Avina Stiftung supports and promotes initiatives which develop innovative projects for a more sustainable society. Avina is active in four areas of activity: Education, Culture, Social Issues and Environment. Avina has defined key focuses in each of these areas.
Museum Haus Konstruktiv
© Museum Haus Konstruktiv
Constructive-concrete and conceptual
Museum Haus Konstruktiv is the leading institution for constructive, concrete and conceptual art in Switzerland. It keeps the artistic legacy of the «Zürcher Konkreten» from the 1930ies to the 50ies alive and confronts it with contemporary art.
meets contemporary art
In 2018, Avina supports an overview exhibition in honour of the Austrian artist Helga Philipp and the successful Children's Culture Academy.
tanz&kunst königsfelden 2018 – «headfirst»
© tanz&kunst königsfelden
A pedagogical piece of dance art -
Under the auspices of their teachers, approximately 80 scholars of the age between 11 and 12 years work with international dancers, musicians and visual artists to bring the cross-disciplinary creation «headfirst» to the stage.
moving, thrilling, sustainable
Yet another arts education project by tanz&kunst königsfelden with performances and installations at Klosterkirche Königsfelden – and once again it promises a fantastic experience! Avina has been supporting tanz&kunst since 2014.
Neusicht (New Vision) Art and Culture Festival
© David Walther / Viva con Agua
For a world without thirst:
The Art and Culture Festival «Neusicht» (New Vision) organised by Viva con Agua at Neubad Luzern explores the social topic of WASH - WAter, Sanitation and Hygiene. A broad programme of events offers an artful, scientific and very practical approach.
Raising awareness in an innovative way
Viva con Agua engages in a variety of activities for a world without thirst. Avina has already supported «Neusicht» Festival in the years 2015 as well as 2016.
Festspiele Zürich 2018
© Festspiele Zürich
Sensuous, vibrant, modern …
The first biennial of the Festspiele Zürich 2018 is entitled "Beauty / Mania" juxtaposing two concepts, which are as abundant, fascinating and full of history as life itself.
a summer festival for a broad audience
Over 100 events from exhibitions, opera and theatre to in- and outdoor concerts and public discussions are held in celbration of cultural diversity in the city of Zurich. Avina supports Festspiele Zürich 2018 and the new festival centre at Münsterhof.
Newsup! You suss the media?
© Universität Zürich / fög
In times of Fake News
The media are changing: the line between private and public communication becomes blurred, political information competes with entertaining soft-news and professionally researched news items appear next to rumours and factoids.
media literacy becomes essential
With Avina's support, the fög – Research Institute for the Public Sphere and Society of Zurich University – provides the online-platform «Newsup!» to promote media literacy in teenagers. Here, young people get an overview over the information on offer and learn to use the media judiciously.
Alpine Museum in Switzerland
© Karl Paul Robert Anneler / Vinzenz Schwab / Alpine Museum
Not an Art Exhibition …
«Beautiful Mountains. A Point of View» is the 2018 exhibition of the Alpine Museum Switzerland about people's relationship with the mountains. It looks at our feeling of longing for the mountains and confronts it with contemporary perspectives.
The Mountains And Our Yearning
The audience participates – through public painting, exhibition of their mountain pictures or through uploading a photograph to a virtual collection of mountain images. «Beautiful Mountains» is the second project of the museum sponsored by Avina - an expression of the foundation's strong support for this important cultural institution.
© SwissSkills 2018
When I grow up, I want to be a...?
In 2018, at the second SwissSkills forum, the best young craftsmen and professionals from industry and service sector meet in Bern. 75 professional championships and 60 demonstrations provide information and emotion.
Experience 135 professions!
SwissSkills 2018 is a forum for teenagers and their parents as well as addressing teachers, instructors, vocational trainers and career advisors. Avina supports this valuable initiative to strengthen the Swiss two-tier education system.
Public Readings in Private Spaces:
«Couch Readings» are public readings in private spaces – they provide a personal and unconventional approach to literature and act as a springboard for up-and-coming authors.
The programme focuses on promising new authors who present themselves and their texts. During a three-year build-up phase, couch readings have already attracted a broad audience of regulars. In a consolidation phase, sponsored by Avina, they will increase the number of events and extend the geographical footprint of the readings.
SOLLBRUCHSTELLE lets you experience the critical transition from an old to a new building through «Art at the dying building». The new building project is part of the exhibition in the old building designated for demolition. In addition, the old shell offers intermediate spaces for creative industries and start-ups.
New life in buildings for demolition
Artists selected by SOLLBRUCHSTELLE honour the building and all those who built up a relationship with it during the years through an exhibition and a public event prior to demolition. Avina supports the current «Projekt 04» at the Förrlibuckstrasse in Zurich.
Music at Fraumünster Church
© Verein zur Förderung der Musik im Fraumünster
Special acoustics, special light
In 2018, Avina supports the Chagall Concerts as well as the «Wie im Himmel» (Like In Heaven) Concerts of the «Musik im Fraumünster» programme. The Chagall-Concerts entitled «Schönheit / Wahnsinn» (Beauty / Mania) are a major part of the Festspiele Zurich. For the first time, contemporary dance takes centre stage together with Marc Chagall's texts and selected pieces of music in these productions.
special concerts at Zurich's Fraumünster Church
The producers make use of their extensive network to bring outstanding performers to the Fraumünster. In this unique setting, the artists develop a special joy of playing music and use the acoustic possibilities in a singular manner by playing the entire space.
Institut Kinderseele Schweiz
© iks Institut Kinderseele Schweiz
Children of metal illness patients are often alone with their difficult situation. Their questions remain unanswered, they do not understand what is happening, they ask themselves whether they are to blame for the illness of their father or mother and they feel ashamed. As a consequence, they take on a lot of responsibility, close themselves off and their social integration suffers.
for children from parents with psychological difficulties
The healthy development of these children is at risk and they might not enjoy equal opportunities. With Avina's support, «iks Institut Kinderseele Schweiz» counsels patients, their environment and specialists, offers help, launches research-projects and conducts intensive outreach and awareness work.
Nature Centre Pfäffikersee
© Verein Naturzentrum Pfäffikersee
Conveying the value of marshland
Avina supports the planned new nature centre at the Pfäffikersee marsh - a marshland of national importance. Here, children, teenagers and families may learn about this unique natural habitat and understand its importance.
through education and information
The cornerstones of this project are direct contact with nature and outreach programmes, which are developed and run by teachers and learners together. The aim is to include the population in the sustainable development of this natural environment.
© ZÜRCHER MÄRCHENBÜHNE
Theatre like in the olden days
After the fully sold-out productions of the past years – such as «The Little Witch» and «Robber Hotzenplotz» –, Avina supports the «Zürcher Märchenbühne» (Fairy Tale Theatre Zurich) again for this year's staging of «News From Robber Hotzenplotz».
enchanting young and old
A colourful set, imaginative costumes, professional performers: the atmosphere of this classical form of theatre is as fascinating today as it was once upon a time.
© Verein Kultessen
Discover and support
«Schreibzeit Schweiz» (Writers' Time Switzerland), is a project by the association «Kultessen» for talented young writers between the age of 8 and 18.
talented young writers
Through a competition, talented teenagers and children are selected to participate in a writers' camp where they are encouraged to exchange ideas and produce literary texts under professional supervision. The final texts are published as a book series. Avina has already supported «Schreibzeit Schweiz» several times in the past.
Foundations are an important player in civil society: They are active in areas where the state cannot intervene for legal or financial reasons and they support projects which are not (yet) economically viable.
A relevant link between economy and State
Swiss Foundations was set up in 2001 as a joint initiative of Swiss foundations. Today, it represents over 25% of the annual foundation budgets in Switzerland. As a founding member, Avina is one of its major sponsors. Strengthening the Swiss foundation sector is one of its main goals.
Evening School Import
© Evening School Import
Due to one-sided media coverage and their forced unemployment, refugees are often perceived as uneducated. The «Evening School Import» project aims to overcome this prejudice. Immigrants become teachers and use their expertise to the benefit of local people.
Pass on their Skills and Knowledge
Natural sciences and humanities, arts and sports - refugees pass on their skills and know-how and meet their students at eye-level. As «Klubschule Import» these courses enjoyed a huge demand and, with the support of Avina, the evening school is now becoming a long-term institution.
© Breakthrough Dance Company
Zurich, international meeting place
In but a few years «Breakthrough» has become the main breakdance event in Switzerland. An action-fuelled programme offers competitions, workshops, stage productions, movie screenings, an exhibition and a children's day.
Competitions include battles for kids and for over-thirties, but also the European qualifiers United Styles Europe where the world's best breakdance-crews and solo dancers compete for their ticket. Avina supports the festival for the third time, helping to create a platform for urban dance in Zurich.
Collegium Novum Zürich
© Collegium Novum Zürich
Contemporary Music –
The ensemble for contemporary music «Collegium Novum Zürich» CNZ wants to make the music of the 20th and 21st century available to a broad public.
listening and playing!
Avina supports their «TiefenLausch» education project: Project weeks lead by an ensemble musician give students the opportunity to listen to contemporary music, try out, discuss and improvise, turning them into musicians and composers. In addition, «TiefenLausch» organizes a competition for composers and a musical weekend for amateur musicians.
What are local politics all about? How do I promote a local project? How can I make a contribution? Through targeted on- and offline activities engage.ch encourages teenagers and young adults to actively take part in local politics.
starts in your local community
As a long-term goal, the project by the umbrella organization of Swiss youth parliaments DSJ aims to create new participation structures for young people on a local level and make a nationwide impact. Avina has been supporting DSJ since 2009.
The association «Music:Eyes» creates a visual music experience. Music:Eyes is developing a groundbreaking software tool to visualize complex musical compositions in a new way.
with your eyes
Their target user spectrum ranges from teachers and students, amateurs and professionals to children with learning disabilities. Avina is supporting the project's pilot phase in 2017/2018, during which Music:Eyes already collaborates with renowned partners such as the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich und the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.
Zurich Philosophy Festival
© Verein Zürcher Philosophiefestival
Out of the Ivory Tower
Avina supports the first «Zurich Philosophy Festival» with its motto «From the Tower into Action»: it brings philosophy to the city, makes it tangible and creates new spaces for meaningful thought experiments.
and into the Throng!
In the midst of the urban jungle the festival strives to bring science and society closer together and reaches out to people who normally have little contact with philosophy. With a diverse program and an excellent network it seems set to become a not-to-miss event in Zurich's cultural calendar.
© Fachstelle JUMPPS
«Moving Stories» is a support programme for secondary students who experience reading difficulties or fatigue.
The project employs special teaching tools and external reading-coaches. Students go through motivational concentration and experience exercises, practise reading and reading out loud and visit other classes. «Moving Stories» has already been implemented successfully in 48 schools; Avina supports its extension to further educational institutions.
LAB Young Theatre Zurich
© LAB Junges Theater Zürich
Experiencing Youth Theatre
Theatre laboratory «LAB Junges Theater Zürich» (LAB Young Theatre Zurich) gives teenagers the opportunity to actively experience theatre, thus closing a gap in Zurich's cultural offering. LAB offers a fresh space to play, think and experience and allows the temporary formation of young theatre companies. It is open to everyone between the age of 14 and 24.
After two succesful programmes, Avina also supports the third LAB season in 2016/17. Under the motto «Family Home» young people explore what family was, is and might be.
