A recent study1 by the Swiss state secretariat for migrants estimates that there are 76,000 illegal immigrants (known as sans-papiers) living in Switzerland, of whom 43 per cent come from South and Central America.
Giving orphaned baby elephants a chance in life
In February 2016 a newborn elephant was rescued and brought to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) in South Africa. Sadly, Amanzi, as he was named, died shortly afterwards from malnutrition.
The University of the People
"Look at the world," says Shai Reshef, President of the University of the People. "Pick a place and focus on it. You will find humans chasing higher education.”
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Kit Holder is a dancer and choreographer at Birmingham Royal Ballet. In 2007 he created his first work for the company as a choreographer, and has since made three more.
Using technology to stop poaching
It is estimated that tens of thousands of elephants are killed every year for their ivory. Once transported to countries in Asia, the tusks are usually shaped into ornaments and trinkets.
Creating a sense of belonging in New York
Many children who grow up in parts of New York City can face tough odds in their journeys to adulthood and independence. They most likely attend overcrowded public schools where far more students fail than pass.
Supporting vulnerable child migrants
Unaccompanied migrant children have been arriving in the US in increasing numbers over the past ten years. Recently these figures have grown to such a degree that the US President has deemed the situation a ‘humanitarian emergency’.
Helping children form connections with the natural world
When children have a chance to discover nature hands-on, their natural curiosity helps ignite their innate desire to learn.
Establishing sustainable schools in Afghanistan
Located in central Asia with Iran to the west and Pakistan to the east, Afghanistan is about the size of Texas. High mountains with treacherous peaks and dry deserts make up most of its landscape.
Ebola – strengthening the frontline response
In early September 2014 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a medical humanitarian organisation, declared that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa had taken more than 5,900 lives since the previous March.
Expanding care for mothers battling addiction
UNC Horizons is a substance abuse treatment programme for pregnant and parenting women and their children, including those who have experienced abuse and violence.
Stem cell research
Great leaps have been made in the field of stem cell research in recent years as scientists and doctors strive to find cures for some of the major diseases of our time.
Preventing mother to child transmission of HIV
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) was founded in 1988 by three women sitting around a kitchen table. One of these women, Elizabeth Glaser, had contracted the HIV virus from a blood transfusion during the birth of her daughter Ariel seven years earlier.
Jette Parker Young Artists Programme
If you have ever been lucky enough to see an Opera in Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House in London, perhaps you do not remember the details of the performance, but rather how it caused you to feel.
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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.