War Child Support Switzerland

War Child has a new official base of support: Switzerland. The initiative was set up after War Child was awarded the prestigious Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize last year in Zürich.

The prize (which amounted to 200,000 Swiss Francs) was awarded by the Swiss Jacobs Foundation, which promotes research projects, intervention programmes and academic institutes that focus on child and youth development. War Child was praised for its global efforts to improve the lives of thousands of conflict-affected children.


“It is an amazing recognition”, says Tom Berkhout, initiator of War Child Support Switzerland. “I was immediately inspired to promote War Child’s work around here.” He quickly assembled a dedicated group of Dutch-Swiss people, including Anton Eikhout, Edith Aldewereld, and Fiona Matt.

We won the Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize 2018 for our work for children

A lot of potential

The goal? To double the donation from the Jacobs Foundation. Anton Eikhout, treasurer of the new support group, is optimistic. “Switzerland has a lot of potential. 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.

Would you like to get involved?

You can help us find donors. 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