Naturama Aargau: Wassernetz.ch
© Naturama Aargau
The aquatic ecosystem:
Naturama Aargau, in collaboration with the environmental outreach programme GLOBE Switzerland, is setting up two education centres for water in the «Aquatic Heart of Switzerland» (Aarau) and the «Aquatic Heart of Europe» (Göschenen).
A space to learn
The «Wassernetz.ch» (water network) project is open to the broad public but puts a special focus on teachers and other disseminators: Through training and advice, they are empowered to use bodies of water as places of learning and explain their relevance. With Avina's support, both centres and their programmes are extended and brought closer together creating a comprehensive new education programme on the topic of water in German-speaking Switzerland.
Foraus (Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy): poliTisch
© foraus – Forum Aussenpolitik
Join the discussion
«PoliTisch»: Round table events by think tank «foraus» (Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy) want a more innovative discussion of migration in Switzerland and put the focus on consensus and solutions. Decision-makers, migrants and opinion leaders from all spheres of society meet for dinner in an informal atmosphere where they can build bridges and create visions beyond the political routine.
and look at migration from a different angle
To enable external organizers to host «PoliTisch» - events, foraus is currently scaling a franchise model. Avina already supported past foraus activities to promote constructive foreign policy dialogue.
© Spielmobil Uster
In and around Uster, Spielmobil Uster provides a free, moveable play-space where children can come together and play - particularly in areas with a high proportion of immigrants and poorer families.
Diverse craft materials and toys inspire to play and create. Children from different cultures play group games together and learn to respect each other. The Spielmobil playbus, supported by Avina for many years, makes an important contribution to the integration of children from a migrant background.
Strauhof: Schreibrausch (Writers' High)
Inspiration, Block, Euphoria:
According to the concept of «furor poeticus», the origins of which can be traced back to ancient times, true literature can only be written in a state of rapture. The «Schreibrausch» exhibition at Strauhof Zurich explores the highs and lows of this phenomenon.
Process and ecstasy of writing
The exhibition looks at writing processes and practices and at different forms of ecstatic writing. In the past, Avina already supported Strauhof for a Friedrich Glauser exhibition.
okaj zürich – ankommen-zh.ch (arriving in Zurich)
© okaj zürich / SRK / Verein Raumfang
Up to now it has been difficult for children and teenage refugees to find out what projects and services are available to them in the canton of Zurich.
Therefore, okaj zürich is developing a new Internet platform: www.ankommen-zh.ch. The website provides a comprehensive overview of services as well as information about the current situation of young refugees in the canton of Zurich. ankommen-zh.ch is the second okaj zürich project supported by Avina.
Swiss Youth Film Festival: Filmworkshops «Spielraum»
© Schweizer Jugendfilmtage
Every autumn, the Swiss Youth Film Festival organizes free film workshops where teenagers work in groups under professional guidance to produce a short film about a given topic.
and gaining media skills
The workshops bring teenagers in contact with the medium film and give them in-depth knowledge of film making techniques. Furthermore, they help them to acquire and improve personal media skills. Avina has been a partner of the Swiss Youth Film Festival for the film workshops for many years.
Women Advice Centre on Sexual Violence
© Frauenberatung sexuelle Gewalt
Prevention through information
Women who are victims of sexual violence are disadvantaged in society. During the daily routine at the Advice Centre on Sexual Violence, the great need for more awareness and education on this issue becomes manifest.
for women's lives without violence
The centre aims to improve legal protection and the victim's position in society through outreach work, further education and in-house trainings for companies. Avina supports this project and has been sponsoring the hardship-fund of the Women Advice Centre on Sexual Violence for many years.
ROTES VELO Company: «Alles Gueti!»
© Stefan Klinger
More than dancing:
To celebrate its fifth anniversary, «ROTES VELO Kompanie» (Red Bicycle Company) is currently planning an intergenerational project for 2017. «Alles Gueti!» («All the best!») will bring together professionals and amateurs. Children will work with seniors; teenagers share the stage with adults.
A work of art for the anniversary
Categories such as age, amateur or professional become obsolete when watching the performance. Instead, the audience is taken into a universe where only humanity matters. This anniversary production is the third ROTES VELO project supported by Avina.
Cultural Association Chärnehus
© Kulturverein Chärnehus
Sometimes thoughtful, sometimes funny or cynical, sometimes cheeky and exuberant: Established in 1978, «Chärnehus» (Swiss dialect for granary) produces first class theatre in dialect with a link to the region.
theatre speaks dialect
«De Casanova im Chloschter» (Casanova in the Convent) was written by Thomas Hürlimann for the Chärnehus-ensemble from Einsiedeln. The premiere is planned for 2017 and promises to become a highlight in the company's history. Avina has already supported several Chärnehus productions.
© okaj zürich
For good ideas
Children and teenagers have lots of good ideas, but often lack know-how and resources to realise their dreams. The planned «ProjekDeal» by «okaj zürich», the cantonal umbrella organisation for children and youth projects, wants to act as a centre for networking and advice.
to hit home
ProjekDeal offers children and teenagers advice and support for their projects from the initial idea to the implementation of the project and contributes to creating equal opportunities. Avina supports the launch and the first years of ProjekDeal.
© SOKS / Josef Grüter
Symphonic Orchestra Canton Schwyz
In 2018, the Symphonic Orchestra Schwyz presents an eclectic season featuring a Youth-String-Project, Igor Strawinski's famous «Pulcinella-Suite» and a brimming programme of piano concerts. Outstanding and distinctly young talents have been engaged as Soloists.
presenting a great programme
Avina has been supporting the SOKS for many years. As a very dedicated semi-professional symphonic orchestra and concert organizer it has become an essential part of its cantons cultural landscape.
ICRC / Rafik Hariri University Hospital
The ICRC and Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut are setting up a specialized department for patients from Syria, Lebanon and neighbouring countries with severe war injuries. In addition, the project improves emergency care and hospital infrastructure.
for war casualties in Lebanon
Avina takes the lead in this urgently needed ICRC-initiative because the entire region benefits from an improved health sector.
C4SI – Collaborate for Social Impact
© Just Innovate
Studierende bringen Innovation
C4SI, ein Programm der Studentenorganisation Just Innovate, bringt Studierende unterschiedlicher Disziplinen mit internationalen Organisationen zusammen. In zehnwöchiger Zusammenarbeit werden innovative Lösungen für reelle soziale Herausforderungen entwickelt.
für internationale soziale Problemstellungen
Mehr als nur Bildungsprogramm, strebt C4SI echte soziale Lösungen an und fördert das Networking. Just Innovate wurde durch PhD- und Master-Studenten des Graduate Institute IHEID in Genf gegründet, dessen Aktivitäten Avina bereits seit mehreren Jahren unterstützt.
kulturvermittlung-zh – COOL-TUR
Discovering different forms of art
Different cultural institutions from Zurich collaborate to offer a week of children's courses. Literaturhaus works with Junges Schauspielhaus, Tonhalle-Orchestra with Museum Rietberg, Tanzhaus collaborates with Migros Museum of Contemporary Art and Junges Schauspielhaus, the community centre Buchegg meets the Opernhaus, the Landesmuseum joins forces with focusTerra ETH Zurich.
during the school holidays
An original programme by COOL-TUR lets children take a look behind the scenes and offers exciting autumn holidays for small purses. Avina has been supporting the initiative for several years.
The ETH Week
© ETH Zürich / Alessandro Della Bella
Learning to think and act
About 200 students from all departments of the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) spend a week with lecturers and experts tackling one of the pressing societal questions of our times. Interdisciplinary teams work on possible courses of action and potential solutions.
critically, ethically, holistically
The project, which is part of the «Critical Thinking Initiative», makes students look beyond the confines of their discipline and represents an important step on their way to become responsible and critical scientists and engineers. In 2017, Avina supports the ETH Week for the second time – this time to the theme of «Manufacturing the future».
Making the musical dream
Practising music has positive effects on the aging process and contributes to being able to maintain an autonomous lifestyle for longer. It improves quality of life and creates benefits for relatives and society.
come true in the third age
proMusicante's programme includes groups to play music together as well as music lessons and courses for adults in different formats with a particular focus on participants close to or at retirement age. Avina has several times before supported proMusicante and its continuously growing offer for musicians over 50.
DSJ: Speed debating
© Dachverband Schweizer Jugendparlamente (DSJ)
Join the debate!
The Umbrella Organisation for Swiss Youth Parliaments (DSJ) wants to promote opinion-forming and participation in local politics for young adults.
Politics don't just happen
The «Speed Debating»-project provides financial and logistical support to Youth Parliaments to organize speed-debating events in their region: Here, teenagers can shape their opinion, join the discussion – and be heard by local politicians and media. Avina has been supporting DSJ for many years.
Stapferhaus Lenzburg: «1001 HEIMAT»
© Stapferhaus Lenzburg
Lost, new, changed –
What defines «Heimat»? How much of it do we need? What kind of «Heimat» do we want? «1001 HEIMAT» wants to find out what makes Swiss citizens feel at home in their country. The exhibition starts off with a Ferris wheel ride across the country to collect impressions and opinions.
What does «Heimat» mean to us?
In March 2017, the exhibition opens an inter-active trail, where visitors may explore what «Heimat» means to them on a pleasant journey taking them from inner limits to external borders. Avina supports the «HEIMAT»-exhibition as part of its long-term commitment with the Stapferhaus.
Integres – Education for Refugees
© SAH Schaffhausen
Education for young refugees too old for school
Let's not waste time or motivation: Education shouldn't have to wait for decisions in an asylum procedure. The Integration Centre of Competence «Integres» from the region of Schaffhausen sets up supplementary classes, giving teenagers and young adults immediate access to vocational training and, in a second step, to the labour market.
For them - and for us!
Avina supports the programme, which is based on the conviction that it is to the benefit of an entire society when immigrants can participate in social and economic life.
AOZ – Integration-Intensive
Learning to live in Switzerland:
Many teenagers and young adults who have been granted asylum in Switzerland find themselves between a rock and a hard place: They are too old to attend regular school while at the same time their level of integration and education is insufficient to enter the professional education system.
Schools look beyond the classroom
«Integration-Intensive» by the asylum organization Zürich AOZ provides a tailor-made programme of group lessons and individual coaching. Avina supports the concept, which gives young people an opportunity for a better future at an important point in their lives.
© Project Nauyaca Association
Against poverty & for environmental protection:
The «La Merced»-district in Mexico City is characterized by poverty, violence and drug abuse. «Nosotros reciclamos» is a pilot-project by the association «Project Nauyaca». It teaches rubbish collectors how to fashion trinkets and other decorative items from waste materials and provides psychological assistance for a life without drugs and violence.
improving people's livelihood
Avina has been supporting Project Nauyaca since 2015. Current priorities are increasing productivity, expansion of distribution channels and creation of additional scholarships.
Theatre PurPur - Children's Projects 2016
© Theater PurPur
In times of ever increasing restrictions, Theatre PurPur invites children to make their ideas visible, to create, to discover themselves and others and to grow beyond their limits.
is free to play
Theatre provides a playground for our imagination. Theatre PurPur is at the same time a professional cultural institution. Avina has been supporting Theatre PurPur for several years.
Monetary Policy for Sustainability
© Council on Economic Policies
Aligning monetary policy
The «Monetary Policy for Sustainability»project strives to increase the alignment of monetary policies with sustainability. The programme seeks to promote an understanding of the far-reaching effects of monetary policies, influence the discussion and develop proposals for reform.
