About Us

What is GHF?

Global Harmony Foundation (GHF) was established in Switzerland on 11 January, 1989, under Swiss Civil Code art.80ff. with a tax deductible status.
Global Harmony Foundation (GHF) was established in Switzerland on 11 January, 1989, under Swiss Civil Code art.80ff. with a tax deductible status.

GHF is a humanitarian and development oriented nonprofit making organization. It is small in structure, visionary in mission, personal in relationships and professional in assistance.

Our seven pillars, built on forty years of field experience, consist of the following:
• GHF Values: Above all Races, Ranks and Religions comes Humanity.
• GHF Identity: Transparency in its goals, assistance and possibilities. This in turn generates mutual Trust with the volunteers and participants leading to successful Team work. (3 T’s).
• GHF Starfish: Starfish don’t have heads. We are a catalyst, a spark, a movement. We do not own the projects we assist, nor pay the recurring costs. The responsibility lies with the local population.
• GHF Goals: To participate in helping the local population in order to gain Self-esteem, Self-reliance and Self-realization.( 3S’s)
• GHF Local Coordinators: are Professional, Honest, Dedicated and Sensitive to the needs and culture of the people. (PHD’s).
• GHF Works: Through sharing ideas, experiences and providing training in needed skills, as well as strengthening structures, enriching and enhancing programmes, and changing behaviours.
• GHF Builds: On the strength of the participatory population and not on their weaknesses. We help them to acquire funding, equipment and other relevant needs from local sources.

Who are we?

The GHF, a unique foundation that facilitates and furthers the convergence of EDUCATION, EQUITY and the ENVIRONMENT in order to work towards global harmony.
The Global Harmony Foundation, a unique foundation that facilitates and furthers the convergence of EDUCATION, EQUITY and the ENVIRONMENT in order to work towards global harmony.
I. Who are we?

GHF is a professional humanitarian foundation with a global reach and vision coupled with innovative forms of help. GHF was founded by a circle of friends and professionals who are conscious of the global socio-economic and environmental plight that hampers the nurturing of global harmony and who have the vision to act towards it.
GHF is non-political, non-denominational and non-profit making. It was established under the Swiss Civil Code art. 80ff. on the 11 January 1989 in Solothurn, with a tax-deductible status.
GHF is governed by a Board of Trustees, who serves as the policy-making body. This Board is assisted by an Advisory Board whose members come from all walks of life.

II. What are our goals?

1. To help the underprivileged to develop their natural potential in order to improve in a sustainable manner their own quality of life and that of their environment.
2. To raise the awareness of people regarding the interdependence of all forms of life on this globe in order to achieve enriching harmony.
3. To bring about a system of ethics whereby helping the underprivileged and caring for the environment become the norm rather than the exception.

III. By what means?

Through networking, twinning, workshops and pilot projects worldwide GHF aims at fulfilling its goals.

IV. Who are the beneficiaries?

The underdeveloped sectors of society, covering children, youths, adults, families and communities.

V. How are we financed?

By funds from corporations, communities, institutions and private donors worldwide.

VI. What is our target budget for the current year?

Sfr. 500,000.

VII. How are the funds allocated?

84% projects, 12% project support and 4% administrative costs.

VIII. Who audits our finances?

BDO Visura Auditing and Fiduciary Company, Lausanne, Switzerland.

IX. Management
Naseeb Dajani Project Support / Technical Assistance
Benno Affolter Management / Secretariat

Who is behind GHF?

Honorary President: Igor Ustinov, Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland.

Honorary President

Igor Ustinov
Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland.

Board of Trustees, Switzerland


Alexandre Chappuis, Le Mont/Lausanne, Vaud
Naseeb Dajani, (Chairman), Borex, Vaud
Christian Mustad, Lausanne, Vaud
Christopher Pfluger, Bellach, Solothurn
Giovanni M. Rossi, Geneva, Geneva

Advisory Board


Mabel Nieto de Aguilar, Costa Rica
Salomão Bernstein, Brazil
Mireille Dumont, Switzerland
Armin Giger-Hess, Switzerland
Manuel A. Godina Velasco, Mexico
Hazeline Van Swaay-Hoog, Switzerland
Paul G. Ledergerber, Brazil
Felipe Matos, Costa Rica
Adriana Mattoso, Brazil
Ellen McQuoid, Brazil
Margrit Meier, Switzerland
Partap Midha, India
Romualdo Soluri, Brazil
Vithal Rajan, India
Flavio A. Rassekh, Brazil
Kristina Richardson, Brazil
Periyapatna Satheesh, India
Jeannette Marcondes Sigaud, Brazil
Anthony Welling, Switzerland
Klaus Wloemer, Switzerland
Juan Ysidro, Dominican Republic

What are our values?

