The Foundation draws on the experience of its French parent organisation, the Fondation Apprentis d’Auteuil, which summarises its principle task as follows:    welcome – educate – train – integrate young people in difficulty.

The FAAS pursues three main goals:

    • To advocate on behalf of vulnerable young people and families on the international stage.
    • To support, in countries of the South, the development of projects to help street children, young people who need support with training and integration, and vulnerable families
    • To develop projects in Switzerland to help young people in difficulty, in partnership with Swiss charitable organisations
  • Improve the quality of support for young people and families by sharing its education and teaching knowledge with its local partners.
  • Enhance and consolidate local initiatives by providing technical and methodological support.
  • Broaden the educational and career prospects of the young people assisted by its local partners.

The work is organised around 5 programmes:

  • Avenir d’Enfants: Protection of street children
  • Entrepreneuriat Jeunes: training and professional integration, business start-up assistance
  • Pas à Pas: education of the most vulnerable young people
  • Family Boost: supporting families in the education of their children
  • Meneurs de Paix: developing an international outlook in young people, peace education of young people, for further information:

The Albatros Foundation has been supporting the FAAS since 2016 through an after school care project in Geneva: Les Enfants du Parc

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Mercy Ships

Founded in 1978 in Lausanne by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships is an international humanitarian organization based on Christian values. Its mission is to improve access to health care in developing countries.

Mercy Ships helps the poor without distinction of race, gender or religion.

It also supports local development through training programs and medical facilities renovations, in order to sustainably improve the health systems of the countries visited.

This is done in close collaboration with the host countries.

Medical programs:

  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Gynecological surgery
  • Ophthalmic surgery
  • Dental care

Other programs:

Training and capacity building: for surgeons and other local health professionals, who can also learn to manage and repair biomedical equipment as well as hospital administration.

Agricultural Training: for families and poor communities to improve the quality of their food and thus improve their health.

Orphanage: The House of Hope in Benin welcomes children with a painful past, who may find peace and hope here. The House of Hope is a personal initiative recognized and supported by Mercy Ships Switzerland.

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Mercy ships operates on a voluntary basis: each year, over 1,600 volunteers from over 40 nations are committed with Mercy Ships. Professionals, such as surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to make a difference.

The Albatros Foundation supports Mercy Ships since 2016.

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Educate Girls was created in 2007 by Safeena Husain, an indian woman  who decided to dedicate her life to girl’s education and gender equality.

By empowering village communities to improve the quality of girls’ education and infrastructure in their government schools, more girls can be educated on larger scales. If more girls are educated, then their health, income levels and overall livelihoods improve, bringing about social transformation.

Theory of Change : Educated girls are more likely to :

  • Earn 10% more income
  • Be three times less likely to be HIV+
  • Marry four years later
  • Survive childbirth
  • Have fewer and healthier children
  • Send their children to school
  • Increase a country’s GDP

Because of the sustainability and scalability of the model, Educate Girls has grown from a 500-school pilot project in the Pali district of Rajasthan to now serving 8000 schools, reaching over 100’000 out-of-school girls that are now enrolled.

Over 390’000 students show improved learning outcomes.

The action takes place in 7 districts of Rajasthan.  In those districts, the girls’enrollemnt percentage is of 90% as hte girls’ rentention percentage is of 87%.

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“Toutes à l’école” works in Cambodia.

Its school, Happy Chandara, founded in 2006, provides free schooling for girls who live in peri-urban communities around Phnom-Penh.

The school includes a primary school, a junior high school, a senior high school (under construction), a vocational training centre, a boarding school and a health centre.

Mission statement: to provide assistance to children in difficulty, by participating in the establishment and development of education, school and training activities promoting the integration of girls and young women, and activities to support their families.

“Toutes à l’école” provides education to around 1000 girls, currently taking them through to the third year of junior high school (education through to the last year of senior high school is already scheduled to start) or to a choice of occupation through the professional training programmes offered by the organisation.

Every year, around a hundred girls start school at Happy Chandara.

The organisation also supports public schools by providing English and computer courses to public school children. It also provides public schools with one-off material assistance (renovating classrooms, new toilet facilities, donating school supplies).

Finally, the organisation supports the girls’ families through the regular distribution of food parcels and hygiene kits.  They are regularly visited by social workers to assess their needs.


