Roche Children’s Walk
At Roche, we believe that children in need everywhere deserve a helping hand towards a brighter future. That's why, every year on a designated day in June, our employees around the world join forces to support children in need through Roche Children's Walk.
Since the first company walk in 2003, more than 230,000 Roche employees have raised over $24 million in donations to be used for children’s projects around the world. Last year, 164 sites in 74 countries participated in the Walk - our company’s signature employee project.
Why we do it
At Roche sites around the world, employees raise awareness and funds for the children most in need of support, and the company matches all contributions 1:1. Money raised goes to initiatives related to education, nutrition, primary healthcare and social development.
Globally, funds are channelled through the Roche Employee Action and Charity Trust (Re&Act), a legally independent charity. Re&Act partners with a variety of non-governmental organisations to support children’s programmes in developing countries, such as in Malawi, Ethiopia, Nepal and the Philippines.
Roche Children’s Walk efforts support long-term, sustainable change. For example, Re&Act has supported projects in Malawi since 2003 by constructing schools, classrooms and orphan centres; supporting university and college graduates; and providing food and clean water.
Impact since the 2018 Roche Children’s Walk
children’s projects supported around the world
communities in Nepal were provided with new ECD educational supplies
orphan homes supported in Ethiopia
students have benefited from living schoolyard transformation in Malawi
students in Kenya granted secondary school scholarships
We are proud of the impact we have made on individual lives, but we know there is much more to do. Many more children are still in need. For more information about projects supported and efforts of Re&Act, visit our website.
In 2019, the Roche tradition continues. Employees in more than 74 countries are organising a fundraising campaign to improve the lives of children in developing countries and those closer to home.
If you are a Roche employee, you can register at your affiliate to take part in the Children's Walk, or sponsor a colleague.
How to donate
If you are not employed at Roche, you can support the Roche Children's Walk too. You are welcome to dedicate your funds by sponsoring a Roche employee you know. Simply contact them or go to our website to make a donation.
Roche Children's Walk is managed by Corporate Donations & Philanthropy and organised locally by affiliates worldwide. Roche covers all expenses so that no donations are spent on administrative or fundraising costs.
Re&Act ensures responsible and effective use of the donations. Re&Act supports children’s projects in developing countries with experienced and trustworthy non-governmental organisations such as:
ActionAid Malawi is a non-governmental national development organisation that was founded in Malawi in 1990. It is a member of the South Africa-based international federation of more than 40 national ActionAid organisations. While supported by this network, ActionAid Malawi is an entirely local non-governmental organisation that operates and makes its decisions independently and is managed exclusively by local employees. It is focused on fighting poverty and is active in 12 of Malawi's 28 districts. ActionAid Malawi specialises in helping rural and particularly isolated areas through long-term programmes. Involving local communities and fostering their sense of ownership are a particular focus of its work and part of its consistent approach. In its role as a consultant to the Malawian government, ActionAid Malawi gives this often marginalised segment of the population a voice in the capital city of Lilongwe.
Our collaboration with Action Aid Malawi is made possible through a partnership with the Roger Federer Foundation, which has a broader comprehensive early childhood initiative in Malawi.
Founded in 1946 and mandated by the United Nations General Assembly and guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF advocates for the protection of children's rights, helps children across the world meet basic needs and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Working in 190 countries and territories to translate the commitment to the wellbeing of children into practical action, UNICEF focuses special efforts on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
Selam Children’s Village
Selam Children’s Village is a non-governmental, non-profit making organization which provides care and support to orphan children in Ethiopia, so that they holistically develop and become self-reliant. Selam Children’s Village provides quality education in its educational institutions, Technical and Vocational College which benefits the orphans and youths and the surrounding community.
Aiducation International is a non-profit/for-impact organisation founded in 2007 focusing on education by providing merit-based secondary school scholarships to bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds in developing countries such as Kenya and the Philippines.