Worldwide projects

    Worldwide

  • Helping in acute conflict hotspots Hello Welcome, Xenion, Caritas, MSF - worldwide
    The Hilti Foundation tries to also help there, where the conflict-situation is acute. At present, Hilti supports several partner projects involved with the Syrian crisis: ranging from a mentor programme for young refugees in Berlin, a meeting point in Lucerne to providing vocational training opportunities for refugees in the Hilti locations in Schaan (Liechtenstein), Kaufering (Germany) and Thüringen (Austria). Moreover, Caritas Switzerland is helping to ensure primary school education in Lebanon, with Doctors without Borders Switzerland providing the necessary medical care. Partnerbild
  • When each second counts International disaster control (@fire) - worldwide
    The extent of destruction following a natural disaster is usually vast. The country affected is often unable to cope with the situation alone and is dependent on international support. Emergency teams such as the nonprofit organization @fire are equipped with Hilti apparatus, because the Hilti Foundation considers providing immediate help after a catastrophe as an act of solidarity. Partnerbild
  • Learn to hear Meludia - worldwide
    The internet programme Meludia is based on the principle of listening and repeating. It focuses on training the sense of hearing. Listening and repeating help convey the fundamentals of music and train the sense of hearing as well as the brain – all in a playful manner. Together with the Hilti Foundation, Meludia is currently developing an offline app, thereby making the programme available to children and young people who live in areas without access to the internet. Partnerbild
  • Benefitting from experts’ experience Swisscontact - worldwide
    The Senior Expert Corps (SEC) of Swisscontact supports retired experts in sharing their know-how and wealth of experience to benefit the developing world. There is great demand all over the globe for experienced specialists: whether it be bakers, midwives or engineers, to name but a few. Partnerbild
  • Medical assistance in extreme situations Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) - worldwide
    In 2014, the Hilti Foundation once again supported Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). In addition to the help in Syria, the Hilti Foundation financed the development of RISK and RDSU. This equipment for mobile emergency surgery will save the lives of numerous people. Partnerbild
  • Europe

  • investment into the future Verbier Festival - Switzerland
    For many years, the Verbier Festival has not only been a venue for top stars of the music world, but has also been exploring the future of the music industry. This includes supporting gifted musicians as well as developing new concert formats and fields of activity for young musicians. The Hilti Foundation is actively involved in the “Reaching Out” programme, in which young musicians analyse alternative forms of music. They are exploring new ways of making classic music more attractive to the wider public. Partnerbild
  • Lucerne Festival Switzerland
    Cultural support through international encounters Partnerbild
  • Bregenzer Festspiele Austria
    Cultural support through international encounters Partnerbild
  • Music as a source of strength Elijah - Romania
    Music, an essential part of Romani society and culture, is used effectively to reach the goals of the social project Elijah in Transylvania. In three Roma villages, Jesuit priest Georg Sporschill and his assistant Ruth Zenkert have been involved for many years in reintegrating people into society. The music schools play a significant role in helping the village children structure their everyday lives. Through music they can discover their talent and learn how to shape a better future through diligence, consistency and discipline - an important experience to ensure that future generations grow up with a different and new awareness of quality. Partnerbild
  • Top-level music education International Music Academy in Liechtenstein - Liechtenstein
    The International Music Academy in Liechtenstein offers highly talented young musicians the opportunity to attend master classes led by internationally renowned soloists and professors. The Academy’s holistic approach prepares the participants optimally for their future careers. Limiting the number of students to six per course ensures both intensive cooperation and best possible benefit for each student. Partnerbild
  • Learn from Mozart Mozarteum - Salzburg, Austria
    The Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation is a non-profit organisation focusing on preserving and cultivating Mozart’s heritage and primarily devotes itself to supporting young people. The Foundation’s main focus includes the youth programme Klangkarton and its children’s orchestra (founded in 2013), the development of new sound formats and communication concepts, and the expansion of the Mozartweek into an international platform. As a «Partner in Education» of the Mozarteum Foundation, the Hilti Foundation supports these efforts and aims to promote the mutual exchange between international networks. Partnerbild
  • Music as a perspective El Sistema - Greece
    It all began with young Frenchman Anis Barnat taking a six-month sabbatical. Overwhelmed by the dull conditions and sad reality of refugee camps on the island of Lesbos and in Athens, he spontaneously decided to found a social music programme. Under the name of «El Sistema Greece» - and in close cooperation with El Sistema in Venezuela and other similar initiatives - Barnat provides children and young people in these camps with the opportunity to structure their everyday life, thereby giving them a perspective for a better future. It is amazing how much support the project receives from ensembles and soloists across the globe. Partnerbild
  • Strengthening the vocational training system Liechtensteinischer Entwicklungsdienst (LED) - Republic of Moldova
    In co-operation with the Liechtenstein Development Service (LED), unemployed youths are trained as plasterers and heating engineers. In addition to the pedagogic and professional development of the curriculum, the institution has also - together with the ministry of education – standardised the examination system of the vocational training schools. Partnerbild
  • Superar Superar - Vienna, Austria
    Since 2009, Vienna-based Superar offers children access to free and high quality music education – with the help of a teaching method based on motivation. The positive energy of music and its ability to overcome boundaries as well as having the opportunity to play music together strengthens the participant’s personality and, in turn, their future chances in society. As part of the daily lessons offered in primary schools, music becomes the common language among many children, regardless of their social background and geographic origin. This leads to mutual respect and positive social interactions – far beyond their time at school. Partnerbild
  • Build a house for the future Farmers Helping Farmers - Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    A project that gives employees the opportunity to involve themselves directly in Srebrenica. The house-building week in Bosnia is an integral part of the education for trainees from the Hilti facility in Thüringen. Partnerbild
  • Americas

