LIVELIHOOD in asia

LIVELIHOOD IN AFGHANISTAN


Afghanaid

Afghanaid works with rural men, women and children - providing them with the tools and skills they need to help themselves. Their work gives ordinary Afghans a voice in their own development, making them active participants in shaping the future of their country. They support Afghans in three ways: by providing basic services, improving livelihoods and reducing the impact of natural disasters andresponding to emergencies. With more than 30 years of experience and a deep understanding of local, cultural and ethnic issues, Afghanaid has earned great trust and respect among the communities we serve. To learn more, click here.


Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Support for Afghanistan

Founded in 1996, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Support for Afghanistan (PARSA) is an NGO working directly with the disadvantaged people of Afghanistan. With support from grass root organizations, PARSA is now among he leaders in the NGO community advocating for change in social protection programs that serve the disabled and destitute, women “heads of households” and orphans. As a part of our list of accomplishments, PARSA has launched a nationwide rebirth of the Afghan Scouts program, instituted the Healthy Afghan Child program into the national orphanage system, and created a “fair trade” model of marketing for Afghan women’s businesses called “Trade Afghan”. PARSA programs resonate with and support Afghan communities of today, as they heal and take ownership of their future. To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN BANGLADESH


International Rice Research Institute

For more than 50 years, IRRI has been the home of the most brilliant minds in rice research and agriculture. IRRI offers intensive training in rice research with the goal of empowering scientists, farmers, and other rice workers and ensuring that they have the proper knowledge and crop management strategies that they can share with their respective communities. As an educational institute, IRRI seeks to support capacity building and deliver research to the rice community. IRRI’s high-yielding ‘semi-dwarf’ rice varieties is credited for saving millions in Asia from famine and provided a foundation for the region’s subsequent economic growth, lifting more people out of poverty than at any other time in recorded history. To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN BHUTAN


International Rice Research Institute

For more than 50 years, IRRI has been the home of the most brilliant minds in rice research and agriculture. IRRI offers intensive training in rice research with the goal of empowering scientists, farmers, and other rice workers and ensuring that they have the proper knowledge and crop management strategies that they can share with their respective communities. As an educational institute, IRRI seeks to support capacity building and deliver research to the rice community. IRRI’s high-yielding ‘semi-dwarf’ rice varieties is credited for saving millions in Asia from famine and provided a foundation for the region’s subsequent economic growth, lifting more people out of poverty than at any other time in recorded history. To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN CAMBODIA


Bareebo

Bareebo is based out of Banan village, Battambang province, in rural north-western Cambodia. Bareebo focuses on working with communities that want to improve their water and food security, as well as build their capacity to develop their own communities. Using a participatory approach to development, Bareebo engages in both project-specific training and training in community development as a whole. This capacity building includes extensive input from community members in the form of sharing their knowledge, skills, and experiences with their fellow villagers. Bareebo is currently implementing the following projects: rooftop rainwater harvesting, home garden creation, shallow & deep pump water wells, self-help-group formation, as well as water and food security. To learn more, click here.


Build Your Future Today

Build Your Future Today Center (BFT) in Siem Reap, Cambodia is highly committed to providing opportunities through intellectual and economic tools for people living in poverty. With a special focus on children, BFT is based on the principles that knowledge is hope and peace is development. BFT’s vision is to provide Cambodian people with the education and tools required to attain self-sufficiency and well-being. To fulfill its mission, BFT focuses on five main projects that work toward BFT’s comprehensive vision to help the Cambodian people achieve brighter futures: community education development, our child support center, community health development, community peace building, and livelihood improvement. To learn more, click here.


Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children's Rights

The CCPCR is a grassroots organization providing crucial rescue, outreach, shelter, physical and mental healthcare services, vocational training and education to more than 300 young Cambodian children — primarily girls between 4-16 years of age – who are victims of trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation. CCPCR currently operates two shelters/rehabilitation centers in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and a transition station in Svei Rieng province near the Vietnamese border. They work with communities, police and regional NGOs to take in new girls every week, even as they support older girls who move into employment training and university studies. To learn more, click here. 


Child's Dream Foundation

Child's Dream is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to empowering marginalized children and youth in the Mekong Sub-Region, which includes Burma, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia.  We achieve this by working in partnership with communities to improve the educational and health situations for children and youths. To learn more, click here.


