Aide et Action Switzerland

Aide et Action applies to facilitate basic learning for children in rural and isolated areas in Lao PDR. The project concentrates on the following two main axes: Improving teaching quality and learning support at school and at home so as using information and communication technology to facilitate learning. The aim of the project is that the children will improve their learning outcomes in Lao and in mathematics as well as the most schools will have an electronic classroom at the disposal of the students and the teachers.

TearFund Schweiz, Zurich

The educational system in Peru only offers very limited future opportunities for young people. In the region Apurimac, only a mere fraction of youths manages the leap into higher education and most public vocational training centers cannot offer relevant and qualitative training. This project supports the public vocational training centers in the region Apurimac in order to enable young people a well-founded practical education which facilitates the entry into the labour market. 

ETH Zürich Foundation

Africa is poised to be the global hub for industrialization and economic development over the next decades. There is urgent need for skilled engineers with leadership potential, to fill and create high quality manufacturing jobs and help steer social and economic development towards sustainable trajectories in their home countries. This is what has inspired ETH Zurich to work hand-in-hand with Ashesi University in Ghana to develop a new Master’s degree program in Mechatronics Engineering. The target group are highly talented young students from sub-Saharan Africa. The aim is to set up long-lasting organizational structures so that Ashesi University can independently run the program beyond the initial joint phase. Each year, ca. 30 students from sub-Saharan Africa will join the Master’s program, selected on the basis of their knowledge, skills, motivation and leadership potential.

Right To Play, Zurich

Since 2002, Right To Play is working with the most marginalized communities in Thailand. The current project “Achieving Change Beyond Borders” builds on 6+ years’ experience of providing education services across refugee camps to deliver quality early childhood education (ECDE) urgently needed for refugee children. Right To Play works directly with the camp-based partners and stakeholders to improve the quality of the ECDE in 5 refugee camps. They further contribute to the development of recognitions for teachers to teach in ECDE schools in Myanmar and will create opportunities for children to continue accessing further study at the same and/or higher level when they return.

World Bicycle Relief (Switzerland), Geneva

Sustainable mobility is an issue and amplifier of development impact often overlooked, particularly in rural areas. Worldwide, up to one billion people lack access to livelihood opportunities, markets, healthcare and education due to distance. To address the challenges of distance and lack of sustainable mobility, World Bicycle Relief manufactures and distributes a rugged, specially designed, locally assembled bicycle (Buffalo Bicycle) to students, health service providers, entrepreneurs and workers with their project “Bicycles for Education Empowerment Program (BEEP) in Western Kenya”. With a Buffalo Bicycle, World Bicycle Relief-led and partner-led rural mobility initiatives increase access to livelihoods opportunities, health services and education.

Cuisine sans frontières, Zurich

Since 2016, Cuisine sans frontières is on road with a training ship on the Rio Napo in Ecuador and provides gastronomic trainings. The current project "El Fogon, Ecuador" is a 12-month program with 20 trainees. Due to the cooperation with the University of PUCE in Esmeraldas the trainees are able to receive a state recognized diploma. The goal for the trainees is to set up or to run a tourist business. The training is for 12 months, while 9 months they are living on the training ship and receive theoretical training. For the other 3 months they complete an internship in the private sector. Cuisine sans frontières would like to have students from hole Ecuador however students with humble living conditions have priority.

Think About the Children Foundation, Uganda

Think About the Children Foundation was founded in 2017 to cater for the welfare of orphans and other vulnerable children. The overall goal of the project is to improve attainment of University education among poor youth in Kasese, western Uganda. The project aims at the first instance to sponsor 20 students and to support them for three-year courses. The intervention seeks to support the students with tuition, hostel fees, feeding scholastic and personal requirement. Furthermore, the goal of Think About the Children Foundation is to increase the enrolment of students at University and to equip them with life skills so improve their capacity in making informed decisions.