  • Music for a peaceful co-existence Fundación cultural Papageno - Chile
    The Fundación Papageno in southern Chile acts as a mediator in the conflict between the white population and the indigenous Mapuche Indians. Traditional Chilean music –a permanent part of the curriculum taught by specially trained music teachers – helps the Mapuche children grow up in an atmosphere of peaceful co-existence, as well as developing a feeling of self-esteem and at the same time improving their academic performance. The programme includes regular performances as well as the opportunity for particularly gifted young musicians to train as teachers. Partnerbild
  • Cooperation as an opportunity Fundación Bravura - Bolivia
    Although music has a long tradition in Bolivia, the country provides no opportunities for high-quality music education and training. In recent years, the Fundacion Bravura has developed a network of Bolivian social music programmes predominantly focused on improving teacher-training standards. The mentor of the project, the cellist Leonard Elschenbroich, supports this initiative both with his international contacts and by even taking an active role in teaching. Partnerbild
  • Earthquake-resistant brick construction Build Change - Haiti
    Build Change specialises in earthquake-resistant housing construction in developing countries. The nonprofit organization examines local building materials, work methods and know-how to develop suitable construction concepts for earthquake-resistant housing. The Hilti Foundation supports a project focusing on the production of high quality standardised bricks. Partnerbild
  • Dignity, hygiene and employment – thanks to access to proper sanitation X-Runner - Lima, Peru
    X-Runner has developed a portable dry toilet system for regions, slums and houses with no access to proper sanitation systems. The system helps collect faeces that would otherwise end up on streets and in spillways, as well as generating a new source of income and also natural compost for agricultural use. What’s more, the toilet does not require electricity, chemicals or water, yet still provides people with the necessary sanitation to stay healthy. Partnerbild
  • Acquiring professional skills, safe constructions Swisscontact - Peru
    This vocational training initiative teaches those who live in slums how to construct safe housing. The training sessions provide house owners with know-how about material, statics, hygiene and earthquake protection. The acquired professional skills increase the number of employment and self-employment opportunities as well as enhancing the construction quality of the houses in the slums. Partnerbild
  • Acquiring professional skills, safe constructions Swisscontact - Colombia
    This vocational training initiative teaches those who live in slums how to construct safe housing. The training sessions provide house owners with know-how about material, statics, hygiene and earthquake protection. The acquired professional skills increase the number of employment and self-employment opportunities as well as enhancing the construction quality of the houses in the slums. Partnerbild
  • Academia Iberoamericana Academia Filarmoníca de Medellin - Medellin, Colombia
    Not everywhere in the world do young, talented musicians have the opportunity to attain an international standard. This is often due to the quality of local course offerings and the lack of networks. Together with the Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbian conductor Alejandro Posada, who had had the opportunity to complete his studies in Austria, therefore founded an academy in Medellin that offers particularly talented musicians from socially deprived backgrounds an opportunity to develop their skills to a level above the otherwise normal Columbian standard. Partnerbild
  • El Sistema Venezuela El Sistema - Caracas, Venezuela
    Together with 11 young Venezuelan musicians, the Venezuelan economist and musician, José Antonio Abreu, founded the country’s first youth orchestra in Caracas in 1975. He thereby laid the foundation for “El Sistema”, a national network of music schools, orchestras and choirs that aimed at counteracting violence, drug abuse and child abandonment in socially disadvantaged districts. Today, more than forty years later, some 800,000 children are making music in over 400 music school across Venezuela – helping all on to the path to a better future. Partnerbild
  • Sinfonía por el Perú Sinfonía por el Perú - Lima, Peru
    El Sistema was invented in Venezuela, and is aimed at children from low-income classes. Worldwide, the success model has inspired numerous people - also in Peru, where the Hilti Foundation supports the «Sinfonía por el Perú» initiative. Partnerbild
  • Asia