Children's Medical Fund

The Children’s Medical Fund, an effort of Child's Dream Foundation, supports children with serious health issues from Myanmar and Laos to access advanced medical treatment and health care. These usually life-saving interventions would otherwise not be possible in their country of origin. Furthermore children of migrant workers (many of whom are considered illegal) or refugees living in Thailand cannot benefit from the almost cost-free Thai health-care system which makes advanced surgery unaffordable for them. To learn more, click here.


 

Imagine Cambodia Foundation

The Imagine Cambodia Foundation (ICF) works with a mission to provide sustainable financial, medical, emotional and educational assistance directly to impoverished, handicapped and abandoned Cambodian children. All contributions will go towards the Foundation's Children's Center. The Children's Center provides room, board, clothing, school and supplemental education for orphans, street children and other vulnerable children of Cambodia. The Center offers children, who would otherwise have few options in life, the opportunity to change their future. To learn more, click here.


International Rice Research Institute

For more than 50 years, IRRI has been the home of the most brilliant minds in rice research and agriculture. IRRI offers intensive training in rice research with the goal of empowering scientists, farmers, and other rice workers and ensuring that they have the proper knowledge and crop management strategies that they can share with their respective communities. As an educational institute, IRRI seeks to support capacity building and deliver research to the rice community. IRRI’s high-yielding ‘semi-dwarf’ rice varieties is credited for saving millions in Asia from famine and provided a foundation for the region’s subsequent economic growth, lifting more people out of poverty than at any other time in recorded history. To learn more, click here.


Phare Ponleu Selpak

Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) is a Cambodian association which supports community development through providing children, young adults and their families with social, educational, emotional and cultural support. PPS's work with children is driven by the acknowledgement of each child's individuality and need for specifically tailored support. Artistic practice and development is at the heart of the formal education, life and social skills offered to young people we work with. The PPS campus comprises arts schools (performing arts – circus, dance, music and theatre – and visual & applied arts), a Child Protection Unit, a public school, a Kindergarten, a Child Development Center and a library. It is overseen by the Cambodian Development Council, Cambodian General department of taxation, and National Social Security Fund of Cambodia. To learn more, click here.


Pour un Sourire d'Enfant (PSE) USA

Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE) or For A Child’s Smile started operating in 1995 as a non-profit organization dedicated to raising Cambodian children out of poverty. The organization was established by two French nationals who witnessed hundreds of children collecting trash, day and night, under dreadful hygiene conditions on Phnom Penh’s main dumpsite. When those children came home – often a bare piece of tarp held by four bamboo poles - they were abused by violent parents who had grown up under the terrible Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot. To learn more, click here.


Youth Star Cambodia

Youth Star Cambodia is committed to building a just and peaceful society through citizen service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship. They seek to harness youthful idealism in the service of developing Cambodia by placing young Cambodian university graduates in underserved rural communities for one year of volunteer service. Youth Star volunteers help children catch up with their studies so they do not drop out of school, share their knowledge with local farmers, and play other important roles. Youth Star provides a life-transforming journey for young people to develop themselves: their skills, their confidence and their ideals. To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN CHINA


International Rice Research Institute

For more than 50 years, IRRI has been the home of the most brilliant minds in rice research and agriculture. IRRI offers intensive training in rice research with the goal of empowering scientists, farmers, and other rice workers and ensuring that they have the proper knowledge and crop management strategies that they can share with their respective communities. As an educational institute, IRRI seeks to support capacity building and deliver research to the rice community. IRRI’s high-yielding ‘semi-dwarf’ rice varieties is credited for saving millions in Asia from famine and provided a foundation for the region’s subsequent economic growth, lifting more people out of poverty than at any other time in recorded history. To learn more, click here.


The JUCCCE

The Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE) was founded after the MIT Forum on the Future of Energy in China, the first public dialogue on clean energy between US and Chinese government officials. It's mission is to combat China's massive migration into new cities, the industry's thirst for energy, and boom of its consumer class that threatens to deplete the world's natural resources and leave our children with an uninhabitable planet. JUCCCE is a non-profit working on making a greener, more liveable China in the face of the environmental problems that China and the world at large are facing. To learn more, click here.


