War Child Support Switzerland
In Switzerland our effectiveness was recognised in 2017 with the Jacobs Foundation Best Practice award. The Swiss-based charitable foundation praised War Child for its global efforts to improve the lives of children. This raised our profile significantly - and inspired a group of volunteer supporters to form the group War Child Support Switzerland.
Inspired to action
“The award was an amazing act of recognition,” says Tom Berkhout, initiator of War Child Support Switzerland. “It immediately inspired me to promote War Child’s work around here.” Tom quickly assembled a dedicated group of people to get behind our cause, including Anton Eikhout, Edith Aldewereld and Fiona Matt.
Potential for growth
The goal? To double the donation from the Jacobs Foundation. Anton Eikhout, treasurer of the new group, is optimistic. “Switzerland has great potential," he says. "There are many Dutch people here and they know War Child well. They can spread the word in their own social circles.”
"We also want to take War Child's message to Swiss schools,” says Edith Aldewereld. “War Child Holland has a lot of experience in this field, which we can learn from.”
Bringing people together
Reaching out to family offices and foundations will be the main focus for the coming months. A fundraising gala dinner has also been planned. In charge of the event is Fiona Matt: “It is a perfect way to bring people together and raise money for our cause.”
The board in Switzerland will work closely with War Child Holland. Together they will look for the best ways to reach foundations and family offices. All proceeds raised by the group’s activities go directly in support of War Child's work - the small operational costs are covered by the board members themselves.
You can also help us find donors in Switzerland. Contact us via the buttons below or become a member of our LinkedIn group.
- Tom Berkhout: +41 79 536 53 47
- Fiona Matt: +41 766 131 756
Swiss residents can also donate directly towards our work through the account below:
Association War Child Support Switzerland
IBAN CH23 0070 0114 8023 3556 1