This project is a flagship initiative of the Council on Economic Policies (CEP). CEP aims to promote economic policies that strengthen individual opportunities, social cohesion and ecological stability. Avina has been supporting CEP in this global initiative since 2013.
Museum Aargau: Path of the Legionary
© Museum Aargau
Once upon a time in Windisch, canton of Aargau, 6‘000 Roman legionaries prepared to serve the emperor. Today, Museum Aargau has created the Path of the Legionary Vindonissa, where families and school children get to know the lives of legionaries and higher-ranking officers in a playful manner.
Becoming a legionary at an original site
With Avina's support, the atmospheric archaeological sites receive a new attraction: «Station 11: Fahnenheiligtum» (Station 11: Shrine of the Standard).
Support Centre Zürcher Oberland
© Selbsthilfezentrum Zürcher Oberland
Sometimes it's easier
Support Centre Zürcher Oberland allows people suffering from illness and social or family problems to support and help each other.
in a group
An ever-increasing number of people want to discuss personal difficulties in a group of people with similar issues and mutually support each other in developing coping strategies. Avina's contribution has been helping to keep this support centre open for many years.
Nazca – Signs of the Gods
© Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), Peru
Remarkable Pre-Columbian Culture
In a unique collaboration with the Museo de Arte de Lima, the Rietberg Museum is able to present an exceptional exhibition: «Nasca – im Zeichen der Götter» (Nazca - Signs of the Gods). The show is dedicated to the Nazca-Culture, which between 200 BC and 650AD left mysterious archaeological traces, such as the so-called Nazca Lines, in the South of Peru.
on display in Peru, Switzerland and Germany
In 2017, the exhibition visits Lima, Zurich and Bonn. It shows items which have never before been on display outside Peru. In recent years, Avina has already supported previous projects of the Rietberg Museum.
Rappi-Jona in bloom!
© Verein Natur Rapperswil-Jona
To celebrate its anniversary, the association «Natur Rapperswil-Jona» presents the community with a special gift: flowering low-fertility grasslands and flowerbeds full of wild roses.
in the urban environment
In collaboration with the city and with private landowners and supported by Avina, they create meadows, plant wild roses and give away local perennial herbs. In addition, the citizens of Rapperswil-Jona receive an informative nature and hiking guide for their local area.
© Paul Amar / Claudio Ulivieri (artists)
Christian Senti (photography)
Courtesy Sammlung S. Brunner, Zurich
Art, that is
Musée Visionnaire was set up in 2013 in Zurich by a private initiative as the first and, until now, only museum for Art Brut and fringe art. Its distinguished collection, changing exhibitions and rich framework programme appeal to visitors of all ages.
blind to conventions
After a successful pilot phase, Avina supports the establishment of Musée Visionnaire as a permanent museum.
Biennial Sculpture Symposium
© Skulpturen Symposium Winterthur
Sculptures ask questions
The title of the «Biennial Sculpture Symposium» in 2017 is «Refugium» (Refuge). But who is being protected? Nature – against excessive building activity? Or is it rather the city dweller, finding a space of refuge and recovery?
Unique visual and poetic installations by Swiss artists are put on display in the enchanted park of the culture-village Weiertal to inspire discussions about the term «Refugium». Avina already supported the Biennial in 2013 and 2015.
Open-air Theatre «Abgefahren»
© Verein FAHR.WERK:ö!
A temporary community
Once again, Avina supports a «FAHR.WERK:ö!» theatre workshop which allows children and teenagers to collaborate with professional performers. Their new production is inspired by the multitude of stories that only happen in train stations. The result is an entertaining gangster comedy about a failed mail train robbery.
Cast and crew move from one performance to the next with their tractors and caravans, thus combining the artistic scope of the project with the powerful experience of living as a community.
Peace Watch Switzerland
© Peace Watch Switzerland
The Swiss organisation "Peace Watch Switzerland" sends voluntary human rights observers to regions of conflict in order to aid conflict transformation and peace building. It works within a network of national and non-governmental peace activists and collaborates closely with local partner organisations.
to protect people and their human rights
Avina has been supporting PWS for many years. Their focus currently lies on protecting human lives and legal security in conflicts over land in Colombia and on human rights observation and monitoring in Guatemala.
Translation House Looren
© Übersetzerhaus Looren
Space and support
The Translation House Loreen is the first Swiss institution to support professional literary translators from all over the globe.
to translate literature
On the one hand the Translation House provides a focussed workspace for literary translators while at the same time promoting further education and networking. Since 2010 Avina has been supporting the Translation House in different activities for and in Latin America.
For a more peaceful atmosphere
The «RESPIRA»-programme was launched in Columbia to counteract violence and aggression in schools. It uses «mindfulness», a mental training technique which increases concentration, awareness and inner balance.
in Colombian schools
A two-year pilot project has already yielded impressive results. Avina supports the implementation of the successful programme.
Earth Education Project Nicaragua
© Earth Education Project
Education and self-responsibility
Around fifty per cent of young Nicaraguan women have no formal qualifications. Most of them cannot find regular work and therefore do not have access to social and medical benefits. Many of these women are single parents.
for a place in the working world and in society
The relief organization "Earth Education Project" breaks the vicious circle of unemployment and poverty through education grants that are linked to a training and work programme. Avina supports this project, which successfully helps women to take responsibility for their lives.
IG Halle Rapperswil-Jona
© Verein IG Halle
«IG Halle» has been promoting culture since 1992. For the last few years it has focussed on art exhibitions at the Kunst(Zeug)Haus Rapperswil.
Apart from exhibiting the works of national and international artists, IG Halle organizes panels, matinees and guided visits – always true to their motto «Art Experiment Discourse»: The works on display make you stop and think and encourage discussion. Avina has been supporting the association IG Halle for more than 10 years.
Theatre 1visible: SKYLUCK
A theatrical documentary
Swiss citizen Huong Do knows what it means to escape into the unknown on a boat. At the age of eleven, she survived a dramatic flight from Vietnam. «SKYLUCK», supported by Avina, is a piece of theatre telling Huong's story of her escape towards a new life.
about flight and immigration
Many people who live in Switzerland today were once refugees. We should listen to them. The association «1visible» puts a spotlight on social questions, such as this one, which otherwise receive very little or only one-sided attention.
Refugee Theatre Malaika
© Ursula Markus
Making theatre together -
Refugee Theatre Malaika runs applied theatre projects and other activities for refugees and local people. These projects allow people to get to know each other and build trust.
for integration and appreciation
It's the vision of the Refugee Theatre that local people and refugees in Switzerland should live together and on equal footing. Due to a heightened demand, Avina supports a staff increase and the professionalization of the association.
Music as a universal language:
Singing brings people together and builds trust: SINGconTAKT wants to use the trans-cultural language of music to help migrants to integrate.
Integration through singing
The association StimmVolk.ch (voice of the people) has already set up more than 20 groups in Switzerland. The refugee and migration project SINGconTAKT, supported by Avina, helps to create further spaces for people to sing and meet.
Combatting prejudice: local teenagers
Countless young refugees reach Europe every day. This calls for targeted youth projects. The «Zu.Flucht.Welcome» project creates structured spaces of encounter to build relationships between Swiss teenagers and teenage refugees.
meet teenagers who had to flee
With Avina's support, Association infoklick.ch has realised a number of youth project. They tackle this complex, cross-border issue in collaboration with the Austrian association Offene JugendArbeit (open youth work) from Dornbirn (Austria).
© Stiftung Pusch
Teaching environmental know-how
Pusch supports schools, municipalities and businesses with practical know-how and hands-on advice to solve questions of sustainable ressource management.
A major focus lies on environmental education for children and teenagers and Pusch visits about 3‘000 elementary school classes every year. Avina supports school projects, which allow classes to intensify their knowledege with their teachers.
Starting with the basics –
X-runner installs waterless toilets in Peruvian slums, where households do not have running water and are not connected to a sewage system. Their technical solution is based on regular disposal and composting of faeces.
improved quality of life and human dignity in slums
Owning an odourless, hygienic toilet means an immediate improvement in quality of life at home. Avina has been supporting x-runner since their first pilot in 2013. In the meantime, their visionary concept has turned into a success story.
Propstei St. Gerold
© Propstei St. Gerold
A place of contemplation and congress
Propstei St. Gerold in Vorarlberg belongs to the Benedictine Abbey Einsiedeln and enjoys a reputation as a cultural and spiritual institution. It provides an oasis for people to come together, search for meaning, learn and relax, and counts an average of 20‘000 annual visitors.
with a millennial history
Refurbishment of the listed building has become absolutely necessary to ensure a future for this traditional and lively centre and is supported by Avina.
© Superar Schweiz
Making music together
Superar Suisse offers high-quality musical education for choir and orchestral music for children and teenagers from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. Lessons are free and culminate in national and international performances. The joy of practising and performing music together opens up new perspectives for children and teenagers, who would be denied these opportunities without Superar Suisse.
to develop personalities
Avina has supported the Superar Suisse association since it was founded in 2012. Due to the financial structure of the Swiss musical school network, where around 50% of costs fall upon the parents, there is effectively a barrier for many children.
© Verein Interkulturelle Kreativwerkstatt
The «intercultural fonts»-project unites young artists from Switzerland and many other countries. In Solothurn they work together to create their own typefaces and present the results to the public.
through creative work
Through discussions in the workshop or elsewhere participants have the opportunity to discover similarities and differences of their respective cultures. Avina has been supporting the association «Interkulturelle Kreativwerkstatt» for years.
© Verein Three Coins
«Three Coins» advocates and teaches the responsible use of money. The association works with young people from the age of ten to create positive behavioural patterns, which enable them to stand on their own financial feet.
through financial and consumer-competence
After a successful pilot phase of a learning method for schools, Avina now continues to support the next project phase: «Train the Trainers». Youth work organizations and debt counsellors receive a toolkit from Three Coins, which allows them to impart financial know-how in an interesting way.
ZHdK-Avina Fund for Students
At Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), about 2‘000 young artists and designers study design, film, art, media, dance, theatre, arts education and transdisciplinarity. Their projects provide valuable contributions to current social and cultural debates.
and opening up perspectives
Through the ZHdK-Avina Fund for Students, Avina enables artistically and socially relevant projects which financial constraints would otherwise prevent from being realised.
Click Coffee Bar (Kafi Klick)
© IG Sozialhilfe / Kafi Klick
A coffee bar, connecting you to the world
«Kafi Klick» in Zurich offers free internet access for people living in poverty. Here, they can use computers, surf the world wide web and receive technical assistance, if required.
and to the people around you
Kafi Klick is much more than an internet cafe: It provides a low-threshold meeting point for people living in poverty and helps them to help themselves. Avina has been supporting Kafi Klick for several years.
Social Entrepreneurship Impact & Finance
Information, incentives, networking
The Social Entrepreneurship Impact & Finance (seif) promotes individuals and teams who are providing entrepreneurial answers to societal questions.
for successful social entrepreneurs
seif imparts basic knowledge of successful business development, rewards innovative business plans and supports the development of the Social Entrepreneurship Community. Avina has been supporting seif for several years.
Women's Refuge Lucerne
© Frauenhaus Luzern
Protection and advice
Every year, the women's refuge Lucerne offers protection, shelter and advice for up to 180 women and children who have suffered abuse.
for a future without violence
It is the only emergency centre for domestic violence in central Switzerland and is very active in education and outreach work. Avina has been supporting the women's refuge Lucerne for many years.
