The gratitude boxes
The idea of the gratitude box is simple: whenever we have reason to give thanks, we pop a coin into the box. The proceeds go to support other people. This is a simple way of showing that we are reliant on one another, even across different continents.
The principle behind the gratitude boxes is amazingly simple: small change brings about really big results for our projects. We invest the money in education, agriculture and livelihood security, healthcare, peace work and promoting the advancement of women.
Set up a gratitude box in your congregation or office, tell people about it, and encourage others to join in! At parties, you can ask people to put a contribution in the box instead of buying gifts.
This is how saying 'thanks' can produce good results!
The Mission 21 bazaar
Each year, between 60 and 100 volunteers take part in the bazaar for Mission 21, under the leadership of a professional team. For two days at the end of October, the seminar rooms of the Hotel Odelya are transformed into a fragrant, colourful wonderland with home-baked delicacies, hand-crafted goods, knitwear, cooked dishes, hand-sewn items and flower arrangements, not to mention fruit and vegetables from the 'Baselbiet' region surrounding the city. Stands hosted by church congregations from all over German-speaking Switzerland add to the magnificent array, and there's a Punch-and-Judy show for the children. The proceeds go to benefit one of Mission 21's projects or programmes.
Would you like to take part by hosting a stand, or to join in as a volunteer in the coffee shop or at the flower stand, for instance? Do contact us – we're looking forward to hearing from you!
Voluntary activities for Mission 21
To support Mission 21's work, we are seeking volunteers to work with us in an honorary capacity at our headquarters in Basel. The tasks involved range from administrative work in the office and transport assignments to advice and support on specialised subjects. Do contact us – we're looking forward to hearing from you!