The Eastern Tibet Training Institute

Founded in 2005, The Eastern Tibet Training Institute seeks to address educational and vocational gaps in rural areas of Eastern Tibet. As the economy of areas in Southwestern China is changing rapidly, many rural ethnic minorities are ill-equipped to take advantage of the resultant opportunities. A rapidly growing economy also brings social challenges that impact social and environmental aspects of traditional societies. ETTI seeks to address these issues by providing vocational training that responds to market needs and educational tools to equip people to face social and environmental challenges. ETTI also seeks to positively influence local approaches to vocational training by working closely with governmental institutions. To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN HONG KONG


International Rice Research Institute

For more than 50 years, IRRI has been the home of the most brilliant minds in rice research and agriculture. IRRI offers intensive training in rice research with the goal of empowering scientists, farmers, and other rice workers and ensuring that they have the proper knowledge and crop management strategies that they can share with their respective communities. As an educational institute, IRRI seeks to support capacity building and deliver research to the rice community. IRRI’s high-yielding ‘semi-dwarf’ rice varieties is credited for saving millions in Asia from famine and provided a foundation for the region’s subsequent economic growth, lifting more people out of poverty than at any other time in recorded history. To learn more, click here.


Synergy Social Ventures

Synergy Social Ventures is a non-profit organization investing in entrepreneurial solutions to global problems. We support early-stage social ventures in Asia working in the areas of poverty reduction through economic development, increasing access to essential goods and services such as clean water, food, energy, housing, affordable healthcare and improved education, and environmental sustainability in agriculture and waste and resource management. To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN INDIA


Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group

CHINTAN is a registered non-profit that works with some of the poorest and most marginalized people in urban India – waste pickers. These people salvage paper, plastic and metals from waste dumps and earn a living by selling them for recycling. The waste pickers can be children or adults. If children, CHINTAN helps them phase out of this work and into school, through a combination of primary learning centers, support classes and fellowships. If they are adults, CHINTAN helps secure safer jobs and organize them to be able to access social security, their basic rights and facilitate their participation in governance as equal citizens. To learn more, click here.


Dhriiti

Dhriiti - The Courage Within is a registered not for profit organization working to promote entrepreneurship and micro-enterprises among various sections of the society in India since 2004. Dhriiti tackles widespread unemployment and underemployment by training young people on entrepreneurship skills and setting up micro enterprise clusters. Dhriiti has worked with over 6000 prospective entrepreneurs and set up & strengthened more than 200 micro enterprises across India. Dhriiti's programs include skills training, education development, and micro-enterprise cluster development. To learn more, click here.


The Fabindia School (Bhadrajun Artisans Trust)

William and John Bissell set up the Bhadrajun Artisans Trust (BAT) to build social development programs with a focus on education and crafts. The charity established the first "The Fabindia School" in 1992 in Bali, which is in the Pali district of Rajasthan. The first school served as a co-educational, K-12 school with near 50% girls. The Fabindia School is committed to providing access to high quality education in rural India. The charity views education as a major stepping stone towards social mobility, equality, and employment opportunities. Since inception, the school has been encouraging education for girls in a culture where most parents who can afford an English medium school would send only their sons. To learn more, click here.


Family of Disabled

Family of Disabled has been serving people with disabilities since 1992. One of its prime objectives is to make people with disabilities self-reliant through economic independence. With this aim, FOD helps poor disabled people in starting/expanding petty trades by providing them fiscal and emotional support. It also promotes disabled artists and artisans from different parts of India so that they earn a livelihood on their own. To learn more, click here.


The Guard Society

Since its founding in 1996, Guard Society has consistently worked for the benefit of the Dalit community -- the most oppressed and discriminated caste in India. They played a big role in helping those especially Dalits affected by the Tsunami in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Guard Society takes care of daily needs of the elderly and the abandoned by providing food, medicines and clothing. The NGO has also helped form Dalit children collectives providing school supplies and conducting evening classes through its various resource centers. Guard Society provides livelihood training through rearing of goats and milch cows. In addition, it organizes women and laborers like scavengers, domestic workers, tailors, footwear makers, etc. into self-help-groups. To learn more, click here.


Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand is an NGO dedicated to the development of disadvantaged groups, especially rural and tribal families in the state of Tamil Nadu, India through grassroots action, research, and education. Initially working with child labor elimination, education and women's empowerment projects, Hand in Hand has grown over the years to develop an integrated strategy to address the challenges of poverty and underdevelopment. It aims to build self-reliance among disadvantaged groups by alleviating poverty through microfinance and sustained income-generating programs. To learn more, click here.


Milaap

Milaap enables everyday individuals like you to make a difference in a transparent and accountable manner by giving loans (not donations) to the working poor in India. Using the best practices of microfinance and charity, Milaap ensures that loans are given to the poor at affordable interest rates for things which create long term impact in their lives such as access to clean water, hygienic sanitation, clean energy, education, skills training for livelihood and working capital for small enterprises. To learn more, click here.


