Projects International

Combat poverty permanently in delevoping countries

The Happel Foundation is expanding its activities in developing countries in Asia and Africa. The aim is to combat poverty permanently. The foundation is active primarily in the areas of

  • food security,
  • health,
  • education and
  • entrepreneurship.

By promoting the use of technology and novel effective approaches, the foundation strives for efficiency and economies of scale.

Here we present some of our current projects international:


S4E provides vocational training for young people in Myanmar.

S4E – Vocational training for young people in Myanmar

The project Skills 4 Employment S4E provides young people in Myanmar with qualified vocational training. This gives them the necessary professional, entrepreneurial and personal skills. This helps them to subsequently find permanent work or become self-employed. Currently, the S4E project successfully offers training in the following areas: masonry, motorcycle repair, ladies’ coiffeur and ladies’ tailoring.

Pragya - Agriculture and climate change

Pragya – Supporting farmers in the Himalayas

Pragya helps small-scale farmers in remote mountain villages to establish a sustainable livelihood. Due to the extreme seclusion of the villages and the difficult weather conditions in the Himalayas, the people there live in poverty and on the margins of society. Pragya brings development and progress to the regions and therefor combat poverty permanently. New cultivation methods secure the harvest, while new infrastructures offer access to drinking water, education and the health system.

Edulution - Learning software takes into account strengths and weaknesses

Edulution – Individual learning with tablets and software

Edulution supplements the overburdened state school systems in Zambia and Namibia with so-called learning centres. There the children can learn after the regular lessons – basic knowledge in mathematics and English is taught by means of tablets and special learning software. Each child is given its own account. This way they can learn individually, actively and at their own pace. The children are attended to by specially trained coaches.

Abalobi, South Africa - Small-scale fisherman in port with catch

Abalobi – App for fishermen in South Africa

Abalobi is a smartphone application for small-scale fishermen in South Africa. The small-scale fishermen and their families live in great poverty. Using the Abalobi app, they can sell their catch simply and directly to restaurants, hotels, etc. in the region. This considerably increases their sales opportunities in competition with large suppliers, thus providing them with a secure income and cementing their place in the regional value-added chain.

InELAM - Creating jobs in the home country Nepal

InELAM – Create jobs in the home country

Helvetas’ InELAM project further develops the successful ELAM project (2017-2022). It promotes the establishment of small businesses in Nepal with local resources and on the basis of developed value chains and market analyses. In this way, the potential of returnees and remittances from emigrated workers can also be used optimally and jobs can be created in the own country.

MITO - Further developed nut machines are now being used

MITO – Nut machine brings progress to Nepal

Small farmers in the Karnali region of Nepal cultivate their fields under difficult climatic conditions. The sale of walnut oil opens a way out of poverty for them. Thanks to the nut velo or a special nut machine, the oil can be produced and sold in just a few days. The additional income provides food security and significantly increases the quality of life of the small farmers and their families.

MIGIP - Einsatz von Technologie

MIGIP – Progress through technology in agriculture

MIGIP is a project by Swisscontact. The aim is to increase productivity in agriculture through the use of innovative technologies. The project focuses on soil treatment, harvesting and storage. Required are approaches that farmers can afford and that allow them to increase their yields and produce sustainably in the longer term. This will give Cambodia’s farmers new employment and income opportunities, enabling them to lift themselves out of poverty permanently.

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The foundation supports projects that offer people “Help to help themselves”.

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Happel Foundation

The Happel Foundation is a charitable Swiss foundation based in Lucerne.