Special Fund Raisings


Apart from the regular and long-term support of selected projects “Hilfswerk GL Zürich” launches special fund raisings for catastrophes and supports without delay organisations that help in these emergencies.


Cyclone Idai in southeast Africa, March 2019

In March 2019 Cyclone Idai raged through Mozambique and the neighbouring states of Zimbabwe and Malawi. The coastal city of Beira was particularly affected by the storm. The gusts, storm surges and flooding destroyed almost the whole city and large parts of the immediate environment. “Hilfswerk GL Zürich” appealed for special donations for the cyclone’s victims on the occasion of the service at GL Zürich on 30th March and on the internet. The sum of CHF 7’500.– was collected and transferred to the Swiss Red Cross.

Famine in South Sudan 2017

In February 2017 the UN declared a hunger crisis in South Sudan. At the end of 2013, after only two years of peace and hope for a better time, violence escalated again in this youngest nation of the world which was founded in 2011. Over three million people had to flee their villages. Subsequently the land remained uncultivated and a period of drought aggravated the situation for the population. During the Easter celebration of GL Zürich, on its website as well as in the journal “Geistige Welt”, the “Hilfswerk GL Zürich” appealed for donations for this destitute nation. Approximately CHF 32’000 was raised and transferred to the Swiss Red Cross.

Aid for war refugees from Syria

Since November 2012, “Hilfswerk GL Zürich” has collected donations for war refugees from Syria. Until autumn 2014, the earmarked donations were transferred to the Swiss Red Cross which helped refugee families in Jordan. Because of the continuing crises in the Near East, “Hilfswerk GL Zürich” has changed its commitment to the Syrian population to one of regular support (without special fundraising appeals). Consequently, and since November 2014, we now support a project of Médecins Sans Frontières for the primary health care and humanitarian aid of the civilian population in Syria as well as the refugees in Iraq.

Earthquake in Nepal, April 2015

The devastating earthquake on 25th April, 2015 and numerous aftershocks caused ruin and immense suffering to the population of Nepal. “Hilfswerk GL Zürich” appealed for a special collection at events held by GL Zürich, via the internet and the journal “Geistige Welt” for the affected brothers and sisters in the Himalayas. The exceptionally high amount of CHF 95’000 was raised and transferred to the Swiss Red Cross (SRC) which, together with the Nepalese Red Cross, provided on the spot emergency aid. For many years the SRC has been committed to Nepal and engaged in extensive programs for the improvement of the living conditions of deprived population groups.

Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Winter 2013/2014

On 8th November, 2013, the devastating typhoon Haiyan tore across the central Philippine group of islands Visayas destroying several towns and hundreds of villages. Millions of people became homeless and were in urgent need of aid. “Hilfswerk GL Zürich” has appealed for special donations for the typhoon’s victims on the occasion of events of GL Zürich, on the internet and the journal “Geistige Welt”. The sum of CHF 31’200.– was collected and transferred to the Swiss Red Cross which, together with the Philippine Red Cross, provided emergency relief on site.

Drought in Somalia: Help for Somalian refugees
in Dadaab Camp (Kenya), summer 2011

In spring and summer 2011, the Horn of Africa experienced its heaviest draught in 60 years. More than 13 million people suffered from hunger and thirst. For weeks thousands Somali fled across the boarders into neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia. In the face of the human catastrophe the “Hilfswerk GL Zürich” made fund raising appeals for the hungry at the services of GL Zürich as well as via the Internet and the journal “Geistige Welt” (The Spiritual World). The emergency project of Médecins Sans Frontières in the Dadaab, Kenya, refugee camp was targeted and CHF 41’691.– were raised.

Earthquake- and Tsunami-Catastrophes in Japan, March 2011

The great suffering of Japan’s population was a matter of concern to GL Zürich; it wished to show compassion for the victims and help ease their distress. On the occasion of the Saturday evening service at GL Zürich on 20th March, 2011, CHF 21’625.– were raised which was transferred to the Swiss Red Cross which in turn supports its sister organisation, the Japanese Red Cross, in its relief efforts.

Flood Catastrophe in Pakistan, August 2010

In August 2010 “Hilfswerk GL Zürich” launched a fund raising campaign for the flood victims in Pakistan, collecting CHF 35’779.50. This sum was rounded up to CHF 40’000.– and transferred to the Swiss Red Cross which participated in the large-scale relief operation of the International Red Cross Federation.

Earthquake in Haiti, January 2010

In January 2010 the “Hilfswerk GL Zürich” requested donations to aid earthquake victims in Haiti. An amount of CHF 53’815.50 was raised and transferred to the Swiss organisation “Bündner Partnerschaft Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, Haiti” which supports the hospital in Haiti with staff, material, medical equipment and medicine.
Considering the enormous poverty in Haiti and the medical emergency, the “Hilfswerk GL Zürich” also decided to support Hôpital Albert Schweitzer on a long-term basis and placed it on its list of selected relief organisations (see Hôpital Albert Schweitzer).

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