Global Harmony Foundation values are an integral part of all of our programmes.

Success based upon human values


GHF Local Advisory Board members, who are all unpaid volunteers, play an indispensable part in all of our projects in the field. They are all PHDS, namely
P for Professional
H for Honest
D for Dedicated
S for Sensitive to the culture and needs of the local people

GHF values are an integral part of all of our programmes:

  • We work in partnership with the local community within a climate of trust and confidence.
  • We establish a flexible mode of operation with a clearly defined mission statement.
  • We respond to the genuine needs of the local population at times and places which make sense to them. We never dictate.
  • We relate to children as a part of the family, and to the family as a part of the community.
  • We build relationships with the project beneficiaries based upon mutual trust and respect.
  • We actively collaborate across professional and bureaucratic boundaries.


Criteria for GHF development assistance


Countries where GHF operates must have a supportive political climate, namely

  • Stability
  • Openness
  • Security

Projects are accepted only after recommendation from GHF Local Advisory Board Members, and then after evaluation by the GHF Technical Advisor.

Projects are never owned by GHF. We do not take possession or control of a project, nor do we blazon our name upon it. Ours is a modest role. All projects are owned by the local people. It is their project for which they take responsibility. We merely help them to help themselves, and to take the first steps towards self-sufficiency and self-reliance - the ultimate goal in all GHF assisted projects.

GHF assistance to projects gives them FEET, namely:

  • F for Focused Funding
  • E for Equipment
  • E for Education
  • T for Training

GHF assistance to projects enables them to FEED, namely

  • F for Freedom from want
  • E for Equality
  • E for Equity
  • D for Dignity

GHF funding does not cover recurring expenses. These need to be borne by the local people themselves, so that GHF can at some point, leave the project "standing on its own two feet", having achieved independence and self sufficiency, and then of course, self respect and dignity.

Sharing the joy of helping

The Chief Technical Advisor, Naseeb Dajani, of the Foundation shares with our donors and collaborators, some of his touching and inspiring experiences during a recent mission visit to GHF projects.

In a village where GHF is collaborating I saw a young boy, seven or eight years old, who was literally jumping for joy.

I asked him why he was so happy.

The boy replied “I have been chosen by my village to go to school”.

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In a very poor village, in a pre-schooling class consisting of children ages 4 and 5 years, I observed that the teacher was teaching them arithmetic, in groups of three.

I asked the teacher about her teaching method. She explained that she was using arithmetic to teach the concepts of giving and sharing. She was teaching them first subtraction (giving) and division (sharing).

Later on, she would teach addition and multiplication.

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Whilst staying in a hotel in Mumbai, I mentioned to the manager that I was working for GHF on projects to improve and regenerate the environment. This is an environmental friendly hotel called The Orchid, an ecotel.

I was given a special rate for my stay, and the manager subsequently arranged for me to give a lecture to the directors, staff and some guests of the hotel (some 40 people) on Concepts, Principles and Applications of Sustainable Development.

As a result, the management now plans to help support an environmental project in Mumbai.

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And another story which illustrates our attitude to helping:

An old man was walking along the beach at dawn. He saw a young girl who was picking up starfish which were lying in the sand at the water’s edge and was throwing them back into the sea. The old man approached her and asked the reason why she was doing that.
“If the starfish remain in the sand until sunrise, they will die”, she replied
“But the beach extends for several kilometres and there are too many starfish”, observed the old man. “You can not save all of them, so, why waste your time saving any? Does it make any difference?”
The young girl looked at the starfish in her hand and threw it into the sea.
“It made a difference for this one”, she replied.

