Past Projects

Past projects focused on children/adolescents

ASRA Delhi

Action for Self Reliance and Alternatives

Action for Self Reliance and Alternatives (ASRA) is a charitable trust, which supports disabled and non-disabled young people in the slums of Delhi with a view to making them economically self-sufficient, helping them assume their rights and strengthening their self-esteem. Over the past 15 years of its existence, ASRA has developed a comprehensive and proven approach. Working in the slums of Delhi, their activities cover a slum population of 200,000 inhabitants who are reached through 14 field offices and supported by one central coordination office. ASRA offers medical treatment, education, job training, job searches and seed loans.

ASRA was one of the first projects supported by the foundation. Dalyan is contributing to the general budget of ASRA.

More: www.asra.org.in

BECC

Training of children and youngsters in Bandra East Community, Mumbai

Bandra East Community Centre (BECC) was established in 1974 with the aim of improving the life quality of the inhabitants of the slums in Bandra East, Mumbai. BECC has a number of projects, but its main activity is running a home for street children. BECC offers these children food, shelter, education, health care and guidance as well as a caring home environment and lasting relationships.

Dalyan supported two of BECC’s projects over a period of two years. Through the Traffic Warden program, jobless boys aged 16-20 years, were trained as traffic wardens and helpers for the traffic police.

This program provided them with a structured daily routine, a sense of community responsibility and improved their self-esteem. The second project saw women and girls in the Tailoring Training Centre learning tailoring and sewing skills, enabling them to generate income and support their families.

More: www.beccindia.org

Chagall

Supporting children with migration backgrounds in achieving a higher education

The ChagALL Program (Chancengerechtigkeit durch Arbeit an der Lernlaufbahn) was established in 2008 and aims to help secondary school students with a migration background, modest financial means and limited German language skills, get a fair chance to pass the entrance exams to gymnasium. Gymnasium is a type of secondary education in Switzerland which provides advanced academic education and opens the way to university. The ChagALL Program targets students who have the potential and will for higher education but are not able to capitalise on these strengths for the above reasons. Since its inception, an average of 65% of participating students has passed the exam. None of these students would have had a realistic chance to go to gymnasium without the program.

Dalyan provides a four-year sponsorship to the ChagaALL+ Program , which is designed as a follow-up program, supporting  the ChagALL students who have been accepted to gymnasium throughout their six-month probation period. The aim of ChagALL+ isto have a minimum of 75% of participants successfully passing the probation period. In the first year of our support, eleven out of twelve students successfully completed the probation period. Similar results were achieved with the following group in 2014-2015, with ten out of eleven students passing the probation period successfully.

More: www.unterstrass.edu/projekte/chagall/

China’s Forgotten Orphans

Providing professional care for orphans with special needs

The organization “China’s Forgotten Orphans” was established in 1998 and focuses on improving the living conditions and health of physically or mentally disabled orphans. Amongst other activities, it supports an orphanage located in the rural vicinity of Fuyang, one of the poorest regions in China. The initially privately sponsored orphanage was recently taken over by the local government and is now located in a modern building. The children in the orphanage suffer from multiple disabilities.  

After having supported the establishment and maintenance of a physiotherapy station in the privately run orphanage over a period of three years, Dalyan now supports the consolidation of a second, expanded physiotherapy program in the new government sponsored orphanage. With Dalyan’s support over a period of three years, 45 children benefit every year from the physiotherapy program as well as from cognitive training.

More: www.chinaswaisen.ch

Future Hope

Giving today’s street children a better tomorrow

Future Hope was founded in 1987 to provide a home, education, medical aid and opportunity to children living on the streets of Kolkata. The organization runs various homes where former street children now live in a secure, stable and nurturing environment. It also runs a school where Future Hope children and other children from nearby slums can attend classes from Kindergarten onwards.

Sport also plays a major role in Future Hope’s programs, as playing sports helps children learn trust, teamwork, self-discipline, determination and gain self-confidence.

Additionally, Future Hope has built a small community on the outskirts of Kolkata. Those who have found jobs can take on a small home and develop independent life skills in a safe environment close to their friends.

Future Hope was supported by Dalyan through a contribution towards their annual budget over a period of two years. 

