Coronavirus

We appeal to you for help! Show your solidarity with those who are most severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic! THANK YOU for your donation and for strictly observing the protective measures set by the government.

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National day of solidarity

Thanks to the support of the SRG and other Swiss media outlets, our fundraising event reached its apex on 16 April, a national day of solidarity.

Today, we held the torch of solidarity high and demonstrated just how united Switzerland is in the face of this crisis.

Status of donations since 23 March 2020: 27’756’151 CHF.

 

How your donation helps in Switzerland

When it comes to delivering assistance, we work primarily with our two mandated partner NGOs: Caritas Switzerland and the Swiss Red Cross. In addition, six other organisations, namely the Salvation Army, Pro Infirmis, Pro Senectute’s cantonal and intercantonal organisations, the Swiss workers’ relief organisation SAH/OSEO, the Swiss winter aid organisation Secours d’hiver, and DAO, the umbrella organisation for women’s shelters in Switzerland, were able to broaden their support for people in need. And lastly, another 28 organisations are distributing food aid or financial support.

Another call for projects was launched today to support those who find themselves without an income because of the pandemic. These are people who occasionally work informally or who, because of their informal status, do not have access to social insurance or public assistance, and who were already living in precarious conditions before the crisis.

Who is the help for?

  • They may also be individuals and families whose situations were challenging before the pandemic and who find themselves in an even more precarious financial situation, experiencing a significant loss of income combined with new expenses resulting from the official responses to the pandemic, such as additional costs incurred for compulsory home schooling.
  • Elderly or disabled persons who live alone and/or are dependent on help from outside.
  • Homeless people in need of accommodation and access to sanitary facilities.

We have joined forces with the Federal Office of Public Health to appeal to people’s sense of solidarity in overcoming the coronavirus pandemic. Thank you for helping by strictly observing the protective measures and by donating for people in particular need in this crisis. Together we can make a difference! Thank you for your support!
Roland Thomann, Director, Swiss Solidarity

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If you need help

If you require immediate help because of the coronavirus pandemic, please contact one of the seven organizations we are working with to provide emergency help. You will find links to your local branch on their websites:

The coronavirus pandemic

On 16 March the Federal Council declared the situation in Switzerland to be ‘extraordinary’. In a period of just three weeks, the coronavirus crisis had turned into a pandemic. Now we all need to strictly observe the federal government measures to protect those in high-risk groups.

This crisis and the Covid19 virus pose a threat to our health and health systems, to our social fabric and to our economy. People already in need of care and protection are now even more vulnerable.

Solidarity

In order to get on top of the coronavirus pandemic we need to show our solidarity at all levels. Besides strictly observing the measures introduced by the federal government such as  we need to show support for people who lack a social network.

For even when the federal and cantonal governments have provided the necessary funds to soften the blow for those hit by the economic crisis, there will still be people who need support. We are appealing for donations to help them cope with the crisis.

They may also be individuals and families whose situations were challenging before the pandemic and who find themselves in an even more precarious financial situation, experiencing a significant loss of income combined with new expenses resulting from the official responses to the pandemic, such as additional costs incurred for compulsory home schooling.

Coronavirus pandemic abroad

The donations raised in this appeal will only be used in Switzerland. However, we are keeping a close eye on the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, and are in contact with our partner NGOs.

At some later date we may hold a separate appeal for aid abroad – to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic and support health services.