The foundation promotes above all small, privately set up relief organisations which mainly work in an honorary capacity and carry out «helping others to help themselves» projects or make them possible. We promote «helping others to help themselves» in the context of development projects as well as social projects. Sometimes we also support cultural projects on the condition that they show a distinct character of «helping others to help themselves».
What we offer
- Easy application for requests, easy reporting; no unnecessary formalities
- Long-term partnerships, personal contact and support through knowhow and networking
- Appreciation and encouragement of personal commitment
- Also funding not directly linked to the project
- Promotion which is thought through: What happens at the end of the support?
What we don’t offer
- Unlimited support
- Support to such an extent that it creates a financial dependency on us
- Support of major projects
- Fees for events or publications
- Support of projects without distinct relation to «helping others to help themselves»
What we expect from our applicants
- Transparency before / during / after the promotion
- «After action»: at the end of the promotion, report stating what was achieved – how was «helping others to help themselves» implemented?
All organisations and projects which are currently supported
Asia / Middle East
Usthi Foundation, India
This aid organisation, founded 38 years ago in Rapperswil, is committed to helping underprivileged children and young people in India. The atDta Foundation supports their professional training centre in Hyderabad.
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.
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. They build schools and learning centers and provide educational material and 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.
The Womanity Foundation, Afghanistan
The aim of this Swiss organisation is the empowerment of girls and women worldwide, helping them to shape the future of their own communities. The contribution from atDta foundation supports the School in a Box education programme in Afghanistan
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.
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.
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.
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.
Taki Mundo, Mexico
The Swiss association based in Würenlos has founded its own school for deaf and hearing-impaired children in Uruapan in Mexico. Based on signed and spoken language, the children receive an individual education in accordance with the country’s official school curriculum. The association is committed to the integration of parents by holding regular parents‘ meetings and by providing sign language courses.
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.
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 living 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.
Planting the Future, Brazil
Planting the Future is an association based in St Gallen, with a team of eight HSG (St Gallen University of Applied Sciences) students who are accompanying and supporting a social project during their time at University.
Amani – Support African Children, KenyaThe 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.
Kenyan Children Help, Kenya
The association was founded in 2008 in Solothurn to enable the poorest children in Kenya to have a good school education. Kenyan Children Help runs the New White House Academy in Voi, where 200 children are now taught, many of whom are orphans and who have suffered trauma.
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.
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.
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 at the local market and contribute to their families’ livelihood.
Agric Society Switzerland, Ghana
The association helps small farmers to improve their agricultural yield. This is done by means of a one-off kick-start in the form of soil improvement with biochar fertiliser. The biochar fertiliser consists of 100% waste and is produced in Ghana. One application lasts for many years, allowing farmers to make a sizeable increase in their yields.
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.
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 committed to helping underprivileged and disabled children and young people. The atDta Foundation supports their professional training centre in Moshi, Tanzania.
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.
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 practical professional experience and thus contribute to the development of a stable middle class. To this end, the B360 experts teach unpaid in African universities, while African students have the possibility of carrying out an internship in Swiss companies.
NADCA is a Beninese organisation that runs an education and training centre for disadvantaged children and young people. The atDta foundation is helping NADCA to set up various training courses.
NGO Bouge, Benin
A Swiss association that runs an agricultural training project for disadvantaged young people in Benin.
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.
Biovision, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia
Dr Hans Rudolf Herren, the Swiss World Food Prizewinner and Alternative Nobel Prizewinner, set up the foundation 18 years ago to sustainably improve life for people in Africa and to conserve the environment as the basis of all life. The atDta foundation’s contribution supports the Push-Pull programme in various African countries.
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.
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.
Switzerland / Europe
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ethnic Cooks, Bern
Ethnic Cooks is a social project in Bern whose purpose is to give young refugees and migrants the opportunity of serving culinary specialities from their countries of origin. This will help with their integration and at the same time provide them with a training and increase their chances of finding work.