Rural Economic and Educational Development Society

REEDS is an Indian not-for-profit organization playing an active role since 1989 in formulation and implementing programs towards enhancing the quality of rural life and livelihoods. These include Sanitation & Hygiene; Safe Drinking Water; and Skills Development. One in every ten deaths is linked to poor sanitation, 1.5 million children die of diarrhea and 73 million working days are lost due to waterborne diseases, this needs concerted action. Come forward and support to make a change; your support allows us the opportunity to enhance the quality of life of a rural household! In this pursuit, REEDS solicit generous financial support from all those committed to this social cause of global consequence. To learn more, click here.


Sai Educational Rural & Urban Development Society

The Sai Educational Rural & Urban Development Society (SERUDS) is a non-governmental, non-profit, social service voluntary organization working for an integrated development of women and children of vulnerable segment of the society. SERUDS is a charity working for the destitute elderly, orphaned children, and disadvantaged women. SERUDS runs an orphanage for 40 abandoned children, an Old Age Home for 20 impoverished elderly persons. It is registered under FCRA & is eligible to receive foreign donations. They have clear insight in the socio-economic and health issues faced by the downtrodden, under privileged and marginalized segments of the communities. To learn more, click here.


Sai Maa Vishnu Shakti Trust

Sai Maa Vishnu Shakti Trust (SMVST) is a registered, non-profit, charitable organization operating from Varanasi, India since 2007. The core focus of the trust is providing sustainable humanitarian support to Indian communities, especially in the traditional state of Uttar Pradesh.  The trust currently sponsors 3 ongoing projects as well as supporting emergency situations.  The Sai Maa Women’s Empowerment Project, the Just One Hunger Initiative and the Sai Maa Cataract Surgery programs each provide access to otherwise unavailable services, opening new possibilities for members of the marginalized communities served. To learn more, click here.


Unnati

Sree Guruvayurappan Bhajan Samaj Trust, also known as Unnati, is a vocational training and transformation program that helps underprivileged youth secure stable employment in India. Unnati is a 50-day vocational training program offered at a subsidized rate to the underprivileged, undereducated, and unemployed youth. Unnati enables inclusive growth by empowering families below the poverty line. The three basic principles on which Unnati was founded are: 1) If they train someone, they must be able to get them a job; 2) They must enable youth to be responsible citizens and to be a part of an inclusive society; and, 3) They must train youth to be agents of change in their communities. To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN INDONESIA


The Yayasan Pecinta Budaya Bebali Fund

Yayasan Pecinta Budaya Bebali is an Indonesian nonprofit that works with traditional communities on nine islands to support the development of community enterprise based on sustainable use of natural resources. Its work often promotes the cultural and economic value of traditional natural-dyed textiles and it facilitates the development of an archipelago-wide weavers’ network through which member cooperatives work to address shared interests in dye-plant conservation, cultural continuity and economic development. To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN JAPAN


Teach for Japan

Teach For Japan aims to achieve a Japan where all children, regardless of their region, type of school or socio-economic circumstances, have access to a quality education, so that they can reach their full potential.  The mission of Teach For Japan is to recruit, encourage and prepare talented and ambitious young people to become effective and inspiring teachers and leaders in order to facilitate the access to a quality education for every child in Japan. As full-time teachers who commit to teaching for two years in Japan’s most high-need schools, Teach For Japan fellows will focus particularly on providing their students with the necessary 21st century skills, mindsets and behaviors to have increased life opportunities in an increasingly more global and complex world. To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN KOREA


KoRoot 

The KoRoot fund supports KoRoot, a guest house for internationally adopted adults who have returned to Korea. Adopted adults and their guests enjoy low-cost accommodations, western breakfasts, and Korean lunches in Seoul’s historic center. Conveniently located near palaces, museums, a traditional food market, and a traditional arts and crafts street, KoRoot is a vibrant community space for adopted people, single mothers and their children, families of origin, and their allies. To learn more, click here. 

LIVELIHOOD IN LAOS


Child's Dream Foundation

Child's Dream is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to empowering marginalized children and youth in the Mekong Sub-Region, which includes Burma, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia.  We achieve this by working in partnership with communities to improve the educational and health situations for children and youths. To learn more, click here.


