How can we remain a spectator of the ravages of an increasingly unequal and violent globalization?

How can we not try to bring whatever we can to give the poorest a future?

What is essential, in our view, is to enable people to decide their future autonomously and freely. How can we expect people to contemplate their future when their present does not bring them the minimum dignity necessary to live serenely?

The answer is ultimately the least political of struggles: human dignity.




The conception of humanitarian action that we wish to promote with UPAM is based on a broad vision of “development”, rather than “direct humanitarian aid” which punctually responds to a crisis situation or a human disaster.

This last type of aid is absolutely indispensable. However, it is obvious that our available means, both human and financial, cannot allow us to go in this direction.

Our approach to human problems leads us to try taking the time to develop projects that go beyond the limits of our personal intervention: according to the old saying, we prefer to teach a man how to fish, rather than giving him one…



Through the principle of « development cooperation », we seek not only to avoid creating dependency but, above all, to allow those we support to gain autonomy so that in the futur they can manage themselves what we would have built together.

Our action is justified only because it sets a term and foresees the moment when our partners will have to assume the follow-up of the project themselves. In this perspective, a very strong link with local partners is indispensable, both in the preparation and in the implementation and follow-up of our projects.

As to the choice of these partners – the key to our whole enterprise – the first criterion is that they have already tried to build something on their own before we arrived.

Our projects must always build on a pre-existing initiative and present themselves as a support to realize a dream around which a dynamic has already been created.



We are thus certain that we are not missing out on the real needs of those we seek to help, and on the other hand we have good reasons to believe that our partners’ motivation does not appear with our arrival.

These local partners must be able to point out at their own needs. We are there only to help them express these needs and satisfy them as far as possible. They are the main architects of the project, and our role is to frame their aspirations, to find funding and to help them manage the progress of the project.



This training dimension is important: at the end of the projects, we want to leave on site an autonomous structure, capable of self-standing functioning in its own context and likely to create local dynamics, and to encourage the emergence of other similar initiatives. The success of our help is also evaluated around this notion of promoting new initiatives.

Through such a collaboration, we also want to contribute to the revitalization of a social fabric, as well as a local capacity for engagement. Often, in places where we intervene, a pre-existing associative group encounters difficulties to develop sufficiently to be heard.



Our vision of humanitarianism also enables different groups with whom we work to assert themselves in a certain social reality.

Furthermore, the fact that we are always working with contacts who find themselves in the very place of our action, allows us to be better accepted and to always be aware of all the details of the actions (which is naturally also important for our donors).

Finally, this permanent contact allows us to train ourselves, and to develop a better knowledge of the specificities of a particular region. It also helps us to better understand administrative structures as well as regional mentalities. We seek, beyond development, to discover and exchange with others.

In our view, it is only through reciprocity that humanitarian action can be truly fruitful. We do not wish to contribute to a limited and unilateral input of ready-made solutions.


Rapport d'activité

Rapport d’activité 2015
Rapport d’activité 2016
Rapport d’activité 2017
Rapport d’activité 2018
Rapport d’activité 2019
Rapport d’activité 2020


UPAM (Union for a Better Future)  was founded in February 1993.

It all began with the reflection of a small group of schoolers. They simply agreed that everything was not « for the best in the best of all worlds », and decided not to remain passive spectators but to do something.

« Something » … But what?

Rather than individually joining a large organization already in place, we chose to found our own group and try to put together an action with our own resources. Initially, we worked mainly with other small NGOs, focusing on issues related to childhood. Then we began to establish direct personal contacts, first in Brazil and then in Indonesia, and most of our activities, from 1994 to 1997, consisted in collecting funds that we could send to our local correspondents. In Brazil, we helped for the construction and development of an entire school complex, from kindergarten to technical apprenticeship, in the North East region of the country.

In Indonesia, we have supported an orphanage and a boarding school for children from poor families on the island of Lombok. In the summer of 1997, three of us went to the site to help with the construction of new buildings at this school. After sanitary facilities, a second school building was built (called the « Swiss building »!). Little by little, we refined our understanding of the kind of commitment we wanted, and we learned how to work in the direction of what we like to name a « development cooperation ».

It is with this perspective that our first « great » project was set up: the reconstruction and the complete development of a school in northern Albania. The inauguration took place in April 2000. In the same year we developed a project to build two kindergartens for disabled children in the cities of Novgorod and Krasnoyarsk. Just over three years after our first contacts with the locals, we were able to put a happy end to this initiative. The kindergartens were standing on their own feet and continue to work very satisfactorily, even exceeding our expectations in many ways. After this great experience, we deepened our knowledge conducting a one-off project in three orphanages in Urals, Russia, in 2002.

This involvement in Russia has allowed us to create a dynamic structure that promotes a dialogue at the national level on disability issues. Indeed, we participated to the setting up of a major national event dealing with issues such as autism, which was held in Pskov in April 2006. The contacts made at this conference led to new projects; the establishment of a reception centre for disabled children in the city of Mahachkala, in Dagestan and the organization of two visits between Russian and Swiss groups active in the field of disability.

Thus in summer 2007, we had an exchange happening in Valais in Switzerland as well as an integrated theatre workshop addressed to the children in Ticino. The year 2008 was also an opportunity for us to take action in new regions: following the cyclone that severed southern Burma, we launched an emergency action. This allowed us to get to know a local group with whom we undertook to rebuild schools: three buildings were built in 2008-9 and two others in 2010. The other country where we started working in 2008-9 is Mongolia. Our first project in this country consisted in purchasing two buses for the school collection of deaf children who would otherwise not be attending school.

