• Organization TypeImplementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
  • Founded1936

Schweizerisches Arbeiterhilfswerk (Swiss Workers' Relief Organization)

The Swiss Workers' Relief Organization was founded in 1936 by the Swiss Trade Union Confederation and the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland with the aim of alleviating the consequences of the global economic crisis and supporting needy working families and their children at home and abroad. After the outbreak of the Second World War, the SAH also became active in refugee aid. From 1949 the SAH was one of the first Swiss aid agencies to provide international development aid and in 1951 it became a founding member of the International Workers' Relief Organization IAH, which was renamed Solidar in 1995. The SAH also provided humanitarian aid in numerous countries in the event of natural disasters. Domestic refugee aid has become increasingly important in the SAH, as asylum applications have skyrocketed since the Pinochet regime came to power and the military coup in Turkey. In the early 1990s, unemployment in Switzerland rose from less than one percent to more than five percent - a problem that was unknown until then. The SAH played a pioneering role in the development of unemployment programs and the regional offices of the Swiss Workers' Aid were expanded. A major reorganization took place in 2005: domestic work and work abroad were divided into two legally independent organizations. The international work continues today under the name Solidar Suisse. Solidar Suisse is committed to fair work and democratic participation worldwide and provides emergency aid after disasters. Domestic work will be continued by us, the Swiss Workers' Aid Network:Eleven  independent SAH regional associations  with a total of almost 900 employees are the largest provider of unemployment and integration programs in Switzerland and continue to work for refugees and the integration of migrants.  The name Schweizerisches Arbeiterhilfswerk SAH stands for long-standing, consistent commitment to people who are socially and economically in a difficult situation - yesterday, today and tomorrow.
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  • (headquarters)
  • National Secretariat SAH OSEO SOS Schwarztorstrasse