Children's Medical Fund

The Children’s Medical Fund, an effort of Child's Dream Foundation, supports children with serious health issues from Myanmar and Laos to access advanced medical treatment and health care. These usually life-saving interventions would otherwise not be possible in their country of origin. Furthermore children of migrant workers (many of whom are considered illegal) or refugees living in Thailand cannot benefit from the almost cost-free Thai health-care system which makes advanced surgery unaffordable for them. To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN MONGOLIA


Ger to Ger

Ger to Ger's long-term country mission is to contribute to the systematic alleviation of poverty in Mongolia through the empowering frameworks of tourism. Revenues generated via community tourism will support nomadic families, promote project sustainability, ensure community involvement, and support rural economic development and herder/community-led health, cultural and natural resource management initiatives. Ger to Ger employs social enterprise methodologies to enhance rural social economic development. To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN MYANMAR


International Rice Research Institute

For more than 50 years, IRRI has been the home of the most brilliant minds in rice research and agriculture. IRRI offers intensive training in rice research with the goal of empowering scientists, farmers, and other rice workers and ensuring that they have the proper knowledge and crop management strategies that they can share with their respective communities. As an educational institute, IRRI seeks to support capacity building and deliver research to the rice community. IRRI’s high-yielding ‘semi-dwarf’ rice varieties is credited for saving millions in Asia from famine and provided a foundation for the region’s subsequent economic growth, lifting more people out of poverty than at any other time in recorded history. To learn more, click here.


Child's Dream Foundation

Child's Dream is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to empowering marginalized children and youth in the Mekong Sub-Region, which includes Burma, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia.  We achieve this by working in partnership with communities to improve the educational and health situations for children and youths. To learn more, click here.


Children's Medical Fund

The Children’s Medical Fund, an effort of Child's Dream Foundation, supports children with serious health issues from Myanmar and Laos to access advanced medical treatment and health care. These usually life-saving interventions would otherwise not be possible in their country of origin. Furthermore children of migrant workers (many of whom are considered illegal) or refugees living in Thailand cannot benefit from the almost cost-free Thai health-care system which makes advanced surgery unaffordable for them. To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN NEPAL


Committee for the Promotion of Public Awareness and Development Studies

The efforts of COPPADES are directed towards ensuring acceptable living situation to the people in rural communities in Nepal. These efforts are related with eliminating discrimination based on caste, gender and ethnicity that are crippling the lives of many people in the country. The situation is perpetuated by the lack of education for women and children, the prevailing situation of the lack of employment opportunities resulting into extreme poverty, and the inadequate law enforcement situation that has marginalized the people in the rural communities. The rights of long discriminated women and the Dalits have not improved and the girl children are treated as second grade individuals, always put on low priority. The situation has spilled over to the degradation fragile natural resources causing risks of disaster and other vulnerabilities induced by climate change and environmental degradation as those are the ones that are forced to eke out their living through dependence on fragile natural landscape. To learn more, click here.


Early Childhood Development Center

ECDC is a non-profit organization in Kathmandu, Nepal that works to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children of incarcerated parents in Nepal. Established in 2005, ECDC has served over 100 children in the past 7 years through a residential home and kindergarten program. Children live at ECDC instead of living in prison with their incarcerated parents and are enrolled in schools to provide opportunities for their futures. To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN THE PHILIPPINES


Center for Agriculture and Rural Development

Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD MRI) is a social development organization founded in 1986 that is committed to empowering socially and economically disadvantaged women and families by providing them access to financial, micro insurance, education, livelihood, health and other capacity-building services. CARD provides continued access to integrated micro-finance and special development services such as Credit with Education, and innovative community programs that organize and empower beneficiaries. CARD aims for high standards of stewardship of financial, human and institutional resources. To learn more, click here.


FARMCOOP

The Foundation for Agrarian Reform Cooperatives in Mindanao (FARMCOOP) is a grassroots not-for-profit organization committed to the welfare and socio-economic development of disadvantaged farming communities in Mindanao.  Our mission is to build sustainable and resilient farming communities through organic agriculture, value-adding entrepreneurship, and cooperative effort. Farmcoop was founded in 1995 to address the call of the Philippine government for NGOs to assist in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARP) designed to emancipate farm workers from poverty and uplift their quality of life. To learn more, click here.


