Current projects in Switzerland

Support for people in distress

The Happel Foundation give support for people in distress. In doing so, the foundation focuses on people in Switzerland (mainly Central Switzerland) who are in social and/or economic distress through no fault of their own doing; who are social hardship cases that cannot find support through public authorities or anywhere else and who are thus threatening to “fall through the cracks of the system”.

This also includes institutions that give support to people in distress and specialize in working with such people in need. For more detailled information please check our areas of activity.


Currently the Happel Foundation is involved in the following projects who give support for people in distress in totally different ways:

Returning to work after a break of many years is difficult.

Support for returning to work

In Central Switzerland, the Happel Foundation supports people in their return to work. To this end, it works together with institutions that provide intensive support to those affected. The common goal is to free those affected from social welfare in the long term through permanent employment. In this context, the commitment of the persons concerned is a central point; the support is an aid to self-help. The persons concerned must complete the agreed training or further education and successfully complete it.

App BudgetCH vor allem für junge Menschen

BudgetCH – Prevent debts with an app

Also in Switzerland many people live in poverty and have debts. And once affected, it is difficult to get out of this situation. It is therefore particularly important to prevent debts in good time or to reduce them again quickly. One possible tool for this is the app BudgetCH from the Dachverband Budgetberatung Schweiz. Both individuals and families can use BudgetCH to prevent debt. They can use the app to control their spending more easily and to create a clear budget. BudgetCH has been actively used for years and has become an important tool for budgeting in private households.

OPENING DOORS - teachers with a lot of experience

Türen öffnen – German lessons for women

There are many migrant women in Lucerne, who speak little or no German. This is why these migrant women end up living in isolation at home or in a parallel society. For this reason, the Sentitreff has launched the “Opening Doors” project. This is a language course for mothers and financially weaker women. There they learn German and more about everyday life in Switzerland. Meanwhile the young children of these migrant women are looked after in the Sentitreff in age-appropriate groups – so they too learn German in a fun way.

Help for people in distress: Fritz+Fränzi - A guide for parents and teachers

Fritz+Fränzi – A guide for parents

The education of their children is a challenge faced by parents, teachers and education professionals on a daily basis. Many aspects interact with each other and can lead to anomalies. Through in-depth knowledge, adults can detect possible problems in children at an early stage and react competently. Fritz+Fränzi is aimed at parents and teachers of school-aged children. It aims at being a guide that provides orientation and information about education and child-raising.

More about the Happel Foundation

Areas of Activity

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

Application form

Sponsorship applications can be handed in online on our application platform.

Happel Foundation

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