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Caritas Switzerland

Caritas Switzerland prevents, alleviates and combats poverty in Switzerland and worldwide in more than 30 countries.


Together with the network of Regional Caritas Organisations, Caritas Switzerland is actively engaged wherever people in wealthy Switzerland are affected by poverty: families, single parents, the unemployed, and the working poor. Caritas looks after asylum seekers and refugees and organises volunteer placements .

Globally, Caritas provides emergency relief in disasters and is actively involved in reconstruction work. With its projects in development cooperation, Caritas works in the areas of food security, water, climate change, disaster prevention, migration as well as education for children and adults.

Caritas Switzerland is an independent association with its head office in Lucerne. The aid agency is a member of the international Caritas network. This comprises 165 organisations worldwide.


Steering Board

Mariangela Wallimann-Bornatico
President Caritas Switzerland
lic. jur., General Secretary Federal Assembly, Wabern BE


Robert Moser
Vice-President Caritas Switzerland
deacon, Steg VS


Max Elmiger
lic. theol., Director Caritas Zurich, Zurich



Mario Slongo
Dr. Dr. hc. chemist and meteorlogist, Tafers FR



Teres Steiger-Graf
Director Bethlehem Mission Immensee (BMI), Lucerne



Erwin Tanner
Dr. iur./lic. theol., General Secretary SBK, Fribourg



Elisabeth Baume-Schneider
lic. ès. sc. soc., Direktorin EESP Lausanne

  • Mission Statement: «I am Caritas»
    File format: pdf / 699 KB
    « I am Caritas » Download
  • Organisation Chart Caritas Switzerland: Association
    File format: pdf / 62 KB
    2016 Download
  • Organisation Chart Caritas Switzerland: Head Office
    File format: pdf / 82 KB
    September 2018 Download

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Caritas Switzerland
P.O. Box
CH-6002 Luzern


Account at the Swiss Post Office:
PC 60-7000-4, IBAN CH69 0900 0000 6000 7000 4 

For transfers in EURO:
IBAN CH09 0024 8248 7074 2500 1

For transfers in US Dollars: 
IBAN CH41 0024 8248 7074 2500 7