Support of disabled people in developing countries, mainly India, with the aim of enabling professional and social integration.
- Founder: REHASWiSS was founded in1977 by Joseph Aerthott in collaboration with some Swiss friends. Joseph Aerthott was born in India, studied psychology in Switzerland and worked as careers councillor at the Swiss disability insurance.
- Structure: REHASWiSS is a registered Swiss association. The Statutes declare the aim and the organizational structure.
- Certification: REHASWiSS is certified by ZEWO (central agency for charities in Switzerland) as a charity and has had the right to bear the seal since 1988.
From 1989 to 2010 REHASWiSS was supported by the SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation of the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Government).
- Projects: REHASWiSS projects aim at the rehabilitation and integration of persons with disabilities. The projects are conducted in accordance with the WHO’s strategy for community based rehabilitation and are financed by micro-credits. They provide disabled people with a modest but independent professional occupation or vocational training. Training for the project-holders is guaranteed in the initial phase (minimum of 2 years). Where an independent occupation cannot be provided, an occupation in a secure environment is arranged.
- Project administration: REHASWiSS commissions the selection, implementation and supervision of projects to accredited partner organizations that are active in the project area.
- Self-Help Groups (SHGs): The integration of project-holders in self-help groups as well as the training of the beneficiaries achieves a sustained effect.
The supervisors and employees of the partner organizations are trained by REHASWiSS and the sharing of experience is encouraged. Hence the project work is conducted on a consistently high standard.
- Project sponsorship: Project sponsorship allows patrons to bear the costs of a project partly or in its entirety and enables focused supply of information on the project development.
- Cultural engagement of REHASWiSS: In their cultural engagement REHASWiSS facilitates relationships with people and cultures from developing countries.
The REHASWiSSinfo – (News bulletin in German) provides information about the activities of REHASWiSS three times a year.