The foundation mainly sponsors smaller organisations which carry out or enable projects «helping others to help themselves». Such organisations have their registered office in Switzerland or a personal connection with Switzerland.

We give priority to the following:

A.    Projects in developing countries:

  • Vocational training
  • Capacity Building in agriculture and nutrition
  • Implementation of human rights (at grassroots level)

The atDta-Foundation is active in these countries: India, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru

In the following countries, the foundation focuses on the cooperation with:
Myanmar: Child's Dream Foundation
India: EdelGive Foundation, Foundation Usthi
Ethiopia: Education for Sustainable Development ESD

B.    Projects in Switzerland:

  • Integration through training and continuing education

What applicants can expect from us

  • Forging of a long-term partnership, personal contact and support with know-how and connections
  • Simple application procedure, simple reporting; no unnecessary formalities
  • We appreciate and encourage personal commitment
  • We also support organisations with contributions unrelated to a project
  • Support that is well thought through: What happens at the end of sponsorship?

What applicants should not expect from us

  • Support for projects or organisations outside of our priority areas
  • Such a large amount of funding that an organisation becomes financially dependent on us
  • Sponsorship of large aid organisations and their projects
  • Funding of events or publications
  • Sponsorship of projects with no «helping others to help themselves» element

What we expect from our applicants

  • Transparency before  / during/ after sponsorship
  • «after action»: Report at the end of sponsorship stating what has been accomplished and how the goal of «helping others to help themselves» was achieved.

Next deadline for projects: 01.10.2022

All organisations and projects which are currently supported

Asia / Middle East
Latin America
Switzerland / Europe


Child's Dream Foundation, Mekong-Sub region (Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand)
Child's Dream was founded by two former bankers in 2003. The aim of Child’s Dream is to support disadvantaged children, young people and communities in the Mekong Sub-region (Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia) so they can help shape their societies in a competent and responsible manner. Child’s Dream focuses on the areas of health and education. The atDta Foundation supports a number of Child’s Dream schemes in Myanmar.

Edelgive Foundation, India
Edelgive Foundation is an Indian foundation that organises various aid projects for children and women. The atDta-Foundation supports the project "Milaan-Building a movement of Girl Leaders".

Usthi Foundation, India
This aid organisation, founded in 1977 in Rapperswil, is committed to helping underprivileged children and young people in India. The atDta-Foundation supports their professional training centre in Hyderabad.





Choba Choba Foundation, Peru
Choba Choba is the first Swiss chocolate brand owned by cocoa farmers. With Choba Choba, cocoa farmers are no longer “just” suppliers of the raw materials but are directly involved in the company’s decision-making and in its success. The Choba Choba Foundation is part of the Choba Choba AG social entrepreneurship, whose aim is to improve the living conditions of the farming families in Peru who sell chocolate to the Choba Choba AG, and to preserve their ecosystems through agroecological approaches.

Presencia Foundation, Columbia
For over 35 years, the Presencia Foundation has been supporting children and their families in deprived areas of Columbia’s second largest city, Medellín. With the help of a local team of professionals, young people receive an education and training, giving them life prospects to escape the vicious circle of poverty and violence.

Vision Guatemala, Guatemala
Vision Guatemala is an NGO aiming to achieve lasting improvement in the quality of life of indigenous populations in the Lake Atitlàn region of Guatemala though the empowerment of women and children and health projects. These include educational and support programmes for (future) small businesses, grants and support programmes for children to promote school attendance and qualifications, etc.



Knysna Initiative for Learning and Teaching - KILT, South Africa
The initiative was founded in 2017 by the South African Gill Marcus and aims to ensure that every child can attend school and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The atDta-Foundation supports the "Afternoon Study Club" and "Lego Robotics Club", two talent development programs for disadvantaged young people from the townships.

B360 education partnerships, southern Africa
B360 provides development aid in southern Africa. Their main activity is the transfer of knowledge and work experience by European experts to universities in Namibia, Zambia and South Africa. Their aim is to provide specialist knowledge and pracitcal professional experience and thus contribute to the development of a stable middle class. To this end, the B360 experts teach unpaid in African universitites, while African students have the possibility of carrying out an internship in Swiss companies.

Amani - Support African Children, Kenya
The small Swiss relief organisation Amani - working in an honorary capacity - was originally founded by grammar school pupils who were involved with different fundraising activities for children in Kenya. Meanwhile, the Amani founders have left school and currently support nine schools attended by Massai children. With a minimal budget, Amani gives more than 4200 children the possibility to go to school.

