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Small businesses

What prospects do young people have in the remote rural areas in Bolivia after graduation? For many of them there is no possibility to attend further vocational education or to go to university. Jobs are scarce. Hoping for better professional opportunities, many migrate to the urban regions. In order to work against this migration, the Foundation Suyana supports schools to create small businesses for education purpose, which produce regional goods for the local market.
Project Duration: 2017-2019

Request no.: BO-AB-2019-01

 
School Project

The schools in Bolivia's rural areas are very simple. Often they make a bleak impression which has a negative impact on the motivation and performance of many students and teachers. Through the Suyana school project the schools are improved by simple means. Teachers, students, parents and authorities cooperate and enhance the quality of the schools with their own work and resources. This increases the learning motivation, the well-being of the children and thus also their future prospects.

Request no.: BO-AB-2018-01

 
Giving Tuesday 2017

With your donation - no matter how much - you help improve the health of the rural population in Bolivia. For example:

Fr. 60
One consultation with a doctor and dentist

Fr. 90
Supporting a child on its way to “zero caries”

Fr. 120
Medical care for one family/year

Request no.: BO-MZ-2017-02

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First-Aid-Kits

In the remote rural areas of Bolivia there is hardly ever a doctor close by. In case of an emergency people wait for an ambulance in vain. The closest health center is far away and in many cases it is only reachable by a long march on foot. That’s why schools need a first-aid-kit and trainings in first aid. Such equipment and knowledge can limit a worsening of the patient’s condition and further harm can be prevented.

Request no.: BO-MZ-2017-02

 
Children without Caries

People living in the rural villages in the Bolivian highlands do not have the chance to see a dentist when they have toothache as there are no dental services in isolated areas. People do not have any idea about how important it is to keep their teeth clean and that poor dental hygiene can have a disastrous impact on their general health. From a very young age villagers suffer from caries and gum disease, which cause pain and may lead to infections. Thanks to the Suyana Foundation mobile dentists each villager can receive the treatment they need.
Project Duration: 2017-2019

Request no.: BO-ZM-2017-02

 
Children without Caries

People living in the rural villages in the Bolivian highlands do not have the chance to see a dentist when they have toothache as there are no dental services in isolated areas. People do not have any idea about how important it is to keep their teeth clean and that poor dental hygiene can have a disastrous impact on their general health. From a very young age villagers suffer from caries and gum disease, which cause pain and may lead to infections. Thanks to the Suyana Foundation mobile dentists each villager can receive the treatment they need.

Request no.: BO-ZM-2017-02

 
Marketing courses

What prospects do young people have after graduation in the remote rural areas in Bolivia? For many there is no possibility to attend further vocational education to become an agronomist or an engineer, this door remains closed. The young people generate their income with livestock breeding and the cultivation and sale of agricultural products. In the Suyana marketing courses in agriculture and related professions the young people learn how to improve their situation so that they can achieve a more stable and secure income.
Project Duration: 2017-2019

Request no.: BO-AB-2017-01

 
Carpentry sets

In Bolivia's secluded highlands, schools and private households often have no tools in rural areas: They cannot make furniture or small renovations themselves. There is also a lack of knowledge on how to repair everyday items or to produce them with existing materials. The purchase of furniture and tools often exceeds the budget by far. For these reasons, the teachers often ask for furniture donations.

Request no.: BO-AB-2017-02

 
Family Project

The families in the remote rural areas of Boliva usually live in extreme poverty in precarious conditions. The yield of their small farms is barely enough to cover their own needs. As there is rarely any excess left to be sold to generate income for new investments or to close the poverty gap. Through the family project, the families improve their homes and production on their own initiative, work and resources. The result is a healthier and more dignified life.
Project Duration: 2017-2019

Request no.: BO-LW-2017-01

 
Farming Experts "Satiri"

The population in the remote villages in Bolivia makes a living with farming. The climatic conditions are harsh, the meagre soil only allows a poor harvest and people live in humble conditions. The local farming experts, trained by the Foundation Suyana, show the families simple measures to improve their living conditions with their own efforts.
Project Duration: 2017-2019

