Child relief

Every child in the world has a right to health, education, security and dignity. Your donation helps to fulfil that right.

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A baby in Ethiopia is treated in hospital for undernourishment.

Support for the world’s poorest children

Our founding fathers supported destitute children, and helping them is still something that is close to our heart today. The figures are alarming:

  • Everyday, 30,000 children under the age of five die from preventable diseases
  • 3.1 million children die each year as a result of malnutrition
  • 85 million minors are being exploited around the world
  • 124 million children do not go to school (sources: UNDP, WFP, ILO, UNESCO)
Your donation makes a difference. Your solidarity gives needy children the help they require.


Health, education, security and dignity

To help uphold the basic rights of children, over the past 30 years we have funded around 500 projects in over 50 countries.
In Zimbabwe, for example, thanks to your donations our partner relief organizations have helped children with AIDS; in Guatemala, they have supported children with disabilities, and in Bangladesh they have enabled disadvantaged children to attend school.

When selecting projects, we focus on children from poor backgrounds, whose situation places them at particular risk, and who need special help and protection.

A schoolgirl in a slum in India.

"Child relief is a tradition at Swiss Solidarity. Ever since we began we have been committed to improving the health, education, security and dignity of disadvantaged children. This is something we are proud of."
Catherine Baud-Lavigne, Deputy Managing Director of Swiss Solidarity

How your donation helps

Our partner NGOs support children from birth up to the age of 14 in the following areas:

  • They provide health services for pregnant women and children aged 0–5, and ensure that they have adequate food
  • They treat sick children, and those who have a disability which significantly impairs their well-being
  • They protect children from abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect
  • The enable children to go to school, with a particular focus on early childhood development.

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An Indian boy from a slum in Dehli eats lunch provided free by his school.

The Swiss Solidarity rose, a gift from renowned rose breeder Richard Huber to mark our 60th anniversary.

Swiss Solidarity rose for child relief

You can also support our children’s relief programmes by buying a Swiss Solidarity rose.

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