Oeuvre d’Entraide de la Commanderie Suisse de l’Ordre de St Jean

Address Theaterplatz 7 CH - 3011 Bern Switzerland
Phone + 41 44 381 63 20
email vorwerk@sunrise.ch
Contact Thomas Vorwerk, President, Titlisstrasse 37 CH - 8032 Zürich
Date & Place of Foundation 1962, Switzerland
Legal Status Association; Non-Governmental, Non Profit Organisation; operational in Switzerland, with financial support in all countries



Regional level in Switzerland: social services 

  • Support of participants of religious services in hospitals and nursing homes
  • Support for the reintegration of drug addicts
  • Support of a playground for homeless children
  • Management of a Care Centre for homeless people
  • Promotion of organ donation and fight against organ trade
  • Support of 'Villa YoYo', a playground and protected area for children of immigrants' districts of large Swiss cities


International level: Financial support of projects related to the Commandery e.g.:

  • Financial support of health centers in Madagascar, in collaboration with the French Commandery
  • Management and financial support of a nursing home and a school for unprviledged children in Romania
  • Financial support of the prject 'Arpegio' in Truchillo (Peru) aiming to socialize unpriviledged children by playing music instruments
  • Financial support of the construction of a new maternity ward in South Sudan, in collaboration with Johanniter Germany
  • Support of the Hospital Saint-Louis in Aleppo (Syria)
  • Organisation of numerous transports of material for hospitals and schools, mainly to eastern Europe




  • 6 Sub-Commanderies: Basel, Bern, Geneva, Neuchatel, Vaud, Zurich
  • 110 Knights
  • 80 volunteers


 Read the activity report of the Swiss Commandery for the period 2018/19 here.