Inspired by the teachings and philosophy of the Nobel Peace-prizewinner Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), the Schweitzer Institute is an international humanitarian organization which is dedicated to alleviating suffering and injustice in the world, and creating a more equitable and sustainable future for our planet and all of its inhabitants.
Founded in 1984 as the Albert Schweitzer Memorial Foundation, the Institute conducts international programs that link education, ethics and voluntarism. Programs focus on healthcare development in under-served areas; motivating young people to serve the community and the environment as a way of life; and increasing public awareness of Dr. Schweitzer's philosophy and its potential for a more peaceful and sustainable world.
The Institute organizes conferences, lectures and workshops, sponsors fellowships and awards, provides humanitarian aid to developing countries, and publicly advocates for human rights, the environment and world peace.
In the United Kingdom, the Institute campaigns on issues relating to animal welfare, human rights and the environment, and it is currently developing a series of educational programs to raise awareness of Dr Schweitzer's philosophy of reverence for life and its potential for a more peaceful and sustainable world.