Our Mission

We offer effective and coordinated protection to vulnerable refugees across Europe with a focus on the Greek islands. Our priority is to ensure that extra vulnerable individuals (EVIs), namely the disabled, single parents, pregnant women, unaccompanied minors, and the elderly, are able to enjoy their rights on an equal basis, in safety and dignity. We provide effective and coordinated aid to all refugees, ensuring that their human rights are observed and respected without discrimination of any kind.

We develop long-term projects, assist with integration, and offer dynamic responses to the ever-changing situation.

How we started

After posting a simple Facebook appeal for help, born out of sheer frustration from seeing refugees stuck at various stations around Hungary, I was overwhelmed with offers from people wanting to help. The Facebook group “Action from Switzerland” was created simply as a main communication channel to disseminate information about where people could donate items.

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of many, I was able to collect essential items and left with an amazing team for Hungary, where we worked alongside NGOs and many other volunteers from all over Europe in Röszke (on the Hungarian and Serbian border).

We worked with one objective in mind: to ensure our donations were distributed in a coordinated manner and to provide effective manpower onsite. After the intense experience, I returned to Zürich and realised what we had done was but a drop in the bucket.

The trip lit a fire in my belly. I wanted to provide continual support for the refugees; support with kindness, dignity and humanity for their long journey towards a safe haven.

I have been incredibly blessed with a strong team of likeminded people from various nationalities and cultures who share the same vision, and we are aided by our network of contacts from various European countries that consist of private individuals and NGOs.

We look forward to working in solidarity with anyone who is willing to contribute to our cause.  — Gabrielle Tan-Tay, Founder

Where we Spend our Donations

Women's Shelter
Extra Vulnerable Individuals
Unaccompanied Minors
Shelter for Volunteers and Coordinator Expenses
Administration

The Team

Gabrielle Tay
Gabrielle Tay
Originally from Singapore, Gabrielle has been a resident of Zürich since 2008. She founded Action from Switzerland as a Facebook
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Prageeth Jayathissa
Prageeth Jayathissa
PJ, originally from New Zealand,  joined the team to support integration projects within Zurich. He has initiated the Social Integration
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Rahel Moser
Rahel Moser
Rachel volunteered for the first time in her life in the summer of 2016. For three weeks, she coordinated Action
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Maya Márquez
Maya Márquez
Maya joined the AFS team after having attended one of the integration football matches and after having spent a month
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Angie Ng
Angie Ng
Angie is a Chinese-Canadian Feminist with a PhD from Durham University in the UK, and her primary research focus was
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Kristin Anton
Kristin Anton
Kristin is an American citizen who moved to Switzerland in 2016 after teaching secondary science for the past ten years.
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Luisa Franco
Luisa Franco
In the last years, Luisa has had the opportunity to move around the world for studies, work and leisure, which
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