Simone Töllner, President of swisspartners Charity, talks about the association’s work with charitable organisations.
Do good and spread the word … You may know swisspartners as a renowned financial services provider with Swiss roots, but did you also know about our charity work? For over 13 years, we have been supporting projects and non-profit organisations both domestically and abroad with our independent association “swisspartners Charity”. Our work focuses on humanitarian aid, environmental protection and animal welfare.
I have been the new president of the swisspartners Charity since May of this year and I am really excited to be working with a highly motivated team to support five important projects, each of which has a connection to Switzerland.
Our management board and the organisation are made up entirely of swisspartners Group employees – all working on a voluntary basis. And here’s the good news: if you want to make a small contribution that will have a big impact, you can become a member too!
Membership starts at just 100 CHF per year. All membership fees are used entirely to support our projects.
“If you want to make a small contribution that will have a big impact, you can become a member too!”
A report by Daniel Elber, founder of the organisation “Future for Children”
Future for Children was founded in 2004 with the aim of fighting the poverty experienced by the 6,000 inhabitants of Muntigunung in northern Bali, and building a better future for the children there. The Muntigunung region is extremely dry. Hardly any rain falls between May and December, and there are no natural sources of water. To get the water they need to survive, the residents have to spend up to five hours each day collecting water from Lake Batur or from the northern coast. This work is mainly done by women and children. The children don’t have time to go to school, and the families live without any regular income. Most of the beggars in Bali come from Muntigunung.
The Future for Children organisation is actively working towards four goals: To build a water-supply infrastructure to help the inhabitants win back time for productive activities. To create the conditions required for sustainable, paid work in “social enterprises” in the future through adult training programmes. Our goal with this step is to ensure that, with their improved financial foundation, the families will be able to send their children to school in the future. Aside from that, improving hygiene and health education will significantly reduce malnutrition and child mortality in the region. These four measures create a foundation that helps the inhabitants to help themselves.
Thanks to the close cooperation with swisspartners Charity since 2016, Future for Children has been able to supply 35 villages with water and to significantly improve the health of the local population. Both malnutrition and the high child mortality rate have been practically eliminated.
In addition, we have three social enterprises that employ around 200 inhabitants – they have all received intensive training and gained the skills required to create high-quality products. Furthermore, nearly 700 farmers supply the raw materials that these small factories use to produce cashew nuts, rosella tea, brown palm sugar and other food products. Trekking tours led by former beggars bring guests over the mountains to Muntigunung. By having tourists visit the villages, we are creating a connection between the local population and the outside world, while allowing interested visitors to share in the positive developments that have been achieved so far. We have built a foundation that will allow us to create even more jobs in the years to come, as well as to ensure that all children can overcome the challenges and graduate from school.
The cooperation with swisspartners Charity is based on a shared long-term vision. This makes planning and carrying out sustainable activities so much easier for us as an organisation. We stay in touch and keep each other up to date about the results of our shared activities. For us, it’s been a perfect example of a positive collaboration!
“Both malnutrition and the high child mortality rate have been practically eliminated.”
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