  • Improving the housing situation Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) - Philippines
    The MicroBuild Fund grants micro loans to people with an average annual income between 1,500 and 2,000 US Dollars. With this financial support they can improve their housing situation and adapt their homes with the necessary construction measures. Partnerbild
  • Improving the housing situation Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) - India
    The MicroBuild Fund grants micro loans to people with an average annual income between 1,500 and 2,000 US Dollars. With this financial support they can improve their housing situation and adapt their homes with the necessary construction measures. Partnerbild
  • Mobile clinics ensure primary care Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) - Israel
    This project provides mobile medical care to the population living in the Gaza Strip. Medical specialists receive on-site training “on the job”. Should clinical treatment be necessary outside of the operational area, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) draft departure applications for seriously ill patients. Partnerbild
  • Sophisticated financing for solar energy Simpa - India
    The start-up company Simpa Networks Inc. uses a sophisticated financing system to offer access to solar home systems for those who would otherwise be too poor to afford it. They can be used to replace dangerous and expensive kerosene lanterns. People use cell phones to pay for actual usage; repayment is based on a personalized payment scheme that helps gradually reduce the amount owed. Partnerbild
  • Monaragala - a hotbed of talents SOS Children's Villages - Monaragala, Sri Lanka
    Sometimes fate takes an unusual path. This is what happened in 2005, when Hilti employees wanted to do something to help victims of the tsunami. Because large amounts of financial aid were suddenly available, but there were very few sensible projects to invest in along the coasts of Sri Lanka, Hilti decided to finance a vocational school in the jungle. Ten years later, more than 1000 people have acquired a diploma that has changed their lives. Partnerbild
  • Constructing with bamboo Base builds - Manila, Philippines
    Affordable housing is one of the focus areas in the project portfolio of the Hilti Foundation. Sustainability, efficiency, innovation and direct involvement of our beneficiaries to improve their living conditions through their own efforts are the key principles of our work. Partnerbild
  • Africa

  • Talent at all levels Mangaung String Programme - South Africa
    Until a few years ago, classical music was an exclusive privilege for the white population – a situation the American double bass player Peter Guy was not willing to tolerate. He founded the «Mangaung String Programme» in Bloemfontein which offers regular music lessons to children in the townships; the lessons help these children develop a willingness to study as well as providing an opportunity for positive co-existence. Partnerbild
  • Discover and develop one’s potential Umculo - Umculo, South Africa
    Umculo uses music to achieve social change. The international parent organisation introduces talented young South Africans to national and international artists and music institutions. Based on the country’s remarkable vocal culture, Umculo works with young singers from the townships and provides educational programmes and music theatre projects to address the issues these young people currently face in everyday life. Partnerbild
  • Improving the housing situation Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) - Kenya
    The MicroBuild Fund grants micro loans to people with an average annual income between 1,500 and 2,000 US Dollars. With this financial support they can improve their housing situation and adapt their homes with the necessary construction measures. Partnerbild
  • Multiplying good ideas Ashoka Arab World - Egypt, North Africa
    The innovative solutions offered by so-called social entrepreneurs are often scalable and suitable to bring about a long-term social change. Ashoka, a nonprofit organziation for social entrepreneurship, provides these project initiators with financial support and advice, and establishes contacts with social sector networks as well as business and science networks. Through this they have the opportunity to implement and disseminate their projects. Together with the Hilti Foundation, this helps achieve a lasting improvement of the living conditions of disadvantaged population groups as well as implementing solutions for social problems in such diverse areas such as education, culture, and housing. Partnerbild
  • Diploma for a better future SolidarMed - Mpanshya, Zambia
    More than half of Zambia’s population is younger than 15 years and is poor. Even worse for these young people is the lack of adequate perspectives to escape this poverty trap. Together with SolidarMed and local institutions, the Hilti Foundation has therefore launched a healthcare pilot that is creating new opportunities. Partnerbild
  • Fascination underwater archaeology Franck Goddio - Port of Alexandria, Egypt
    For more than 1,000 years, the ancient cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus off the coast of Egypt had vanished from the history books - just like the legendary palace of the last Egyptian pharaoh, Cleopatra. They were rediscovered by Franck Goddio. The Frenchman is the world’s most renowned and successful underwater archaeologist. He not only made huge advances in this branch of science, but also truly revolutionized it with new state-of-the-art methods. From the very beginning, the Hilti Foundation has supported and accompanied Goddio’s research in Egypt – a fruitful partnership for both sides. Partnerbild
  • Acquiring professional skills, safe constructions Swisscontact - Mozambique
    This vocational training initiative teaches those who live in slums how to construct safe housing. The training sessions provide house owners with know-how about material, statics, hygiene and earthquake protection. The acquired professional skills increase the number of employment and self-employment opportunities as well as enhancing the construction quality of the houses in the slums. Partnerbild