Request no.: BO-LW-2017-02

 
Auxiliary veterinaries

Farm animals are for the rural population of Bolivia of major importance and the income from livestock is their livelihood. Unfortunately, there is often a lack of knowledge about how animal health can be improved and diseases prevented. In an emergency, it takes too long for a veterinarian from the city to reach the farms. The auxiliary veterinarians already live in the remote areas where they are needed and thus better the medical care for animals. They are trained in a programme that Suyana Foundation has launched together with a local University.
Project Duration: 2017 - 2019

Request no.: BO-LW-2017-03

 
Water Management

In the remote rural communities of the highlands of Bolivia, where the climatic conditions are rough and the water resources are scarce, safe drinking water should be a reality. However, water sources are often used by animals or are contaminated by waste and chemical fertilizers. This has a negative impact on water quality: Contamination of drinking water is the cause of many diseases.
Project Duration: 2017-2019

Request no.: BO-UM-2017-01

 
Special missions using our mobile units

At midnight, Antonio banged on the door of the Suyana operation centre in a community in the Bolivian highlands where the medical team was spending the night. He had walked for 1 ½ hours to fetch help for his mother who had already been in labour for 7 hours. The Suyana doctor and nurse immediately sprang into action and left to help Antonio’s mother.

Request no.: BO-MZ-2016-01

 
Special Cases

People abnormalities of the jaw and palate face serious problems if they live in the Andean region of Bolivia. Not only do they have to struggle with being “different” or having difficulty speaking, they also suffer from serious health problems as a result of malnutrition caused by not being able to eat properly. In these rural areas there are no dentists let alone specialists that can treat these problems. Most people cannot afford to travel to the city to see a specialist or pay for the treatment and so most cases are never treated. The Suyana dentists are committed to finding ways of treating these patients.

Request no.: BO-ZM-2016-02

 
Training for young farmers

What prospects do young people have after graduation in the remote rural areas in Bolivia? For many there is no possibility to attend further vocational education to become an agronomist or an engineer, this door remains closed. The young people generate their income with livestock breeding and the cultivation and sale of agricultural products. In the Suyana intensive courses in agriculture and related professions the young people learn how to improve their situation so that they can achieve a more stable and secure income.

Request no.: BO-AB-2015-02

 
Water Commitees

Conditions on the Altiplano are harsh. The inhabitants are poor and the land they cultivate is barren. Wells and springs are often contaminated as they are used by animals as watering holes and so, as the people have no access to clean drinking water, diseases abound. Therefore, the Suyana Foundation has set up and supports “water committees” to guarantee clean drinking water for the local residents.

Request no.: BO-UM-2015-01

 
Playful Learning

In addition to going to school, most children and young people in remote regions need to help their parents on the farm. Without their support, the daily work cannot be completed. This leaves the children with little time to attend school and do homework. The Suyana Foundation has developed colouring books and board games about dentistry, environment, agriculture and education to motivate the children to learn in spite of these circumstances.

Request no.: BO-AB-2014-01

 
Carpentry Tools

Schools and private households in the remote rural regions of Bolivia normally do not own tools to build or repair wooden furniture themselves. Additionally, the knowledge about handicraft and how to produce items of day-to-day use oneself is lacking. The purchase of furniture and tools is by far beyond the means of most schools and families. That’s why teachers often ask for furniture donations.

Request no.: BO-AB-2014-02

 
“Satiri” – local farming experts

The population in the remote villages on the highland in Bolivia makes a living with farming. The climatic conditions are harsh, the meagre soil only allows a poor harvest and people live in humble conditions. The local farming experts, trained by the Foundation Suyana, show the families simple measures to improve their living conditions with their own efforts.

Request no.: BO-LW-2014-03

 
Mobile dental practices

The people in the country side of Bolivia live in remote places and often do not have access to professional dental care. Here the Foundation Suyana, with its dentists, has been providing active assistance for many years. In order to achieve sustainability in dentistry, local health centres are encouraged to participate. The employees of the centres should take over the Suyana work and ensure that in the future people in the country side are cared for.

