Approvals in November 2012

CHF 25,000 for the security of farming communities, Colombia

The association Peace Watch Switzerland (PWS) is looking for volunteers in Switzerland to monitor human rights. It provides them with the proper advice, support and training that enables them to carry out their work in the country. It also coordinates local operations with partner organisations.
The goal of this project is to increase the level of security in at least three communities of smallholder farmers in Magdalena Medio. Around 50,000 people will benefit from these contributions towards ending violence and ensuring peace.

CHF 50,000 for the development of agricultural enterprises, Benin

The project submitted by the organisation HELVETAS already received support from the Canton of Basel-Stadt during the first phase of the project. In addition to the organic cultivation of pineapples, and marketing and processing of high quality waste products, it is now focusing on establishing an antenna for the West African Fairtrade network and securing long-term partnerships with customers such as Claro, Gebano and Coop. Its local partners consist of the local councils of the five participating municipalities. Its main target group involves around 800 producers of organically grown pineapples, as well as various women's organisations.

CHF 40,000 for market-oriented vocational training, employment and income, Bangladesh

The project of the development organisation Swisscontact enables disadvantaged young men and women who are unemployed to receive vocational training that is adapted to the needs of the local market. This increases their chances of finding a job and to free themselves and their families from poverty with the income they generate. The local partners in this project consist of private training organisations and local NGOs, government ministries interested in matters concerning young people and vocational training as well as financial service providers in the NGO sector. The direct beneficiaries of this project are 5,000 unemployed young people aged 18 or over (40% women) without a school education, or who have not completed their school education, and are attending a vocational training course. The project is supported by the SDC.

CHF 10,000 for the WASH programme, Burkina Faso

The Swiss Moriah Fund supports the construction of 45 improved wells with pumps, 645 private latrines, 45 public latrines and raising the awareness of around 30,000 people in villages and schools in the basic rules of hygiene. Those targeted are from the most vulnerable section of the population, irrespective of their gender, ethnicity or religion. Those selected will be involved in the project.

CHF 30,000 for the Young Coach training programme, Uganda

Last year Basel-Stadt supported the Scort Foundation project in Sri Lanka. Since then, Scort has set up a new project in Uganda with partner clubs FC Basel, SV Werder Bremen, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FK Austria Vienna. Those involved in the training are young employees from the SOS Children's Villages and other relief agencies in Uganda, young teachers and young football enthusiasts who are socially engaged. Around 1,300 disadvantaged children will benefit from this project. The coaches set up football groups and run football activities in charities, schools and clubs. In addition, workshops on water and sanitation will be conducted with the participants, and in collaboration with Novartis their Malaria Initiative will be included in the project.

CHF 15,000 for the vocational training of 100 children from the slums and rural areas of Tanzania

With the «More than a drop» project, 100 young people get the chance to experience financial and social independence. These apprenticeships are intended to motivate young people from slums and marginal areas, often orphans, and to teach them the necessary skills to find regular, paid employment in the job market. The project will be extended every year thanks to the positive results. The vocational training is conducted in state-approved institutions. Last year over 80 percent of the graduates were employed.

CHF 50,000 for beekeeping and the sustainable production of honey, Ethiopia

The Biovision Foundation supports various projects in Ethiopia geared towards the application of ecological methods in order to promote health levels, ensure sustainable farming and use of the land. The assurance of food supplies for the people of Tolay is increasingly lowered due to the impact of climate change on farming there - such as frequent droughts. Bees play an essential role in farming as they pollinate the plants, which the people then consume as food. Farmers are supported and assisted in maintaining their traditional beekeeping methods and production of honey. In the courses held, the beekeepers learn how they can increase their productivity and improve the quality of the honey by applying slightly more modernised methods. Around 420 farmers and their families benefit from the additional income. The local population benefits in turn from the cultivation of suitable plants for bees, as this subsequently leads to an increase in production because the bees are pollinating their crops and fruit trees.

CHF 30,000 for the ‘Young People Learn about Democracy’ project - Creative work between the Andes and the Amazon, Bolivia

Together with the SDC, the Swiss Worker’s Relief Agency Solidar Suisse (SAH) is committed to the development of civil society and training local authorities. The proposed project will focus on teenagers and young adults. They represent the hope for social change. Around 3,000 young people are directly involved in the project’s activities every year. They deal with social and political issues and convey democratic values in their wider environment. In addition, radio broadcasts raise the public awareness of a wide audience on the issues of civic participation and human rights. Local authorities provide places where young people can meet to explore cultural and artistic activities.

