SA2U used part of a generous grant from the Ingeborg Gross Foundation to help finance the living expenses of five teenagers who had lost a parent in the war and who decided to stay in Switzerland, at a boarding house in Leysin, after participating in Era Band Camp in October 2022.

Aid Partner:Era Band Camp
Region: Leysin, Switzerland
Funds: CHF 4,200
Aid provided:Financing of housing for children who chose to stay in Switzerland after attending Era Band Camp
Beneficiaries:5 Ukrainian teenagers who lost a parent in the war

The funds were used to support “Era Band Home” – an extension project, in a boarding house format, of the Era Band Camp. Described as a “little Ukrainian house in Switzerland for Ukrainian youth,” the house is a beautiful chalet in the village of Leysin that has become a second home to five participants of the Era Band Camp.

The Era Band Home program encompasses three main elements for participating teens:

  1. Living in Switzerland with a Ukrainian mentor and within a Ukrainian social sphere
  2. Studying online at a Ukrainian school and adhering to the standard school curriculum
  3. Studying (offline) at a local Swiss school

There are also plenty of additional activities, courses, projects, team building events. and weekend outings. 

Nestled in the Vaud Alps, Leysin is a place of natural beauty where the teens can enjoy a variety of sports and learn healthy habits.