Child's Dream Association, Zurich

Child’s Dream Association is a development organisation dedicated to improve health and education for sustainable development. The project "Kud Hin Lower Secondary School Building" project has its focus on building a new school for 158 students ranging from 11-15 years old. The current school is very rusty and noisy as the rainy seasons have left their traces on the wooden building. The new building will have a new safety standard and supports the children in their learning progress. The second project "Samakkeexai Lower Secondary School – Computer Laboratory" has the focus on building a new computer laboratory and equip it with 31 new desktop computers and other equipment they needed for the computer laboratory such as computer books and a projector. This project will have a long-term impact as basic computer knowledge is indispensable in today's labour market. Furthermore, it will improve the students' learning environment and increase their motivation as they see a practical and useful application of their education. As with all their projects, the local community will be involved in the construction process.

1001 Fontaines Suisse, Geneva

1001 Fontaines was created in 2004 and aims to enable isolated populations to meet their drinking water needs by themselves through the creation of micro-enterprises. This initiative is specifically aimed at isolated rural communities who are often sidelined from drinking water infrastructure construction projects. Small drinking water production stations are set up in the villages and entrusted to micro-entrepreneurs in charge of producing the water and selling it less than 2 cents of franc per liter to families living below the poverty line. The goal of the project is to give access to drinking water in Cambodian schools and to give children in underprivileged social conditions the same chances as their peers in developed countries. They would like to provide children with a doorway to education so they can learn more about empowering themselves.

Stiftung Kinderdorf Pestalozzi, Trogen

Stiftung Kinderdorf Pestalozzi was established in 1946 and is committed to providing access to quality education for children and young people in twelve countries. The project "Quality Education for Children in Bokeo, Laos" aims to facilitate better access to quality education for children from rural and remote regions. Teachers in the project can learn how to teach children who speak a language other than Lao, for example, so that each pupil has the same opportunity to participate in the lesson. Teacher training revolves around three core areas. The first is training in the use of child-centric teaching methods. Secondly, the teachers are trained in how to teach multiple year groups at once. And thirdly, training is provided in how to adapt lesson plans to the educational needs of local children.

Brücke Le Pont, Fribourg

Countless young people live in the outskirts of Tegucigalpa (Honduras) with no prospects for a secure workplace or a regular income. They are insufficiently educated and have no possibility to learn a profession. To address this issue, the project offers short-term vocational trainings in various sectors with the goal to enable marginalized young people to complete a apprenticeship which is in demand on the labour market. In addition to the expertise, the courses also teach the participants social- and self-competences with the ultimate goal of a successful integration into the working world.

Terre des Hommes, Lausanne

The project "Replication of the existing CAS training program in Juvenile Justice – West Africa" has the aim to develop an internationally recognised certificate (CAS) on the juvenile criminal law as an e-learning course. The long-term goal is to support personnel working with youth crime so that they are better equipped and can acquire the necessary knowledge. Innovation and the digital transformation of their programmes are essential to adapt to an ever-changing world.

Swisscontact, Zurich

Swisscontact, established in 1959, promotes inclusive economic, social and ecological development in order to make an effective contribution towards sustainable and widespread prosperity in developing and emerging countries. The project "New Opportunities – Reintegration of returning migrants in El Salvador" contributes to the improvement of the living conditions of migrant returnees and internally displaced persons and their families in El Salvador. It promotes the reintegration of returnees and displaced migrants from an economic and social perspective. At the economic level, it addresses the main challenges for the search for employment and the development of sustainable enterprises. At the social level, the project is framed within a rights-based approach and incorporates a vision based on reestablishing the conditions of rootedness of both groups.

Caravan to Class

Caravan to class improves education in general and literacy rates. They include school funding to support the operations of nine schools in rural villages around Timbuktu, paying for teachers’ salaries and providing both supplementary food and school supplies. The Bourse Jackie is a competitive university scholarship given to five female high school students from Timbuktu. For the selection process the top five scores from the exam receive the scholarship. The Bourse Jackie scholarship includes four years of university tuition including fees, books, room and board, transportation to university in Bamako, Mali and also a three-month intensive English program in nearby Accra, Ghana

TSiBA Education, Cape Town (South Africa)

TSiBA is a private, not-for-profit business school which serves approximately 500 students at two campuses. The students are disadvantaged South Africans who, for academic and financial reasons, are otherwise unable to access tertiary education. The aim is to enable talented school leavers from poor backgrounds to climb above the social circumstances in which they were raised and to graduate entrepreneurial leaders. The Green Leaves Education Foundation supports TSiBA by granting scholarships and living allowances for the students.