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Assisted Projects

Infrastructural Assistance

The Crèche Tio João Project, Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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This whole day center offers children from 1 to 6 years old a safe haven as well as providing them with five meals a day and relevant education, such as music, singing, drawing, capoeira and educational games. This center also provides some mothers with health, hygiene and family orientations. Constructions for the enlargement of the center are being carried out, thanks to donations received from the Stiftung Carl Elise Elsener and Salus Charity Trust. The needs for 2015 and 2016 are CHF 20’000.
The Criança Feliz Youth Center Project, Cotia, São Paulo, Brazil
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This center provides education to more than 160 children as well as specific music training for a talented group called “Guacatom” from 6 to 18 years of age. The construction and accommodation of this youth center as well as the planned theater is still waiting for donations and Municipal support. The needs for 2015 and 2016 are CHF 45’000.
The Rural Villages Outreach Project, Mt. Abu, Rajasthan, India
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This Outreach Project consists of health treatment and care, as well as rural schools improvements in the Region of Mt. Abu. It covers several villages totaling to approximately to 6’000 inhabitants. This programme is conducted by local doctors from the Mt. Abu Hospital. The constructions and furnishings of classrooms in the rural schools located in the neighboring five villages are needed to improve the conditions of these schools and thus help more than 300 children (boys and girls) and 18 teachers. The needs for 2015 and 2016 are CHF 20’000.
The SAMMA Project, Itaquaquecetuba, São Paulo, Brazil
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This Project was created thanks to a generous donation of a house and a plot of land by a member of the local chapter of Global Harmony Foundation. The objective was to provide shelter and help to many adult orphans from the neighboring community. The construction of the planned community bakery and the completion and equipping of the vocational training center will help the community members and the sheltered orphans to provide them with an income, as well as with the needed vocational skills, thus enriching and improving their lives. The needs for 2015 and 2016 are CHF 12’000.
The Mount Carmel School, Porto Feliz, São Paulo, Brazil
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This rural school provides remedial education to more than 220 students helped by eight teachers, whose salaries are provided by the Municipality. The construction of the administrative and teachers’ building including a school library will facilitate and enhance the educational programmes. As to the planned vegetable garden, this has been completed and courses have already been started with some students. The needs for 2015 and 2016 are CHF 18’000.

Equipment Assistance

The Health Center of the National Park Mirador del Norte, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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This Health Center located in the Park and services two main villages, Santa Cruz and los Guaricanos with their 18 suburb, started it assistance in 2001. This Center was initiated by the late Dr. Sophie Jakowska, senior advisor of GHF. The Center was then constructed with the help of the National Park, the Ministry of Health as well as the Medical School of Santo Domingo. GHF followed up with the provision of the needed equipment. This Health Center provides professional Dental and Pediatric attention and care, as well as Nutrition and health orientation to approximately 500 patients (children and adults) weekly. A pharmacy was attached to the Center providing medicines at a very low price. There is an urgent need to replenish the Center with up to date equipment, furniture and medicines. The needs for 2015 and 2016 are CHF 22’000.
The Mama Margarita Formation Center, Paraiso de Cartago, Costa Rica
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This Vocational Training Center comprising: Painting, Woodwork, Jewelry, Computer and Accountancy skills services to more than 90 adults (men and women). In addition, there is a complete ongoing music programme as well as Sports orientation conducted by volunteer professionals. Some musical instruments and vocational training equipment are highly needed. The needs for 2015 and 2016 are CHF 8’000.
The Railway Street Children Project, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
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This Center provides shelter – to around 80 children, who are found begging and living on the platforms of the Guntur Railway Station, – in addition to a multi-faceted programme and services covering education, health and counseling. A clinic with medical care has been established, yet it still lacks some equipment, medical instruments, as well as the relevant furniture. The needs for 2015 and 2016 are CHF 14’000.
The Vargem Alta Municipal Primary School, São Pedro da Serra, Nova Friburgo, Brazil
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This rural school supported by the Municipality has 140 children as well as 45 adults. There is a need to provide it with the relevant furniture and equipment. The needs for 2015 and 2016 are CHF 6’000.
The Educational Center, Las Nubes, Coronado, Costa Rica
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This Educational Center, which is a rural school supported by the Municipality provides schooling to 80 children from 6 to 10 years of age, as well as computer skills to 120 adult members of the community. This community has around 2500 inhabitants. This Center needs 12 computers with the relevant equipment and furniture. Professional training is provided by the INA (Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje) and volunteers from the University of Costa Rica. The Computer Hall needs professional insulation due to the high humidity prevalent in this region. In addition, there is a need to improve the bathrooms, and the rest of the playground of the school. The needs for 2015 and 2016 are CHF 17’000.
The Center María Auxiliadora, Pavas, Costa Rica
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This rural center provides pre-schooling to 70 children, vocational training to adults, and dental care to the children and members of that community totaling to 220 children and 380 adults. In addition, monthly lectures and meetings are conducted with the parents and community members. As regards, the Dental Clinic it is badly in need of new equipment and furniture. Other vocational training courses such as hairdressing and sewing lack the necessary equipment. The needs for 2015 and 2016 are CHF 20’000.

