Approvals in June 2013

CHF 30,000 for a micro-credit scheme in the Debub region

The Swiss support committee for Eritrea (SUKE) gives all its members of the Eritrean War Disabled Veterans Association (EWDVA) the opportunity to feed themselves and their families in a self-sustained way. The recipients of the scheme attend training and further education courses to become small-scale entrepreneurs. 1,000 members of the EWDVA and their families in the Debub region will benefit from this project.

CHF 30,000 for the support and education of children in need, Cambodia

The EcoSolidar project systematically integrates street children, abandoned children, orphans and socially vulnerable young people into society. This is done in schools, through culture and music, with the help of psycho-social support, training and apprenticeships. Grants are aimed at the poorest families who attend courses that are specifically designed for them. The partner organisation BSDA provides apprenticeship places. This project has proven itself over the past few years and the demand is still very high, that is why the project is now being expanded. In 2012, a total of 888 children and adolescents were supported and trained. Approximately 800 families benefit indirectly. The personal commitment of the children and adolescents is reviewed during the courses.

CHF 40,000 for the demobilisation and social reintegration of young people from armed groups, Congo

The RET (Foundation for the Refugee Education Trust) is a non-governmental organisation established under Swiss law in Geneva in 2000. It is committed to preventing young people becoming involved in armed conflicts, protecting them, providing them with adequate vocational training and furthering their development potential so that they can mature into responsible adults. The three-year project runs in the east of the Republic of the Congo and supports the reintegration of children and adults who have been involuntarily involved in military actions by helping them return to the education system, providing psycho-social support and restoring their individual livelihoods.

CHF 36,000 for climate caravan, Cameroon

The team from Greenpeace has been cooperating with, as well as six other local and international partners on this project. The climate caravan sees itself as a facilitator for social and economic development, which is formed from the community itself. It remains in a specific area for five years. After setting up and training the local project teams, it then continues with the three phases of "Renewable energy" (already completed), "Health, hygiene and drinking water" and "Sustainable agriculture and forestry". Among those who benefit are approx. 1,000 households, each with five to seven residents, in 15 villages of rural Cameroon. They belong to the ethnic groups of Pygmies (Baka) and the Bantu. In the second phase supported by the project, “Health”, women are the focal point as they are encouraged to learn more in the areas of hygiene, nutrition and family planning in particular.

CHF 26,000 for a truck for a local agro-industrial development initiative in an underdeveloped region, Cameroon

The main activities of the Manyu Palm Kernel Industry (MAPKIN), the partner organisation on the ground, revolve around the processing of palm kernel (kernels) in their own small agro-industrial company, MAPKIN, to extract valuable oil from the palm kernels and process further by-products. Thus the organisation uses an abundant local resource, which was previously seen as being worthless on the whole, not only productively, but also in an ecologically sound way and as a result protects the heavily polluted environment. The palm kernel processing plant was supplied with palm kernels on a truck by eleven so-called ‘self-help organisations’ and a cooperative. This truck has now broken down, so the supply has stopped. The procurement of a replacement vehicle with a sufficient loading capacity is extremely urgent in order to maintain the trust of the participating agricultural producers as well as generating income and local jobs again.

CHF 50,000 to reduce poverty and protect the environment, Togo

The Vétérinaires sans Frontières Suisse (VSF Suisse) are committed to the fight against poverty and improving the livelihoods of the affected population as well as protecting the environment and biodiversity in the region of the Abdoilaye forest. More specifically, this entails the improved organisation and strengthening of the farmers, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, securing the livelihood of the target population through income-enhancing measures in the agricultural sector, as well as promoting and improving animal health. The main partner for the implementation of this project is the organisation Mission des Volontaires contre la Pauvreté (MCVP). MCVP was involved in selecting the three beneficiary villages and will support the selected individuals in activities that will help increase their revenue in the field of agriculture. Since VSF-Suisse also focuses on livestock, the priorities of the two NGOs extend to include a comprehensive and sustainable approach to nutrition and food security, as well as the long-term reduction in poverty.

CHF 40,000 for access to drinking water and the development of sanitary facilities in the district of San Ramón, Nicaragua

Nicaragua has comparatively large water resources, the supply, however, is unevenly distributed due to different climatic and environmental conditions. 31 percent of the five million people who live in this area lack sufficient clean drinking water, which increasingly leads to diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections. Together with the experienced non-governmental organisation ODESAR, which successfully installed more than 60 local water systems, Swissaid guarantees access to safe drinking water to around 280 families and improved sanitary conditions in village communities. In total more than 1,500 people benefit from the project’s activities.

CHF 43,000 for the education and training of local professionals in orthopaedic aid for people with physical disabilities, Laos

The Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM) aims to improve the quality of life of people with physical disabilities (including a programme that focuses on children) in Laos, by giving them access to orthopaedic services. This means training for mainly orthopaedic specialists, physio and occupational therapists (for children) as well as orthopaedic technicians. In addition, the rehabilitation centres will have better facilities. Further external services are necessary in order to reach the primary target group, identify patients and raise awareness on the subject of disability.

