Open House: Medair

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 18:00 to 20:00
Kulturhaus Helferei - Breitinger-Saal

Kirchgasse 13,  8001,  Zurich,  Switzerland

For our second Open House we invite Medair, an NGO with 25 years of experience in emergency relief and recovery, worldwide.
What does it mean, to work in disaster scenarios after a catastrophe and what does it mean to work on permanent disaster situations? How does Medair attend to urgent needs while trying to implement longer-term solutions that are more typical of development work?
We hope you can join us for an interesting evening discussion and informal ápero.


The Open House events are a meeting point for professionals and people with an interest in the fields of Sustainability, NGOs and Philanthropy. As part of our approach, we bring together initiators, supporters and others for a useful multi-sided exchange of perspectives and experiences.
For each Open House event, an organisation selected by SUSTINOVA due to their quality and work opens their doors to the public. Visitors can enjoy a short presentation and, during an informal discussion and Apéro, the opportunity to talk face-to-face about the work of the organisation and other overarching issues highlighted during the presentation.
SUSTINOVA is a not-for-profit association with the goal of promoting Sustainability in the NGO field. We strive for long-term collaborations and see this event series as one of the ways to support organisations of interest to us.

Medair is a humanitarian aid organisation headquartered in Ecublens (Vaud). The organisation assists people in need in remote and afflicted regions, helping them to survive crisis and recover their self-reliance and dignity. Medair works in the front lines, assisting people that would otherwise receive no help by distributing supplies and tools that allow them to prepare a better future already during the reconstruction efforts. Medair works in the areas of Health&Nutrition, Water and Reconstruction.
Medair has been providing emergency relief in Syria since 2012. Gabriele Fänder has been active as a regional Health Advisor from the beginning and, since 2015, has been stationed near Damascus. Her perspective on the current situation: ”The crisis is complex but the needs of the people are simple. Every day, I see how their dignity and rights are stepped on”.

We are honoured to share with you our view on the work of Medair and the complex reality on the ground.


Time Topic Details
18:00 Opening
  • Welcoming of attendants
18:15 Start
  • Introduction by the SUSTINOVA Team
18:20 Presentation Medair
  • Overview of Medair, by David Farner (Director of the Zürich Office)
  • First-hand perspective on projects, by Gabriele Fänder (regional Health Advisor)
18:50 Discussion
  • Questions & Discussion
19:20 Apéro
  • Open discussion with the Medair Team and Networking amongst attendants
20:00 Closing
  • Informal discussion can continue (open-ended)


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