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Cordaid called its recent transformation process ‘Ubuntu’, an African word meaning that our existence as human beings, as individuals, is inherently dependent on our interconnectedness: ‘I am because we are’. This notion of togetherness/interdependency/community is essential for the future of the organization, coherent with its history and relevant for our future role. In our globalizing world we are increasingly interconnected by economic, social and cultural relationships. Cordaid’s earliest roots go back to 1914. From our very inception, caring for others, reaching out to people who are suffering or who are marginalized or deprived, has been at the heart of our mission. During these past (almost) 100 years, reconnecting people to the broader community has also formed an important part of our organization’s mission. We started by caring for refugees during World War I and continued by looking after people who suffered during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Then, after World War II, our focus moved south, to protecting the victims of dictatorships in Latin America and apartheid in South Africa, strengthening women’s groups and indigenous communities and providing support to discriminated groups. Caring for people and making sure they are not marginalized and set aside because of their gender or cultural identity, or because of their economic position or political or ideological convictions, has always been a core value of Cordaid. It’s also deeply rooted in the organization’s catholic tradition — a community seated around the table breaking bread and drinking wine.
For almost 30 years Afghan children have been affected by conflict. Afghanistan children face one of the worst chances of survival of anywhere in the world. Parents need support to buy food for their children as they cannot depend on fall harvests to feed their families. Save the Children is advancing a plan to temporarily employ parents of children in need on projects to improve local reservoirs, agricultural canals and other critical drought-related projects.
Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped nearly 429,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict. We directly work with women in 8 countries offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.
We bring women together in a safe space to learn life, business, and vocational skills. Once enrolled, each receives a monthly stipend – a vital support that enables her to participate.
Women increase their ability to earn an income with new skills that are in-demand. They learn about their legal rights, and they become knowledgeable about health and nutrition. The result: stronger women, stronger families, and stronger communities. This ripple effect is profound.
Women for Women International delivers our programs through the generous support of individual, corporate and foundation donors, partners, and governments. Our work is regularly featured in international media, including BBC, CNN, MSNBC, The Guardian, The New York Times, 60 Minutes, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Recognized for our global impact Women for Women International was honored with the prestigious Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 2006, and receives favorable ratings from independent charity groups.
The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.
Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2015, we provided more than $95 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at over $10 million.