Stiftung SOS-Kinderdorf, Bern

The project "Promotion of equal education after the covid 19 pandemic" enables to assist over 2500 children and 200 vulnerable families in Bharaptur, Nepal. Despite great progress, poverty is still widespread in Nepal. In addition, the country was hit hard by the corona pandemic. Many families lost their income during this time. Their children did not return to school after the end of the last lockdown because their parents could no longer afford the school materials or because the gaps in schooling had become too large. Child labour and early marriage of girls also increased again since the pandemic. The aim of the program is to ensure that all children in the program area have equal access to quality education. Furthermore, the schools should be able to respond to child protection cases as well as to future crises, such as earthquakes, riots, or pandemics.

Verein Mudiro, Bern

Mudiro has been operating in northern Namibia since 2014, along the Kavango River, on the border with Angola. About 200'000 Kavango live here, consisting of subgroups. The regional capital Rundu is the second largest city in Namibia with about 90'000 inhabitants, behind Windhoek with about 410`000 inhabitants.

There are economically and medically well-developed areas in Namibia, such as Windhoek or Swakopmund, and there is the precarious health situation in the north. The overall status for Namibia in terms of development projects shows an extremely uneven picture. The economy in Namibia is strained in other ways, which is why the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs cannot provide the financially necessary means to employ enough medical personnel (doctors as well as health professionals) or to promote their further education, especially in the rural region in the north. Mudiro aims to close this gap.

In Mudiro's approach, the local village population and the ministries are strongly involved. The focus is on helping people to help themselves. The key to effective and sustainable engagement is being welcoming on complementary levels.

Child's Dream Association, Zurich

Already on our fourth project with Child’s Dream, it was agreed to replace one of the two current buildings, the rotten and unsafe facility constructed in 1994. Six new classrooms and four additional toilets will significantly enhance the learning experience and hygiene standards in the Fangdang Primary School in Southern Laos. After completion of this project, the village will be able to rely on 12 quality classrooms for the current student population of 214 boys and girls. It is expected that the student body will grow further in the years to come, since proper facilities underline the importance of education. 

Stiftung Presencia, Basel

The Presencia Foundation is active in the poor district “San Antonio de Prado” in the south of Medellín, Colombia and, together with its team of local experts, is pursuing the vision of breaking the poverty spiral through education. This is implemented with four different projects that support and accompany the beneficiaries in all stages of education - from elementary school to the completion of vocational training or studies.

In the vocational training project, beneficiaries are provided with training at one of our partner institutions. In addition to theoretical education, the young people also have the opportunity to do an internship in a company to gain work experience. They are supported and individually accompanied by our team of social pedagogues throughout their process and until the successful integration in the job market. Thanks to the vocational training project the young people have the chance to learn a profession that is in demand and break the vicious circle of poverty and lack of education.

University of Cape Town, Cape Town (South Africa)

Another project of University of Cape Town is the African Paediatric Fellowship Programme (APFP), which aims to transform Africa's capacity for child health care by reducing its gap in human resources for paediatric health.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) does so by training and providing ongoing support to a growing continent-wide network of highly skilled, strategically selected paediatric clinician-leaders who are able to optimize paediatric health systems, shape policy and build an evidence base for paediatric care in low-resource settings.

Long-term strategic collaborations with tertiary teaching hospitals and universities across Africa are at the center of UCT's approach. These partnerships ensure that UCT does not just boost individuals, but rather build paediatric departments and professional associations.

Plan International, Zurich

The Project "Ready, set, go. Building sustainable school readiness Lao PDR" focuses on under 5-year-old that are excluded from Pre-Primary Education in the Districts Houayxai and Tonpheung of Laos. The project aims to improve primary student learning outcomes and on-time primary enrolment through enabling children to participate in high quality Summer Pre-Primary courses with appropriate parental support in a COVID-19 and WASH (improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at schools) responsible manner and supporting the progressive institutionalization of the Summer Pre-Primary courses model within the national and provincial education system.

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.

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

SONNE-International, Austria

SONNE-International has been active in Bihar State, India, since2012. Bihar is the poorest state in India. Public and private schools do exist, but especially in rural regions, the parents are so poor that they are unable to pay the school fees and buy school uniforms and learning materials for their children. Without education, these children are usually condemned to a life of misery and squalor. With the support of the Green Leaves Education Foundation, SONNE-International is running a primary school in a remote village called Basadhi. In this village, SONNE-International provides free access to quality education for approximately 150 children(between 5 and 14 years old) who would otherwise have no possibility to go to a school. In order to improve the children’s general state of health, SONNE-International has started to install a system of mobile medical care for the students in this school. In order to combat sexual violence (which is deplorably widespread in India, particularly against women from lower castes), SONNE-International offers regular and free karate courses to the female students in this school.

Verein Smiling Gecko, Dübendorf

Smiling Gecko is a Swiss-Cambodian NGO with a sustainable, holistic approach that focuses on imparting knowledge to children and adults in rural Cambodia. The Smiling Gecko Campus, founded in 2014, is located approximately 60 kilometers northeast of the capital Phnom Penh in the Kampong Chhnang province. Around 30,000 people live in the immediate vicinity of the campus, most of whom are supported or sponsored by Smiling Gecko. The central element of the Smiling Gecko commitment is their school and the kindergarten, which opened only in 2017. The project started with around 140 children, and today almost 400 schoolchildren are part of it. Every year Smiling Gecko will take in 50 more until they have reached the maximum size of the school with 1,000 children. The students benefit from bilingual teaching from kindergarten onwards. In addition to their education, Smiling Gecko cares for them with a comprehensive nutrition, hygiene, and medical program. The solid foundation for a brighter future.

Consciente – Unterstützungsverein El Salvador, Berne

El Salvador is struggling with a severely deficient education system. Teachers are often insufficiently trained in subject matter and didactics and are overburdened with the large and heterogeneous classes. As a result, young people are often barely able to read, write or do math after completing elementary school. In the program for educational innovation, Consciente improves the quality of education in public schools with creative and science-based ideas. This includes providing school children with additional and effective learning environments. Further, the organization trains teachers professionally and didactically to achieve long-term development of teaching in public schools.

Institut Européen de Coopéeration et de Développment (IECD), France

SESAME, a program of Institut Européen de Coopéeration et de Développment (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.


Vivamos Mejor, Zurich

During the civil war, many children and young adults and their families had to flee from rural areas to Colombia’s main city, Bogotà. There, the young people scratch a living for themselves and for their families by occasional jobs - an education or a secure job is out of their reach. This project supports children from marginalized families by offering them an officially recognized vocational education. After the completion of the programme, the participants are given a secure workplace with a guaranteed minimum wage and social benefits which helps them to gain a foothold in the working world.

Children from marginalized families are often badly neglected. The project aims to address the lack of cognitive, psychosocial and psychomotor skills among disadvantaged children. The intervention helps young children to be well prepared for the demands of school. Pre-school teachers receive state-approved and on-the-job training in age-appropriate childcare, and parents learn about children’s rights, nutrition, health, immunization and violence-free parenting methods.

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.

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.

elea Foundation, Zurich

elea fights absolute poverty with entrepreneurial means. As an active philanthropic impact investor, elea supports impact entrepreneurs and their ventures in the post-startup and growth phase in combining long-term economic success with sustainable, measurable impact. To this end, elea provides its portfolio companies not only with capital, but also with business know-how, coaching, and access to the global elea network. As such, elea sees itself as a growing community of committed entrepreneurs and philanthropic investors.