A just world in which everyone can live in dignity and security requires not only development cooperation, but also a commitment to global justice from the Swiss public. As an organization with a broad membership base, Helvetas calls the Swiss public’s attention to the living conditions and concerns of people in developing countries and encourages expressions of solidarity here: in our capacity as consumers of fair trade products and as citizens who stand up for a just Swiss development policy.
With experientially-oriented exhibitions and screenings of poignant films in Switzerland, Helvetas opens a window on the South and draws connections between life here and life in developing countries. During visits to school classrooms , we discuss global challenges and potential problem-solving approaches with schoolchildren.
Volunteers get involved in Helvetas regional groups all over Switzerland, calling attention to the imbalance between North and South and spreading the word with their own information booths and events.