More: www.futurehope.net

Kalakshetra Foundation

Dance scholarships for talented, underprivileged girls in India

The Kalakshetra Foundation is an institution dedicated to the teaching of arts and dance, established in 1936 by the renowned dancer Ms. Rukmini Devi in Adyar, a suburb of Madras in India. Its philosophy is to provide a comprehensive education in arts amidst an inspiring natural environment of open buildings, allowing students to learn indoors and outdoors. The educational approach is holistic in that students gain a thorough understanding of the theoretical, literary and musical basis of different art forms.

Dalyan supports five girls from underprivileged backgrounds with a six-year scholarship for a Master’s degree diploma course in dance at Kalakshetra. The scholarships are given in the name of Ms. Saskia Bianchi who was a dear colleague and friend, and an enthusiastic dancer, who was sadly taken from us too soon.

More: www.kalakshetra.in

Kranti

Empowering girls of Mumbai’s red-light districts as agents of social change

Kranti (which means “revolution” in Hindi) is an NGO founded in 2010 by two ambitious young Indian women. Kranti works against discrimination and for better life chances of sex-workers and their families, by offering girls from families of sex-workers a healing home, comprehensive high-quality education and personalized opportunities. Thanks to the acquisition of knowledge, skills and newfound confidence, girls from disadvantaged backgrounds can become agents of positive change in India and in the world. 
Dalyan supported Kranti in its start-up phase through a financial contribution to the budget.

More: www.kranti-india.org

Madurai Seed

Providing education support for disadvantaged children in Tamil Nadu

Madurai Seed was founded in 1999 as a non-profit organization (NPO) for the development of underprivileged children. It operates in Karumbalai, a very poor neighborhood in the city of Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu, South India. The focus of Madurai Seed’s work is tutoring children from poor backgrounds who go to public schools. Currently, Madurai Seed operates seven different education centers, benefiting 300 to 600 children every year. In addition to helping these children with their education, Madurai Seed also promotes their social competence and personal development. This is achieved through supported study groups, training, library facilities, sport activities, excursions, camps, and a range of creative activities such as dance and art classes.

Dalyan supports Madurai Seed with a contribution to the annual budget and by sponsoring training of the organization’s management over a period of two years. The goal is to enable Madurai Seed’s management to formalize its future targets and goals, and build a robust plan for achieving them. 

More: www.madurai-seed.org

Prajayatna

Education reform by strengthening community ownership in India

Prajayatna (which means “citizen’s initiative” in Karnataka) is a non-profit organization established in 2000 that aims to improve the quality of education in government schools. Despite large contributions from the government, the Indian school system is not sufficiently effective. For its comprehensive education reform program, Prajayatna works together with the Indian civil society, especially parent-teacher committees, to create a sense of ownership of the public school system and work towards improving it.

Prajayatna is also developing an innovative, interactive learning approach that is more responsive and relevant to the needs of children and society, called Kalikayatna.

Dalyan supports Prajayatna’s work in Karnataka over a period of three years. The aim of the program is to scale Prajayatna’s work from village to regional level, by anchoring the management of public education in the regional civil governance system (Panchayat Raj Institutions).

Sense International

Supporting and advocating for better services for deaf-blind children and adults

The vision of the organization, established in 1997, is to help deaf-blind children become full and active members of society by offering a range of educational, vocational and training services. It also campaigns with different government bodies for the rights of the deaf-blind and works with both communities and families to increase their understanding and awareness of the disability and improve communication between them. Dalyan supported Sense International over a period of two years in the effort to strengthen their Regional Learning Centres in India: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, where only basic services were being offered.

More: www.senseintindia.org

Street Survivors

Helping women exposed to domestic violence make a living

Street Survivors India (SSI) was founded in 2000 and today comprises three organizations: JAGRUTI, a school for 350 students from poor backgrounds, DAMINI, a home for destitute widows or women who suffer from domestic violence and KANTHA, an organization which trains women in the traditional way of producing special embroidered fabrics. KANTHA also organizes the distribution of the products in order to enable these women to generate their own income.

Dalyan supported Street Survivors India over a period of two years by co-funding the construction of a new house which offers the necessary space for kantha production and hosts a restaurant and small guesthouse. All these activities endeavor to strengthen the long-term financial basis of the NGO and help women make a living and contribute to family income. 

