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Covid-19 keeps us on our toes

The current Corona pandemic has changed our lives dramatically, in Europe as well as in the countries of the Southern Hemisphere. Schools have had to close down and education, professional training and child care have become difficult or even impossible.

At present we from SONNE-International are mainly concerned with preventing health problems and reducing infection risks, alleviating food shortage, supporting people who have lost their meagre incomes etc. etc. etc. Temporarily, crisis response is uppermost on our agenda.

Like everybody else we are looking forward to getting back to normal with impatience! We do not usually believe in short-term help, but in sustainable, long-term improvements. Our main tools are education, professional training and health care so that our beneficiaries have the chance to break the vicious cycle of ignorance, poverty and disease and to lead self-determined lives with dignity!

As a high percentage of people in western countries are afraid of losing their jobs and many firms are struggling, raising funds for our projects has become much more difficult. Therefore, we ask you to support our work financially, if you can. In times of crisis, we have to stick together and help those who are less fortunate than we are.


Vital emergency aid

In the refugee camp Kutupalong in Bangladesh the situation of approximately one million Rohingya refugees is more than precarious because the camp is just not equipped for so many people. Most refugees live in makeshift shelters, the hygienic conditions are catastrophic, drinking water and food are scarce.
Measures to protect people in the overcrowded camps from further diseases include the provision of baby food, medical care for babies and their mothers, women, the elderly, and also the distribution of mosquito nets.
SONNE-International is one of very few foreign NGOs that are permitted to help locally. OUR EMERGENCY HEALTH CLINIC DEPENDS HEAVILY ON DONATIONS in order to be able to provide adequate medical care for countless suffering people, and our medical staff fight a day-to-day battle against the catastrophic conditions. The emergency is far from over, even though the mass media have lost interest in the fate of the Rohingya!


Our info booth in Salt Lake City

Kindly supported by the NGO IMOD-USA, Roman Gabriel and Vasilios Karpos, both representants of CLIPSAS (accredited NGO at EcoSoc at the UN), organized an info booth at the 68th UN-Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City in order to present SONNE-International’s projects to the visitors and to drum up support for them. Videos of the projects were shown, which received a thoroughly positive feedback.

Favourable reactions to our work are always very pleasing, especially from experts. We are very glad about people like Roman and Vasilios who dedicate their valuable free time to promoting our social projects. Thank you for your commitment!


to save street children from Yangon’s slums

Adventurer and tourist Jochen Meissner kicked off his 3000-kilometer challenge on August 25, 2019, in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. In cooperation with SONNE-International, the adventurer rode across Asia to raise money for street children. The tour took him and his guide Michael through four countries. The first four days the two bikers  cycled through Myanmar. After ten days, the Thai capital Bangkok was reached. Thereafter, they made several stops in Malaysia , e.g. in George Town on the island of Penang and in Kuala Lumpur. On September 21, Meissner and his friend arrived in Singapore.

Jochen Meissner is a longtime supporter of the Austrian NGO. With his action he raised 17,689 euros for SONNE-International. With this sum, fifty street children can be accommodated at the new Street Children Center in Yangon for one year. There the children will receive health care, two meals a day, school clothes, lessons and materials with the aim of integrating them into the public school system after one year. The new SONNE-Street Children Center was opened on October 9, 2019. At present, we are looking for new education sponsors for 80 childcare places so that as many of Yangon’s  disadvantaged Children as possible can escape the vicious cycle of educational deprivation and poverty!

Click here to help Jochen with his project !

SONNE-International: Together for a Better World

We are an Austrian aid organization that operates internationally. 

We stand up for education, professional training and a life of dignity. 

We make a contribution to the alleviation of poverty, food security and health care. 

We care for children, women, disadvantaged population groups and minorities.

Our methods: schools, professional training, income-generating projects, micro credits

Our project countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Myanmar

SONNE-International’s project regions

Ethiopia – since 2005

We support the nomadic Afar ethnicity, especially women and children, with basic medical care and mobile education.

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India – since 2012

In Bihar the children of the Dalit (the “untouchables”) benefit from school projects and self-defence courses for girls.

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Bangladesh – since 2002

We operate educational and training projects for ethnic minorities in remote villages.

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Myanmar – since 2008

In our day care and training centres we look after vulnerable children and adolescents.

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Bank name: BAWAG
IBAN: AT 79 6000 0005 1006 1977


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Founded in:    2002

Legal status:   non-profit organisation

Offices:            Austria (Vienna), Bangladesh and Myanmar

Core areas:     education, skills training, health

Project countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Myanmar

Employees in SONNE-International HQ Austria:    4

Find more Information in our current SONNE folder.

Volunteers:  ~ 20

Full-time employees in the project countries:  ~ 150

Co-operations with corporate enterprises:    20

Co-operations with foundations:      3

The quality seal for donations below proves that we are an approved and regularly controlled Austrian charity. In Austria, donations made to us are tax-deductible.

TV documentaries about SONNE-International’s projects

SONNE-International in MYANMAR

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SONNE-International in BANGLADESH


SONNE-International in ETHIOPIA


SONNE-International in INDIA