What is GHF?
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?
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?
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.
Naseeb Dajani Project Support / Technical Assistance
Benno Affolter Management / Secretariat
Who is behind GHF?
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
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?
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
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.