This year marked 20 years since Radiohjälpen’s largest fundraiser, Children of the World (Världens Barn) was launched. Fifteen organisations joined Radiohjälpen, Swedish Television and Swedish Radio in a major effort that continues throughout the year, but peaks early October.
On 26 September 1946, Radio Sottens in Lausanne broadcast the first “Chaîne du Bonheur” programme. Seventy years later to the day, Swiss Solidarity is saying thank you to the Swiss population for donations amounting to 1.7 billion francs.
The El Niño weather phenomenon has caused the worst drought the Horn of Africa and southern Africa have seen in 30 years. Today, 50 million people are relying entirely on humanitarian assistance for their survival.