Approvals in November 2013

20,000 Francs for the “Hunger Project”, Mozambique

Illiteracy and poverty are widespread in Mozambique, along with insufficient availability of food. The Hunger Project aims to tackle this situation and, in order to do so, works using the “Epicenter Strategy”. Beneficiaries of this strategy go through various phases in its centres over a period of eight years, during which they are prepared for sustainable self-reliance. There are already three of these centres in Mozambique, which are accessible to 26,290 residents in ten villages.

25,000 Francs for the Youth and Community Center, Burma

During the last 16 years, the Kinder-Projekt Burma association has helped several hundred young people to build a livelihood. The existing support ranges from a children’s home to supervised training for young people and is now to be expanded into a further phase. As part of this expansion, additional vocational training is to be offered in a mountain village youth and community centre, local groups are to be supported with an infrastructure for conferences and political participation is to be prompted through a local newspaper. With these measures, the project aims to open up Burma politically and to contribute to local economic development.

33,000 Francs for supporting income generation and social integration for women, Kosovo

The local partner of Christlicher Friedensdienst Open Door works with women who are affected by or at risk of poverty and violence in 18 Albanian, Serbian and Roma villages in northern and eastern Kosovo and in Prishtina. Craftwork projects and further training in producing and selling homemade food help women to generate their own income. “Open Door” intentionally brings together Albanian, Serbian and Roma women in order to overcome ethnic divisions. It also offers psychosocial support to women affected by violence.

60,000 Francs for the treatment of birth-related fistulae in Bwindi Community Hospital (BCH), Uganda

Doctors and nursing staff from Uganda and Switzerland are training fistula surgeons as well as specialist nursing staff. Fistulae are caused by excessively long labours, especially in very young, first-time mothers. At the Bwindi Community Hospital, there has been a few years’ worth of investment in prevention in order to avoid complications. Pregnant women come into the hospital before giving birth so that they can receive optimum care when they go into labour. This enables protracted labour and the risk of complications to be avoided or reduced.

40,000 Francs for a mine clearance project in Donji Vakuf, Bosnia-Herzegovina World Without Mines

The Foundation world withouth mines is involved in mine deactivation and awareness raising among the persons affected. These two preventative activities form the basis of safety and development in rural areas. The Foundation’s local partner organisation is “Pazi Mine Vitez”, which is regularly inspected by a representative. The clearance of the “Marjianovica Kuce” minefields is part of the plan to completely de-mine the municipality of Donji Vakuf, which began in 2007. The active involvement of various actors in prioritising the areas to be cleared also improves the autonomy, effect and sustainability of the clearance activities.

12,000 Francs for vocational training centres for women, as well as psychosocial support for those traumatised by war, Sri Lanka

Palmyrah is making an important, sustainable contribution to rebuilding society in the post-war period with education services for women and children. The vocational training provides women with support for securing their livelihood and contributes to raising women’s status in society. Palmyrah Projects consists of ten vocational training centres for women, three nursery schools, as well as a tutoring centre for school pupils, in Sri Lanka’s mainly Tamil Northern Province. Since the end of the civil war, the projects have also included psychosocial work with people traumatised by war and training of trauma therapists. ‘Palmyrah Projects’ works in northern Sri Lanka on the Jaffna Peninsula, on the offshore island of Neduntivu and in the Vanni region. These regions are mainly populated by the Tamil people and were worst affected by the war.

50,000 Francs for the ‘end violence against women and girls’ project, Senegal

Women and girls affected by violence can turn to trained female paralegals who provide them with advice. If the victim requires further intervention, they are referred to the advice centre in Kaolack, which is run by the local partner organisation APROFES. In addition to advice, medical, legal, social and psychological support is given at this centre, depending on the case. APROFES also does advocacy and lobbying work and takes measures to raise awareness among the population of violence against women and children.

50,000 Francs for bee products from Tolay, Ethiopia

The project, which is supported by Biovision, offers practical training to traditional beekeepers and groups of farmers in Tolay to help with beekeeping and honey production. Awareness is raised among farming families about the influence of a healthy environment on their living conditions and income. On courses, the beekeepers learn about how they can increase their productivity and improve the quality of the honey using gently modernised methods and technologies, without destroying or driving away the bee population. In this way, increased production in terms of both quality and quantity can be guaranteed. People can sell the honey at local and regional markets, generating additional income.

50,000 Francs for protecting children and adolescents with no permanent home, Togo

Many children from impoverished rural areas (80% of people affected by poverty in Togo live in the country) seek a brighter future in larger cities such as Lomé. No matter whether children migrate voluntarily or under duress, they often become victims of exploitation, abuse or human trafficking in urban areas. On the one hand, Terre des hommes is involved in rehabilitation and protection of children (psychosocial support, emergency support and reintegration into the education system) and, on the other hand, it is involved in preventing the risks of exploitation, child trafficking and abuse. This is achieved by education, support in schools and obtaining birth certificates.

