Hand in Hand Switzerland was founded in 2013 as an expert entity to support the activities of Hand in Hand India, Cambodia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
- Our Vision: Alleviating poverty by creating jobs and developing communities
- Our Mission: Working toward economic and social responsibility by creating sustainable communities
- Our Objective: Creating 10 million jobs by 2025 in India, Cambodia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka
For more information, visit our website: https://hihswiss.org
Our Founding Organization
Registered in 2004, Hand in Hand India, our founding organization, started its operations on a humble scale with a vision to eradicate child labour in Kancheepuram, a district in Tamil Nadu in South India known for its 500-year-old silk weaving industry. Over the years, the organization has expanded geographically – from one small district to 16 large States of India and 7 countries globally – and thematically – from preventing child labour to addressing root causes of poverty through its 5 Pillar Programme. These include interventions on child labour and education; health; skills development; job creation and women empowerment; environment.
The list of prizes awarded to Hand in Hand is impressive and goes from the ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’ (‘‘Woman Power” Award) from the Government of India to the United Nations ‘Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim AI-Khalifa’ Global Award for Women Empowerment. For more information, you can visit: http://www.hihindia.org.
Hand in Hand Switzerland’s Approach
As we expand our footprint globally, Hand in Hand Switzerland joins the efforts of its founding organization and other Hand in Hand entities worldwide to contribute in achieving the overarching organizational goals for a greater impact.
Hand in Hand Switzerland’s primary focus is on a 3E approach, i.e. Education , Empowerment and Environment. We believe that these are the core focus areas that require utmost attention for creating an equal, sustainable and prosperous world.
Education: We engage with vulnerable children and youth from remote and rural areas and provide them with access to quality education and opportunities through our residential and non residential programmes.
Empowerment: We financially empower women from rural communities so they can become self-sufficient entrepreneurs and bring about social change, command greater influence on their families and communities and make better decisions regarding their health and wellbeing.
Environment: We create climate resilient communities through large scale environment initiatives that focus on climate smart agriculture and waste management programmes.
The Dream Village: Aside from these three core initiatives, we have a flagship programme, the Dream Village that is designed to holistically support an entire village with the requirements of the community. Directly addressing poverty, our dream village elevates rural spaces by improving social indicators of environment, education and empowerment through a community oriented participatory approach. The 30-month programme aims to build self-reliant communes through a linear development approach of assessment, awareness, activities, results and outcome leading up to sustainability.