When the late David Penman was appointed Archbishop of Melbourne in 1984, he quickly realised Anglicans needed a way to respond to the many requests for support from Anglican churches and organisations around the world, particularly those impacted by disasters and emergencies.
As a result in 1988, the Archbishop of Melbourne’s International Relief and Development Fund was born, with the aim to “provide church-to-church aid in a unique way, building on personal contacts”.
Almost 30 years later the Fund, now called Anglican Overseas Aid, is a professional international development agency supporting projects in 10 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific, with work including HIV and AIDS prevention, safe and effective solar lighting, breast cancer diagnosis and management, gender-based violence prevention and much more.
Archbishop Penman dreamed of an agency that could constantly grow in size and scope, bringing the hope of God’s justice and abundant life to ever more people around the world – including those at home who were supporting the work.
Their vision is for a just, peaceful and sustainable world free of poverty.
Anglican Overseas Aid works in partnership with Anglican and like-minded agencies to:
Create and strengthen partnerships in developing countries to overcome poverty, injustice and disaster;
Support their partners to respond and adapt to environmental challenges; and
Inspire Australians to be compassionate, involved and responsible global citizens.
In the spirit of the Christian Gospel, Anglican Overseas Aid:
Works for justice, equity, reconciliation and peace.
Acts in solidarity with the poor and marginalised.
Responds with compassion.
Works with respect to build on the strengths in partner communities.
Is committed to transparency and accountability.
Strives to achieve sustainable outcomes that improve quality of life.