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March of Hope

Project at a glance

Dates and Place

08 October 2000, Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva lakeside and Botanical Gardens


Terre des hommes.

Project details

Terre des Hommes Switzerland is an organization of cooperation and development that supports about 60 projects in favor of children in Africa, America and Asia. The aim of the organization is to help local populations in such a way that they can ensure their own development and autonomy.

In Switzerland, Terre des Hommes encourages solidarity by organizing the March of Hope. Each year, the march is partially organized by children from Geneva who wish to show solidarity and do something for children living elsewhere in the world. The young Genevans are looking for people who sponsor them for each kilometer they walk during the march. The money obtained goes to the various projects of Terre des Hommes. In 1998 some 12'000 persons, including 4'900 children, took part in the march. Altogether some 12'000 persons, guided by 250 volunteers.

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteers handled the following tasks:
  • Helped with security positions (guide the walkers, check dangerous spots, communicate with walkie-talkies, etc.)
  • Early risers to helped blow up 3'000 helium balloons from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Helped the children on site

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