Our child-led School Council selects the school charities and discuss fundraising opportunities with the guidance of their teachers. This process promotes opportunities to develop global-mindedness which includes a growing awareness of issues both locally and around the world.
ELA Basel contributes regularly to these charities and any updates or feedback from our school charities is shared with the children to show them the many ways the money they have raised is being used.
Last year Red House raised 1,050 CHF for their chosen charity Child’s Dream, a Swiss based charity that aims to increase basic education and health and hygiene in schools. They work on projects for children and young adults in four countries: Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. Currently there are 1.5 million children out of school in these countries.
childsdream.org/how-we-help/our-strategy/ (external site)
Swiss Red Cross
Yellow House have chosen the Swiss Red Cross as their chosen charity and last year raised 660 CHF. In around 30 countries, the Swiss Red Cross contributes to the development of health services and the fight against epidemics. After disasters, they provide emergency aid and support the population in reconstruction and disaster preparedness. 93.5% of donations are used directly for work in the field.
https://www.icrc.org/en/support-us/where-does-your-money-go (external site)
Green House raised 670 CHF for their chosen charity. They are supporting the Swiss WWF who have several projects in the Swiss Alps, working to combat problems caused by climate change as well as reintroducing threatened species back into the wild. The children particularly liked the powerful message of this charity: “We are the first generation to know we are destroying the world. And we could be the last that can do anything about it.”
Hands Up – Hana School Ethiopia
All our Gartenstrasse children and Blue House are raising money for Hana School in Ethiopia. One of our teachers met the leader of this project whilst on a personal visit in 2019. Hands Up is part of the Make a Difference charity. With the money we raised we are supporting two children through school for two years, providing them with food, clothes and shoes, school resources, shelter as well as support for their mothers to find work. We have also sent textbooks for use in the school and in total have raised 1262 CHF.
We would like to express our thanks to the whole school community for your support of our charities.
The School Council are busy planning fund-raising events for this year and look forward to continuing to make a difference in the world.