About Förderverein Humanitas

Förderverein Humanitas FVH is an association with more than 100 members trusting in the organization and supporting its projects in The Gambia – everything the association does, it does it in the name of its dear members. The activities of the association are charitable and not for profit.

FVH was founded in Switzerland in 1998 as a charitable organisation and registered in The Gambia in 2013 as a non-profit organistion to develop, support and maintain projects in the fields of health, education and agriculture.

The organisation is sustained entirely by its members, their membership fees and generous donations from members, friends, public bodies and charitable institutions. The average annual budget of FVH comes to approx. CHF 30,000 of which approx. 96% are directly invested in The Gambia. All board members work for no fee and pay their expenses for travelling and accommodation privately.

Our why?
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Our mission: «The Future starts with Education»

The only sustainable help for developping countries is education. That is why our association’s strongest beliefe is that we have to educate children and youth for a better future. This includes anything from traditional schooling like reading and maths, more practical areas like farming, hygiene and nutrition or newer topics like the prevention of our ecological system.

Our four guiding principles:

History

The corner stone of today’s FVH were laid in 1997 by Christoph Umbricht while he was working in The Gambia, and where he commenced the construction of the fist school building in Kunkujang Keitaya. In August 1998, FVH was officially entered in the commercial register of Switzerland as a non-profi organisation. Since April 2013, FVH has also been registered in The Gambia as a charitable organisation and it has been officially represented in The Gambia with its country office since 2014. Since its founding, CHF 1 million has been invested in sustainable projects in The Gambia.

Our people

Förderverein Humanitas is supportet financially and ideally by its more than 100 members and many friends and partners. In The Gambia a network of employees, supporters and voluntary experts from different areas helps the association to roll out its projects as cost-effective and sustainable as possible. The responsibility for all operations is carried out by the association’s five board members.

Friends & Partners

The operational work is supported by the following friends, companies and partners:

Only thanks to the great collaboration with and support from these companies it’s possible to reduce all administrative or over-head costs to a minimum so that up to 96% of all donations are effectively invested into the projects in The Gambia.

Become a member

Förderverein Humanitas is open to everybody who is interested in humanitarian work. We are very grateful to all those who support or wish to support FVH as an individual member or as a group (class at school, society, company, etc.) in the form of membership or of a donation.

With the annual membership fee of CHF 100, you already contribute towards improving the living conditions of Gambians. As a member, you will receive an update about our projects on a regular basis. In Switzerland all donations qualify for tax relief and we will gladly provide you with the respective certifiate for your tax returns (in Switzerland).

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