More: www.streetsurvivorsindia.org

Past projects focused on women

CYDD Mentorship

Mentoring for university students from disadvantaged backgrounds

CYDD was established in 1989. Its aim is to support the modernisation of society in Turkey through secularism, progressive education and by offering equal opportunities for children and young people in accessing schooling and modern educational tools. CYDD has been successfully running campaigns to increase school enrollment of girls in particular. To date, it has given scholarships to over 120,000 children, mostly girls. Special attention is placed on areas in Turkey which are economically underdeveloped and also areas in big cities which have been focus of domestic migration.

Dalyan supports the establishment of a mentoring program for university students from disadvantaged backgrounds, to enable their successful transition to professional life and to help them fully capitalise on their education. The program runs over a period of three and a half years and seeks to build systematic one-to-one mentoring for university students from disadvantaged backgrounds (80% female) and to mobilise CYDD`s alumni and volunteers as mentors.

The mentors accompany the mentees through their critical last years of university, supporting them in areas such as career planning, job search, self-presentation and dealing with personal issues. CYDD strives to bring their alumni closer again by engaging them in a social responsibility project with a meaningful task, whereby they can have an impact on the lives of youngsters from similar backgrounds as themselves.

With Dalyan’s support, CYDD also seeks to professionalise its organisation and implement a specifically funded project which they can roll out throughout the country, thereby adding a new line of activity. In Addition, CYDD aims to reach students without access to a CYDD branch and spread the mentorship project with the implementation of an online mentoring tool. With the help of online mentoring, alumni and university students will have a platform to communicate and share information.

More: www.cydd.org.tr

Emergency Relief

Post earthquake provision of shelter medical aid

In April and May 2015 Nepal was hit by two massive earthquakes, leading  to the loss of thousands of lives and leaving many more homeless and entire villages flattened across the country. Among the millions of people affected, over 126 thousand pregnant women were left in urgent need of medical care.  Damage to public infrastructure like roads and bridges left many towns and villages cut off, exposing more than 40 thousand women in remote and deserted areas to the immediate risk of sexual and gender based violence.

 

Following the earthquake, our longstanding partner NGO Sampark based in Bangalore mobilized its partners in Nepal and collectively concentrated their efforts towards relief and rehabilitation. Working with these local NGOs, with whom they have longstanding cooperation experience, they are able to reach out to those affected by the earthquake. The main goal of emergency relief is the provision of shelter and medical aid both in the center of Kathmandu and remote areas. Sampark’s main local NGO partner, Raksha Nepal, is sensitized to the problem of ongoing unequal distribution of emergency relief and caste-based discrimination. Through this combined effort, some of the most vulnerable victims of the earthquake can be reached, among them many women and children from difficult socio-economic backgrounds

More: nepalearthquakelive.wordpress.com/

Gateway to India

Supporting Swiss students interning at Indian NGO's

Gateway to India (GTI), initiated by students in 1998, organizes internships at Indian NGOs for selected Swiss students. The organization arranges a valuable cultural exchange between qualified Swiss students and established NGOs in India. GTI has been able to support the Indian NGOs in their effort to make a long-lasting impact in their chosen field of activity. 

Dalyan`s contribution over a period of three years gave selected Swiss students the opportunity to gain field experience in an Indian NGO, while simultaneously obtaining an invaluable insight into the everyday challenges of its partner organizations. 

More: www.gatewaytoindia.ch

Gateway to India II

Supporting Swiss students interning at Indian NGO's

Established by students in 1998, Gateway to India (GTI) organizes internships at Indian NGOs for selected Swiss students. The organization arranges a valuable cultural exchange between qualified Swiss students and established NGOs in India. GTI has been able to support the Indian NGOs in their effort to make a long-lasting impact in their chosen field of activity.

Dalyan`s three-year contribution from 2010 to 2013 gave selected Swiss students the opportunity to gain field experience in an Indian NGO, while simultaneously obtaining an invaluable insight into the everyday challenges of its partner organizations. 2014 saw the extension of the project and Dalyan’s contribution increased with the support of six additional internships over the forthcoming years.

