Activities in Switzerland have two objectives:
- Providing funds for the projects in Thailand and Laos.
- To make the Foundation and its purposes known to a bigger audience in Switzerland.
If you would like to actively engage in fundraising, please contact us.

Annual event - Swiss  Friends of the Foundation

Once a year, friends of the Foundation participate in a fundraising event in the French speaking part of Switzerland, enjoying a delicious meal and a marvellous time together. 100% of the funds generated go to the Foundation. One of the latest successful events took place in November 2018, at the Swiss Olympic Museum in Lausanne, with 250 happy participants.

The Team of HopeHouse "Sawatdi"

The following people are involved, mostly pro bono, in the Foundation's activities: 


Corporate Involvement

We are enthusiastic about companies interested in our projects - and we have many ideas for a future cooperation.
Such as L'Orientale: Owner and crew of a gorgeous yacht offering dream cruises in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. And they are supporting HopeHouse!

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The Committee in Switzerland

Our Director 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, Asia Director of the Foundation in Thailand and Laos and Committee Member. His wife, Lamphun Kamwisit, the cultural link to the locals, is providing highly valued support for the foundation's activities.

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Our Ambassadors in USA

Joe Morris

Los Angeles, California

Joe has been volunteering for the foundation in Thailand and became a true ambassador for HopeHouse in his home country. He has been working as a chemical engineer and business consultant, and is passionate about traveling and learning about other cultures.

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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.

Contact Foundation Switzerland

Fondation HopeHouse «Sawatdi»
Chemin du Pérou 11
CH-1436 Chamblon
Tel +41 (0)24 454 12 21 (President)