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Marginalised people

Capacity Building
  • Category: Community development, Education, Health, Micro-enterprise, Water Security
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people, Orphans
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Zambia

Capacity Building

Poverty and HIV/AIDs in Zambia is causing an epidemic of abandoned, neglected or orphaned children as family means are stretched beyond breaking point. Parents and extended relatives simply cannot afford to feed, clothe and educate the younger generation so many turn to orphanages as a last resort.

Capacity Building
  • Category: Education, Health
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: South Africa

Capacity Building

In South Africa, early childhood education programs are poorly funded by a government already inundated with developmental mandates.  Many of the system’s teachers were taught under the apartheid regime and did not receive a quality education themselves.  Without best practice systems in place and limited opportunities for knowledge sharing, the motivation and morale of teachers within disadvantaged communities is low and leads to high absenteeism.

Community Empowerment
  • Category: Education, Life / Vocational Skilling, Micro-enterprise, Water Security
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Sri Lanka

Community Empowerment

As humanitarian crises have lifted in Sri Lanka, national development has shifted its focus toward building a strong economic core in the private sector and diversifying rural livelihoods.  Demographic transition that has accompanied the drive toward middle-income country status now poses some challenges regarding aged dependency.

Dalit Microfinance Programs
  • Category: Micro-enterprise
  • Grant: < $10,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: Adults
  • Country: India

Dalit Microfinance Programs

India’s Dalits have recently taken drastic strides toward social equality and economic empowerment through our partner’s nationwide movement to establish customised education centres.  In these centres, Dalits can attain employable skills to carry them out of the poverty trap that their lineage has suffered under for so long.

Education and Life Skills
  • Category: Education, Health, Life / Vocational Skilling, Micro-enterprise
  • Grant: $75,001 - $150,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Philippines

Education and Life Skills

In the Philippines the incidence of poverty is 50% for those who do not complete primary school, and less than 2% for those with a college degree.  Within urban poor settlements situations at home are rarely conducive to study due to noisy and crowded spaces, obligation for family responsibilities, lack of affordable tuition, and extensive unhealthy eating habits.

Education and Vocational training
  • Category: Education, Life / Vocational Skilling
  • Grant: < $10,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Children
  • Country: India

Education and Vocational training

Casteism leaves no respite within Indian spheres of education.  The ‘untouchables’ are without rights and frequently subject to abuse and neglect from castes above.  Whilst growing international awareness has led to some positive intervention, it is from this group of people that the bulk of India’s unskilled and uneducated still come.

Exploitation Recovery and Reintegration
  • Category: Anti-trafficking, Child protection
  • Grant: $75,001 - $150,000
  • Target Group: Displaced people, Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Cambodia

Exploitation Recovery and Reintegration

Cambodia is a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking.  Every year, thousands of men, women and children are sold by organized crime syndicates in Karaoke bars, massage parlours, street vendors, brick factories and brothels.

Grassroots Community Organising
  • Category: Community development
  • Grant: $150,001 - $500,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Adults
  • Country: Malawi

Grassroots Community Organising

Poverty is not so much a lack of ‘things’ but a lack of ‘power’ – the liberating power of self-determination and opportunity.  It starts with belief in the people. Without first building the base of an empowered people, the whole edifice of community development and meaningful social change is top-heavy and unsustainable.

Health Uplift
  • Category: Health
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people, People with HIV/AIDS
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: China

Health Uplift

China’s fast changing country context is characterised by rapid industrialisation, rural-urban migration, wealth disparities, epidemiological transition and an ageing population.  With a highly diverse population of 1.4 billion people scattered over a vast landscape of hard-to-reach mountains and plains, China faces a variety of health and development challenges.

Holistic Community Development
  • Category: Health, Life / Vocational Skilling, Water Security
  • Grant: $75,001 - $150,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: India

Holistic Community Development

In the quarry villages of rural India, poverty manifests in many ways.  It is therefore necessary to tackle the problem with a holistic community development approach, building capacity through participation in every way possible.

Holistic Community Development
  • Category: Education, Health, Water Security
  • Grant: $75,001 - $150,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Pakistan

Holistic Community Development

Government expenditure on defence and foreign debt servicing have been an enormous strain on the Pakistani budget, leaving only 1.9% spent on health and 2% on education. Healthcare is scarcely regulated and beyond affordability to much of the nation’s most vulnerable.  Likewise, the education sector is frail, with less than half of all students completing primary school.

Income Generation Programs
  • Category: Agriculture & food security, Education, Life / Vocational Skilling, Micro-enterprise, Water Security
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Sri Lanka

Income Generation Programs

As humanitarian crises have lifted in Sri Lanka, national development has shifted its focus toward building a strong economic core in the private sector and diversifying rural livelihoods.  Positive demographic transition has accompanied the drive toward middle-income country status but now poses some challenges regarding aged dependency.

Jogini Rehabilitation
  • Category: Anti-trafficking, Child protection, Education, Health
  • Grant: $25,001 to 75,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: India

Jogini Rehabilitation

The Jogini tradition has been part of southern Indian life for many centuries.  It is recognised as a form of modern day slavery whereby girls as young as 4 years-old are dedicated in marriage to a local deity and must then prostitute themselves to men as an act of worship.

Learning Resources and Teacher Workshops for Displaced Students
  • Category: Education
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Displaced people, Ethnic minorities, Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Children
  • Country: Myanmar

Learning Resources and Teacher Workshops for Displaced Students

Years of conflict have worn away Myanmar’s educational foundation.  Within schools, teacher turnover is high, lessons are ill-prepared and academic standards are low.  Many displaced children lack the skills and aptitudes that will help them find a job, particularly where schooling has been disrupted or discontinued.

Micro-Enterprise Training and Loans
  • Category: Micro-enterprise
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Displaced people, Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Congo, the Democratic Republic of the

Micro-Enterprise Training and Loans

Despite strong financial growth associated with a rich store of natural resources, the benefits of trade and investment from the international sphere has not been distributed evenly within the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Turning to self-sufficient innovation, a centralised service centre has been set up to upskill marginalised Congolese as they take out small loans to commence micro-enterprise ventures. 

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