Our mission

Our commitment to children in Switzerland and around the world

The Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation works to support children and youths. The Children's Village in Switzerland is a venue for intercultural exchange that allows young people from different backgrounds to meet, thereby engendering an understanding of different cultures. In its work abroad, the Foundation makes it possible for disadvantaged children to have regular access to high quality education.

Projects around the world

In 2015, our projects supported 120,500 children, youths and adults across four continents. Discover projects run by the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation around the world.

Education in Switzerland

The education projects in the Children’s Village create tolerance and mutual understanding.

Intercultural exchange

Child and youth radio

Further education course

East Africa

Our qualified team of teaching staff provides school classes that brings the children ahead in life.

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South-East Asia

We provide school classes in refugee camps in order to restore a semblance of normality to the children’s lives.

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Central America

We help children turn away from violence thanks to education.

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South-East Europe

Our education projects combat discrimination and increase tolerance. 

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Education for disadvantaged children

Long-standing development cooperation

The Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation has been involved in development cooperation for over three decades. Together with local partner organisations, we help disadvantaged children and youths exercise their right to a good education, thereby providing them with better opportunities for the future.

Projects have a lasting impact

The projects in the 11 countries are established on a long-term basis. An average term of nine years ensures that the content and methods are integrated into the respective education system on a lasting basis. We involve teaching staff, authorities and parents from the project’s outset so that the local community can help to support the projects. A gradual increase in independent financing by local authorities and financial backers enables local people to continue the projects autonomously and independently after the nine-year period ends.
 

«We must all work together for the future of the children – Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation leads by example.»

Didier Burkhalter
Federal Council
 

Social encounters that promote peace

Inviting the world to the Children's Village

Everything seems to be changing more and more quickly. Globalisation is making our world smaller; foreign cultures are intermingling and borders are becoming increasingly insignificant. This leads to conflicts and fear. Many lack the ability to open up to strangers and enter into dialogue with one another. Encounters facilitate understanding. This is the aim of the cultural exchange projects organised at the Children’s Village.

Exchange at the Children’s Village

Our education projects enable more than 2,000 children from diverse cultural backgrounds to explore topics such as anti-racism and the prevention of discrimination. Direct encounters encourage them to lose their prejudice. This teaches the children the principles of peaceful coexistence.

Our projects

Education projects in Switzerland and 11 countries around the world
  • East Africa

    28,459 Children supported in 2015

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  • South-East Asia

    20,194 Children supported in 2015

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  • South-East Europe

    22,574 Children supported in 2015

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  • Central America

    17,224 Children supported in 2015

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Thank you very much!

They all support the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation.
  • Education in Switzerland

    Jan M. donated

    CHF 100.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    liliane h. donated

    CHF 50.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Caroline S. donated

    CHF 50.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    gabriele I. donated

    CHF 50.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Christoph G. donated

    CHF 50.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Yvonne M. donated

    CHF 300.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Katja K. donated

    CHF 150.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Hans I. donated

    CHF 50.00

  • South-East Europe

    Silvia K. donated

    CHF 100.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Paul M. donated

    CHF 500.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Franziska J. donated

    CHF 50.00

  • South-East Asia

    Samira R. donated

    CHF 100.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Julie S. donated

    CHF 50.00

  • South-East Europe

    Samira R. donated

    CHF 110.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Orfei Romeo 4. donated

    CHF 500.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Martina G. donated

    CHF 75.00

  • East Africa

    Yannik H. donated

    CHF 75.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Willi N. donated

    CHF 50.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Trudi G. donated

    CHF 50.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    René H. donated

    CHF 600.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Roger G. donated

    CHF 50.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Stephan und Christina K. donated

    CHF 75.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Roman H. donated

    CHF 200.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Therese K. donated

    CHF 150.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Stefan G. donated

    CHF 150.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Nicole und Franck K. donated

    CHF 1000.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Enrico B. donated

    CHF 50.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Enrico B. donated

    CHF 50.00

  • Education in Switzerland

    Stephan W. donated

    CHF 50.00

  • South-East Asia

    Bettina W. donated

    CHF 500.00

Certifications

Your donation is guaranteed to count

Zewo

The Zewo quality seal guarantees transparent information, accounting and the effective use of your donation for the designated purpose.

Zewo

NPO label

The NPO label guarantees the quality of our work. The Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation has been a proud holder of the NPO label for management excellence since 2009.

NPO label

eduQua

We are proud to have been awarded an eduQua certificate, which is awarded for the content, methodology and quality of our education projects in Switzerland.

eduQua