Zurich Chamber Orchestra
A leading orchestra:
The Zurich Chamber Orchestra has been playing classical music at the highest level since 1945. The Orchestra's main concerns are a direct contact to their public and the creation of new types of concert to captivate young audiences in particular.
classical and innovative
As innovation partner, the Avina Foundation supports further development of innovative concert types and international touring.
Photo Museum Winterthur
© Fotomuseum Winterthur
Photography: Art form and form of documentation –
Photo Museum Winterthur is a leading institution for presentation and discussion of photography.
past and present
It hosts exhibitions and events, maintains its own, ever growing collection and it researches and shows the history of photographic media. Avina has been supporting Photo Museum Winterthur for many years.
© Los Gusanitos
Giving children without a functioning home
«Los Gusanitos» day care centre in Granada, Nicaragua is an oasis of peace and quiet for up to 35 poverty stricken children from difficult social backgrounds.
their childhood back
Here, they receive protection and are guided towards a healthy mental and social development. The priorities of the centre are general education and the promotion of individual strengths. Avina supports the running of the project, which already reports positive changes with a lot of its attendants.
Friedrich Glauser – Ce n’est pas très beau
© Strauhof / Literaturmuseum Zürich
Creator of Sergeant Studer and …
Avina supports the literary exhibition «Ce n’est pas très beau» at the historic «Haus zum Strauhof» in Zurich's old town.
… far more than a crime writer: Friedrich Glauser
During the celebrations of «dada100-zürich2016» this exhibition is dedicated to the Swiss author Friedrich Glauser and his «not quite so beautiful world». It allows a glimpse into the chequered live and work of a master of atmosphere.
Navegando por Cartagena
© Fundación Planeta Azul Caribe
Protection and respect
The «Navegando por Cartagena» project wants to protect the environment and support social entrepreneurship around the «Juan Angola» canal in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
for the power of a canal
The environmental education programme «Guardianes Ambientales Multiplicadores» focusses on «actions». It has mobilized an impressive number of volunteers among students and teachers. Avina continues to support the next project steps, such as implementing environmental protection projects by students and promoting local business initiatives about recycling, mobility and compost.
Young Theatre Grisons
© Junges Theater Graubünden
Where teenagers …
Picaresque novels are the starting point for the 2015/16 productions of Young Theatre Grisons. In four regions young actors under professional direction bring their issues, emotions and their joy of playing to the stage and devise theatrical creations of their own.
… act as rogues.
Access to contemporary theatre cannot be taken for granted in peripheral regions. Avina has been supporting the pioneering role of Young Theatre Grisons in this field for several years.
Colombia: Young people for peace
© Christian Wyss
Promoting young people
Supported by Avina, the Horyzon Foundation works in poor districts of Colombia to help socially and economically disadvantaged teenagers.
to promote peace
Their education programme «A step towards peace» improves self-perception and social competence of teenagers, allowing them to grow up into healthy, self-confident adults who actively promote peaceful coexistence in their communities.
Impact Hub Zurich
© Impact Hub Zurich
A unique eco-system
Impact Hub Zurich is a business incubator for social entrepreneurs. Impact Hub Zurich offers its members space to work and hold events and enables them to network with other social entrepreneurs. Moreover, the Impact Hub provides a range of programmes to develop and support the success of its members. Impact Hub Zurich is part of the global Impact Hub network, comprising of over 85 Impact Hubs and more than13,000 members.
for a more sustainable world
Avina has supported Impact Hub Zurich since its establishment in 2010. Impact Hub Zurich unifies people with imagination and initiative from the most varied backgrounds and educations, to make sustainable entrepreneurial initiatives successful.
Stapferhaus Lenzburg – House of the Present
© Stapferhaus Lenzburg
Identify, question, negotiate:
Stapferhaus Lenzburg inspires us to reflect about the major questions of our times. It has been captivating its visitors with unique and extraordinary exhibitions on contemporary topics since 1994.
our present – exhibited
The «House of the Present» («Haus der Gegenwart») provides the Stapferhaus with the missing link: its own, tailor-made infrastructure for its temporary exhibitions. Avina supports the construction and subsequent operation of the planned building.
Master classes and performance opportunities:
Gstaad Academy offers a unique training platform to talented young music professionals. Intensive master classes with international stars of their discipline allow them to hone their technique and develop their musicality while the Gstaad Menuhin Festival provides prominent performance opportunities.
an academy for up and coming talent
Gstaad Academy and its programme are a hallmark for the development of musical excellence and thus stand for timeless values overcoming borders and creating ties between people around the world. Avina has been supporting the Gstaad Menuhin Festival and its Academy for several years.
Fête de la Musique de Zurich 2016
A music festival
Zurich follows a long-standing tradition from France and French-speaking Switzerland: Currently, the second «Fête de la Musique de Zurich» is being organized by a passionate and committed team.
During this "open day of music" at the beginning of summer, newcomers and established bands, cultural associations, amateur and professional musicians bring all styles of music to the stage hoping to be discovered and to thrill their audiences. Avina has already supported the «Fête de la Musique de Zurich» in the previous year.
Fumetto Comix-Festival 2016
Find out more about comics and
What started in Lucerne in 1992 as a youth project has turned from a small, regional convention into the most important Comix-Festival in Europe. To celebrate its 25th anniversary «Fumetto» invites influential comic artists and those artists who have helped to make «Fumetto» what it is today.
help making one!
As usual, the festival puts a particular focus on children, teenagers and families. For once, it is possible to witness the making of a comic first hand - and even participate! Avina has been supporting the wide-ranging «Fumetto» outreach programmes for several years.
Lucerne Theatre – Outreach Programme
© Luzerner Theater
A theatrical experience
Lucerne Theatre and its in-house ensembles produce high-quality performances in opera, drama and dance.
The outreach project for school classes offers optimum preparation for teachers and brings young people in touch with established theatrical art forms. Students from the canton of Schwyz have been able to benefit from this education programme for years with Avina's sponsorship.
Obsession Dada: 165 days of celebrations
© Cabaret Voltaire
Dada turns 100!
Some evening in February 1916: At Spiegelgasse 1 in Zurich the Cabaret Voltaire is born. In 165 days the myth of Dada was created – an arts movement which is going on to take the global stage.
Celebrating where everything started
Nowadays the cabaret has become a space for artistic and philosophical events and exhibitions. During its anniversary year – and with Avina's sponsorship - a lot of activities and events are planned under the heading «Obsession Dada: 165 days of celebration».
Swiss Children's and Youth Choir Festival (SKJF)
© Lukas Wehrli / Verein SKJF
1200 young voices …
The Swiss Children's and Youth Choir Festival SKJF brings together children's and youth choirs from all over Switzerland. It offers an attractive platform for individual choir performances and promotes Swiss compositions for choirs.
… rock Lugano!
In 2017 around 1‘200 participant are expected to flock to Lugano for the 6th edition of the festival. Young singers will have the opportunity to meet, stimulate and inspire each other. Avina has been supporting the SKJF since the first festival in 2007.
© Fondation Beyeler
Open doors for young people
Fondation Beyeler in Riehen has a global reputation as one of the most beautiful museums of contemporary and modern art. The impressive architecture of museum and park harmonizes with the famous collection and exhibitions to the highest international standards, which are always accompanied by an inspiring programme of events.
where art meets nature and architecture
In line with the spirit of the museum's founders, it's the current management's heart's desire to instill an interest for art in young people. Avina supports „Kunst für uns“ (Art For Us), a multi-facetted arts education programme for children, teenagers and young adults.
© Graduate Institute Geneva
Advanced training and international networks
The «DPP-Programme» (Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies offers advanced training in sustainable development and leadership as well as promoting international exchange. It is addressed to professionals working for NGOs and government organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America selected according to strict rules.
for professionals from different continents
Graduates implement the knowledge gained in their home countries and also take it into external institutions. Avina has been supporting Latin American students of the DPP-Programme for many years.
SPACES IN BETWEEN
© Verein ZWISCHENRÄUME
Meet, share and create
Children and young people can use temporarily available spaces and arrange them according to their own ideas. This gives them the unique opportunity to take responsibility and to acquire new skills outside a school environment.
in temporary spaces
«ZWISCHENRÄUME» (SPACES IN BETWEEN) brings together people of different generations and origins and allows them to discover new ways of living together in their neighborhood. Avina has been supporting the association ZWISCHENRÄUME since 2013.
Codap – youth in action for human rights
Empowering young people to become active –
As a Youth Resource Center on Human Rights, the association «Codap» is mainly engaged in human rights training courses, support and advice on youth projects and awareness-raising programmes on human rights issues.
politically, socially, culturally
Avina supports the program «Undertaking for Human Rights: Youth in action!», which aims at encouraging young social entrepreneurs to take responsibility in their role as citizens and to get involved in the life of the community.
Swiss Competition for Young Musicians
© Stiftung SJMW
A competition for young, amateur musicians
Competing with other musicians: The Swiss Competition for Young Musicians SCYM is the largest national contest for junior amateur musicians.
because making music is a lesson for life
Personal development, integration, career springboard: The SCYM enriches the curriculum of its participants and helps them grow in many ways. Avina has been supporting the SCYM for several years.
Urban Story Oasis 2015
© Die urbane Geschichtenoase
The Art of Storytelling
During magical moments almost forgotten stories are brought back to life in the palm house of the old botanical gardens.
in an exotic setting
Storytelling without book or script: Seasoned storytellers lead their listeners into fantastic worlds which are full of life and colour - and always unique. Avina supports the Urban Story Oasis in May 2015.
Figura Factory 2016
© Figura Theaterfestival
Continuously reinventing a trendy art form:
Figura Theatre Festival Baden wants to prove once again that puppet theatre is among the most innovative of the performing arts.
Puppetry is always fascinating
Avina already supported previous festivals and is sponsoring the «Figura Factory» programme of the twelfth festival in 2016. The festival lets children and teenagers experience the art of puppet theatre creating unforgettable events for them. And for the first time it is now venturing into the streets and squares of Baden: «Figura fuori»!
Mozart in Moscow via Buenos Aires
© Verein Cacoma:BA
Gaining new skills and opportunities
Teenagers growing up in the slums of Buenos Aires lack job training opportunities - their futures look bleak. The «Mozart in Moscow via Buenos Aires» project introduces them to the world of theatre. They acquire skills in set building and dressmaking and are taught the basics of puppetry. In addition, they learn to speak in public and to stand up for their beliefs and values.
«Mozart in Moscow via Buenos Aires» employs 30 teenagers for two years and reaches about 3‘000 people. Avina supports the work phases in the workshops and during the staging of the pieces.
© Stiftung Domicil
Finding appropriate and affordable accommodation
Domicil Foundation finds apartments for socially and economically disadvantaged people and secures them a place to live in the long term. In particular, they support families and single parents with a migration background.
schafft nicht jeder allein
Domicil collaborates with the City of Zurich and selected municipalities in the canton of Zurich. The Domicil Plus project wants to extend the offering to cover the entire canton. Avina has been supporting Domicil for many years.
Fair chances for children
«ping:pong» is the support programme launched by «a:primo» association. It is aimed at children aged three to six who are attending a play group, day care or kindergarten. The programme relies on cooperation between parents and institutions and wants to create a link between playful learning in institutions and at home.
from a socially disadvantaged environment
ping:pong wants to promote family education and to improve knowledge and understanding between parents and institution to the benefit of the child. Avina already supported the previous early-learning-programme «schritt:weise» (step by step) by «a:primo».
