IIn 1978 some AFS-Alumni in Austria wanted to add to global awareness through AFS work global action to contribute to
the development of a better world.
In the beginning our work was mainly determined by personal engagement for refugee groups in Upper Austria. Language and vocational training courses as well as refugee kindergardens were set up.
In view of the extent of the problem our work was soon shifted to an international level including projects in Asia, Africa and the Balkans.
In cooperation with AMREF (African Medical & Research Foundation) ten thousand African refugees could get medical assistance. In 1988 severely hurt Afghan juveniles were treated in Upper Austrian hospitals in cooperation with IOM (International Organization for Migration). After their medical treatment volunteer families hosted the juveniles until their complete recovery.
The "Initiative Rwanda" also covered the most urgent need of medication in refugee camps in Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. Because of a high outcome in donations the foundation could finance an extensive vaccination-project for epidemic control for small children and later on also for juveniles and adults in these areas. Also seventeen health centers were erected in Rwanda and financially supported.
Read more unter "Geschichte" (only in German, however, Google translator works quite ok)