Improvement Assistance

The Deaf Mute School, San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic
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This school founded in 1978 and helps deaf-mute children from 3 to 20 years of age totaling to 162. The school conducts vocational training courses in Hairdressing, Sewing, Computer and Drawing skills. It is supported by a Dutch Association and is in excellent condition. The existing library needs completion and organization. An interest was raised to introduce a course in making soap, shampoo etc. A systematic programme of followup evaluation on the employed graduates is needed in order to improve the contents and training programmes by obtaining feedback from both the graduates and the employers. The needs for 2015 and 2016 are CHF 7’000.
The Anibal Montaño Literary Foundation, San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
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This creative literary programme “Mi Barrio en Letras o 101 niños” conducted with the children and adults, by teaching them literacy, composing poetry; drawing etc… brought justified hope and joy to both the children and their parents. The programmes need to include environmental and social issues and problems, as well as some relevant practical skills in order to help the families and parents involved as well as the growing children and adults. The classrooms need better equipment, educational materials and tools. The needs for 2015 and 2016 are CHF 12’000.

Workshops

Adult education

PARTICIPANTS: Educators; DURATION: 3 days

Community Development

PARTICIPANTS: Development Workers; DURATION: 4 days

Evaluation

PARTICIPANTS: Proj. Leaders, Dev. workers; DURATION: 4 days

Group Dynamics

PARTICIPANTS: Proj. Leaders, Dev workers; DURATION: 3 days

Programme Elaboration

PARTICIPANTS: Project leaders, Educators; DURATION: 2 days

Training the Trainers

PARTICIPANTS: Project leaders, Educators; DURATION: 3 days

Environmental Education

PARTICIPANTS: Project leaders, Educators; DURATION: 2 days

Motivation

PARTICIPANTS: Project leaders, Educators; DURATION: 3 days

Networking

PARTICIPANTS: Institution Directors; DURATION: 2 days

Project Design

PARTICIPANTS: Donors, Project Leaders; DURATION: 2 days

Rural Development

PARTICIPANTS: Proj. Leaders, Dev. workers; DURATION: 3 days

Setting up a GHF branch

PARTICIPANTS: Donors, Institution Directors; DURATION: 4 days

Donate

We would appreciate receiving your donations by cheque or by banker’s draft.

Please make cheque payable to
Global Harmony Foundation, Lausanne,
Switzerland, and send them to our headquarters:
Global Harmony Foundation
World Trade Center
Avenue Gratta-Paille 2,
1018 Lausanne, Switzerland
Bank draft should be sent to our
Post Finance Account No. 34-306-484-9

or to
Credit Suisse, 1002 Lausanne,
Account No. 0525-176232-61
IBAN: CH610483501762 3261000
SWIFT: CRESCHZZ80A

For further information on GHF activities, events, projects and plans please do not hesitate to contact us.
We thank you for your help.
Tel. +41 (0)21 641 10 88
Fax +41 (0)21 641 10 89

E-mail: admin@global-harmony.org

Brazil

Casaescola, Paraty, Rio e Janeiro (School)

Beneficiaries: 200 children

Parque Florestal Primary School Project, Camaçari, Bahia (School)

Beneficiaries: 162 children

Tesourinha, Sao Paulo (Hairdressing formation Center)

Beneficiaries: 80 adults

The Vargem Alta School Project, Sao Pedro da Serra (School)

Beneficiaries: 140 children & 45 adults

Crescer, Alto Paraiso, Brasilia (School)

Beneficiaries: 80 children

The Mount Carmel Project, Porto Feliz (School)

Beneficiaries: 220 children

Créche Tio Joao, Favela Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro (Créche)

Beneficiaries: 50 children

Costa Rica

Centro Mama Margarita, Paraiso de Cartago (School)

Beneficiaries: 90 adults

Centro Domingo Savio, Naranjo (Vocational Center)

Beneficiaries: 135 women

San Pedro de Pavas (School & Health Clinic)

Beneficiaries: 220 children & 380 adults

Dominican Republic

The Health Center, Park Mirador Norte, S. Domingo (Health Center)

Beneficiaries: 500 com.members

India

The Green School, Pastapur, Hyderabad (School and Community Center)

Beneficiaries: 1800 participants

Out-reach Programmes, Mt. Abu, Rajasthan (Health care and 6 Schools)

Beneficiaries: 6 villages with 6000 people

Street Children Rehabilitation Project, Guntur (Health care and School)

Beneficiaries: 70 children

Mexico

The Eco-Park Manrique Project, Colima (Recreation Center)

Beneficiaries: 180 old retired persons

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