After several years of inactivity, during which UPAM did not engage in new projects, the founding members decided to pass the role to the next generation!

Around the former founders, there is now a team of young people, most of them students. All of this forms a great group of two generations, in which the more experienced can advise the less experienced ones.

The young team is at the origin of the revival of the NGO: we have, under the aegis of our peers, reorganized the internal structure, launched a Facebook page and the website you are currently reading. We have also created new partnerships in the year 2016, in Laos, Nepal and Kosovo.
Today, UPAM promises to be full of new ambitions. In this respect, we are working on a new direction; in addition to international actions, we would like to use our presence in Switzerland to organize many local actions. These actions will have the aim of raising awareness of the emergencies of developing countries and to the need for a better international distribution of wealth.


Delvinë Racaj

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Sophie Genevois

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Roberta Alberico

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Christophe Imperiali

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Article I
L’Union Pour un Avenir Meilleur (ci-dessous « UPAM ») est une organisation indépendante,

apolitique et non religieuse à but non lucratif, au sens des articles 60 et suivants du Code Civil Suisse.

Article II
Le siège de l’UPAM se situe à Genève.

Article III
Les organes de l’UPAM sont l’Assemblée Générale, le Comité et les vérificateurs des comptes.

Article IV
1. L’UPAM a pour but :

d’informer et de sensibiliser la population sur des situations précaires dans le monde ;

d’aider dans la mesure de ses capacités à remédier aux dites situations, en veillant toujours à ce que ses actions s’inscrivent dans la perspective d’un développement durable et d’une autonomisation des personnes soutenues.

2. L’UPAM travaille surtout à l’amélioration des conditions de l’enfant.

Article V
1. Toute personne motivée est habilitée à devenir membre actif de l’UPAM.
2. L’Assemblée Générale se réserve le droit de refuser ou d’exclure un
membre actif dont le

comportement n’est pas compatible avec les buts poursuivis par l’organisation.
3. Toute personne intéressée à suivre les activités de l’UPAM peut devenir membre sympathisant. ***

Article VI
1. Les ressources de l’UPAM proviennent des récoltes de fonds, des dons des membres sympathisants,

ainsi que d’éventuels autres dons. Elles sont exclusivement et entièrement destinées à soutenir ses

2. L’UPAM n’accorde de prêt ou d’avance que pour des projets ayant déjà trouvé un financement

assuré. A défaut, une décision de l’Assemblée Générale est exigée. *

Article VII
1. L’Assemblée Générale est l’organe suprême de l’UPAM. Elle possède tous les droits et les devoirs

conformes aux buts de l’organisation et contrôle son bon fonctionnement.
2. Est considérée comme Assemblée Générale toute réunion de l’ensemble des membres actifs autour

d’un ordre du jour. Les membres sympathisants peuvent y assister à titre d’observateurs. ***
3. Tout membre actif de l’UPAM est habilité à demander la convocation d’une Assemblée Générale. *** 4. Aucune décision ne peut être prise sur un objet sans que celui-ci ait été inscrit au préalable à l’ordre

du jour.
5. Le président doit communiquer l’ordre du jour à l’ensemble des membres actifs au moins 5 jours

avant la date de l’Assemblée. Tout membre actif de l’UPAM est habilité à lui demander d’inscrire un

point à l’ordre du jour. ***
6. Tous les membres actifs ont le droit de vote sur les questions concernées. 7. Les décisions se prennent à la majorité absolue de 50% des votants.

8. Le vote par procuration est admis. **
9. Le Comité convoque une fois par année une Assemblée Générale statutaire. C’est lors de cette

Assemblée que les comptes annuels sont approuvés et que sont élus le Comité ainsi que les vérificateurs des comptes.

Article VIII
1. Le Comité forme la direction administrative de l’UPAM. Il est investi des fonctions liées aux

affaires courantes.
2. Il est composé de trois membres actifs : un président, un trésorier et un archiviste. ***
3. Le Comité est élu chaque année lors de l’Assemblée Générale statutaire, à la majorité de 50% des


Article IX
1. Les vérificateurs des comptes sont au nombre de deux.
2. Ils sont chargés une fois par an de fair
e un rapport à l’Assemblée Générale sur la tenue des comptes. 3. Les vérificateurs des comptes sont élus chaque année lors de l’Assemblée Générale statutaire à la

majorité absolue de 50% des votants.

Article X
En cas de dissolution, les biens de l’association inscrits au bilan serviront de paiement du passif

éventuel. La liquidation sera opérée par une commission composée de trois membres du comité, dont le/la trésorier/ère. L’actif sera entièrement attribué à une institution poursuivant un but d’intérêt public analogue à l’association et bénéficiant de l’exonération d’impôts. En aucun cas, les biens ne pourront retourner aux fondateurs physiques ou aux membres ou être utilisés en tout ou partie à leur profit de quelque manière que ce soit. ****

Article XI
1. Les membres du Comité sont les signataires des comptes de l’UPAM.
2. Toute personne habilitée par l’Assemblée Générale peut valablement engager l’UPAM.

Article XII
Un des objectifs subsidiaires de l’UPAM est la défense de ses membres actifs.

Article XIII
Toute modification apportée aux présents statuts doit être approuvée par l’Assemblée Générale

statutaire et entre en vigueur avec effet immédiat. *

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Lausanne, décembre