Swiss Solidarity spent 34 million francs on charity in 2021

Counting donations during a Solidarité Suisse campaign in December 2021. Keystone / Michael Buholzer

Last year, the humanitarian group Swiss Solidarity mainly focused on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has also sent aid to earthquake-stricken Haiti and Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover.

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In total, the 34 million Swiss francs ($36.9 million) funded 348 projects worldwide in 2021, implemented by local partner NGOs and other organizations, Solidarité Suisse said Thursday.

More than 8.4 million people in 40 countries have received aid, with the majority of beneficiaries suffering from the fallout from Covid-19. In Switzerland, pandemic-related aid took the form of direct financial aid as well as services such as home deliveries or mobile care.

Swiss Solidarity – the humanitarian arm of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (parent company of SWI swissinfo.ch) – also sent emergency aid of 2 million francs to Haiti after an earthquake in August. It sent aid to support the local population in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover, Lebanon (rebuilding after a massive explosion in Beirut in 2020) and Indonesia (after a tsunami in 2018).

75 years of help

The total money raised by the group last year amounted to around 27 million francs, which means that some projects were financed by previous donations. In 2020, the charity received more than 43 million francs.

Its latest fundraising appeal, launched in December to mark the organisation’s 75th anniversary, raised 8 million francs for children in need at home and abroad.

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