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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As’trame Foundation

Fondation As’trame is active in Switzerland, in the cantons of Vaud and Geneva. Its mission consists in supporting families in crisis situations where family relationships have been broken down due to sickness, parental separation or death, since all break downs are dangerous to the physical and/or psychological health of children and adults.

As’trame offers a psychosocial non-medicalised approach to address the troubles resulting from the breakdown of family ties.

As’trame accompanies families, more specifically children, through individual and group therapies built around siblings or children of the same age.

Objectives of the therapeutic work:

  • Lay the foundations of a healthy process of dealing with family breakdowns
  • Avoid the negative and potentially pathologic consequences of the breakdown of family relationships for the lives of children or adults.
  • Support adults or families going through difficult situations due to marital separation, serious illness or death of a close relative.
  • In parallel, through training modules, As’trame puts its experience to the service of professionals facing this type of situation within the framework of their practice.

The foundation has created a specific tool allowing it to offer a brief and mentored therapeutic support to relief suffering and prevent the risks triggered by family relationships’ breakdowns: the reliance path. Through 6 sessions including an assessment session, it allows to lay the foundations necessary for a healthy grief process to take place and to start it during the path through the stimulation of the resilience capacity.

Fondation Albatros has been supporting Fondation As’trame since 2015.

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East Meets West Foundation

East Meets West is active in Cambodia, Laos, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

Mission statement: to transform the health, education and communities of disadvantaged people in Asia by building partnerships, developing opportunities and creating sustainable solutions.

The core programs are in the areas of education, healthcare, clean water & sanitation and infrastructure.

East Meets West was born from one woman’s dream of helping to heal the wounds of war between the United States and Vietnam.

“Since 1988, East Meets West has served millions of people in Asia, from providing rural villagers with clean water, to saving newborns by modernizing neonatal wards, to constructing large medical and educational facilities that serve tens of thousands of people every day.”

Fondation Albatros supported East Meets West from 2009 to 2012.

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MORNING STAR CENTER

Morning Star Center (MSC) works in Vietnam.

Mission statement:

  • to provide a system of early detection of mental disease* and early intervention in order to improve the quality of life and social integration of mentally handicapped children irrespective of their economic situation**.
  • to enable parents and the community to become aware of the abilities of mentally disabled children.

*MSC makes a diagnosis and takes care of children with mental and physical handicaps, as well as given psychiatric pathologies (Down syndrome, autism, attention deficit…).
**Clinic fees are adapted to the family’s income. Most parents only pay 50% of the effective cost of the treatment.

In a country where mental illness is still a taboo, MSC enables handicapped children and children with learning disabilities to come out of their isolation and develop at their own pace, surrounded by teams of specialised therapists.

After 2 to 3 years of support, approximately 30% of the children are able to attend the regular public school system.

Fondation Albatros supported Morning Star Center from 2009 to 2014.

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IRIS- International Resources for the Improvement of Sight

IRIS works directly in Cambodia, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It also supports programmes managed by other NGOs in India and Thailand.

Mission statement: to prevent blindness and restore vision.

IRIS was founded to meet the need for ophthalmological care in among the poorest populations of Cambodia. Over the years, the financial support was extended to ophthalmological care programmes in Nepal, Laos and Sri Lanka. .

Fondation Albatros supports IRIS from 2009 to 2013.

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Maison Chance


The NGO Maison Chance works in Vietnam.

Mission statement: to help the most underprivileged children from Ho-Chi-Minh as well as handicapped people to become autonomous and integrated in society.

Maison Chance works in a very disadvantaged part of Ho-Chi-Minh. This is where it created a community for disabled people: the “Village Chance”. At the Village, these people have the opportunity to learn a trade which enables them to become financially self-sufficient and integrated in society.

The poorest children of the neighbourhood can attend the Village Chance elementary school for free. Upon leaving this school, they are supported financially to be able to continue their education in the public system.

Fondation Albatros supports Maison Chance since 2009.

The fact sheet for this organisation will be online shortly. In the meantime, Fondation Albatros is happy to answer any enquiries about it.

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