40,000 Francs for the project 'farming families overcome hunger during the Soudure', Senegal

62 villages in western Senegal receive support for improving their food security. The local partner organisation is the farmers’ association RECODEF. The project aims to guarantee food all year round by increasing agricultural production, raising awareness of climate change and running solidarity funds. Furthermore, business management skills are to be improved for organising and managing solidarity funds and communal fields.

30,000 Francs for ‘Sounds of Palestine’, Palestine

The political and economic situation in Palestine is precarious. As a long-term development project for children in Palestine, Sounds of Palestine uses comprehensive music education as a medium for protecting and supporting the further development of children, as well as lasting social change. Experience from comparable projects in over 25 countries shows that children undergo positive social development in the secure environment of special music school centres such as these and, as a result, take more responsibility for themselves and the social environment and are able to develop new prospects for the future. The classes are planned and taught by the music teachers in close cooperation with social workers.

50,000 Francs for advancement of agricultural businesses and support in agricultural policy, Benin

The project by Helvetas promotes professionalisation of farming organisations in all aspects of ecological pineapple production, with the aim of handing over the activities to the farmers, step by step. The agricultural structures and the national agricultural policy are considered and involved at the same time. The local actors are to gain enough knowledge and become sufficiently professional that they can take responsibility for their own autonomy. Small-scale farmers are familiarised with agricultural policy so that, in future, they can decide for themselves how they want to cultivate and sell their products. In this way, they contribute to the sustainable, balanced, autonomous and stable development of farming.

34,000 Francs for medical care and social integration of leprosy sufferers, Nepal

4,000 new cases of leprosy are still recorded in Nepal every year. The stigma and the fear associated with leprosy mean that sufferers of the disease in Nepal are often exposed to economic, social and emotional marginalisation. For over 50 years, the Green Pastures Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre in Pokhara has been providing help for people affected by leprosy, treating them free-of-charge and helping them to find their way back into society.

50,000 Francs for vocational training for young people from poor rural families, Kenya

The Vijana Na Ujuzi project creates educational opportunities for young people from poor rural families, so that they can acquire vocational skills, find a job or become independent and support themselves. 350 to 550 young people are supported in vocational training every year, mainly in rural areas. Examples of how this is achieved are the institutional further development of six partner schools and the provision of complementary activities for supporting girls, increasing motivation and educating on health matters.

50,000 Francs for the Lugala hospital for the rural population, Tanzania

The Lugala hospital is the only hospital in the remote western part of Ulanga District, which, in terms of surface area, is more than half the size of Switzerland. Around 230,000 people of different ethnic groups, the vast majority of whom are among the poorest farmers, live in the 92 villages. The aim of the project is for the Lugala hospital to be able to function as a social service facility where the broad spectrum of illnesses that occur in Ulanga can be successfully treated. At the same time, the hospital’s range of services are to be accessible and affordable for the sectors of the population that are most at risk. In order to achieve this goal, implementation of health policies is being tackled and health services set-up and expanded. Achieving the aim also involves continuing with prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, supporting financial and administration management and expanding buildings and infrastructure.

10,000 Francs for the ‘Human Rights Foundation of Turkey HRFT’ project, Turkey

The local partner organisation, HRFT is a very well-established human rights organisation that has already existed for over 20 years. It offers multi-dimensional help in Turkey for victims of torture (social, political, legal, medical and psychological). Treatment and a rehabilitation programme are offered by and for survivors of torture in five centres (in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Adana and Diyarbakır). 647 torture victims were looked after in 2012. The majority come from the south east of Turkey and Eastern Anatolia, parts of Turkey which are mainly populated by Kurds. Among the project’s aims are guaranteed free provision of medical care and psychiatric help, as well as the provision of social support with the aid of educational opportunities. In addition, monitoring systems, which are required for recording and analysing all relevant information, are being expanded.

264,000 Francs for HIV/Aids project in Ifakara, Tanzania

The canton of Basel-Stadt provides long-term support for the set-up and operation of the HIV/AIDS clinic Chronic Disease Clinic Ifakara, CDCI, which espouses the unbroken chain of care with prevention, HIV tests, HIV treatment and long-term care. As part of the national programme, the on-going project aims to guarantee HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, including consolidated integration of the tuberculosis department in the outpatient and inpatient area. The programmes are also being augmented, which is reducing the transmission of the HIV/AIDS virus from mother to child with significant success. Lastly, controlled and responsible dispensing of antiretroviral medication is being set up in association with local health centres.