Access to the world
The Johanna-Spyri-Museum is located in the old school house Hirzel where Johanna Spyri herself learned to read and write. This historic link gives a special attraction to the museum.
where «Heidi» was created
Avina supports the makeover of the permanent exhibition on Johanna Spyri, which wants to entice Heidi-fans and literature enthusiasts from near and far in equal measure.
© Thomas Entzeroth
The comic opera
In «Opera Box» the Zurich Chamber Orchestra performs masterpieces of operetta and comic opera in an amusing and catchy style. Their New Year's season perfectly complements the otherwise rather serious opera programme of Zurich's main stages.
accompanies you into the new year
In 2015/2016 Avina supports the third Opera Box edition featuring the operetta «Trial by Jury» by William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan and the comic opera «Les Bavards» by Jacques Offenbach.
Schule Am Uetliberg – Circus Luna
© Schule Am Uetliberg
The principals of the Uetliberg school take integration seriously. A great number of students attending the school situated on the outskirts of Zurich are socially disadvantaged and face language barriers.
for children to find their role
Avina supported a week of circus with «Circus Luna» because a circus project can instil many things: self-confidence, perseverance, creativity and team spirit.
BIF Advice Centre for Women
© bif Beratungsstelle für Frauen
Help in need
The BIF Advice Centre for women is an official victim counselling service for women who are victims of violence at home. Roughly half of the clients are female migrants who are often simultaneously under threat of expulsion.
Help against violence
BIF staff work with the women to find solutions and save them and their children from violent circumstances. Avina has been supporting the BIF for many years.
DIE ZAUBERLATERNE (The Magic Lantern) Rapperswil
The big screen
The film club «DIE ZAUBERLATERNE» (The Magic Lantern) is a success story. For but a modest membership fee it opens the doors to the world of cinema to all primary school children.
for all primary school children
Currently, about 30‘000 children throughout Switzerland attend the performances of the club once a month. Avina has been supporting DIE ZAUBERLATERNE in Rapperswil for many years.
ProArte: intervention – young artists on campus
Breaking routines, changing perspective,
Four «Art-Interventions» by young Swiss artists have been selected to be exhibited on campus at St. Gallen University.
gaining new insights
Students, lecturers and visitors are invited to break out of their university routine to engage in a dialogue on society and economy with the artists. Avina supports the first edition of this exceptional project of encounters in 2015.
ARPEGIO Switzerland Foundation
© ARPEGIO Switzerland Foundation
No social class in the orchestra:
Since 2004, ARPEGIO Perú has been supporting socially disadvantaged children and teenagers in the metropolis of Trujillo, offering free instrumental lessons and a joint orchestra. Music helps the children to develop discipline, practice tolerance and discover the joy of common goals.
Integration through music
The six orchestras urgently required an additional musician to support their extensive work and numerous concerts. Avina contributes to the engagement of experienced conductor Antoine Duhamel.
© Verein zur Förderung junger Künstlerinnen und Künstler
The «Jungkunst»-exhibition showcases paintings, photography, street art, drawings, sculptures and video art and has often served as a career-launchpad for young Swiss artists.
to be discovered
In 2015, Avina supports the 10-year anniversary edition of Jungkunst. The unbroken interest of the visitors confirms the motto: «Originals instead of art posters».
Music College Winterthur
© Musikkollegium Winterthur
Classical music first hand:
Music College Winterthur has been pioneering musical youth work for many years. Participation is at the heart of the programme, allowing children and teenagers to meet professional musicians in a creative context.
unforgettable experiences for children
Here, young people can experience the making of classical music in an age-appropriate manner. Avina supports a whole range of events for children, teenagers, families and schools.
Social City Tour Zurich
© Verein Surprise
Homeless people and people living in poverty are trained as city guides and take groups of visitors on a tour of "their" Zurich during which they describe their daily lives.
They point out places one would otherwise pass by: Their public living room, a soup kitchen, their emergency shelter. Avina supports Social City Tours in Zurich, realized by the association «Surprise», for a period of several years.
Pinocchio Advice Centre for Parents and Children
© Verein Pinocchio
Growing up healthy:
There are all sorts of problems in families and society, which can interfere with a happy childhood. Pinocchio Advice Centre offers quick and unbureaucratic help to children and parents.
Listening to children, advising parents
Counselling may take place face-to-face, over the telephone or online, always focussing on the healthy development of the child. Avina has been supporting Pinocchio for many years.
Independent Centre for Social Welfare Law
© Unabhängige Fachstelle für Sozialhilferecht UFS
Advise for People
When social services stop paying, the livelihood of people living in poverty is threatened and they often have no means and ways to combat a negative decision.
in the ultimate safety net
Avina supports the work of the Independent Centre for Social Welfare Law, which is the only advice centre specialising in social welfare in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. The centre advises, supports and defends people in poverty on issues of social welfare free of charge and is solely funded through donations and membership fees.
Women's Refuge Winterthur – aftercare
© Verein Frauenhaus Winterthur
Non-violent and strong
After they leave the refuge in Winterthur, many women are still traumatised and unable to live their lives without help. Thus they risk returning to their violent partners and therefore to the vicious circle of violence.
through individual aftercare
Women's Refuge Winterthur, in collaboration with Avina, launches an aftercare-programme, which individually follows women and children even after they have left the refuge, to counteract this risk.
Multimedia Animation 2015
Animation for film
«Multimedia Animation» forms part of the animation film festival «Fantoche»'s programme. This is unique in Switzerland as it is the only platform where a broad public is given access to cross-genre forms of animation.
Visitors learn about new, interactive developments in animation in presentations and exhibitions and students present projects with a focus on the interface between animation and games. Avina has already supported «Fantoche» in previous years.
Paul Klee Centre
© Zentrum Paul Klee
Paul Klee inspires
The Paul Klee Centre is a unique institution in Switzerland, as it brings together disciplines as diverse as fine arts, literature, theatre, music and sustainable farming. Its source of inspiration is Paul Klee. The Centre stores, preserves and researches more than 4'000 of his works.
a comprehensive concept of culture
The activities offered by the Paul Klee Centre appeal directly to the senses and the creativity of its visitors. Avina has been supporting the operation and re-positioning of the relatively young cultural centre since 2012.
«Continue your story, Rote Fabrik!»
© Verein wolkenkratzerkombinat
Using camera, diary, eyes and ears:
The wolkenkratzerkombinat association realizes cross-disciplinary art projects with classes.
Classes do arts research
Three school classes can use the research labs «Erzähl weiter, Rote Fabrik!» («Continue your story, Rote Fabrik!») to find out about the contemporary art scene at Rote Fabrik, its industrial history and the transition from factory to cultural centre. Avina has been supporting wolkenkratzerkombinat since 2014.
© Stiftung IdéeSport
Learning to lead, assuming responsibilities,
The IdéeSport Foundation runs nationwide sports projects for children and teenagers to promote health, prevent violence and addiction and, specifically, to further integration.
getting off the streets
Avina supports the training of teenage coaches who – just as most participants of their programmes – come from a migrant background. Being asked to lead instills new self-confidence in these teenagers and lets them discover values such as empathy, inclusion and consideration for others.
Stadtgeiss – Wiesenwerk
© Verein Stadtgeiss
Goats, imagination and imperfection
A lawn in Zurich Nord, where seven mountain goats are grazing, is turned into a place of encounter by the Association Stadtgeiss (City Goat).
in the middle of the city
In summer 2015 the association launched the «Wiesenwerk» project with support from Avina. A series of workshops for local residents allows them to experience autonomy in a highly-organized urban district, inspires to create and produces collaborative works of art.
Association Amistad Perú-Suiza
© Verein Amistad Perú-Suiza
The association «Amistad Perú-Suiza» works in one of the poorest regions of the Peruvian mountains to improve the production of cheese and dairy products.
for Peruvian cheese-makers
In Collaboration with a Peruvian partner-organization and with the support from Avina, «Amistad Perú-Suiza» organizes educational visits to Swiss cheese factories for young Peruvian cheese-makers.
© Accento musicale
Multifarious chamber music
Since 2003, players of the Symphonic Orchestra Canton Schwyz and other professional musicians form the ensemble "Accento musicale". Guest musicians and a changing cast of strings, wind instruments and piano accomplish great musical diversity.
in the Schwyz region
In 2015, four concerts are taking place at different venues. Avina has been supporting Accento musicale for several years.
© Verein Mondopoly
Make your move
Mondopoly transforms towns or boroughs into playing fields. At different stations of field, players meet other people at the place where they work, live or hang out. They talk to them rather than about them.
and meet your neighbour
Avina supports Mondopoly@, a pilot project enabling local organizations to autonomously run the transcultural game in their own neighbourhoods.
© Zirkus Chnopf
The circus company «Zirkus Chnopf» is a community of young people and professional performers living and working together. Since 1990 they have been touring Switzerland with a new open-air production every year.
for tomorrow’s circus professionals
Avina supports the continuation and further professionalization of "Zirkus Chnopf" and its unique concept to promote emerging circus artists in Switzerland.
Video Arte Palazzo Castelmur
© Manfred Alois Mayr
© Ralph Feiner
© Video Arte Palazzo Castelmur
A historic site
Contemporary art in an extraordinary setting: ten artists, mostly from the world of video, (re-)discover "Palazzo Castelmur", its history and its idiosyncrasies.
turns into an arts venue
The event invites locals and visitors to take an interest in the Bergell region and adds to the cultural life of the valley. This is already the second video art exhibition, supported again by Avina.
Helping children and young people
Projaction.org is a Swiss crowd funding platform for children and young people which was co-launched by the association infoklick.ch
kick-start their ideas
Projaction.org links crowd funding to consultancy, networking and other tailor-made support services as, for example, certification. Avina has been supporting Infoklick.ch for many years.
Children's Theatre IM GRÜNFELS
© Kindertheater IM GRÜNFELS
Because young and old
The association «Kindertheater IM GRÜNFELS» promotes theatre in Rapperswil-Jona through regular, professional performances for children and accompanying adults.
The considerable number of spectators confirms a great need for local children's theatre. Avina has been supporting children's theatre IM GRÜNFELS for many years.
artefix culture and school
© artefix kultur und schule
Knowing how to
Its extensive, high-quality offering for teachers, students and authorities has established «artefix kultur und schule» as a centre for excellence in education in arts and culture.
introduce students to arts and culture
Over the course of the last 15 years artefix brought more than 17'000 students in touch with contemporary art and culture. Avina has been supporting the dedicated association for several years.
© FerienSpass Wollerau Wilen Bäch
Fun for kids
Avina has been supporting the association «FerienSpass Wollerau Wilen Bäch» for many years. They organize various activities for school children during the summer holidays.
during the best holidays of the year
In 2017 countless children look forward to exciting courses in areas as diverse as sports, animals, cooking, experimenting or handicrafts.
Festspiele Zürich: Shakespeare's Sonnets
© Nadia Fistarol/Nik Emch
Five groups of artists and one band are going to perform William Shakespeare's Sonnets on a stage at this year's Festspiele Zürich.
for a Shakespeare experience out of the ordinary
Each group is free to choose its own fresh and uncompromising interpretation of the texts promising a distinctive, unpredictable night of Shakespeare. Co-producers are kraut_produktion supported by Avina, Theater Gessnerallee and Festspiele Zurich.