CHF 35,000 for the ecological fruit drying project "Renewable sources of energy for food drying", Burkina Faso

The export of mangoes is an important source of income for Burkina Faso. The abundance of mangoes during the harvest time can only be optimally utilised with the simplest of preservation methods. The Langenbruck eco-centre developed a condensation dryer with heat pump technology in collaboration with the Institute for energy systems of FH Buchs SG, which is explicitly designed for subtropical conditions. In the summer of 2012, the device was tested on site and proved its worth through the high quality of the dried produce, and generally in terms of its performance and efficiency. Therefore, the eco-centre will set up a second heat pump unit and optimise the existing dryer. Training courses for the manufacture, repair and maintenance of heat pump technology are also being held.

CHF 25,000 Swiss francs for a women's support project, Ethiopia

The supporting association for Green Ethiopia offers a jump-start to the poor women of the Tigray region, in order to sustainably improve their nutritional and living conditions. On the one hand, this includes vegetable seeds for the cultivation of vegetables, which are used for domestic consumption, as well as for sale on the market. On the other hand, it also provides fertilizers, oxen as draught animals and water pumps for the irrigation of vegetable fields. The support would only need to be given once.

CHF 30,000 for more educational opportunities in the Atitlán Highlands, Guatemala

The project aims to increase the enrolment rates and school success of indigenous children at preschool and primary school level and promote intercultural involvement in this area. This can be achieved through the methodical training of teachers with the active involvement of parents. The project area is located in the northwestern Atitlán Highlands, where the population density is very low. Vivamos mejor is supported by their direct project partners Asociación Viavamos Mejor, which currently employs 60 local workers.

CHF 30,000 for the comprehensive support of people living with HIV/AIDS, Zimbabwe

The Fund for Development and Partnership in Africa (FEPA) together with its local partner BHASO, works towards improving the lives of people living with HIV. More than half of Zimbabwe's people do not know their HIV status because they do not want to be tested for fear of any possible stigma and discrimination. On average, 132 people are infected daily in Zimbabwe. The project strengthens support groups and will draw up a manual designed by BHASO for its employees, to support them in advising on complex issues. Furthermore, the parties concerned are informed in various programmes about nutrition, income, savings and credit schemes, health and hygiene.

CHF 30,000 for the project "Strengthening and protecting working children", Nicaragua

Terre des hommes schweiz works on the ground with the Club Infantil de Niños y Niñas trabajadores de Jinotega and informs the children and adolescents about their rights and helps them to voice them in their communities. Children and adolescents who are exposed to violence are given psychological and legal advice and practical assistance to defend themselves against the violence in their communities. In addition, they receive legal advice and assistance for any eventual hearings and court cases. The young people are also presented with the opportunity of training as a hairdresser or in the art of screen-printing.

CHF 15,000 for the project ‘Stop the torture for confessions’, Nepal

The APT based in Geneva is one of the leading expert organisations in the prevention of torture and has already won several awards. The project will include the scientific demonstration of the use of torture and ill-treatment to extract confessions in the Nepalese justice system, and build on improving the protection of suspects and detainees against torture and ill-treatment. To do this, they will analyse the way in which information is collected, how confessions transpire and identify potential victims, high-risk situations and the players involved. Furthermore, users of the legal system will be trained and the public made aware of the universal ban on torture.

CHF 19,000 for the Uganda Kids Project - Access to education for children from the poorest backgrounds in Adjumani, Uganda

The region of Adjumani is one of the least developed and poorest districts in Uganda. Firstly, this is due to its geographical location, because the White Nile impedes its access to other regions in Uganda, and secondly because Adjumani has been the scene of various conflicts over the past three decades, which lead to refugee movements. More recently, the tables have turned and tens of thousands of refugees from Sudan fled to Adjumani. The reconstruction of the civil society would start with the children, who should get the chance to go to school as soon as possible.

CHF 20,000 for educating the poor instead of poor education, Nicaragua

The project "Improved quality of education for the integration of vulnerable groups" intends on the one hand to improve educational conditions and, on the other hand, the quality of teaching. Part of the project selected by INTERTEAM aims to sustainably improve education in the area of mathematics in particular. More specifically, the quality of teaching mathematics will be improved in a total of 32 centres and therefore teachers will be familiarised with the appropriate learning methods and instruments, so as to ultimately improve the examination results of the pupils.

CHF 25,000 for an alternative way to generate income, coral reef conservation, Micronesia

The application submitted for the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) involves the protection and preservation of the natural resources of the sea in the region of Ponpei in Micronesia, while securing the income of the population through sustainable fishing. In cooperation with local organisations, the local people will be trained and educated in how to reduce the damage to the coral reef and fish stocks so as to secure their income for the future. This includes support in the development of fish farms and in the expansion of sales channels for fish products. These measures are aimed at securing the short and medium-term marine resources, as well as the income of the population in the longer term.

