KurdAid, supporting social projects in Kurdistan
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Update: 13. May 2016

I. Name, Domicile and Aim

Art. 1 Name

KurdAid is an association in accordance with art. 60-79 of the Swiss Civil Code (known as ZGB). KurdAid is a non-political and non-religious association.

Art. 2 Domicile

The Domicile of KurdAid is located in Zurich in Switzerland.

Art. 3 Aim

The aim of KurdAid is to counteract poverty in Kurdistan. In this sense projects will be developed or assisted, which enable people, particularly women, children and youngsters and the disabled, to have a humane life.

KurdAid intends to encourage long-term and self-supporting projects on site.

KurdAid has no commercial gaols.

II. Organisation and authorisations

A. Membership

Art. 4 Members

Natural persons and legal bodies can at any time become members of the association, provided they accept the statutes and promote the aim.

Art. 5 Acceptance and exclusion

The executive board decides unanimously about the acceptance of new members.

An exclusion of a member will only take place by the general assembly and at the request of the executive board.

Art. 6 Withdrawal

Members can at any time leave the association.

Art. 7 Contributions

These will be determined annually by the general assembly of the Association. However they amount at the most to 100 Swissfranks.

B. Organs

Art. 8 The organs of the association are:

- general assembly
- executive board
- board of control

Art. 9 General assembly

The general assembly is the supreme organ of the association.

Ordinary general assemblies take place annually and in the first half of the year.

An extraordinary general assembly can be called by the executive board or by written request of one fifth (1/5) of the members.

Art.10 Procedure for calling a general assembly

The executive board sends every member at least 3 weeks before the date of the assembly a written invitation with a declaration of the agenda.

An expansion of the agenda by members is possible, when the concerned request reaches the executive board at least one week before the date of the assembly.

Art.11 Authorisations of the general assembly

The general assembly is authorised to control all actions taken place by other organs.

The general assembly decides on:

- election of the president and other members of the executive board as well as the members of the board of control
- dismissal of the president and other members of the executive board as well as the members of the board of control at any time on reason
- requests of members and that of the executive board
- acceptance of the annual report and the annual accounts
- acceptance of the annual report of the board of control
- acceptance of the budget
- determination of the contributions of members
- changing the statutes
- fusion or dissolving the association

Art.12 Decision-making

The president of the executive board chairs the general assembly.

Normally elections and ballots take place openly. By request the votes can also be submitted in written form.

The decisions are made by a majority of the voters. At a parity of votes the president has the final ballot.

For a change of the statutes two third (2/3) of the votes are required.

Art.13 Executive board

The executive board is elected by the general assembly for a period of two years in office. Reelection is permitted.

The executive board consists of four persons: the president, the vice-president, the actuary and the treasurer. The board constitutes itself.

The members of the executive board are honorary and are in principle only entitled to their effective expenses incurred.

In cases of absence the vice-president takes over the duties of the president.

Art.14 Representation

The executive board has the right and the obligation to manage all the affairs and to represent the association both in accordance with the authorisations, which are granted to him by the general assembly.

Legally binding signatures are to be given by the president of the executive board and the treasurer individually.

Art.15 Authorisations of the executive board

The executive board has particularly the following authorisations:

- Protecting the interests of the association and decision-making in all issues, which are not explicitly reserved for the general assembly
- Calling and chairing the general assembly (art. 9 and 10)
- Accepting and requesting for an exclusion of members (art. 5)
- Forwarding the annual report, the annual account and the budget to the general assembly
- Executing the decisions of the general assembly
- Controlling the projects, which serve the aim
- Managing the assets of the association
- Appointing commissions, committees and working groups for performing special assignments

Art.16 Decision-making

For the executive board to be a quorum there have to be at least two members of it present.

At a parity of votes the president has the final ballot.

Art.17 Board of control

The general assembly elects the board of control for a period of two years in office. This board consists of two auditors, who are not members of the executive board.

The board of control checks the annual account of the association and reports it annually and in written form to the general assembly. It can also submit proposals and requests to the general assembly.

III. Finances and liability

Art.18 Finances

The assets of the association consist of contributions of members (art. 7 and 11), donations, attributions, state grants/subsidy and outputs of special activities in favour of the association.

The members have to no time claims on the assets of the association.

Art.19 Annual account

The accounting year complies with the calendar year. The annual account must be closed at the latest until end of March of the following year.

All financial affairs and the accountancy must comply with the principles of truth and transparency.

Art.20 Liability

For the commitments of the association solely the assets of the association will be liable. A personal financial liability of the members is excluded, except for criminal acts.

IV. Fusion and dissolving

Art.21 Fusion

A Fusion of the association requires an approval of a two third (2/3) majority of those entitled to vote.

Art.22 Dissolving

A break up of the association requires an approval of a two third (2/3) majority of those entitled to vote, who shall then decide over the liquidations-procedure.

After the break up of the association the remaining asset will be used for supporting streetchildren/-youngsters and the disabled in Kurdistan based on the committed aim. In so circumstances any part of the remaining assets will be divided among the members.

V. Final clause

Art. 23 Interpretations clause

Requests to the executive board can also be passed through electronic paths (Internet).