Short films in education
© Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur
So much to learn
«Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur» is the most important festival for short films and the centre of excellence for shorts in Switzerland. It organizes competitions and shows a programme of carefully selected films every year.
from short films
Short films convey emotions, opinions, behavioural patterns and much, much more making them an educational tool of choice. The project «Kurzfilme im Unterricht» (Short films in Education) is based on a hands-on concept to bring students in touch with this medium. Avina has been supporting Kurzfilmtage since 2010.
«Escuela Modelo en la Amazonía»
© Verein ED‘Amazonía
Quality education in Amazonia
The primary school «Escuela Modelo en la Amazonía» was founded in the Peruvian Yurimaguas region in 2006. Its concept is focussed on quality of education and development of schools in the region. The school charges no fees and is open to all students regardless of social class.
for a sustainable development in Peru
Escuela Modelo enjoys an excellent reputation due to strong support from teachers, parents and authorities. Avina has supported the school in previous years, too.
Teatro Della Memoria Attiva
© Teatro della Memoria Attiva
Search the past
Teatro Della Memoria Attiva draws on tradition, history and cultural heritage as starting points for shaping the future.
to shape the future
Avina supports the production of «Die Begleitband» ("supporting band"), a free adaptation of the 1982 theatre piece «El acompañamiento» from the Buenos Aires theatre of resistance.
Summer of Music at Lake Zurich 2015
© Musiksommer am Zürichsee
The «Musiksommer» (Summer of Music) hosts twelve exclusive concerts bringing the multi-facetted world of chamber music to the attractive landscape of Lake Zurich.
around the lake
In 2015 Avina, a longstanding supporter of Summer of Music, joins the celebrations for its 20th anniversary.
Café Così – A Juxtaposition of Mozart Operas
© Orchesterverein Zürich / Junges Musiktheater Zürich
Taken from life:
An ensemble of young voice students under professional direction presents a juxtaposition of arias and group pieces from Mozart's Operas "The Magical Flute", «Così fan tutte» and «Le Nozze di Figaro» set in the «Café Così», the place for gossip, feuds and love.
Young talents put mozart on stage
Café Così, supported by Avina, is a joint production of Orchesterverein Zürich and Junges Musiktheater Zürich.
© MAXIM Theater
MAXIM, Zurich's intercultural theatre, has its home in the borough of Langstrasse. Professional actors and amateurs from all corners of the world draw upon their personal experience to create their personal style of acting, thus giving the MAXIM theatre its own, inimitable character.
Avina has been supporting this unique «theatre for immigrants and locals» for several years.
«Music in the Castle»
© Musik im Schloss
Amazing musical moments
Every year the concert season "Music in the Castle" brings artists of international acclaim to Rapperswil Castle. Every artist performs five concerts in the great hall and presents a serenade in the castle's courtyard.
in the region's most beautiful concert hall
«Music in the Castle» has long since become a tradition and has been supported by Avina for many years.
«Give me a story»
This SIKJM project reaches out to children growing up with two or more languages in their family. Project staff helps parents to aid the language development of their children in their native tongue.
in their role as educators
About 130 people are currently working in 17 languages at 60 sites. Since 2007 Avina has supported different SIKJM projects.
Theatre Production «R&J»
What happens when
"JUNGEStheaterKEN " is theatre made with young people for young people. With their current piece «R&J» they address highly topical questions.
religious beliefs meet in the classroom?
R&J transfers the classic Romeo and Juliet to encounters of diverse cultures and faiths in the microcosm of a classroom. Avina supported the production, which wants to reach audiences on an emotional level and encourage self-reflection by bringing real life issues onto the stage.
The project I-want-to-vote by the Swiss Association for Further Education SVEB is geared towards young people with insufficient reading skills.
despite reading difficulties
With I-want-to-vote the SVEB uses audiovisual and new media content to encourage its target group to actively take part in politics. Avina supports the preparation and promotion of ich-will-wählen.ch during the run-up to the Swiss national election in 2015.
kulturschiene (culture on track)
Contemporary art, jazz, literary and musical jewels: The "kulturschiene" at Herrliberg-Feldmeilen train station provides an atmospheric venue for precious moments.
faraway from the mainstream
The "kulturschiene" offers a distinguished programme out of the ordinary, which regularly receives high praise from audiences and artists alike. Avina has been supporting the "kulturschiene" for several years.
Consultancy and Training for Youth Parliaments
© Dachverband Schweizer Jugendparlamente (DSJ)
Advice and support for youth delegates
The Umbrella Organisation for Swiss Youth Parliaments (DSJ) promotes political participation of young people in Switzerland. It trains and supports youth delegates and brings them in contact with each other.
to strengthen our democracy
The programme "Consultancy and Training for Youth Parliaments" wants to encourage youth delegates to stay motivated despite the challenges they are facing and help them focus on their tasks. Since 2009 Avina has supported various DSJ projects.
© Roberto Conciatori / Salvatore Vitale
A chance for everyone
Spend an entire weekend dancing! Tanzfest takes place in more than 20 towns and cities and offers ball nights, dance themed art-projects and hundreds of try-out lessons.
to experience and try out dance
With the continuing support of Avina Tanzfest delights an ever growing audience all over Switzerland.
© Lassalle-Haus Bad Schönbrunn
Preserving a unique centre
The Lassalle-House is located in Bad Schönbrunn in the Swiss canton of Zug. In the German part of Switzerland it is the leading conference centre for spirituality, dialogue and responsibility. It promotes personal development and instills a commitment to the world.
for spirituality, dialogue and responsibility
Avina supports the renovation of the "Red Chapel", the central space for meditation, as part of the overall refurbishment.
LSO Music Car
The LSO Music Bus is equipped for concerts and workshops. The new, movable venue of the Symphonic Orchestra Lucerne facilitates first encounters with sound and instruments taking music to rural areas.
to an entire region
The LSO Music Bus travels to schools and nurseries all over Central Switzerland and stays at selected locations to act as a base camp for musical activities. Avina supports the music bus for the duration of this multi-year project.
Diversity wins – farmers enliven nature
Knowing how to
Farmers receive preservation training in order to promote biodiversity. New methods and tools have been developed to this end, e.g. providing comprehensive specialist advice and a score system to measure performance.
preserve diversity of species and habitats
Avina has been promoting this extensive project by the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture FIBL in conjunction with the ornithological station Sempach for several years. Avina now supports the important implementation phase with final monitoring for success on the farms involved.
Festival FILMAR en América Latina
© Association Cinéma des Trois Mondes
Around 20‘000 visitors for «FILMAR en América Latina»: the record attendance figures prove an enormous public interest.
to put a spotlight on Latin America
Through documentaries and feature films the festival introduces the audience to the social and politic idiosyncrasies of Latin America. Avina has been supporting «FILMAR en América Latina» for many years.
Don't keep waiting for Godot
Make a call and go to the theater.
«Don't keep waiting for Godot, call him! We have his number.» This the motto of a programme for elderly and disadvantaged people launched by the Zurich theatre "Keller62".
People who would like to go to the theatre but don't dare to for reasons of physical or mental health can use a complementary escort service. They are accompanied to the theatre and back home. Avina supports "Keller62" by covering the ensuing costs.
Pantalla Latina 2014
© Verein Pantalla Latina
Latin American topics
«Pantalla Latina» is the only Latin American film festival in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. It provides food for thought and raises awareness for different realities.
for a broad audience
The festival provides a platform for filmmakers and other artists from Latin America and promotes an exchange between Swiss and Latin American people. Avina has already twice supported the "Pantalla Latina".
U20 Poetry Slam Zürich
© U20 Poetry Slam Zürich
The U20 Poetry Slam is an annual event in Zürich, which brings poets of up to 20 years of age on stage. Poems, prose or rap - anything goes. What counts is the most convincing performance.
for young poets!
It's about honour and glory. The winner takes all. The places win a place in the U20-league to compete for the major championships. Avina has supported the U20 Poetry Slam since 2014.
Health sector organisations are currently experiencing far reaching changes due to economic and socio-political shifts.
A health care system fit for the future
HealthCare Excellence is the Institute for Systemic Management and Public Governance's research programme at the HSG, concentrating on management for an integrated, efficient and patient-focussed health care system. Findings are practically implemented through education and transfer projects. Avina has been supporting the programme since 2010.
© oikos Stiftung
Students promote sustainability
oikos was founded in 1987 by students at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and today comprises around 40 student chapters in Europe, Asia, America and Africa.
in economics and management
oikos promotes the integration of economic, social and environmental aspects in teaching and research of economics and management and thus aims to embed sustainability on the agenda of current and future decisionmakers. Avina has been a long-term supporter of the oikos activities.
Atlas of common welfare Switzerland
Facts and Expectations:
Where and by whom does common welfare get created? What kind of contribution to the public good do citizens expect? For the first time, the atlas of common welfare provides an overview of the expectations of the population and measures the public value of participating organisations.
Looking for the public good
As an interactive online tool the atlas can provide the basis of a fact-based discussion in society. Avina has been supporting this project by the "Centre for Leadership and Values in Society» of St. Gallen University for several years.
AIESEC – Public Sector Day
An overview of career options:
At the Public Sector Day at University St. Gallen students are introduced to the opportunities to be found in the public sector as an alternative to private companies. The day is co-organised by AIESEC.
The public sector presents itself
Businesses and organisations present themselves with the career opportunities they can offer while focussing on topics such as sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Avina has been supporting the Public Sector Day for many years.
La Vouta cultural programme 2014 / 2015
© Verein La Vouta
The La Vouta Theatre was established in 1997 with the idea to create a cultural offering for the people of the Lower Engadine outside the tourist season and yet close to home.
for local audiences
Since then, Lavin has become a place of encounter and culture and an integral part of the calendar of cultural events. Avina already supported the programme in the previous two years.
SOUNDS AND SCIENCE
© SOUNDS AND SCIENCE GesBR
Music and medicine on stage:
Jointly presented music and science mutually inspire one another and enable new insights and concepts.
More than a concert
«Music and Medicine» opens a dialogue on specific topics between renowned scientists, outstanding musicians and the audience. Avina has been supporting the series of concerts and talks since its launch in autumn 2014.
Centro Latinoamericano-Suizo – HSG
An Academic Center bridges the gap
As a centre of competence and education the Centro Latinoamericano-Suizo de la Universidad de San Gallen (CLS-HSG) promotes collaboration in education and research between Switzerland and Latin American countries.
between Switzerland and Latin America
The CLS-HSG runs a very active exchange program with partnering universities, provides local research and internship opportunities for young academic talent and organizes conferences and public events. Avina has been supporting the CLS-HSG since 2008.
© streetfootballworld GmbH
Football makes you strong
Social change through football: streetfootballworld supports a global network of organisations which, through football, help disadvantaged young people in their development. The network already comprises more than 100 organisations in over 60 countries. It reaches 1 million young people every year.
and the world a better place
Avina already supported previous activities of streetfootballworld. The current project "Wirkungsmessung" (Measuring Impact) wants to measure the social impact of all programmes on the basis of a sustainable business model.
© VOYEURE ZÜRICH
VOYEURE ZÜRICH (Zurich Voyeurs) addresses young people between 15 and 25 years of age who like to watch theatre and want to critically discuss what they have seen. Once a week the members of the club go to see a performance together.
spawns young theatre-experts
The project makes theatre accessible and promotes a culture of discussion and reflection as well as starting a dialogue between artists and their audience. After similar clubs have established themselves in Bern and Basel as an integral part of the theatre scene, Avina now supports the VOYEURE ZURICH.