CHF 30,000 for the project "Mother & I", Egypt

The organisation ADEW (Association for Development and Enhancement of Woman) has been committed to the needs of women from the poorest residential areas of Cairo since the 1980s. The project follows the motto "Help to self-help" and is aimed at mothers and about 100 girls from 75 families. Through targeted training, consulting and support, they can improve their prospects for the future and their position within the family and community. In addition, further educational opportunities are to be generated for the re-entry of the girls into the education system.

CHF 30,000 for training in cuisine and service, Brazil

The Culinaria project of the agency Brücke - Le Pont extends the training of 120 teenagers and young adults aged between 15 and 29 years in the Novo Horizonte district of Teresina (state of Piauí) in the areas of cooking, catering, restaurant and bar service. The aim is to provide them with a professional qualification and better job opportunities. With this support, they will be able to gain access to work and income and free themselves of poverty through their own efforts.

CHF 30,000 for the fight against poverty through the enhancement and education of women, Bangladesh

The organisation Horyzon supports the project "Bangladesh YWCA – fighting poverty through the enhancement and education of women". The aim of the project is to improve the quality of life of the most disadvantaged young women through sustainable health and securing their livelihood. Over 26,000 women in total will benefit from the health programmes, 260 women from literacy courses, as well as 130 teenage girls from the training programmes. In addition, 17,000 micro-credit schemes will be realised to secure a certain family income.

CHF 30,000 for the project ‘Agriculture in Svaneti’, Georgia

The project Pro Mestia Georgia provides aid to five villages of upper Svaneti in the Greater Caucasus range and aims to improve nutrition through self-sufficiency. The population is cut off from the surroundings in the winter months and suffers from latent malnutrition. To improve the poor livelihoods of the population, training courses are held on the subjects of construction, agriculture, basic medical care and textile workshops. On the one hand, this secures their self-sufficiency but it also increases the chances of an income through the sale of agricultural products by means of training courses in the areas of beekeeping, horticulture, agriculture and small animal husbandry.

CHF 30,000 for the purchase of land for its own art centre, Burkina Faso

The association AADO Switzerland was formed by a student working group, the KfE (Commission for development studies) of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich and is involved in the artistic activity of socially disadvantaged young people. These courses will have a positive impact on the social skills of these children, their concentration and perseverance. The art centre is designed for the long-term assurance of these courses, and will simultaneously run as a youth centre. The requested amount will be used to purchase an appropriate plot for the construction of this centre.

CHF 25,000 for the integrated rural development in Boma Sub-County, South Sudan

Tearfund aims to improve the livelihoods and the food security of the population in six communities in Boma Sub-County in South Sudan through integrated rural developments. A total of 12,000 people are to be trained in workshops in different farmer groups and demonstration farms on the topics of land preparation, tillage and ploughing with bulls, as well as vegetables. There are also workshops on hygiene and sanitation, as well as reading and writing courses. By stimulating the initiative of the participating communities and mobilising locally available resources, the project can develop in a sustainable way.

CHF 3,000 for Free-medical Camps, Sri Lanka

The organisation natural health worldwide is based on a private initiative, which was created after the tsunami in 2005, and continues today with five naturopaths within the framework of free medical camps. In these camps, the locals in eastern Sri Lanka have access to medical advice and help with the traumas of war. The doctors work free of charge. The contribution will be used solely for the procurement of medication, which is bought increasingly in India.

CHF 20,000 for the project ‘Young citizens for Armenia’

The life and development opportunities for the people of Armenia are very strained due to the social, economic and political difficulties. The younger population in particular is unlikely to be able to find a role within society due to the lack of prospects. The project consists of the training and support of youth workers and promoters. With the right technical support, they should be able to supervise and attend to a total of 4,000 disadvantaged young people aged between 16 and 30 from the regions of Yerevan and Gyumri, in youth centres and meeting points.

CHF 20,000 for the international protection and strengthening of local human rights organisations and defenders, Mexico

PBI is the leading organisation in the field of the protection of human rights activists. It works only at the request of human rights organisations that have been affected. This project aims to improve the human rights situation in Mexico so that the human rights activists can work in safety, and the respect of human rights is guaranteed. This is achieved through their physical presence, information gathering and situation analysis, advocacy, mediation, as well as lobbying work. It will also involve building more capacity to improve security and the human rights situation. The PBI extends its activities in the departments of Chihuahua and Coahuila and works with local NGOs, the authorities and the international community.

CHF 40,000 for hygiene measures to provide complete hygiene at the partner hospital Kashikishi, Zambia

The partnership with the St. Paul's Mission Hospital in Kashikishi in North Zambia has already been going for over 20 years and has significantly contributed to the hospital remaining operational. For ten years, the hospital has been run by the state as a district hospital and includes a medical, paediatric, gynaecological-obstetric and surgical department. The catchment area of this health facility covers 250,000 residents. After Basel-Stadt made contributions for a new water supply in previous years, this will now be followed by a further contribution for a complete chain of hygiene. In real terms this means the replacement of sanitary facilities (toilets, showers, sinks), as well as washing machines for whites and miscellaneous consumables for operations. Furthermore, it includes the training of a hygiene expert.