A NEW LIFE FOR CHILDREN
Swiss volunteers could simply no longer stand by and witness the sustained horrific abuse of children and young women in South East Asia. The scale of which was so significant, the volunteers took it upon themselves to create, in 2013, the Solyna Foundation.
To date, more than 30 people are volunteering to raise funds to enable victims to resume a normal and dignified life. We organize fundraising dinners and information conferences.
We also participate in various events in Switzerland. The money raised by our shares is sent directly to AFESIP which makes good use of it on site.
We verify activities in Cambodia at least once a year, by going on the ground to see the progress made. The vice-president of our foundation is also a member of the AFESIP board.
A MODERN TRAGEDY
Child trafficking is a form of slavery in which human beings are traded. The victims, mostly women and girls, are recruited, transported and received by force, threat or other forms of coercion.
The participation of victims is always involuntary, because even when there is consent, it is obtained through fraud, deception, kidnapping, abuse of authority or taking advantage of a situation of vulnerability.
Human trafficking is currently the third largest source of criminal income in the world. There are several million victims each year, half of whom are children.
The Solyna Foundation has a Foundation Board, two committees and one part-time employee.
The board sets the guidelines and makes all decisions about the organization.
The organizing committee is in charge of organizing and managing our fundraising dinners that take place each year in Lausanne and Geneva.
They constitute also tables for 10 to 12 people, allowing as many people as possible to be informed about our actions and the work done each year in the field.
Our foundation can also count on the support of many companies and benefactors who are committed to material plans and funding, to support young victims.
HOW TO TAKE ACTION?
The Solyna Foundation raises funds each year to finance the cost of the program (rescue, care, schooling, reintegration) during its fundraising dinners, but this is not enough to maintain the infrastructure and develop our actions on the ground, optimally.
The contribution of donors, sponsors and benefactors is in this sense a crucial aid for the continuity, strengthening and development of infrastructure, as well as programmes.
We have contributed more than CHF 575'000. - to AFESIP since 2013, the date of our creation. Our contribution was not only financial, but we were also able to bring our administrative and management expertise, as well as human resources since some of our volunteers worked in the centres.