Request no.: BO-ZM-2013-02

 
Vehicle renovation

The mobile unit is the most important instrument for our inter-disciplinary teams in order to implement the Integral Program Suyana. Our vehicles count with a structure consisting of a fully equipped dental practice. Since we work in remote rural areas located between 2,500 and over 5,000 meters above sea level with often no transport system and non-asphalted roads in a bad state, the vehicles and structures that are between 7 and 8 years old are exposed to extreme conditions and it is imperative to count with a 4-wheel drive. In addition, the climate of the equator with temperatures ranging from -10 degrees celsius during the night in the winter time and over 25 degrees during the day, increase the harsh conditions even further.
Project Duration: 2017-2019

Request no.: PE-ZM-2019-01

 
Small businesses

What prospects do young people have in the remote rural areas in Peru after graduation? For many of them there is no possibility to attend further vocational education or to go to university. Jobs are scarce. Hoping for better professional opportunities, many migrate to the urban regions. In order to work against this migration, the Foundation Suyana supports the creation of small businesses at schools that produce regional products for the local market and provide technical training for students.
Project Duration: 2017-2019

Request no.: PE-AB-2019-01

 
School Project

The schools in Peru’s rural areas are very simple. Often they make a bleak impression which has a negative impact on the motivation and performance of many students and teachers. Through the Suyana school project the schools are improved by simple means. Teachers, students, parents and authorities cooperate and enhance the quality of the schools with their own work and resources. This increases the learning motivation, the well-being of the children and thus also their future prospects.
Project Duration: 2017-2019

Request no.: PE-AB-2018-01

 
First-Aid-Kits

In the remote rural areas of Peru there is hardly ever a doctor close by. In case of an emergency people wait for an ambulance in vain. The closest health center is far away and in many cases it is only reachable by a long march on foot. That is why schools need a first-aid-kit and trainings in first aid. Such equipment and knowledge can limit a worsening of the patient’s condition and further harm can be prevented.

Request no.: PE-MZ-2017-02

 
Children without Caries

People living in the rural villages in the Peruvian highlands do not have the chance to see a dentist when they have toothache as there are no dental services in isolated areas. People do not have any idea about how important it is to keep their teeth clean and that poor dental hygiene can have a disastrous impact on their general health. From a very young age villagers suffer from caries and gum disease, which cause pain and may lead to infections. Thanks to the Suyana Foundation mobile dentists each villager can receive the treatment they need.
Project Duration: 2017-2019

Request no.: PE-ZM-2017-01

 
Children without Caries

People living in the rural villages in the Peruvian highlands do not have the chance to see a dentist when they have toothache as there are no dental services in isolated areas. People do not have any idea about how important it is to keep their teeth clean and that poor dental hygiene can have a disastrous impact on their general health. From a very young age villagers suffer from caries and gum disease, which cause pain and may lead to infections. Thanks to the Suyana Foundation mobile dentists each villager can receive the treatment they need.

Request no.: PE-ZM-2017-01

 
Carpentry sets

In the topographic areas of the Andes in Peru, schools and private households often have no tools in rural areas: They cannot make furniture themselves or small renovations. There is also a lack of knowledge on how to repair everyday items or to produce them with existing materials. The purchase of furniture and tools often exceeds the budget by far. For these reasons, the teachers often ask for furniture donations.

Request no.: PE-AB-2017-01

 
Marketing courses

For many young adults in the remote regions of Peru, there is no possibility to complete a vocational school or academic studies. The young people in these areas often have good ideas to improve their living conditions, but without professional training they lack the knowledge, skills and self-confidence to realise their ideas. Under these circumstances, it is difficult for people to find a way out of poverty.
Project Duration: 2017-2019

Request no.: PE-AB-2017-02

 
Family Project

The families in the remote rural areas of Peru usually live in extreme poverty in precarious conditions. The yield of their small farms is barely enough to cover their own needs. As there is rarely any excess left to be sold to generate income for new investments or to close the poverty gap. Through the family project, the families improve their homes and production on their own initiative, work and resources. The result is a healthier and more dignified life.
Project Duration: 2017-2019

Request no.: PE-LW-2017-01

 
Farming Experts "Y.R."