University of Cape Town, Cape Town (South Africa)

Completing a university degree is the aspiration of countless young South Africans, enthused with the hope of making a contribution to the fast-developing region. We support the University of Cape Town in funding scholarships in order to build the next generation of specialists and fight the shortage of postgraduate qualifications.

A second project supports students from poorly resourced communities that only have limited access to Information Technology and thus are limited in their learning progress. The support is implemented by providing laptops to the financially disadvantaged students.

A third and fourth project focuses on bursary opportunities for students who seek careers in the area of Health Sciences. As many students in South Africa do not have the financial capacity to continue tertiary studies following their undergraduate program, bursary programs ensure greater access for talented youth to pursue their studies.

EcoSolidar, Basel

Discrimination against indigenous people in the education system in Peru is huge. Indigenous children and adolescents have little chance of adequate education and thus a better future. Young people from indigenous Amazon communities who want to study in the city struggle with great disadvantage and therefore often have to drop out of university. The same applies to children from remote communities who go to school in a provincial town. With the project partner RENAMAD, the goal is to improve the life chances of indigenous schoolchildren and students as well as reducing school dropouts.


SESAME, a program of IECD, is recognized locally as a reference actor in the field of education in Madagascar and benefits from growing institutional appreciation. The goal of the current project is to support underprivileged, talented and motivated graduates in their higher education and their employment integration, in order to foster their active participation to local development. This means to promote access to higher education for youth with high potential from underprivileged backgrounds, to enforce students’ professional insertion in high-growth employment sectors as well as to scale up the benefits of the project at a national level for the Madagascan youth.

Thatha Ithuba

In South Africa everyone has the right to education and the citizens of South Africa do not have to pay tuition fees, but there are many students from surrounding countries like Kongo, Simbabwe or Malawi, who do not receive support. Further the mostly long and complicated routes from the township to the university makes it even more difficult to get access to education. Thatha Ithuba creates solid financial support for students for the entire study. For Thatha Ithuba it is important to accompany the students through their studies through a mentor.


In Haiti, it is estimated that over one third of the population aged between 15 – 24 years is unemployed. This is because a majority of people below the poverty line are unable to access employment due to a lack of education or training. The current offer for vocational training is too expensive, takes too long and does not meet the requirements of the labour market. Therefore, this project aims to enhance the situation by offering improved technical training combining in-depth knowledge and practice in a real context.

Swiss Academy for Development, Biel

The Montobello district which belongs to the city of Cali is known as Colombia’s most dangerous city. The district faces major challenges such as criminality, migration or unemployment. In order to combat these challenges, this project supports the transformation of the existing “Colegio Las Aguas” into an integrative educational centre. A holistic educational approach enables a high-quality education for a sustainable development, peace and promising life perspectives for the society and especially the youth.

Asian University for Women Support Foundation, Cambridge (USA)

The Asian University for Women has the aim to build the next generation of leaders by educating women across Asia and preparing them for careers in leadership and public service. This project consists of a sponsorship of 10 scholarships for women who are the first in their families to enter university. The scholarships allow the Asian University for Women to provide the women with the academic, professional and financial support they need in order to grow into strong leaders in their chosen fields.


The project is active in the rural Teuk Phos district in Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang province. It aims to enhance the education opportunities at public schools. The project supports two kindergartens, two primary schools and two secondary schools. Furthermore, it provides direct support to the families - they can start their own agricultural income projects which directly improve their livelihood. Other families receive support in the form of school fees for their children.

elea Foundation, Zurich

The aim of the project is to fight against poverty in developing countries. It fosters entrepreneurial skills in order to give the people sustainable access to the advantages and possibilities that globalisation offers.