CHF 17,300 for the construction of a school building for children in Chèmojel, Guatemala

The Solidaridad Sin Fronteras organisation, dedicated to promoting the health and education of the indigenous population in the district of Huehuetenango, intends to erect a new school building together with the local community and authorities. Parents in Chèjomel have been battling for years for such a construction, so that their children no longer have to be taught in a makeshift set-up outdoors. A small, well-built building will provide a protected environment in which 65 children and teenagers, aged 7 to 15 years, can receive their school education.

CHF 50,000 for the switch to organic and Fairtrade certified beekeeping in Yucatan, Mexico

The EDUCE agency is a cooperative based in Mérida. It has been providing organisational and technical support to small-scale beekeepers ever since 1988, in order to improve their production and marketing activities. The Yucatan Peninsula covers approximately 270 square kilometres. Its land is only suitable for agricultural purposes. Beekeeping is an important pillar in the small-scale farming industry there. 90 percent of the honey produced on the peninsula is exported, some of it to Europe under strict quality guidelines stipulated by the EU and the European buyers. Beekeeping in Yucatan is increasingly only run by the older generation. By involving the younger generation at primary and middle school age, they are forming the basis for young adults to also be active in beekeeping in the future. Due in part to the implementation of production techniques and/or by developing additional quality characteristics for the honey product, such as being organically certified and introducing fair trade standards in beekeeping, the value of the product instantly increases and provides the producers (often Mayans) with a better income. 210 producers from 12 communities with 4,400 beehives will benefit from this support.

CHF 5,000 for improving the infrastructure and facilities of schools, Congo

The non-profit association DarsiLaMano is committed to equipping the Ecole de l'Unité in Utembo. It campaigns for the funding of repairs and renovations, the purchase of the school's own motorcycle, plus textbooks and other school materials. The district school of Ecole de l'Unité is neutral in terms of its ideology and religion. It is currently attended by approximately 100 children aged 3 to 14 years. The current annual operating budget is paid for by the association.

CHF 54,500 to improve income opportunities with cardamom, Colombia

The project of the worker’s relief agency Swissaid is aimed at improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers by introducing the environment-friendly and economic production of cardamom. From an ecological perspective cardamom represents a good alternative to coffee or it can be used in combination with coffee. The seed pods can be harvested several times a year. The direct beneficiaries of the cardamom production are poor, marginalised smallholder farming families (approximately 400 men and women). A total of around 2,300 people benefit from employment opportunities in agricultural work. Since the smallholder farmers only take home cardamom crop yields and profits in the third year, the implementation of a rotating fund in the form of a two-year interest-free grant will cover the costs for, among other things, seeds, working the fields, organic fertilizers and biological pesticides. In order to secure the sales and marketing of cardamom, a cooperation was set up with the American exporter Merit Trade.

CHF 20,000 to underpin primary health care in Mbulu, Tanzania

The project proposed by the organisation of Solidarmed aims at improving public health, especially that of mothers and children, by means of good primary health care. To achieve this, two to three health advisors are trained in every village, and they are then responsible for implementing measures with the local communities for the prevention of malaria, HIV-AIDS and other diseases, as well as improving people’s access to health facilities. The project is aimed at helping the 143,000 residents of 42 villages in the divisions of Dandi, Endagikot and Nambi.

CHF 30,000 to secure independence thanks to micro loans, new prospects for victims of leprosy, Ethiopia

Fairmed is working closely together with the German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association on a health project in the region of Addis Ababa. New cases of leprosy in Ethiopia are still very high. Many of the former leprosy patients suffer from the stigma associated with the disease and live a life of extreme poverty. The project “Independence thanks to micro loans" teaches the victims in self-help groups to become economically independent and take their lives into their own hands. Trained social workers instruct the members of these self-help groups. They learn, among other things, about how to manage loans and savings accounts and how to plan a project. Once all the necessary prerequisites are in place, the group receives a so-called "Revolving Fund". This seed money will be awarded to the group members and the investments can then subsequently be made to purchase a goat or set up a chicken farm, for example.