The population in the remote areas in the highlands of Peru makes a living with farming. The climatic conditions are harsh, the meagre soil only allows a poor harvest and people live in humble conditions. The local farming experts trained by the Suyana Foundation as part of the Family Project show the families simple measures to positively improve their living conditions with their own efforts.
Project duration: 2017-2019

Request no.: PE-LW-2017-02

 
Auxiliary vets

Farm animals are for the rural population of Peru of major importance and the income from livestock is their livelihood. Unfortunately, there is often a lack of knowledge about how to improve animal health and prevent diseases. Even in emergencies, veterinarians do not travel from the city to farms in rural areas that are difficult to access. However, the auxiliary veterinarians already live where they are needed and improve the medical care of the animals in the remote regions. They are trained in the programme that Suyana Foundation has launched together with the Catholic University in La Paz, Bolivia.
Project Duration: 2017-2019

Request no.: PE-LW-2017-03

 
Water Management

Life on the Altiplano highlands is harsh; water is scarce, the soil yields little and people are poor. The water sources in a community are often used as watering holes by the livestock and so the water is contaminated. Drinking this unclean water causes many diseases and therefore Suyana supports the “water committees” so that clean drinking water can be guaranteed.

Request no.: PE-UM-2017-01

 
Special missions using our mobile units

Luis Ángel is just two months old, has a bad cough and is having difficulty breathing. His mother is very worried about him. She can only get to the nearest health centre on foot and it will be a long walk. Luckily the Suyana health team is close by and the boy’s mother talks to the doctor who immediately examines the small patient.

Request no.: PE-MZ-2016-02

 
Animal Health

The rural population in the highlands of Bolivia depends heavily on the health of their farm animals. If the animals are healthy, their income is better. A reduction of the livestock caused for example by parasites, threatens the existence of the whole family. But the parasites are just as dangerous for human beings. Amongst others, they can cause diarrhoea and anaemia and in the worst case, can even provoke death. Not only farm animals carry and transmit those worms but also domestic animals such as cats and dogs. Therefore it is of great importance that pets are treated too.

Request no.: PE-LW-2016-01

 
“Yachaq Runa”– local farming experts

The population in the remote villages on the highland in Peru makes a living with farming. The climatic conditions are harsh, the meagre soil only allows a poor harvest and people live in humble conditions. The local farming experts, trained by the Foundation Suyana, show the families simple actions to improve their living conditions with their own efforts.

Request no.: PE-LW-2015-01

 
Rooms for medical consultations

Something that is for us unimaginable, is a sad reality for the people in the highlands of Peru: Access to adequate medical care cannot be taken for granted. In these remote regions, there are no public sanitary posts. The closest health centre is far away and all too often it can only be reached on foot. Suyana’s doctors regularly visit the secluded villages to provide basic medical services. In the villages, adequate rooms for the consultations are however lacking.

Request no.: PE-MZ-2014-02

 
playful learning

In addition to going to school, most children and young people in remote regions need to help their parents on the farm. Without their support, the daily work cannot be completed. This leaves the children with little time to attend school and do homework. The Suyana Foundation has developed colouring books and board games about dentistry, environment, agriculture and education to motivate the children to learn in spite of these circumstances.

Request no.: PE-AB-2014-01

 
Carpentry Tools

Schools and private households in the remote rural regions of Peru normally do not own tools to build or repair wooden furniture themselves. Additionally, the knowledge about handicraft and how to produce items of day-to-day use oneself is lacking. The purchase of furniture and tools is by far beyond the means of most schools and families. That’s why teachers often ask for furniture donations.

Request no.: PE-AB-2014-02

 
Training for young aspiring farmers

What prospects do young people have after graduation in the remote rural areas in Peru? For many there is no possibility to attend further vocational education to become an agronomist or an engineer, this door remains closed. The young people generate their income with livestock breeding and the cultivation and sale of agricultural products. In the Suyana intensive courses in agriculture and related professions the young people learn how to improve their situation so that they can achieve a more stable and secure income.

Request no.: PE-AB-2014-03

 
Accommodation for the Suyana employees

In the beginning, during the work assignments in the remote areas in the highlands, the Suyana employees slept in tents, in schools or in rooms provided by the municipalities, most of the time on the floor, on matrasses which they had brought along. Sanitation facilities are not always existent and the nights can be quite chilly. In order for them to do an even better job and to recover from the strenuous work, the Suyana employees need to have an adequate accommodation in the areas of intervention.

