In every region of the world, there are people with almost no chance to live a decent and independent life. They lack food, shelter and education and hence they have no prospects for the future.

It is these people that we wish to help with our initiatives and provide with a fresh im-petus for new perspectives. For this reason, we focus on innovative projects with the objective of not only offering direct support but also to make a sustainable contribution towards helping people improve their living conditions by virtue of their own ef-forts.

It is the long-term objective of our support to provide them with an adequate framework to this end – exactly in line with our slogan “We build a better future”.

Michael Hilti



Thonis-Heracleion in Context
New publication by the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology

9 September 2015 – Oxford University's Centre for Maritime Archaeology (OCMA) has published a new book on Thonis- Heracleion and the archaeology in the Canopic region in Egypt. The volume "Thonis-Heracleion in Context", edited by Damian Robinson and Franck Goddio, presents 16 papers that explore the port-city from the Late through the Ptolemaic Periods and place it within the wider context of the economic and religious life of the northwestern Nile Delta in the first millennium BC.

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New Egyptian Exhibition in Paris
Franck Goddio and the Hilti Foundation present the latest discoveries from Egypt.

Osiris – Egypt's sunken mysteries

In the presence of the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, and representatives of the Egyptian authorities the exhibition, „OSIRIS – Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries“ was recently inaugurated at the Institute of the Arab World in Paris. 3,000 guests attended, admiring the latest results of Franck Goddio’s underwater archaeological research over the past ten years. The exhibition focuses on the „Osiris cult“, one of the most important ceremonies in ancient Egypt, which has been celebrated in the country for many centuries.

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Osiris. Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries
Fascinating exhibition featuring latest underwater archaeological discoveries on display in Paris

28 May 2015 - A landmark exhibition of over 250 artefacts, many of them never shown outside Egypt, will open its doors in Paris at the Arab World Institute on September 8th 2015.

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SUPERAR and the Pope

Social inclusion through music is the goal of SUPERAR, a project founded in 2010 in Vienna by the Vienna Concert House, the Vienna Boys Choir and the aid group Caritas Vienna, and supported by the Hilti Foundation in Austria and Switzerland.

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Harmonia Symphony Orchestra in Vienna

Musicians from more than ten different countries got together in Vienna in the HARMONIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA to rehearse for their "Great Day".

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Annual Report 2014

The annual report 2014 is available!
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Happy Birthday, El Sistema
By Tricia Tunstall

With an impressing anniversary program El Sistema celebrated its 40th birthday in February. American writer Tricia Tunstall was on site – here is her report about an extraordinary concert experience.

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Rapidly deployable surgery unit
Saving lives in an inflatable operating room

Medical emergencies in areas beset by crises often call for immediate surgical intervention. Thanks to a newly-developed system the Médecins Sans Frontières organization (Doctors Without Borders, or MSF) can now set up a functioning emergency surgery station in only a few days.

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A new home for Superar

Caritas and Superar create a cultural meeting point as well as employment facilities for long-term unemployed in Object 19 of the Alte Ankerbrotfabrik.

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Photo Galleries


Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra debuts at the Zurich Opera House

The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra along with star director Gustavo Dudamel played the Zurich Opera House for the first time.

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How is hand-made paper manufactured?

El Nafeza - an example of a social entrepreneurship project.
El Nafeza is a center for the production of genuine hand-made paper. It was founded in Cairo in 2005 by the Egyptian artist Mohamed Abou El Naga.

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