Involvement of the Roger Federer Foundation

The partnership between the Roger Federer Foundation and Winter Aid commences in January 2012. In this context a new aid programme for underprivileged children in Switzerland has been set up. This programme provides recreational activities that promote social integration and development which otherwise would not be possible due to the lack of funds. The initiative counteracts the social isolation of children affected by poverty. Each activity, which is individually adjusted to the child’s needs, intends to strengthen the child’s personality and to contribute to their development and social integration. The programme’s yearly total volume is over 400,000 CHF. Half of this amount is financed by Winter Aid itself. The following prerequisites are tied to a grant:

  • The target group are children from families that are proven to not have the financial means for extracurricular activities to further the development of their children. The calculations are based on the “SKOS guidelines” of Winter Aid.
  • The applications are exclusively accepted and processed by Winter Aid. The association clarifies centrally whether other institutions could or should provide the assistance.
  • The funds are expected to suffice for 340 children. In general the assistance commences at primary school age. It is intended that the aid programme is spread across the whole of Switzerland as equally as possible.
  • For example, costs for children’s camps, club memberships or expenses for lessons are covered. The acquisition of necessary aids is also supported.
  • Only one recreational activity per person is granted. But Winter Aid strives to supervise the activity over several years in order to ensure the development is sustainable.
  • The families are required to contribute personally. This can be in the form of a financial contribution or of personal involvement.
  • Each year an assessment of the outcome is conducted and it is decided whether the continuation of the assistance is worthwhile. Social integration and the positive individual development are the declared goals of the assistance.  

Our implementing partner Winter Aid

Winter Aid Switzerland is a non-governmental, Swiss non-profit organisation which was founded 75 years ago. Winter Aid has been assisting people in Switzerland who live in the most modest of circumstances since 1936, the time of the big global economic crisis. The association assists throughout the year as difficult situations know no seasons, and it strives to alleviate the effects of poverty. Winter Aid steps in in cases where assistance cannot be claimed or is not sufficient. The organization assists with selective financial contributions, shopping vouchers, non-cash benefits such as beds, clothes, shoes, sewing machines, with holiday grants or counselling and information on further options for assistance.



Facts Switzerland

8 Mio
Compulsory education
6-15 years
Enrolment ratio
Compulsory education 99.5%
Functional illiteracy rate
Children affected by poverty

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