Request no.: PE-LW-2014-02

 
Combating childhood malnutrition

About a quarter of children in developing countries have too little or no well-balanced nutrition available. Unfortunately this is also true in the remote regions of Peru. In the context of annual campaigns, the Foundation Suyana systematically examines the degree of malnutrition of children and assigns, where necessary, a treatment with food supplements.

Request no.: PE-MZ-2013-01

 
Stöckli renovation

On the outskirts of the Emmental a large family administers a farming business on around 17 hectares of land. Apart from keeping 26 milk cows and veal calves, the family cultivates seed potatoes. An old Stöckli (house for elderly farmers) with no heating forms part of the farm. Now the farmer’s wife wants to live with her old parents on the farm. But the building is in desperate need of a renovation. The resources to cover the costs of this undertaking are only partly available. A home for the old parents can be built thanks to Suyana’s help.

Request no.: CH-LW-2019-21

 
A deceptive paradise

A farmer’s family lives with their three children at the northern end of the Rhine Valley. Their farm is of a respectable size: 26 hectares are owned by the family and 18 hectares are leased. There would be no larger issues, if it were not for the falling milk price. Now a solution has to be found. The family would like to switch to an ecological production in order to receive a higher milk price. But how could they afford the cost of switching their production to produce ecological milk? Thanks to Suyana, the family can start with the change and implement the switch with success.

Request no.: CH-LW-2019-19

 
New barn needed

A young farmer runs a farming business on around 20 hectares of land near Steffisburg. He wants to give up the unprofitable dairy industry and wants to switch to breeding suckling cows. This would be less work-intensive and could contribute to a positive annual balance sheet. But this change of plans desperately requires a new playpen. The farmer is forced to “bite the bullet” taking on a massive loan. Regardless of all his efforts, some debt remains outstanding. Suyana decides to support the young farmer in order to ease his start into the future.

Request no.: CH-LW-2019-17

 
Happy hens

A young farmer’s family with four children runs an organic farming business on around 20 hectares close to Thun. To generate a liveable income, the family produces meat from suckler cows, cultivates cereals and herbs, runs a farm shop and produces eggs. Their current henhouse is run-down, but since organic eggs are in high demand, the family wants to double the amount of hens. Everything is well planned but the financial resources for the undertaking are scarce. Thanks to Suyana’s help, the hen project becomes a reality.

Request no.: CH-LW-2019-14

 
Farmhouse renovation

After a long, serious illness and the subsequent death of his father, a young farmer is forced to take over his father's organic farm earlier than planned. Since the farmhouse is in a very desolate condition, it has to be completely renovated. In addition to the high investment costs in the farm and a loss of the carrot harvest last summer, the funds for the project are simply no longer sufficient; the man needs help.

Request no.: CH-LW-2018-34

 
Financial problems

In the mountain area of Obervaz lives an older couple of farmers who have no successors for their dairy farm and would like to sell it to a young couple for a very economical price. However, the financing is very difficult for the professional farmer and forest ranger. Despite the great support of many family members and friends, their savings are simply not enough. What to do now?

Request no.: CH-LW-2018-33

 
SOS Farm Office

What do you do when paperwork is piling up and you’re overwhelmed? Sandra Steffen, farmer by profession, lends farmers a helping hand when they can’t cope with the seemingly increasing and more and more demanding administrative tasks. After many years of experience, Sandra has decided to start up her own consultancy business to support struggling farmers, but she needs an injection of capital. Thanks to Suyana, she gets the necessary start-up financing.

Request no.: CH-LW-2018-28

 
Time is running out for father and son

A father and his son manage a 27-hectare dairy farm near Steffisburg. They receive an average of CHF 0.54 per litre but this is so low that it is difficult for them to save any money. The Veterinary Office is threatening to close the farm down if the owners do not rebuild the barn in compliance with today’s standards. The family is facing sleepless nights as they do not have enough money to rebuild the stable.

Request no.: CH-LW-2018-13

 
Damage caused by heavy storm

A young farmer from the Rhine Valley is having lunch with his mother when the storm Burglind hits the farm. The heavy wind is frightening, it hisses and howls around the house and causes trees nearly to break. But it gets worse, parts of the roof loosen and fall into the yard. Once the storm is over the full damage becomes clear: One third of the roof was swept away!

