Hurricane Matthew : Swiss Solidarity launches an urgent appeal for donations

  • 12.10.2016
  • Press release

Hurricane Matthew has caused extensive damage in Haiti and its government is appealing for international assistance. Seven of Swiss Solidarity’s partner organisations have mobilised. Swiss Solidarity is appealing for donations.

Donations for victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti can be made any time either directly online at, via the Swiss Solidarity app or through Swiss postal account 10-15000-6 (specify “Hurricane Matthew”).

350,000 people affected

The destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew is enormous. According to the latest estimates given by the authorities and various humanitarian organisations, over 300 people have lost their lives, some 350,000 residents of the southwest coast of the island need humanitarian assistance, nearly 3,000 homes have been completely flooded or destroyed, wide expanses of crops have been wiped out and cases of cholera are likely to increase in number.

Seven NGOs are mobilising

Seven Swiss Solidarity partner organisations have mobilised and sent specialised humanitarian assistance teams to the affected areas. Swiss Solidarity has already made one million francs available to these teams for them to set up shelters, secure access to drinking water, provide tools and materials to temporarily repair homes and enable farmers to get back to working the fields, help Haitians avoid diseases linked to polluted drinking water, and protect the most vulnerable, especially children.

Experience from the earthquake

Haiti is familiar territory for Switzerland’s NGOs and Swiss Solidarity, which will help them intervene quickly and effectively. Following the 2010 earthquake, Swiss Solidarity supported 84 projects with 61.8 million francs. The organisation’s partners on the ground repaired or built 2,700 homes, dug 3,300 latrines and installed 2,500 water tanks.

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One picture often says more than a thousand words. Thanks to the partnership with the internationally operating Swiss picture agency Keystone, Swiss Solidarity has free and rapid access to recent pictures at any time. 

The Keystone picture agency takes a Swiss view of our country and the world. A team of 20 full-time photographers throughout Switzerland as well as international partner agencies ensure that no current event is missed. As the largest picture agency in Switzerland, Keystone has an almost unending store of material on Swiss social history (around 11 million archive images).




A national fundraising day is unthinkable without the means of Swisscom: In six regional fundraising centers, provided by Swisscom as well, between 120 and 150 phone lines are in use. This meant that, at the Tsunami’s fundraising day, over 70’000 calls were managed. On fundraising days, this service is free of charge.

The internet as a means of communication is vital for Swiss Solidarity, too. Therefore, Swisscom supports Swiss Solidarity’s web presence year after year with a considerable contribution. Swisscom (formerly PTT) has been an abiding partner for Swiss Solidarity for over sixty years.



Swiss Solidarity originated in 1946 from a radio show in western Switzerland – the first fundraising campaign was for the benefit of the orphans of World War II. The idea became more and more successful, and in 1983, Swiss Solidarity was granted the status of a foundation initiated by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG. Today, Swiss Solidarity is a foundation that raises funds for humanitarian relief projects and works with the SRG SSR.

On national solidarity and fundraising days, Swiss Solidarity demonstrates just what is meant by «idée suisse»: The solidarity and support of Switzerland’s entire population. This is only possible because the SRG SSR idée suisse supports Swiss Solidarity with its free broadcastings. Swiss Solidarity itself is – with a few exceptions – not a relief organization, but rather a solidarity network, cooperating with 25 relief organizations.

Additionally, the company’s entities SRF, RTS, RTR, RSI are all represented in the foundation board.