  • To offer a high level education to the most underprivileged young girls to allow them access to a job that will give them freedom and dignity.
  • To support the girls until they get their first job, whether they choose the university route or vocational training.
  • To enable young Cambodian women to access occupations requiring a high level of skills.
  • To help the girls’ families who live in particularly precarious conditions.

The Albatros Foundation has been supporting “Toutes à l’école” since 2015.

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Voix Libres is a swiss humanitarian association which allows children working in mines, garbage dumps and streets to become self-entrepreneurs once they have completed their studies supported by the association. These actions allow a united and sustainable development of the concerned communities.

Mission: To improve the autonomy and dignity of marginalized populations by:

1. Developing alternatives to the inhumane living conditions these children face.

2. Working to eradicate intra-family violence

3. Encouraging entrepreneurship.

Since Voix Libres was founded in 1993, around one million people have been direct beneficiaries of its support. Some 120’000 persons have received interest-free credits and 22 community centres have been financed, comprising foster homes, day-care centers, schools and skills workshops as well as shelters for battered women.

Seventeen united enterprises  have been set up. A direct fair-trade economy between Bolivian producers and Europeen consumers has been introduced to help the poorest of the population. This economy continues to grow.

All donations and micro-credits are allocated to financing projects. Over 80% of the beneficiaries of micro-credits are women.

Through these micro-credits, beneficiaries become responsible and learn a trade that matches their vocation.

Furthermore, the beneficiary communities learn about commitment to the common good and about the importance of ethical values.

Programmes: “Fait treatment” campaigns; prevention and eradication of child labour; education and training; food self-sufficiency; health; micro-credit; creation of small enterprises; creation of infrastructures.

Fondation Albatros is supporting Voix Libres since 2008.

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Friends-International works in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Egypt, Honduras and Mexico.

Mission statement:

  • to save lives
  • to support the most marginalised children and young people, their families and communities in building a future which will enable them to become productive citizens participating in their society

Friends-International contributes to building a fairer and more peaceful world in which each child will live a life free of abuse and exploitation.

Friends-International fights daily for the protection of the children’s most elementary rights: respect of their integrity, access to education and a caring environment.

Fondation Albatros supported Friends-International from 2008 to 2011.

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Phillip House Foundation

Philip House Foundation works in Romania.

Mission statement: to improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of disadvantaged children and their parents in Bucarest, through educational and psychological support, social and medical assistance.

The Foundation’s main areas of activity are:

  • to facilitate the children’s integration in the school system
  • to prevent school drop-out
  • to improve parental education
  • to prevent family abandonment and child institutionalisation

Fondation Albatros supports Philip House Foundation since 2012.

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Inocenti Foundation

Inocenti Foundation works in Romania.

Mission statement: to support underprivileged children and their families to help them lead a better life.

Inocenti Foundation supports children in the following areas: school integration, health, mental and/or motor disabilities. In order to maximize the impact of its work, the Foundation involves parents as much as possible in its work.

Fondation Albatros supported Inocenti Foundation from 2012 to 2014.

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Fondation Saint Dimitri

Fondation St. Dimitri works in Romania.

Mission statement: to serve the community :

  • by using access to education and culture as a tool against isolation and marginalisation bred by poverty
  • by providing educational and psychological support programmes to the most underprivileged and vulnerable children and their families in Bucharest, empowering them to become an active part of the solution to the problems that make them vulnerable

Fondation St. Dimitri does not fight directly against poverty, but against its more destructive effects on children: ignorance, exclusion, carelessness, emotional and mental suffering.

The “Social Centre for Children” welcomes 35 to 50 children daily. The Centre provides them with love, education, moral and psychological support.

Fondation Albatros supported Fondation Saint Dimitri from 2012 to 2014.

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Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE) works in Cambodia.

Mission statement: to provide children living in highly precarious situations with a safe environment enabling them to attend school and learn a trade.

“PSE started in 1995 on the day we saw children eat rubbish in the Stung Meanchey rubbish dump in Phnom Penh. It was horrendous! We could not have carried on with our lives as usual after witnessing this. We had to do something about it.” Christian and Marie-France des Pallières.

Today, PSE helps more than  6,000  children every day and counts 4,000 Alumni in the workforce.

Fondation Albatros supports PSE since 2008.

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