World Vision Australia Seeks to Help Poor Communities Help Themselves

    A man harvests coffee beans in Ethiopia. World Vision Australia has launched a fundraising program to support economic and social development projects in developing countries, such as coffee farmers' co-ops in Ethiopia. Photo by: Trees for the Future / CC BY Trees for the FutureCC BY

    World Vision Australia has launched a fundraising program to support economic and social development projects in some of the world’s poorest countries.

    The program, dubbed Social and Economic Empowerment Solutions, finances projects that provides poor communities and individuals with tools, training and technical assistance they need to address their own social and economic problems.

    The program was conceptualized based on a trip of World Vision Australia CEO Tim Costello and movie personality Hugh Jackman, who is a World Vision ambassador, to a microloan and business training project site in Cambodia, Christian Australia Today shares.

    “SEE Solutions funds projects that provide communities with a hand up, not a hand out. It’s about empowering people with the right knowledge, skills and resources to build a future for themselves,” Costello explained to the news agency. “Each SEE Solutions-funded project is tailored to the community’s needs and may establish a range of initiatives such as education and skills training, agricultural development and access to finance, technology and markets.”

    SEE supports nine projects in Cambodia, Rwanda, Senegal, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ecuador, Chile, Azerbaijan and Kenya.

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