CHF 30,000 for a microfinancing programme, Burkina Faso

The Hunger Projekt Schweiz (THP) is being run in 15 provinces. THP has been working in Burkina Faso since 1997 and has so far reached about 226,000 villagers. The underlying microfinancing programme deals with the demand to fill a crucial gap in the fight against hunger and is one of the Millennium Development Goals. It especially helps women to pursue income-generating activities so that they may improve their own lives and those of their family. The people affected are mobilised in their own responsibilities with the help of local managers and by development workers, supporting women in their key role in change. It works in cooperation with local authorities.

CHF 35,000 for a school extension in Las Playas, Guatemala

The proposed petition of the PROBIGUA association is concerned with the renovation of the "San Ricardo" school, which is located in an almost inaccessible part of Patulul. The old schoolhouse for primary school children is a run-down wooden construction with a roof that is no longer sealed. Because of the risk that the building will collapse in a storm, the children do not go to school when there are high winds. The villagers are involved in the construction of the new building for the 180 pupils. The teachers' wages are paid by the Ministry of Education of the Department of Suchitepéquez.

CHF 40,000 to bolster the development of children and young people through sports and games, Palestine

Basel-Stadt already supported the "Right to Play" project last year. 27,000 children and young people have been helped through games and sports activities. In the coming year, the organisation will continue to work on social development in schools, nurseries and community centres. Children, like those living in Palestine who often suffer from stress for various reasons, can recharge their batteries, enjoy positive interaction with others and experience a sense of wellbeing. At the same time, they also receive information and are introduced to role models that are important with regard to healthy changes in behaviour and attitude, such as hygiene or the rights of girls. The petition submitted, proposes to help 31,500 children and young people aged between 4 and 18 years. The inclusion of the particularly disadvantaged, such as girls and children with disabilities, remain central to the entire scheme.

CHF 4,000 for the transport of medicine and used medical equipment, Somalia

The Support Association "Daryeel" facilitated the clearing of the large practice "Oristal and Liestal Walk-in Clinic" by the 15 volunteers (Somalis and Swiss) involved. Items from the practices in Zurich and Sion could be picked up. The association is asking for the funding to finance the cost of transporting the container.

CHF 40,000 for land ownership and use of land in Baja Verapaz, Guatemala

In this project, the Fastenopfer relief agency (Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund) is primarily concerned with access to the land as being the basis for the livelihood of the indigenous population. The project contributes sustainably to the continued assurance of food supplies to the population with the introduction of organic production. The direct target groups are 222 families from 8 villages in the municipality of Purulhá. This involves 1,031 indigenous people, who are systematically discriminated against and do not have any entitlement to the land. The partner organisation founded in the country in 2002, organises the training of leaders at village level. These are people from the project villages who act as representatives for the local population’s agricultural concerns. 191 plans with measures to legalise the division od land and the use of land have already been carried out between 2009 and 2011.

CHF 10,000 for the project: Teachers for Sustainable Peace, Bosnia

Basel-Stadt has already supported the project of the War trauma therapy Foundation over the last two years. The project started a new three-year cycle in the current year with six schools. In the ethnically and politically divided region of Tesanj, teachers of SEZAM (local support agency) are motivated and trained to work together over political and ethnically-cultural borders along the former frontline. The aim of the workshops that are held for several days and joint visits and activities among the teachers is to reduce the stereotypes and encourage non-violent communication and active listening. The traumatisation of the teachers themselves is also addressed. Approximately 60 teachers, their 1,200 pupils and their families will benefit from this scheme. Furthermore, the ten-year collaboration with the teacher training college in Liestal will also continue.

CHF 35,000 for the expansion of the production range and forestry measures, Ecuador

The project proposed by the Fundación Para Los Indios deals with the following priorities: Broadening the product range, moving away from monoculture, protection against frost and wind by planting indigenous trees and the diversification of farming methods and technologies. This will increase the quality and quantity of the cultivated products. As a result 40 families, approximately 200 people, will benefit. They have an agricultural plot of land measuring roughly 3,000 square metres where they grow at least 5 different types of vegetables and some 260 indigenous shrubs and trees that offer protection against the frost and wind. These measures will lead to higher levels of income and improve the economic situation. 38 per cent of the total expenditure can be saved through the personal contributions of the people who will benefit from this project.

