African Heritage Switzerland (AHS) was founded in 2017 by a group of African women living in Switzerland who had the dream and drive of inspiring Africans living in Switzerland by providing a platform for Africans to promote their arts and culture.
This came at a time when many like-minded people felt that globalization has eroded culture in some parts of the world, African culture especially.
The culture of a people is their identity as it affords them due recognition.
What makes any human society is its culture. There has been the fear of losing the African living culture, especially for those living in Europe, who have developed cultural identities based upon the place they live. They have adopted clothes, ways of speaking, values and lifestyles of other cultures of their choice.
On the premises of this background, the founding members believe that there is a need to develop a progressive platform that would regain the lost organic African community that embodied various art and cultural values, including: Folk songs, folk dances, hut and thatched roofs, handicraft products, an art of life, a way of living, orders and patters of the social arts, clothing and traditional foods, among many other values.
Despite various challenges experienced in developing such a forum, AHS was established with the support of volunteers, partners/ sponsors, and the local administration in Switzerland
Our cultural promotional activities are intended to stimulate the work of African women in this regard in order to lead the recognition of diverse cultural expressions in Switzerland. The AHS is to foster and preserve this cultural diversity and facilitate the participation of all social sectors in processes related to African culture in Switzerland.
The Organization is devoted to the promotion and continuation of culture, self-worth, gender equality, empowerment of women, children & youths, foster integration and a feeling of belonging amongst people of African descent worldwide through showcasing our rich culture.
The main goal of AHS is to showcase African culture, by excelling in the development and contribution of the culture in Switzerland, together with Europe and the rest of the world.
We are managed by a team-based organizational structure that focuses on cooperation, problem-solving, and giving our team members more control in areas of their specialization.
This organizational structure is intended to increase productivity, promote growth and to value experience, depending on which activity is being showcased.
The management team is comprised of members with many years of experience in their various fields of expertise.
Our philosophy is to focus laser-like on African cultural views.
We have a Founding members and a Program Director reporting to the Founder members. There are part-time voluntary positions that are filled as needed and report to the Program Director.
Apart from showcasing African cultures, African Heritage Swiss initiates various projects here in Europe and in Africa, raising money to provide descent education, food, water, health insurance and other meaningful resources for orphans and vulnerable children in Africa.
We could not present the African Heritage Switzerland Festivals without our amazing volunteers!
Every year, many people volunteer their time.
Are you also interested in helping?
If so, there are many different ways you can volunteer during our festivals and activities.