, Kenya
The small Swiss relief organisation Amani - working in an honorary capacity - was originally founded by grammar school pupils who were involved with different fundraising activities for children in Kenya. Meanwhile, the Amani founders have left school and currently support nine schools attended by Massai children. With a minimal budget, Amani gives more than 4200 children the possibility to go to school.
Aiducation International, Kenya
Aiducation International is a young non-profit-organization. It encourages gifted and needy school children in Kenya and supports them with a high school scholarship. The Aiducation International scholarship holders have all completed the free, elementary school with excellent marks but without a scholarship, cannot afford the high school fees. The top 10% of high school graduates receive a loan from the State of Kenya to attend university. There is no possibility of funding for the gap between elementary school and university and this is where the organization steps in.
Since 2012, the organisation has been helping farmers who are unable to pay their children’s school fees. Kiptere.ch provides the famers with a starter pack of 200 coffee seedlings and fertiliser so that they can grow coffee. The aim of this family project is to enable the farmers to grow, process and sell good quality coffee in the future without any outside help. The revenue can be used to pay for their children’s education. Profit from coffee sales is paid into a Kiptere.ch account and used to pay school fees.
Nai Nami, Kenya
The aim of the Nai Nami organisation is to give young people from the Mathare slum in Nairobi the opportunity to earn a regular wage and to improve their future prospects by providing them with a decent job. Nai Nami has created innovative business models for this target group, allowing them to put to good use the skills they have developed during their daily fight for survival on the streets of Nairobi. The first business - Nai Nami Tours – enables former street children to work as tour guides for tourists and ex-pats. During a tour of the town centre with a personal guide, customers can experience real Nairobi through the eyes of a street child.
Pamoja for Transformation, Kenya
The organisation’s aim is to support people in need – mostly slum dwellers – with education, coaching and microcredits in order to bring about long-term improvement in their living conditions.
Biovision, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia
The Foundation was founded in 1998 by the Swiss winner of the World Food Prize and Alternative Nobel Prize, Dr Hans Rudolf Herren, with the aim of sustainably improving life for people in Africa while conserving the environment as the basis for all life. The atDta’s contribution supports the Fruit Fly Control project.
Together with other Swiss foundations, the atDta Foundation is funding the training of 540 young people in solar technology and entrepreneurship in Ethiopia. After successfully completing their training they will be able to help provide some 40,000 people with improved access to solar power. Local partners are the nonprofit organisation Education for Sustainable Development and the state vocational schools.
Sozialwerke Stiftung (social work foundation) Peter Bachmann, Ethiopia and Kenya
This Swiss association was founded in 1994 and runs projects in Africa and Asia in the fields of education, agriculture and healthcare as well as micro-credit programs. The association’s main objective is help to self-help in order to promote self-responsibility and independence. The foundation attaches the greatest importance to maintaining the dignity of needy people of all ages and supporting the right to their own way of life. Cultural roots and traditions are respected and indigenous skills and ways of thinking are taken into consideration.
Emmanuel Association, Ethiopia
A Swiss association whose purpose is to help physically disabled people in Ethiopia to lead a decent life by providing microcredits and disability-friendly training and work opportunities.
Aorep Africa & Medio Oriente
AOREP Africa & Medio Oriente, based in Lugano, is a small, Swiss voluntary association which supports several projects in West Africa. The atDta foundation contributes to several health and women’s projects.
nouvelle perspective, Congo
By means of training, microcredits and sustainable coaching, nouvelle perspective allows women in the Congo to put their own business ideas into practice. For the women and their families this opens up new life prospects and a way out of poverty.
NGO Bouge, Benin
Swiss association that runs an agricultural training project in Benin for disadvantaged young people. Agriculture is the most important activity in Benin’s economy. For this reason, the training programme focuses on the cultivation of fruit and vegetables, cattle farming and entrepreneurship.
Source de Vie, Benin
The aim of the non-profit association, Source de Vie, is to support and promote training in artisan skills in Benin as well as running a primary school. The contribution from the atDta foundation helps to buy machinery and fund the training of young men and women as farmers and tailors.
Aprodes, Burkina Faso
Aprodes is a small aid organization in Burkina Faso, which aims to help the poorest women in Bam province. The atDta Foundation supports an agricultural Project. Working together in groups, the women are helped by the organization with tools and seeds so they can grow vegetables to sell an the local market and contribute to their families' livelihood.
