Founded in 1981 by a doctor, Vivamos Mejor is a privately owned and Swiss-based foundation. Our headquarters is in Bern and we have a branch office in Zurich. We are not affiliated with any political groups or religions and we are a ZEWO-certified, tax-exempt non-profit organization. We work primarily in long-term developmental collaborations and we also actively give humanitarian aid when catastrophic events occur in our project areas.
Vivamos Mejor, as a politically and religiously neutral organisation, promotes equal opportunities, transparency, fairness, and non-discrimination. We provide aid to people regardless of where they come from, their religion, or political affiliation. We promote equal rights and participation of all in society. We respect cultural values, discuss matters on an equal footing, and are reliable.
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Our Working Principles
We see ourselves as competent patrons for marginalised groups for whom government programmes have done too little. We empower, educate, and strengthen these communities by urging the people to exercise their rights and duties as enlightened citizens and to promote the sustainable development of their surroundings.
Vivamos Mejor consistently verifies the impact of its work in collaboration with universities. With evidence-based success, we raise awareness to policy makers and show them worthwhile investments.
We are committed to the professional training of future specialists and give them access to our insights into the real world of the beneficiaries. To this end, we enter into strategic collaborations with universities in the project countries and in Switzerland, provide them with educational opportunities involving research or field work, and then recruit them for specialist consultancy.
We always promote temporary start-up assistance because we believe in capacity building. Our aim is to build up the inner strength of socially marginalized communities. We support them in the process of finding their own solutions to their problems.