Request no.: CH-LW-2018-12

 
A farm and its inhabitants are endangered

When a farmer builds a new stable, he is usually heavily in debt. But when there is a divorce ahead, the question quickly arises as to whether the farm has a chance of survival or not. This is what happens to a farmer in the region of Thun. After high investments on the farm, his wife filed for divorce and the farmer is in big worries.

Request no.: CH-LW-2018-07

 
Social network for harvests

The institution’s community-led pilot project in Bern is working to minimise produce, such as vegetables, fruit, dried fruits, herbs, berries, etc. that are surplus and do not fully meet the strict regulations governing the sale of fresh produce. This surplus will be collected and put up for sale, which implies good logistics and a person employed part-time but there is no money available to fund this position.

Request no.: CH-LW-2018-03

 
High costs for retaining wall

On the Grabserberg lives a mountain farmer family of the dairy industry. A huge storm causes the slope to slip above the yard. After months, it turns out that the support beams of the barn have shifted so much that the building is in danger of collapsing and must be replaced by a new building. In addition, a massive retaining wall is needed to withstand the mountain pressure and future storms. The costs of these two buildings simply exceed the budget of the mountain people, they need our help.

Request no.: CH-LW-2018-02

 
New construction causes high costs

A farming family in the canton of St. Gallen lives mainly from dairy farming. They own their own land but also have leased land. From a retired neighbour they have leased eight hectares of land where there is also a stable for the young cattle. Out of the blue, the farmer receives a letter from the neighbour saying that unless this stable is cleared the lease contract will not be extended.

Request no.: CH-LW-2018-01

 
A new sheep stable

This young family’s farm is at the foot of Mount Pilatus, and looks over the Four-Canton Lake. The meadows climb steeply behind the house and are not apt for cows; therefore, the family has over 100 dairy goats, 10 sheep and 190 laying hens. The couple bought the farm from the husband’s parents for a good price a few years ago. The house is in good shape but the stable is old and gloomy and urgently needs rebuilding.

Request no.: CH-LW-2017-34

 
When it rains it pours

An older farmer couple lives very modestly from their dairy farming and the extra income of the man. The farmer's wife has been suffering from the effects of a tick bite for years and has to repeatedly seek medical treatment. Fate continues to beat mercilessly. Flood damage, which is not covered by the building insurance, consumes the savings of the two. To make matters worse, the farmer got seriously injured by a cow. Since the couple already lives on the poverty line, they cannot pay their bills without help.

Request no.: CH-LW-2017-33

 
Two generations living under one roof

In the district of Seftigen there is a farming couple living in a very small old house. Should their children come to live with the couple, there is not enough room, for two families. Their son does not live in the village and has to drive several times a day, which means even more work for him. In winter he has another job and so has to waste a lot of time travelling. Refurbishing the old house makes no sense; both families need a new home.

Request no.: CH-LW-2017-31

 
Family of six urgently needs more space

A peasant family lives in an old and tiny farmhouse, which is a listed building and located in the Jura protection zone of the canton of Solothurn. Since there are not enough bedrooms, the two younger children have to sleep with the parents. Even the father of the man, who has a right of abode, lives under the same roof. These conditions are very stressful and the farmers would like to build a new house. But despite the cost-effective variant, their funds are not enough.

Request no.: CH-LW-2017-14

 
Farm burns to the ground

In a small town in the Canton of Zurich, a pyromaniac has set fire to and destroyed three farms in the last few years. Unfortunately, no one has ever been caught and prosecuted. Last December, the firebug targeted a farming family who managed to save their horses and llamas but could only stand and watch helplessly as their cows died, consumed by the flames.

Request no.: CH-LW-2017-04

 
Renting land

In Switzerland most farmers farm their own land and then rent land for additional crops. The risk is that they can lose the rental contract and then their only means of making a living comes under threat. This is what has happened to a family in the canton of St. Gallen on the border with the canton of Appenzell. The owner wants to retire, sell the land and move into a village close by. First he offered the land to the family, who have been working on it for many years now, but they do not have the money to buy it. Now they are worried as they need this land to be able to survive.

