Facts and Figures
In 2022, the Reka Foundation for Holiday Aid enabled 722 underprivileged families with 1,576 children to enjoy a week’s holiday in the Swiss Travel Fund’s holiday facilities and Swiss youth hostels. The number of families supported in this way rose by 7 percent compared with the previous year, mainly due to the lifting of covid restrictions from the second quarter. Despite this increase, however, the target of 1,000 family arrangements was not reached. This was mostly a result of the hesitancy in incoming bookings caused by the continuing uncertainties, and of late bookings that increasingly met with quotas no longer available. The Foundation also supported homes, foundations and organisations for children and youngsters with disabilities in arranging holidays and camps. The number of camps run by these institutions rose again significantly in 2022, with 311 young people benefiting from this support. The Foundation spent a total of CHF 1.3 million on beneficiaries in 2022, an increase of 40.3 percent on the previous year.
The goal is to continuously increase the number of holiday arrangements hosted in the coming years. Demand is expected to rise significantly again from 2023, due not least to the effects of the current reduction in purchasing power (inflation). This development is particularly challenging for low-income earners, a group that very often includes single parents and large families. The Foundation achieved an annual profit of CHF 78,825 in 2022. In addition to donations from patrons and legacies, the Swiss Travel Fund Reka dedicated CHF 406,484 to the Foundation for its further development. The Foundation’s equity capital reached CHF 4.2 million. Its accounts are audited by BDO AG, Bern.
In 2023, the Foundation aims to offer at least 1,000 holiday arrangements for underprivileged families. Continuous expansion is planned for the following years, and additional patrons will need to be recruited in order to finance this.