Sports Project

Self-defence courses for Indian girls

Auch Mädchen aus den umliegenden Dörfern dürfen bei unserem Karatekurs mitmachen


Karate against sexual assaults:

Current media reports on sexual assaults in India shock the world and illustrate which problems Indian women are confronted with.

Our self-defence courses (Karate) offered since 2014 to our students and girls of the surrounding villages, are a significant contribution to conflict prevention relating to sexual assaults on girls. They aim at preparing them for possible violent assaults and subsequently improving their position in society through an increased self-confidence.

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Construction of a SONNE School in Bihar

Currently Basari Village students are studying in the open – but not for much longer!

Outdoor education will soon be history. The construction of a new school building for up to 120 students commenced in October 2014. In December 2014 the structural work was completed.

The second building phase started in May 2015 and was completed in November.  We are confident that in September 2016 our students will be able to move into the new school and to enjoy their lessons in comfortable classrooms.

This is what the brand-new school for 120 children looks like:

An extensive photo documentary on the different project stages can be found under this link! (in German language)




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Ethiopia hit by severe drought

Ethiopia is currently experiencing the worst drought in decades. Cattle and goats in our project area, the Afar Region, are starving and so are the Afar people.

Together with our Ethiopian partner organization APDA we are doing everything in our power to alleviate the effects of the drought and at the same time to continue with our long-term development work (educational programmes and health and awareness projects).

The water shortage and the widespread famine are causing great problems – and additional costs.



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“The Austrian development organisation SONNE-International provides energetic help where it is needed most: they enable an education for children and adolescents in poor countries.”

Hubert von Goisern – Austrian singer-songwriter

What we achieve

We all wish for a fairer world. SONNE-International contributes its part. This is how we do it:

SONNE-International is an Austrian relief organisation that was founded in 2002 by the Carinthian development aid worker Mag. Erfried Malle and the Styrian doctor Dr. Susanne Prügger. We campaign for a life in dignity, which includes decreasing poverty, assuring access to food at any time and regulated health care. We achieve this in our project countries Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India and Myanmar by operating schools  and by providing professional education, income-generating projects and micro-credits.

The main beneficiaries of our educational and training projects are disadvantaged population groups, in particular members of minorities, children and women.

Learn more about our work from our detailed project descriptions

How we do it

Join Erfried Malle in a project visit to Ethiopia and find out how SONNE-International works:


„Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.“

Nelson Mandela  

Who we are

No matter whether we work as volunteers or full-time, from home or on site, we all at SONNE-International aim at the same goal: we want to actively contribute to improving the living conditions of the poor in our project countries. In Austria, approximately 20 volunteers help with our projects.

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