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Poverty

Living in poverty doesn’t mean you simply lack access to money. It also means you can’t access essential services such as food, water, healthcare and education. In addition, employment isn’t necessarily a solution. According to the United Nations, 8% of employed workers live in extreme poverty.

Even in some high-income nations, you’re only one unexpected event away from entering poverty. Getting out is challenging as the effects are self-reinforcing.

Fortunately, poverty has been significantly reduced in the past decades, but progress is slowing and there’s still much work to be done.

Activities that are effective in eradicating poverty vary according to local context. Some might seem more obvious, such as supporting those frequently left out of the economic system with growing successful businesses and earning more in-demand, high-paying skills. Others might seem less obvious, such as facilitating community food gardening programs.

We support local governments, organisations and community leaders with carrying out initiatives designed to improve the access of local individuals to a wide range of empowering services.

Our Current Initiatives


  • Business skills workshops in Ghana in collaboration with local communities

  • Computer skills workshops in South Africa in collaboration with local communities

  • Maths classes in Laos in collaboration with local Buddhist temple schools

  • Maternal, prenatal, infant and toddler health workshops in Fiji in collaboration with the Ministry of Health

  • Rainwater harvesting system construction in Fiji in collaboration with local communities

  • Community food gardening in South Africa

397

microenterprises and small businesses worked with us in 2018

8451

community members participated in our skills training initiatives in 2018

38

people in host countries were funded by us to complete one of our programs

Where you can contribute

 
Travel to Costa Rica to teach English to children and support community development initiatives.
 
Join teens from around the world on this high-impact Costa Rican adventure.
 
Contribute to preserving the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef in the world
 
Gain work experience in community development in the Peruvian context.
 
Support the local community members of Oxapampa to achieve their individual goals and those of their community.