The fundraising activities in Switzerland have two goals:
- To provide funds for the school projects in Thailand and Laos.
- To make the Foundation and its purposes known to a wider audience in Switzerland.

Annual events - Switzerland: Friends of the Foundation
Usually once a year, a fundraising event is held in French-speaking Switzerland and now also in German-speaking Switzerland:  
Enjoying a fine meal together, being together and learning about HopeHouse activities. 100% of the fundraising goes to the foundation. 

The Solidarity Brunch on Sunday, 8 May 2022 in Olten, Switzerland – the first such event in the German speaking part of Switzerland has been a great success with close to 100 people attending. The first important step to extending our activities from the French speaking West of Switzerland to the German speaking part and making new friends for HopeHouse.


Our Team

The following people are involved, mainly pro bono, in the activities of the Foundation:


The Committee in Switzerland

in Thailand and Laos

Founder and Honorary President

Ernst Z'Graggen


Monika Baert


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Gilles & Lamphun

Phon Pisai, ISAN, Thailand

Gilles Bernard, PHD, Director of the Foundation in Thailand and Laos and member of the Committee. His wife, Lamphun Kamwisit, the cultural link with the local population, provides much appreciated support for the activities of the foundation.


Donations to motivate

US$   200 = 1 year extracurricular assistance
US$ 1600 = 1 year university scholarship

All donations, regardless of the amount, are most welcome and do make a difference. Donations fully benefit the foundation purpose.

Swiss Postal Account       PC   10-790916-5                 IBAN CH91 0900 0000 1079 0916 5
Swiss Bank Account in  CHF    BCV 1001 Lausanne,  IBAN CH14 0076 7000 A512 2561 5
Swiss Bank Account in  EUR    BCV 1001 Lausanne,  IBAN CH19 0076 7000 T526 2738 2

PayPal in US$


Donors in the US: You may use PayPal or another possibility for donation: 
Thanks to the efforts of Joe Morris, US Citizen volunteering for HopeHouse in Thailand and supporting our cause, you may send a cheque to SEAF, SE Asia Foundation  with the mention HopeHouse. While we will get your full donation, you will receive a confirmation for US tax deduction. Thank you so much in advance!

Tax Deduction Confirmation
If you live in Switzerland, you can deduct your donation for tax purposes. Unless you request otherwise, we will automatically send you the respective confirmation at the beginning of each year. 


in Thailand


Volunteering in Thailand (minimum 4 weeks)
Volunteer work in poor rural areas is no vacationing. It is costly and time consuming and requires open minded team players with excellent English knowledge and a minimum of 4 weeks time on the spot. Volunteers will pay for their trip and costs themselves and will teach English for a minimum of 4 weeks during off-peak hours at one of the schools. 
For more details see  Hopehouse volunteering Program


Become an Ambassador for HopeHouse

Two of our recent volunteers in Thailand – Alyssa Jeswald and Joe Morris – have indeed become ambassadors for the Foundation in their home country, the US. They are devoting some of their time back home to our cause and will help raising donations in the US for HopeHouse. Find pertinent details on the Donate page.

Feel like visiting HopeHouse in Thailand or a school in Laos ? 
Upon prior notice, we gladly arrange for visits of friends of the Foundation to meet with "our" students at their school in Thailand and/or Laos. Contact Gilles Bernard.