"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

Make Me Smile International (MMSI) is a non-profit organisation based in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Since 2012 Make Me Smile International holds the certificate for tax deductibility in Austria. In 2020 the non-profit status/tax exemption was also granted for Germany and Switzerland. In cooperation with local partner organisations MMSI is active in Kenya, Colombia and Lebanon.

Our work

Our expertise and focus areas include child and youth welfare, health, gender equality, economic strengthening, environmental protection, projects with refugees and the promotion of development education. In close cooperation with selected partner organisations, we develop and implement various humanitarian and sustainable development cooperation projects. We secure the financing of these projects through fundraising at private, institutional and state level. Our team coordinates and accompanies the implementation of the projects and maintains direct contact with the funding agencies. Our team has experience in the implementation of EU projects in Europe and projects in the Global South, financed by public funds. Our team consists of volunteers, board members and staff for our projects, who support us all with their skills, knowledge and above all with their time. Through various awareness-raising initiatives in Austria and Europe, we promote development education and intercultural dialogue.

Our partner organisations

Kenya – Make Me Smile Kenya

Make Me Smile Kenya is an NGO for development cooperation, child care and assistance for self-help! Mission Statement: “We help people to help themselves, for the benefit of the children, because we believe in everybody’s potential” Make Me Smile Kenya has been active in western Kenya, in the region around Kisumu, since 2008.

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Ukraine – Ukrainian Education Platform

The Ukrainian Educational Platform helps families with children who are arriving in Lviv (Western Ukraine), supporting orphanages that are relocating from the Eastern part of Ukraine and Oofer accomodation for people on the move through a network of other partners throughout Ukraine.

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Colombia – Fundación Estación Biológica Bachaqueros

Fundación Estación Biológica Bachaqueros is a foundation focusing on the reforestation of once tropical rainforests in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. On a social level, indigenous groups are strengthened and single mothers are trained and empowered to improve their initial situation in a sustainable way and to create opportunities for themselves.

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Libanon – Himaya

Himaya is an NGO that has been working in Lebanon since 2009 to help children who have been subjected to some form of abuse. This ranges from neglect to sexual, psychological or physical violence. Himaya is active throughout Lebanon.

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Help without money

Donations in kind

We are always happy to receive donations in kind, which are well preserved and useful. For further information please contact us at:

or under +43 (0) 676 898 776 309

Voluntary social work

People who would like to help us voluntarily are always welcome! Please send a letter of motivation and your curriculum vitae to

or under +43 (0) 676 898 776 309

Voluntary service abroad

Since the beginning of 2012 Make Me Smile International and Kenya has been offering a volunteer programme in Kenya for teenagers and young adults.

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Become a member

Yes, I would like to become a supporting member of the association Make Me Smile International. The membership fee is € 5,00 per month (€ 60,00 per year). You will receive your membership confirmation and all necessary documents by e-mail.

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