More: www.gatewaytoindia.ch

GRAVIS

Microfinance for women and education for girls

GRAVIS (Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti – Center of People’s Science for Rural Development) was founded in 1983 by Gandhian Development Activists. The NGO works to improve the situation of people living in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. In this extremely arid region, there is very little clean drinking water, let alone water for irrigation. Due to this water scarcity, inhabitants – especially women – dedicate most of their time to organizing food and water.

The NGO’s approach is based on the Gandhian philosophy of village self-rule: empowering communities to identify and solve problems through knowhow transfer and self-organization. The main program areas which GRAVIS addresses are farming/water management, health, formal education, skills training and leadership development through women self-help groups. Dalyan supports two of GRAVIS’ projects. The first is a livelihood project for women. Within the framework of self-help groups, GRAVIS aims to empower women through leadership training, education and livelihood initiatives such as microlending.

The groups also receive seed capital and facilitated access to bank loans. In addition, women learn about their rights and about government programs they can make use of. The second project focusses on facilitating access to education for girls. The aim of this project is to support girls who aspire to go to middle and high school, by providing teaching materials and bicycles and in exchange requesting the commitment of the family to send the girl to school. Since the program started, the number of girls going to school has increased considerably.

More: www.gravis.org.in

Maya/ KEDV

Microcredits for underprivileged Women in Turkey

KEDV/FSWW (Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation registered in Istanbul, Turkey, with the mission to empower grassroots women’s initiatives to improve the quality of their lives and their communities. KEDV has built an economic enterprise, called Maya Enterprise for Microfinance (“Maya”), to offer microcredit to low income women in order to empower them financially and help them start new or improve existing business. Maya started its operations in the earthquake affected regions of central  Turkey in 2002 and has been expanding since, mostly in urban areas.

In Turkey, the rate of female participation in the general workforce is a mere 27 percent and close to 70 percent of women remain unbanked. Micro entrepreneurship is one of the important ways for women to overcome poverty, gain a decent income and be included in the workforce. The microfinance sector in Turkey is still in its early stages of development. Maya was the first microfinanceinstitution in Turkey and remains one of the only two NGOs providing microfinance in the country today. Dalyan supports Maya/KEDV in sustaining its microfinance operations over twelve months and preparing the ground for further fundraising to successfully scale its microfinance activities. By scaling, Maya aims to be operationally sustainable as a whole organisation in three to four years and serve close to 10 thousand women within a time frame of five years.

More: www.kedv.org.tr/maya

Nilüfer

Building a catering business for a women’s cooperative in Turkey

The Nilüfer Women’s Cooperative (‘Nilüfer’) was originally established as a centre for women and children in the temporary settlements of Düzce following the 1999 earthquake. Nilüfer aims to enhance the well-being and livelihood of local women and children from economically deprived backgrounds through various initiatives, including daycare and education services for children, vocational training, self-help groups and cultural programmes.

Nilüfer launched a project to improve its organisational capacity and self-sufficiency through new income generating activities and services. With the support of Dalyan, Nilüfer reopened a catering business and increased the capacity and services offered by the daycare centre. The aim of the project is to make Nilüfer as independent and self-sufficient as possible, both economically and institutionally. Dalyan and KEDV, a foundation that supports women’s work, jointly supported the project over a period of one year with financial contributions as well as by providing expertise, mentoring and guidance.

More: www.niluferkadinlar.com

Nirnaya

Revolving loan funds for women self-help groups in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa

Nirnaya, founded in 1998, provides capacity building support to approximately a dozen grassroots organizations in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. These organizations help women living in poverty and from marginalized communities to improve their livelihoods and become self-sustaining. Nirnaya identifies NGOs and women with strong leadership capabilities and helps them build self-help groups. These self-help groups establish micro-lending and other activities to improve women’s well-being and strengthen their rights. Nirnaya’s bottom-up approach includes beneficiaries as partners for driving long-term societal and economic change in the poorest and most marginalized communities in India.

Dalyan’s support over a period of one year was used to set up three revolving loan funds for micro-lending and to help Nirnaya strengthen three local grassroots organizations.

More: www.nirnaya.org

Prajwala

Emergency relief for flood victims

Despite government help, massive flooding in the state of Andhra Pradesh in 2009 left millions of people homeless and in desperate need of further support. Prajwala, an anti-trafficking organization founded in 1996, received the mandate to coordinate the work of a number of non-governmental organizations in a refugee camp for around 100,000 people in Mahboobnagar, approximately four hours south of Hyderabad. 