Request no.: CH-LW-2017-03

 
How do I implement a farm shop?

Farmers that sell high-quality products from their farm, get more money for their products. What do you have to consider in order to run a farm shop profitably? Ms. Dr. Patricia Frey made a video-movie where she asks successful shop owners to pass their experiences to others. This includes the bad experiences too. A brilliant idea, if it wasn’t for the high production costs.

Request no.: CH-LW-2017-02

 
Faulty heating

In the upper reaches of Bern lives a farming family on a medium-sized dairy farm. Their income has dropped steadily over the last few years and the couple is forced to live on a very modest budget. For some time they saved up to build a new cattle shed but almost as soon as it was finished the heating system gave out. Despite relatives helping out, there is still not enough to pay the bill. The couple is very worried about how they will be able to manage.

Request no.: CH-LW-2016-36

 
Vicious Virus

A young couple in the Canton of Appenzell used all their savings to build a new fold for their flock of sheep. They were overjoyed to have a new shelter for their flock and to be able to work in better conditions. A short time after the gestation period, three pregnant ewes fell ill with a particularly virulent virus meaning that the couple had to sacrifice 24 more sheep to prevent an outbreak in the whole flock. They have lost almost all of their flock and are very worried as having sunk their savings into building the new fold, they do not have the money needed to buy new livestock, which means that their income has plummeted.

Request no.: CH-LW-2016-32

 
Alpine shelter

This farming family needs a new cattle shed and Alpine shelter for their herds in the summer months in the meadows high up in the Alps. Very often good and bad luck go hand in hand and this was certainly the case for this family with three children in the region of Bern. Their livelihood depends on the Alpine meadows but their lease on the meadows and shelter has come to an end; however, by a stroke of good fortune they have been given the chance to buy a shelter. Nevertheless, the old cattle shed needs to be replaced Sand, even though their children, parents and relatives are willing to give a hand to build a new cattle shed, the couple does not have the means to buy the building materials.

Request no.: CH-LW-2016-29

 
Vrenelis Gärtli

In 2011 two dreamers with a great passion for the mountain culture used their savings to set up an internet page selling Alpine products. This page is called “Vrenelis Gärtli” (Little Garden of Verena) and is legally registered. Sales took off and requests for their products duplicated; however, to be able to increase sales the site needs video clips, photos and a good marketing strategy, all of which is expensive and so an injection is needed to do more publicity and be able to pay the farmers the profit they deserve.

Request no.: CH-LW-2016-05

 
Information Centre for Dementia

Margrit Raimann from the “Wiitsicht” Centre explains, “Every day at the Wiitsicht Centre we see relatives that need advice on caring for a loved one with dementia. There is a huge need and demand for information about dementia and what to do when a crisis arises.” To meet these needs we have set up a Dementia Resources Unit but if we do not receive funding we will not be able to go ahead with this project that is so important for the family and their loved one.

Request no.: CH-MZ-2016-02

 
Night watch

„In future I would like to take care of people suffering from dementia on our farm.“ This was Luzia Hafner’s vision over 10 years ago. Today she and her husband offer day and holiday care for people with dementia. Until two years ago, she had taken over the night watch, this in addition to the day shift. But also this innovative woman needs a rest from the daily work. This is only possible with a good night’s sleep.

Request no.: CH-MZ-2015-01

 
Training for foster parents

The Foundation Innovation Emmental-Napf (link to Suyana Cooperation) instructs not only children with a difficult family background, but also places them in a family on a farm. The children need a home where they feel comfortable and safe and where they are allowed to develop according to their needs and potentials. The children should be allowed to lead an independent and fulfilling live today and in the future.
This requires well-prepared and optimally trained foster parents who have acquired the skills needed for the upbringing of foster children. The partner families of the foundation attend courses to prepare in theory and practices for the demanding task to care and educate the new family members.
The School of the Foundation Innovation Emmental-Napf in Entlebuch was opened in February 2014. The state assumes only the school fees and the cost for child support, but does not pay for school buildings and training of foster parents. The new school building was financed by the foundation.

Request no.: CH-AB-2012-03