Aqua Alimenta is a relief organisation conducted mainly on a voluntary basis by private persons in Switzerland. It supports the distribution of a simple, concrete pedal-pump for the irrigation of fields in developing countries (Tanzania, Mosambique, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Uganda, India, Peru, Lesotho, Mexico). The organisation trains local craftsmen in the construction and the maintenance of the pumps and teaches farmers how to use them. A pump costs USD 60-100, depending on the country.
cfd, The feminist peace organisation, worldwide
The cfd is a feminist peace organisation in Bern that was founded in 1938 and is an institutional partner of the SDC. In Switzerland the cfd is active in migration policy and promoting peace and organises empowerment projects for female migrants. Abroad (in Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel, Palestine, Morocco and Algeria) the organisation is currently conducting twenty projects for women with the emphasis on help to self-help, in association with local partner organisations.
Co-Operaid, Uganda, Bangladesh, and Cambodia
This aid organisation provides disadvantaged children and young people in various countries with the opportunity of education and vocational training. The atDta foundation provides grants for especially gifted young people to continue further education and training.
Reintegration in the country of origin, worldwide
The Swiss association, founded in 2009, encourages the reintegration of migrants who have to leave Switzerland as they have no permission to stay. The aim is to help these people to actively prepare their future so that they leave Switzerland with a positive outlook and can return to their country of origin with a concrete plan. Support takes place in cooperation with the International Social Service - Switzerland and its partner network, active in over 140 countries. The actual realisation of the individual projects is assisted and supervised by a partner of the SSI network.
Switzerland / Europe
Association Equilibre, Switzerland
Association Equilibre supports projects promoting training and further education, the integration of refugees, persons serving a prison sentence and the socially disadvantaged.
ChagAll stands for "Equal opportunities by improving educational attainment". ChagAll supports young people with a migrant background wanting to pass the entrance exam for a baccalaureate school, upper secondary specialised school or a vocational education and training school. The aim is to improve their skills in German, mathematics and French. The young people are also helped to improve their learning techniques, to organise themselves better and to increase their motivation so that they can pass the entrance exam to one of the above-mentioned schools.
Child Advocacy Switzerland
The Child Advocacy Switzerland association was founded in 2008. With the seven year-long “Child-friendly Justice 2020” project, the association’s short-term goal is to implement the Council of Europe’s Guidelines on child-friendly justice in Switzerland by 2020. This will include all relevant courts, authorities, juvenile justice, the office of the public prosecutor and the police. The main goal is that children and young people should be consulted in all matters which concern them.
The association provides asylum seekers and refugees in the canton of Lucerne with free German and mathematics lessons. The aim is to make better use of the waiting period before receiving an asylum decision; once the decision has been made, refugees can be integrated more quickly into further training and/or into the labour market.
Solidaritätsnetz, Eastern Switzerland
With different projects such as German lessons, free lunches and public and political events, the Solidarity Network and Aussersihl Church help to improve the living conditions of refugees and undocumented migrants, increasing public awareness of their situation.
Solidarity network,Zurich / Lunch for refugees, Aussersihl Church, Zurich
With various projects such as German courses and lunches, public campaigns and political events, the Solidarity network Zurich and the Aussersihl Church contribute to improving the living conditions of refugees and undocumented migrants while raising public awareness of their situation.
Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, Bern
The atDta Foundation is involved in the “2nd chance for 1st professional training” pilot project run by the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation and the Department of Education for the canton of Bern. More than 400,000 people in Switzerland aged between 25 and 54 have no professional qualifications, making it very difficult for them to find work on the Swiss labour market. The pilot project offers people from the canton of Bern the possibility of obtaining qualifications.
The Friends’ Association Roma Visionen - konkret, Bulgaria and Switzerland
The Swiss Friends’ Association "Roma Visionen - konkret" has established a sustainable development project in Krichim in Bulgaria. As part of this project, internships in Switzerland are offered to young Roms who are motivated and willing to learn. Through both a qualified vocational training as well as improved integration, public perception of Roms is positively improved and at the same time a basis is created for a dignified life in which these disadvantaged people can secure their livelihood in Bulgaria.
Warriors of Hope, Romania
Warriors of Hope is a small voluntary organization run by a private individual in Switzerland. It looks after a drop-in center for children and young people in two Romanian towns. Children are given clothes and school material and receive medical care. Additionally, children and young people who are in a critical situation with regard to school or family are given advice and support. The foundation works together closely with the local school authorities.