Reasonably priced holidays for families with tight budgets: we consider it as our social responsibility to also offer a break to people who cannot afford to do so at standard prices. Nobody wants to live in precarious conditions. But almost everybody can come up against sickness, misfortune or the loss of a partner. And these situations bring financial difficulties in their wake.
Families and single parents in precarious living conditions – many living below the poverty threshold – cannot afford to go on holiday with their children. This is where we come in. For a solidarity contribution of CHF 200 families can take a week’s holiday in a Reka holiday flat or a Swiss youth hostel. Everything is laid on for them so that large and small guests feel relaxed, let off steam and unwind.
Daily life is particularly demanding for single mums and dads. A single person has to assume total care and responsibility for the children, look after their daily needs and organize their routine. For these parents in particular, the Reka Foundation for Holiday Aid has set up a special offer cut out for their needs. The support creates valuable family time.
Short breaks from our daily routine do us a world of good – especially people with disabilities. This is why we support them. Like for so many other people, holidays are one of the highlights of the year for children and young people with a disability. They bring variety, new sensations and stimulation. We assume the residual financing of assisted holiday camps in Switzerland. This way, as far as possible, nobody has to stay home.
Experiences thanks to the Reka Foundation for Holiday Aid
Going on holiday – like everybody else
Reka Holidays are the highlight for the whole family. For Monika Roth* and her two little boys and a daughter of school age, they are really the only possibility to go on holiday at all. “Otherwise it would be far too expensive for us”, says the single mother. “Of course, I never say to the children that we’re poor. On the contrary, I simply try to lead a normal family life.”
A positive decision from Reka Holiday Aid triggers an outburst of joy! The answer as to whether Gabriela Wenger and her family can go on a Reka Holiday arrives sometime around Christmas. “For us, it’s a wonderful present when our request is accepted. Otherwise we couldn’t afford holidays.” The Wenger family includes the parents and their eleven children. The youngest is 6 and the oldest 26.
A week at a holiday camp in Switzerland: for many children this would naturally be part of their holiday experience. But for girls and boys with autism it’s a different story. Their dream of spending a whole week playing with other children is all too often unfulfilled. They are unable to properly process the many new sensations, hectic hustle and bustle and unexpected changes so often encountered in a holiday camp situation. This is why the ‘autismus deutsche schweiz’ association organizes holiday camps for children with autism in an environment adapted to their needs and where the Reka Foundation for Holiday Aid makes a significant contribution.