Background

Chrëschtlech Solidaritéit International (CSI) was founded on 17 November 1989. The initiative came from a 12-person team headed by pastor Robert Brosius, who is now CSI’s Honorary President. The association’s second president was Roger Nilles, who was succeeded by Bob Kirsch in 2011.

CSI Lëtzebuerg was recognised as an NGO by the Luxembourg state at the beginning of 1991, and was granted state support. After initially operating as an offshoot of CSI Switzerland, it became fully independent in 2003, and reoriented its activities. In March 2010 the first framework agreement was signed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which since then has financed 80% of all project costs.

Since its foundation 25 years ago, the organisation has developed a multitude of different projects, the common objective of which has always been to help disadvantaged people towards a better future, regardless of religion, gender or ethnic origin. For a long time aid was geared to the needs of partner organisations, which meant that CSI did not focus on specific themes. This has recently changed. In order to make its aid projects more effective, CSI has decided to concentrate in future on education projects benefiting disadvantaged children and young people.

Since 2009 our activities have no longer focused exclusively on aid projects overseas. As part of the "global education" approach, children in Luxembourg are made aware, through play, of children’s living conditions in other parts of the world.

 “Saving money on youth leads to a poorer future.”

Adolph Haslinger

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