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As’trame Foundation

The As’trame Foundation works in Switzerland, in the cantons of Vaud and Geneva.
Mission statement: to help families in crisis, in situations where family bonds have been broken as a result of illness, parental separation, or bereavement, placing the physical and/or psychological well-being of children and adults at risk.
As’trame offers a non-medicalised, pyscho-social approach to treat trauma arising from broken bonds.
As’trame helps families and more specifically children, through individual therapy and therapy in groups formed around siblings or children of the same age.

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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 and & sanitation and infrastructure.

“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.”

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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.

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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.

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Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships is an international humanitarian organization founded in 1978 in Switzerland.
It is active in developing countries and specifically in Africa since 1990.
Knowing that more than 5 billion people worldwide have no access to surgical interventions, its hospital ships travel in developing countries to offer medical care of high level to those in need.
Its mission :
• provide highly specialized surgical services for free
• strengthen the skills of local medical staff to enable sustainable development of the sector
Mercy Ships is also developing agricultural training programs for families and disadvantaged communities to improve the quality of their food and thus improve their health.
Since its creation, Mercy Ships worked in over 70 countries, providing more than 70,000 surgeries and medical assistance to more than 2.5 million direct beneficiaries.
Currently, one hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, is active.

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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 some psychiatric pathologies (Down syndrome, autism, attention deficit…).

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.

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