CHF 40,000 to create educational opportunities for children of ethnic minorities in the mountainous area of Badarban Hill Tracts, Bangladesh

The CO-OPERAID organisation has been working in Bangladesh for several years on behalf of children and young people that live in the mountains. The indigenous population has a hard time in today’s Bangladesh; they are a minority and subject to daily discrimination. The proposed project focuses on primary and secondary education, thus creating future opportunities for the younger generation. This will in turn improve the lives of the people living in the mountains.
The intended beneficiaries of this project are 10 village schools with about 400 children, and two hostels with about 50 young people. The parents provide room and board for the teachers.

CHF 47,000 for the structural renovation of a support centre for children and teenagers, Palestine

The Herrnhuter Sozietät Basel Association (Moravian Mission) consists of members from the Reformed Evangelical churches in Basel-Stadt and the surrounding areas. Before Israel was formed, the Moravians were asked, along with other support agencies, to help build a nursing home for lepers in Jerusalem. The foreign support agencies soon withdrew, but the Moravians stayed put. When the State of Israel was founded, the framework conditions changed, the State took over the home (with the exclusion of the former patients). The patients are now cared for on a site near Ramallah, which bears the name of Sternberg. Cures for leprosy were found in the following years. Sternberg has been a support centre for children and young people with disabilities (mental and physical, without restrictions as to their ethnic or religious backgrounds) for 40 years now. Many children with a disability in Palestine are kept at home and do not receive an education; later as teenagers they risk being abused or attacked when they leave the house. The Sternberg institute has an integrated nursery, a syllabus for children who are mentally impaired, a voice training course for adults and a programme for children with autism. The rights of people with disabilities are reinforced in a social programme.

CHF 15,000 francs for a refuge for children of sex workers in Calcutta, India

The Calcutta Project Basel Foundation was founded over 20 years ago by students at the University of Basel and is still being run by student volunteers even today. Countless children of prostitutes are growing up under the most difficult conditions in the red light district of Sonagachi in Calcutta. The refuge that was set up in 2002 offers these children a safe-haven and caring support three afternoons a week during the working hours of their mothers. Children have also had the option of staying overnight since 2009.

CHF 34,000 for the construction of biogas plants in 5 villages, Vietnam

The petition of the Nouvelle Planète organisation was put forward at the spring meeting with the support of the Commission to answer any open questions. The rearing of pigs, chickens and cows is an important source of income for the poor households of the five villages in the municipality of Dai Phuoc, the resulting pollution of the water and environment in the immediate vicinity of their homes is a risk to the health of the residents and the whole ecosystem. The aim of the project is to install suitable biogas plants for 163 households in five villages. The villagers were involved in the planning phase. About 1,500 people took part in the campaign to raise awareness about the problem.

CHF 300,000 for an HIV project, Tanzania

Since the project of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) has been showing signs of great success for some years now (currently about 10,000 patients are being treated and cared for), it is essential to expand the project further to ensure that the care chain includes prevention campaigns, HIV testing, HIV therapies and long-term care. The World Health Organization (WHO) promotes the expansion of HIV programmes. International donors finance a large part of the infrastructure and the cost of the medicine. Research projects are also funded elsewhere, including by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

The objectives of the project are:
• Further expansion of a comprehensive AIDS prevention and treatment programme with improved quality and effectiveness in the HIV treatment chain including HIV/tuberculosis co-infection in the context of the Tanzania National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) in a rural area of Tanzania.
• The quality of service will be sustainably improved with the continuous provision of education and training to the Tanzanian staff. The treatment chain of diagnostic-therapy-longterm-care and the supervision of healthcare workers in particular will be further reinforced.
• The bolstering of clinical services at the St. Francis Referral Hospital, which is a part of this project.

CHF 1,700 to support the university in Balti, Moldova

Prof. Dr. Thomas Wilhelmi was supported with CHF 8,500 after the decision of the first meeting in 2012. Due to a difference that has arisen with the conversion of the currency, Prof. Dr. Wilhemi will later receive another CHF 1,500.