Dalyan supported the work of Prajwala with a one-time emergency relief funding 

Sampark

Capacity building for women`s cooperatives in India

The approach adopted by Sampark focuses on enabling poor women in their self-driven journeys towards empowerment and self-sufficiency. Sampark emphasizes a people-centered and integrated livelihood approach in which it plays a facilitating role, allowing local leadership to grow. Key interventions include self-help groups, building and strengthening of women’s cooperatives, micro-credit, entrepreneur training and health and support of migrant workers. 

Dalyan has provided financial support to Sampark in various forms, with the view to increasing the outreach of women’s cooperatives and helping them become financially and institutionally self-sustaining.  Dalyan financed a capacity-building program for women’s cooperatives from June 2011 to November 2014.  In addition, Dalyan funded a long-term impact assessment study on cooperatives and currently contributes to  a revolving loan fund for scaling the cooperative’s micro-lending activities over a period of three years.

More: www.sampark.org

Sarathi Development Foundation

A better life for adolescent girls through community development

Sarathi Development Foundation was established in 1996 and has been successfully running so called community building programs for many years. Through these programs, poor families from rural areas and slums, typically from lower castes, learn to organize themselves as a group and identify and solve problems. They also learn to claim their rights to government services and infrastructure. 

Dalyan’s contribution over a period of three years benefits a program, which makes families in urban slums aware of the specific needs of adolescent girls and aims to improve the living conditions of these girls. To achieve this, volunteers, women and adolescent girls aged 10-19 years are mobilized and trained to become drivers of societal change in their community.

More: www.sarathidevfo.org

SEWA

Child care centers for self-employed women workers in India

The Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) is a national union active since 1972, which helps poor, self-employed women workers achieve their goals of self-reliance and a better future for their children. SEWA offers a variety of services to its members, such as legal support, small loans and insurance. SEWA also operates child care centers for its member’s children under 6 years. The child  care centers offer full day coverage allowing mothers to pursue a job outside the home. They can generate a regular income and their older children can go to school instead of looking after their younger siblings.

The child care centers are organized as cooperatives with strong involvement by parents, including the fathers. Special activities are undertaken to support children`s development and caretakers undergo regular training in this domain.

Dalyan provides funding for six child care centers in Ahmedabad over a period of three years.

More: www.sewa.org

Shirkat Gah

Emergency relief for flood victims

Initiated as a small voluntary women’s collective in Pakistan in 1975, Shirkat Gah has evolved into a leading women’s rights organization, working in forty four districts across the country. Shirkat Gah Women's Resource Centre was actively engaged in providing relief and early recovery to those affected by the floods of July 2010. In response to an urgent SOS call from its long-time partners in the field, Shirkat Gah mobilized and raised funds to conduct flood relief work in all four provinces of Pakistan. 

Dalyan supported Shirkat Gah with a one-time emergency relief funding.

More: www.shirkatgah.org

Somangalam Rehoboth

Helping mentally challenged women in India

The challenge addressed by Rehoboth, founded in 1998, lies in the harsh living conditions of homeless women who suffer from mental disabilities. Rehoboth endeavours to improve these women’s quality of life through rehabilitation based on their specific physical and mental capabilities, whilst providing  them with accommodation, daily meals and medical care. Wherever possible, the women are taught to create small items such as baskets, bracelets and decorations, which are then sold in order to create an income. The organisation started with 3 inmates and has grown to more than 180 inmates. 

Dalyan financially supported a rehabilitation shelter for approximately 40 mentally ill women in Somangalam. The purpose of the project was to scale up a small, existing farming project to a sustainable level of income generation on their existing seven-hectare plot of farmland. This project helped Rehoboth move towards more economic sustainability and gave the women, who mostly come from a rural background, the possibility of working in nature and with their hands.

In summer 2015, a well of around seven meters diameter collapsed when the NGO tried to deepen it, in order to secure water access. This presented the organization with great challenges, since the well was the source of all the water used in the rehabilitation shelter. With Dalyan’s support the NGO eventually was able to deepen and reconstruct the well.

More: www.rehobothhome.org