Aiducation International, Kenya
Aiducation International is a young non-profit-organization. It encourages gifted and needy school children in Kenya and supports them with a high school scholarship. The Aiducation International scholarship holders have all completed the free, elementary school with excellent marks but without a scholarship, cannot afford the high school fees. The top 10% of high school graduates receive a loan from the State of Kenya to attend university. There is no possibility of funding for the gap between elementary school and university and this is where the organization steps in., Kenya
Since 2012, the organisation has been helping farmers who are unable to pay their children’s school fees. provides the famers with a starter pack of 200 coffee seedlings and fertiliser so that they can grow coffee. The aim of this family project is to enable the farmers to grow, process and sell good quality coffee in the future without any outside help. The revenue can be used to pay for their children’s education. Profit from coffee sales is paid into a account and used to pay school fees.

Biovision, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia
The Foundation was founded in 1998 by the Swiss winner of the World Food Prize and Alternative Nobel Prize, Dr Hans Rudolf Herren, with the aim of sustainably improving life for people in Africa while conserving the environment as the basis for all life. The atDta’s contribution supports the farmer communication programme.

Solafrica, Ethiopia and Kenya
Together with other Swiss foundations, the atDta Foundation is funding the training of young people in solar technology and entrepreneurship in Ethiopia and in Kenya. After successfully completing their training, they will be able to help provide people with improved access to solar power.

Sozialwerke Stiftung (social work foundation) Peter Bachmann, Ethiopia and Kenya
This Swiss association was founded in 1994 and runs projects in Africa and Asia in the fields of education, agriculture and healthcare as well as micro-credit programs. The association’s main objective is help to self-help in order to promote self-responsibility and independence. The foundation attaches the greatest importance to maintaining the dignity of needy people of all ages and supporting the right to their own way of life. Cultural roots and traditions are respected and indigenous skills and ways of thinking are taken into consideration.





Aqua Alimenta

Aqua Alimenta is a relief organisation conducted mainly on a voluntary basis by private persons in Switzerland. It supports the distribution of a simple, concrete pedal-pump for the irrigation of fields in developing countries (Tanzania, Mosambique, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Uganda, India, Peru, Lesotho, Mexico). The organisation trains local craftsmen in the construction and the maintenance of the pumps and teaches farmers how to use them. A pump costs USD 60-100, depending on the country.

Reintegration in the country of origin, worldwide
The Swiss association, founded in 2009, encourages the reintegration of migrants who have to leave Switzerland as they have no permission to stay. The aim is to help these people to actively prepare their future so that they leave Switzerland with a positive outlook and can return to their country of origin with a concrete plan. Support takes place in cooperation with the International Social Service - Switzerland and its partner network, active in over 140 countries. The actual realisation of the individual projects is assisted and supervised by a partner of the SSI network.


Allianz Chance+ - ChagAll, Zurich
ChagAll stands for "Equal opportunities by improving educational attainment". ChagAll supports young people with a migrant background wanting to pass the entrance exam for a baccalaureate school, upper secondary specialised school or a vocational education and training school. The aim is to improve their skills in German, mathematics and French. The young people are also helped to improve their learning techniques, to organise themselves better and to increase their motivation so that they can pass the entrance exam to one of the above-mentioned schools.

Child Advocacy Switzerland
The Child Advocacy Switzerland association was founded in 2008. With the seven year-long “Child-friendly Justice 2020” project, the association’s short-term goal is to implement the Council of Europe’s Guidelines on child-friendly justice in Switzerland by 2020. This will include all relevant courts, authorities, juvenile justice, the office of the public prosecutor and the police. The main goal is that children and young people should be consulted in all matters which concern them.

Solidaritätsnetz, Eastern Switzerland
With different projects such as German lessons, free lunches and public and political events, the Solidarity Network and Aussersihl Church help to improve the living conditions of refugees and undocumented migrants, increasing public awareness of their situation.

Solidarity network, Zurich / Lunch for refugees, Aussersihl Church, Zurich
With various projects such as German courses and lunches, public campaigns and political events, the Solidarity network Zurich and the Aussersihl Church contribute to improving the living conditions of refugees and undocumented migrants while raising public awareness of their situation.

Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation, Bern
The atDta-Foundation is involved in the “2nd chance for 1st professional training” pilot project run by the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation and the Department of Education for the canton of Bern. More than 400,000 people in Switzerland aged between 25 and 54 have no professional qualifications, making it very difficult for them to find work on the Swiss labour market. The project offers people from the canton of Bern the possibility of obtaining qualifications.

Arche, Kreuzlingen
Apart from a child and youth club, the association offers among other things a lunch table, vacation and leisure activities as well as a homework assistance for disadvantaged children and young people. The atDta-Foundation supports the project "apprenticeship search".

frac - Information Center, Biel
Since 1999, frac has been advising and accompanying women and men who want to redesign their professional and working lives. The atDta-Foundation supports the consulting center in the field of "individual consulting".