Junges Schauspielhaus Zürich
© Junges Schauspielhaus Zürich
The JSHZ (Young Theatre Zürich) offers a diverse programme for young audiences of 6 years and older. Under the banner of "More Than Watching" they give them the opportunity to autonomously and actively approach the world of theatre through play research and writing.
to be active
Collaboration with schools through their "Theatre In The Classroom" - programme is a focal point: It can create an intensive experience in a familiar environment for all young spectators regardless of their social and cultural background. Avina has been supporting the JSHZ since 2013.
Women's refuge and advice center Zürcher Oberland
© Frauenhaus Zürcher Oberland
The women's refuge and advice centre (Frauenhaus und Beratungsstelle Zürcher Oberland) offers a comprehensive range of services for women and children who are victims of violence – counselling, safety escort service, protection and shelter as well as a 24h advice hotline.
happens at home
Crisis intervention is at the heart of the centre's mission. The women and children are often heavily traumatized and the main focus is on stabilizing them. Avina has been supporting the centre for many years.
© Camerata Schweiz
Presenters Sandra Studer or Kurt Aeschbacher invite the conductor Howard Griffiths, soloists and musicians of the Camerata Schweiz to their "classical couch". The audience gets first hand information about the piece and is given the opportunity to ask questions before the performance begins.
in a less classical guise
This is the second edition of this new way to encounter classical music. First Mozart, now Vivaldi – both times supported by Avina.
Trauma Surgery Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, Haiti
© Hôpital Albert Schweitzer
Avina supports the Swiss Surgery Project at the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti to improve surgical treatment of children and adults.
for a country in great need
Hôpital Albert Schweitzer wants to enable people to help themselves. Employing and training local health personnel from Haiti is central to achieving this goal.
Earth Security Group
© Earth Security Group
A world of limited resources
Global limits to available resources are increasing the interdependence and vulnerabilities of countries and regions for vital resources, raising the profile of sustainability risks. Politicians and industry leaders will have to learn to understand their exposure and how to put sustainability at the centre of their long-term security.
requires us to simplify complexity and act in time
The Earth Security Group is providing global business and government leaders with a new approach to understand inter-dependent sustainability risks, improving their strategic ability to build resilience in some of the world’s most complex resource challenges. Avina has been supporting Earth Security Group since 2012.
© Schweizerische Theatersammlung Bern
Extensive preservation and broad access to
Avina supports the development of «performing-arts.ch», a comprehensive national data-platform for the theatre industry of the 20th and 21st century. The platform constitutes an archive, provides information for scientists and acts as a tool kit for practitioners.
theatre as a cultural asset
The Schweizerische Theatersammlung Bern (Swiss Theatre Collection) is the only national archive documenting all forms of theatre in Switzerland. «Performing-arts.ch» makes an important contribution to preserving Swiss cultural heritage.
© Dachverband Schweizer Jugendparlamente (DSJ)
Bringing young people to the ballot boxes
Avina supports «easyvote» - a current DSJ-project aiming to increase interest in politics and to encourage more young people to participate in elections and votes.
through targeted information and mobilisation
To this effect the project promotes the «easyvote voting aid», runs targeted activities to raise awareness and published a science-based guide to mobilise young people for federal elections.
Tischlein deck dich (The wishing-table)
© Tischlein deck dich
Since 1999 «Tischlein deck dich» has been preventing flawless food from being destroyed. Over 2000 volunteers subsequently distribute the food to people in need all over Switzerland.
because it is needed
2‘650‘000 kilograms of food worth more than CHF 13‘250‘000 were redistributed to over 13'000 people in 2013. Avina has been supporting «Tischlein deck dich» for many years.
© Verein Limita
A tool-kit for caregivers
Protecting minors and handicapped people against sexual abuse: this is the purpose of "Limita".
to protect their charges
Primarily, the association supports caregivers – specialists, institutions and parents – and offers education, advice and process consultancy around the topic of sexual exploitation. Avina has been supporting Limita for many years.
Emergency hotline for parents – help around the clock
© Verein Elternnotruf
Professional help for parents
«Verein Elternnotruf» (emergency hotline for parents) offers help and advice to parents and legal guardians when questions about education and development of children and teenagers arise.
in dire need of counsel
The increasing number of calls, especially at night and on weekends, clearly demonstrates the need for an emergency hotline for parents. In addition to the charge-free telephone service, «Verein Elternnotruf» also provides a counselling service for personal consultation. Avina has been supporting the association, which is managed by volunteers, for several years.
Chamber music for children
© Gönnerverein des Tonhalle-Orchesters Zürich
Classical music, of course
A few years ago, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra began to focus on musical education of children and teenagers.
for the little ones, too
«Chamber music for children» wants to stir up interest and passion for classical musica among young people. The concerts are tailor-made for children and have struck a nerve: After a successful pilot phase with over 400 little visitors, Avina is currently supporting a second season of concerts.
© Tabea Hüberli / t13.ch
«More women in the music industry»: The association HELVETIAROCKT (Helvetia rocks) acts as co-ordinator and agency for the music industry. They actively promote new and coming female artist and help them to develop their careers in jazz, pop and rock music.
for more good music
HELVETIAROCKT offers different services geared towards increasing visibility and expanding networks while at the same time establishing a professional image. Avina has been supporting the association since its very beginnings in 2010.
Scope.tv – Apples & Olives Festival
Taking culture into the world
By means of audiovisual recording and internet streaming the association scope.tv gives creative Swiss artists global visibility and creates a new platform for the local performing and visual arts scene.
thanks to the World Wide Web
Avina has helped to make a web-production of the first Indie Classical Festival "Apples & Olives" in Zurich - A cross-genre musical event, which was made available to everyone through scope-tv.
International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC
© ICRC, Erika Tovar
© ICRC, Boris Heger
Humanitarian Aid –
The ICRC has protected the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflicts and other situations of violence and provided them with assistance for more than 150 years. The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.
impartial, neutral and independent
Avina has been supporting the ICRC since 2008 and is a member of the Corporate Support Group of the Organization. Currently the support is focussed on building up the private fundraising capacities of the ICRC.
SPUNK – Zurich Improv Theatre Festival
© theater anundpfirsich
The audience sparks the show
The international «SPUNK» festival shows what improvisational theatre can do. Characters and pieces will be created instantly, with the assistance and before the very eyes of an amazed audience.
when theatre is created momentarily
The Improv Theatre Company «anundpfirsich» has thrilled audiences in Switzerland and abroad for years. With SPUNK, they want to establish nothing less than a new theatre tradition in Zurich. Avina already supported previous projects of this creative ensemble.
© Dachverband Schweizer Jugendparlamente (DSJ)
New media, new ways
Since 2009 Avina has been supporting the "Dachverband Schweizer Jugendparlamente DSJ" (The Umbrella Organisation for Swiss Young Parliaments) and its programmes to promote political participation of teenagers and young adults.
into politics for more young people
The Scoop-it 2.0 project was launched in 2014 and lets young people access political planning and decision-making processes. Its cornerstone is an interactive, web-based platform which allows young delegates to reach their target group using multimedia content.
© FUNDAZIUN NAIRS
A unique Arts Centre
The NAIRS FUTUR project plans to completely renovate the listed building which hosts the Centre for Contemporary Art of the FUNDAZIUN NAIRS Foundation.
of regional and international appeal
AVINA is supporting the complex renovation project, which is being implemented since spring 2014, to allow the building to serve its four purposes – as a house for artists, an exhibition hall, a think-lab and a cultural centre – more efficiently.
La Universidad es mi meta
© Stiftung Presencia
When talent and hard work
«La Universidad es mi meta – my goal is university» is a project for talented and motivated young people from the poor quarters of Medellín who cannot afford the university programme of their choice.
are not enough
Avina has been supporting the education programmes of the Presencia foundation in Columbia since 2006. The current programme awards student grants that cover the cost of education. In return, the students realize their own social project.
Mentors for Reading in Arth
The joy of reading
The «Lesementoren» (Mentors for Reading) project brings together children at primary school age and adult volunteers. Hand in hand they discover and read books.
brings together generations
The project encourages volunteering among senior citizens, helps children develop a feeling for language and brings different generations in contact with each other. After positive feedback from projects in Suhr and Luzern Avina is now supporting the launch of the project in Arth-Goldau.
Arche Child Support
© Verein Arche Zürich
Individual support to empower children
Supporting children at an early age can prevent problems at school and promote integration. «Arche Child Support» finds volunteers to lend a hand, especially to children whose parents don't speak German. Every week they help them with their homework, do handicrafts or simply have a chat.
at school and in society
These encounters help the children to keep pace with their peers at school and bring them in touch with Swiss culture. Avina has been supporting this innovative programme for integration since 2014.
Reintegration in the country of origin
© Reintegration im Herkunftsland
Actively promoting initiative
The association «Reintegration im Herkunftsland» (Reintegration in the country of origin) promotes reintegration of people who are living in Switzerland without a long-term residence permit and want to build a new existence for themselves in their country of origin.
for a future in the country of origin
Apart from business investment, «Reintegration im Herkunftsland» offers professional coaching during the start-up phase to the returnees in collaboration with the International Social Service SSI. Avina has been supporting the association since 2014.
Care and education during early childhood
© Schweizerische UNESCO-Kommission
Supporting children at an early age
High-quality care and education during the first years of life may allow children from different backgrounds to find their place in life and enable them to reach their full potential.
is in everyone's interest
Access to better education is a prime condition for prosperity of a society. Avina has helped to make the «Orientierungsrahmen für frühkindliche Bildung, Betreuung und Erziehung in der Schweiz» (Guiding Framework for Education and Care during early childhood in Switzerland) possible. The Swiss UNESCO-Commission and the Netzwerk Kinderbetreuung Schweiz use the document to offer guidance and a starting point for discussion to all stakeholders.
© Impact Pledge
Lowering entry barriers
Impact Starter is a novel European online-platform, which makes starting out in social entrepreneurship easier for young Swiss talents. Impact Starter provides access to valuable information about key questions such as legal or tax issues and allows young social entrepreneurs to network.
for more social entrepreneurship
If social entrepreneurs can master the challenges of the start-up phase efficiently, social responsibility increases and innovative solutions for a more sustainable development of society can get underway. Avina has been supporting Impact Starter since the feasibility study was conducted in 2012. The online-tool went live in mid-May 2014.
Education workshop Bergwald
© Bildungswerkstatt Bergwald
The Education workshop Bergwald runs week-long forest-projects for upper grade pupils and apprentices. Young people work under professional guidance. They learn to preserve and use the mountain region combining practical experience with education.
Avina has been supporting these forest-projects since 2008, because they stimulate the social and individual development of young people while helping the environment at the same time.
Centre for Democracy Aarau
The Centre for Democracy Aarau ZDA researches and teaches democracy in all its forms on the highest academic level. It provides a place to meet for scholars, interested parties and citizens from all over the globe who care about democracy and its development.
Avina has been supporting the ZDA since 2008 in its research on Latin American democracies. The ZDA acts as a bridge between Europe and Latin America, where direct democracy is a relatively recent phenomenon.
