Thirty years ago, the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation launched its first development programme by setting up aid projects for children in Lebanon, India, Bangladesh and Ethiopia. Interesting insights into the history and development of our International Programmes gives our small
Today, as soon as school closes, Irsan goes straight to the education centre run by PCF’s partner organisation, Vrama Si. Here he does his homework and takes Macedonian lessons. For example, a donation of 360 francs allows four children to attend school classes for one year.
Visit a school in Ethiopia and join an intercultural exchange between students from Basel and young persons from Serbia in the Children's Village: Our new documentary has been edited just in time before Christmas.
Children, youth and adults want to participate in shaping the future. And they expect school to provide the knowledge they need to do so. Over 25 important national organisations working in the fields of health, human rights, children and youth, and environment have joined together to form an education coalition (Bildungskoalition NGO/Coalition Education ONG), and the Pestalozzi Children's Foundation is one of them. The coalition intends to play an active role in shaping education, rather than leaving Read more [...]
For Franz Müller who asked us on Facebook to publish a few photos from the olden days, and for all our former residents and staff members. We went into our archives to look for documents from our early days. We found photos of the first children in the Pestalozzi Children’s Village, scanned them and posted them on our website for everyone to enjoy. Have fun!
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Every year, the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation invests approximately 18 million Swiss francs in programmes and projects in Switzerland and in twelve countries worldwide. What is the impact of this investment? Increasingly and justifiably, the public and our donors want an answer to this question.
According to our internal monitoring, in 2011, 445 000 children and young people benefited from our programmes in Switzerland and abroad. We are proud of this result. But what does this figure Read more [...]
Mother’s Day can be traced back to political movements and the (at times militant) struggle for women’s rights. So why not spend the money you have earmarked for this special day on a good cause that supports the fundamental concept of freedom, happiness and equal opportunity for all?
Give a Mother’s Day present that lasts much longer than flowers! For example a sponsorship or donation to help children in Laos and Thailand get a good education. Because education is a way out of poverty, Read more [...]
A new smart phone, a game console, LEGO-pirates, a spider man costume? All over the world, this is the time when children write their wish list to Father Christmas.
However, many children's wishes cannot be fulfilled with money alone. Almaz in Ethiopia wishes she could go to school because she wants to be independent when she grows up and dreads the thought of having to marry to secure a living. Nuru in Tanzania is deaf and dumb. He desires to learn sign-language so he can communicate Read more [...]
Florentino's older sister has dropped out of school. He does not want to follow her example. On the contrary, he wants to continue his education and become a teacher in his local community. If he succeeds, he would be the first young man in his village to complete school.
Florentino’s story shows that ethnic minorities and poor people have to overcome numerous hurdles to get an education, with lack of money, awareness and opportunity being some of the causes. Children and youth should be confident, Read more [...]
Arthur Bill, former head of the Children's Village, died during the night of April 6th 2011 at the age of 95. Arthur Bill and his wife Berta started working as house parents in the Hamburger Haus in 1948. Within one year Arthur Bill replaced Fritz Wetzel as head of the Children’s Village. Bill shaped the Children's Village by establishing new organisational structures. He also actively encouraged community life by introducing rituals and festivities. It is thanks to him that the events of the first Read more [...]