© DESERTEC Foundation
Climate Protection and Energy Security
The DESERTEC Foundation's DESERTEC-Concept describes a way to guarantee climate protection, energy security and development. A holistic approach uses renewable energies at sites where conditions for an economically efficient use are best, where the ecological impact is as small as possible and where they trigger socio-economic development for the population.
in combination with Development and Security Strategies
Avina supported the DESERTEC Foundation in 2012 for the translation of the DESERTEC-Atlas into Spanish and Portuguese. The Atlas makes an important contribution to renewable energy training.
Young Enterprise Switzerland
Young Enterprise Switzerland (YES) develops and runs hands-on business education programmes for pupils. The programmes seek to create a link between schools and businesses and to promote an entrepreneurial mindset among young people. Teachers and volunteers from businesses work together to assign the programmes.
AVINA has been supporting YES since 2009. Currently the focus lies on further extending the Company Programme: Young people build up a real business and manage it during a school year. An entrepreneurial approach as well as social skills such as team work are important factors to qualify for the national competition.
© Kloster Fahr, Liliane Géraud
Keeping a precious cultural asset
On the outskirts of the city of Zürich, in the Fahr convent, nuns have lived according to the teachings of St. Benedict for over 880 years. The Baroque convent building and numerous annexes are in urgent need of renovation, the cost of which cannot be covered by the convent community alone.
as a meeting place
Avina supports the renovation of the Fahr convent because it should remain a precious cultural asset and an oasis of tranquillity in the heavily populated Limmattal region.
The "wemakeit.ch" association promotes project financing using crowd funding and operates the largest crowd funding platform in Switzerland for this purpose. To date, the platform has mainly financed cultural projects.
make light work
Avina has supported Wemakeit since 2013, helping the association to extend its services to socio-cultural projects, start-ups, science & technology and community projects.
© Kloster Wesemlin
Filling a national cultural asset
Time has taken its toll on the Wesemlin Capuchin monastery in Lucerne and a structural renovation is required. However, it is not only the building which requires a renewal. The Capuchin monks want to face social and cultural changes by creating the Oase-W spiritual centre.
with new life
Avina supports Oase-W, as the Capuchin monastery should remain a valuable cultural asset and because Oase-W sets a new tone.
Using experienced knowledge
Innovage brings together qualified people with leadership, management and consultancy experience who are either retired or just about to retire. It uses teams to provide their valuable knowledge for public and non-profit affairs, free of charge. There are currently around 150 Innovage members active in nine regional networks.
Avina has supported Innovage since 2012 in the development of new regional networks. In over 80 projects, Innovage makes a wide range of experienced knowledge available to society and offers committed people an opportunity to collaborate.
Foster Children Special Department Aargau
© Fachstelle Pflegekind Aargau
Simply allowing them
There are children living among us who are victims of neglect, violence and abuse. The Foster Children Special Department Aargau seeks out loving and capable foster families in the canton of Aargau and supports foster families in their duties.
to be children
Avina has supported the Foster Children Special Department Aargau since 2011 by financing orientation seminars for foster parents. Children who can no longer live with their parents due to danger should be allowed to grow up in a nurturing and safe environment.
Femmes-Tische brings together women with immigrant backgrounds in discussion sessions on education, daily life and health. Thus the program helps immigrant mothers to network and find their place in our society more easily, better understand the secular living context for their children and thereby provide their children with the necessary encouragement and orientation.
Avina has been committed to Femmes-Tische since 2010 and currently supports the further expansion of Femmes-Tische in Switzerland.
© Abionic SA / VirtaMed AG
Each year, venture kick supports 50 talented scientists at Swiss universities in transforming their research results into products and start-ups. This has resulted in almost 200 technological businesses with strong growth, offering more than 2,000 sustainable jobs.
making research results marketable
Avina has sponsored venture kick since 2010, because the high-quality research at Swiss universities produces a lot of potential which can be realised by using innovative, young businesses.
© Giovanni Netzer, Origen
Origen is a young, cultural institution in the high Swiss Alps which is primarily dedicated to the promotion and production of new, professional musical theatre. The heart of the organisation is the farmer's village Riom in the Canton of Grisons. Origen sees itself as a unique, cultural laboratory which provides autonomous contributions to a European cultural discourse – the Alpine answer to the city formed culture of the metropolises.
from the high Alps
Avina has sponsored the Nova Fundaziun Origen since 2010. Origen develops unique expertise in the structurally weakest region of Grisons, which emanate far beyond the borders of Switzerland.
Zürcher Theater Spektakel
© Theater Spektakel
Building bridges between
The Zürcher Theater Spektakel is one of the most important European festivals for contemporary forms of the performing arts. Together with the free Swiss theatre and dance scene, the focus is on young, urban artists from Africa, Asia and Latin America, who in their productions reflect on the living and working conditions in the east and south of the world.
Avina has sponsored the Zürcher Theater Spektakel since 2009. The focus of the support is on productions from Latin American theatre and dance groups
Academia Internacional de Flauta
© Academia Internacional de Flauta
Exchanging and developing
Each year, the Academia Internacional de Flauta convenes flutists from Latin America and Europe in Colombia for seminars, master classes, concerts and competitions. This provides transverse flute students and professional flutists valuable support and a stimulus for their artistic development.
Avina has supported the private initiatives of the two renowned flutists and the founders of the Academia de Flauta, the Swiss-Columbian dual-citizen Hernando Leal and the Columbian Gabriel Ahumada, since 2009.
The Zeitmaschine.TV association aims to create a dialogue between young people and the elderly: as part of the creation of a ‘time machine’ (German: Zeitmaschine), young people search for memories of contemporary historical events, record the stories of contemporary witnesses and publish them at www.zeitmaschine.tv.
Avina has supported Zeitmaschine.TV since 2008, because the generational project makes an important contribution to the oral history of Switzerland and contributes to integration in a very comprehensive sense.
Verein Kinderanwaltschaft Schweiz
© Kinderanwaltschaft Schweiz
Giving children and minors
Children and minors have little input today in official or legal proceedings – even when they are directly affected. The Verein Kinderanwaltschaft Schweiz provides them with independent help and support in proceedings.
a strong voice
Avina has supported the Verein Kinderanwaltschaft Schweiz since 2008. Affected children and minors find themselves in a very vulnerable position. Participation in a proceeding should not be another burden for them but rather stimulate and strengthen their resilience.
© euforia / Kapuly Dietrich / Stéphanie Pornin, Mara Klein
Don’t just think about it –
euforia is an organisation for young people. It aims to motivate young people to actively contribute towards overcoming global challenges. To this end, euforia organises a wide range of events, such as imp!act and STEP into action, as well as running the CHANGEmakers network.
Avina has supported the development of euforia since 2008. The current focus is on the sponsorship of the last phase of a sustainable business model: euforia should be self-sufficient in the long-term.
There’s no such word
The association Infoklick.ch is a direct point of contact for children and youths who wish to actively commit themselves with their own ideas and personal resources. Often, it’s the small details which are missing when it comes to implementing many youth initiatives: a space for common use, additional specialist knowledge, a plug socket, a contact or a small start-up fund. Infoklick.ch provides this support.
Avina has supported Infoklick.ch since 2008. The current focus is on the advice platform tschau.ch, where young people can get information and ask questions about life.
The Aid Governance foundation supports development projects and social organisations in improving their management quality and ethical capacity as well as developing integrated governance. The aim is to increase the impact of the projects being pursued. Aid Governance uses scientifically perfected instruments, benchmarks and software-methods for this and has access to a wealth of management experience.
for development cooperation
Avina supported the development of Aid Governance between 2006 and 2010. Today, the foundation is sustainably self-financed.
«Alte Fabrik» Cultural Centre
© Kulturzentrum Alte Fabrik / Gunnar Meier, Zürich / Samuel W. Hefti, Bern und Zürich
The Alte Fabrik (old factory) Cultural Centre is in the heart of Rapperswil-Jona and enables the widest variety of artists, musicians, actors and dancers from the region to dedicate themselves to creativity. Additionally, the Cultural Centre hosts the expositions by the awardees of the selective sponsorships for curators, *KURATOR. A lively, multi-layered program for all generations creates space for exchanging ideas and meetings.
a habitat and laboratory
Avina has supported the Alte Fabrik annual program since 2004, because the centre enriches cultural life in and around Rapperswil-Jona and promotes regional art and creativity.
BRASCRI – helping Brazilian children
Doing what we can and
The aid organisation BRASCRI, led by priest Hans Jürgen Martin and his wife Margrit, is aimed at the well-being of socially disadvantaged children, youths and families in Brazil. BRASCRI provides real help for people to help themselves through its projects.
what is possible
Avina has supported BRASCRI since 2004. A project for small farmers in the Amazon area is the current focus of its sponsorship. This will secure the ecological resources and family incomes, as well as improving the social environment.
FIZ Advocacy and support for migrant women
© FIZ Fachstelle Frauenhandel und Frauenmigration
Help on the journey
The FIZ specialist department for trafficking in women and female immigration stands up for the protection and rights of female immigrants. It provides advice on the violence and exploitation of affected immigrants and offers victims of trafficking in women full support via the intervention department Makasi. The FIZ also performs educational and political work.
to a self-defined life
Avina has sponsored the non-profit association FIZ since 2004. The department supports immigrant women in their strengths and abilities, so they can take back control of their own lives.
The Lilli association is committed to the prevention of violence and the promotion of sexual health. Lilli offers young men and women anonymous online advice, information and tips on sexuality, sexual violence, relationships, issues for men and women, questions about bodies, protection and sexually transmitted diseases.
Avina has supported Lilli since 2004. Its current focus is on the development of the specialist areas “preventing violence” and “sexual health”. Self-confident and well-informed young people put themselves at less risk and can actively protect themselves.
Zürich refuge for girls
© Mädchenhaus Zürich
The refuge for girls is aimed at girls and young women between 14 and 20 years old who experience physical, psychological or sexual violence in their families or their close social environment. It offers a temporary living space, protection from violence and advice; to plan the next steps in comfort.
protection and advice
Avina has supported the Zürich refuge for girls since 2004, in order to also enable young adult girls to take advantage of the offer.
Their stay is only partially supported by public funds.
Zürich men’s office
© Mannebüro Züri
The Zürich men’s office is an advice and information point for men. Key topics include handling domestic violence, crisis situations and conflicts as well as discussing a man’s role and male sexuality.
Avina has sponsored the Zürich men’s office association since 2004. The Zürich men’s office supports men in taking responsibility for their actions and developing alternative, non-violent methods of dealing with situations.
Zürich Violetta women’s refuge
© Stiftung Frauenhaus Zürich
Right in the face –
Women, mothers and children affected by violence (largely domestic violence but also sex workers affected by human trafficking and violence) can find a safe and protective emergency refuge in the Zürich Violetta women’s refuge. As a specialist unit for domestic violence, the women’s refuge also offers a 24 hour telephone advice line.
directly among us
Avina has supported the Zürich women’s refuge foundation as the operator for the Zürich Violetta women’s refuge since 2004. The home offers a context for the important initial psychological stabilisation and overcoming trauma, as well as a strong support network when they leave the refuge.
Global Footprint Network
© Global Footprint Network
Putting ecological resources
The Global Footprint Network aims to ensure that we keep an account of our natural resources. The ecological footprint measures human influence on our planet’s renewable resources on a scientific basis, providing a better foundation for political and economic decisions.
into the equation
Avina has sponsored the Global Footprint Network in different initiatives since 2010. The current focus is on the construction of the Regional office for Europe in Geneva.