Tulay Ng Kabataan Foundation (KNT) 

Founded in 1998, the Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation is a registered NGO whose mission is to serve the poorest children of Metro Manila. The Foundation is directed by Rev. Fr.Matthieu Dauchez, Executive Director, assisted by Ms Gloria Recio. A large team of Filipinos employees (street educators, psychologists, social workers…) and community workers are whole-heartedly dedicated to take care of the 1300 children. Thousands of children have already been helped through the 4 programs of the foundation. To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN SINGAPORE


International Rice Research Institute

For more than 50 years, IRRI has been the home of the most brilliant minds in rice research and agriculture. IRRI offers intensive training in rice research with the goal of empowering scientists, farmers, and other rice workers and ensuring that they have the proper knowledge and crop management strategies that they can share with their respective communities. As an educational institute, IRRI seeks to support capacity building and deliver research to the rice community. IRRI’s high-yielding ‘semi-dwarf’ rice varieties is credited for saving millions in Asia from famine and provided a foundation for the region’s subsequent economic growth, lifting more people out of poverty than at any other time in recorded history. To learn more, click here.


Milaap

Milaap enables everyday individuals like you to make a difference in a transparent and accountable manner by giving loans (not donations) to the working poor in India. Using the best practices of microfinance and charity, Milaap ensures that loans are given to the poor at affordable interest rates for things which create long term impact in their lives such as access to clean water, hygienic sanitation, clean energy, education, skills training for livelihood and working capital for small enterprises. To learn more, click here.


The World Toilet Organization 

The World Toilet Organization (WTO) is a global non-profit organization committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. Founded in 2001, WTO advocates for sanitation as a basic human right and seeks long term solutions by looking for sustainable solutions and empowering people to help themselves. To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN SRI LANKA


Raking Leaves

Raking Leaves is an award-winning publisher founded in 2008 by independent curator Sharmini Pereira. The organization commissions, publishes and internationally platforms contemporary artists to produce new bodies of work in book form. All book projects are mass-produced and internationally distributed to reach as wide an audience as possible. Based in Sri Lanka, Raking Leaves is committed to addressing the needs of artists and audiences who live in regions of the world where more strategic and accessible approaches to creating and presenting contemporary art are required. To achieve this aim, Raking Leaves offers an alternative means through which contemporary art can be created, viewed and collected. To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN TAIWAN


Taiwan Media Watch

Established in 1999, Taiwan Media Watch (TMW) was the first non-profit media watch in Taiwan. We have carried out the responsibilities of maintaining press freedom, carrying out media justice, promoting media self-regulation, and protecting the public’s right to know through various forms of media and TV program evaluations. With proliferation in the mainstream media of placement marketing, political ideologies, entertainment, pornography, and violence, we continue to work on media reform to build a better and healthier media environment, focusing on Media Watch and specific media groups or media reform issues for analysis, discussion, and review. To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN THAILAND


Child's Dream Foundation

Child's Dream is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to empowering marginalized children and youth in the Mekong Sub-Region, which includes Burma, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia.  We achieve this by working in partnership with communities to improve the educational and health situations for children and youths. To learn more, click here.


Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Children

DEPDC is a non-profit community-based NGO working in Thailand to prevent the trafficking of children and women into the sex industry or other exploitative labor situations. It offers free education, vocational training and full-time accommodations for young girls and boys in an effort to achieve these goals. DEPDC also runs several other projects aimed at the prevention of trafficking and the protection of child rights in the region: an emergency shelter for abused or abandoned children, care and repatriation for girls who have left commercial sex work, a youth leadership program spanning six countries, and training for undocumented migrants and indigenous people. To learn more, click here. 


Karen Hilltribes Trust

Karen Hilltribes Trust is a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the Karen community in Thailand to build a better future for themselves. It was founded  in the UK in 1999 following the tragic death of Richard Worsley, who had volunteered his time to live and work alongside the Karen people. We have three key aims: to improve health by installing clean water systems and sanitation, to increase access to education by providing school buses, dormitories and teaching, and to secure better livelihoods by building irrigation systems and regenerating farmland. Through these aims the charity supports the Karen with community based projects that lead to self-help whilst still retaining their unique identity and culture. The long term vision is to see the Karen people empowered to support themselves in a sustainable way. To learn more, click here.


Schools of Hope Foundation

In 2003, the Schools of Hope center was established in Arunotai village (Nong Ook) by Venerable Phramaha Virote Visutho, the abbot of Nong Ook Temple, to help the orphans and poor children from marginalized minorities living along Thai-Burma Border. The abbot decided to expand the orphanage in order to have more space for children. They continue to develop programs which focus on community development, sustainability and capacity building. To learn more, click here.


The Life Skills Development Foundation

The Life Skills Development Foundation (TLSDF) is a registered Thai non-profit and non-governmental organization (NGO) that aims to improve the quality of life for vulnerable children and their families in northern Thailand. By working in 7 districts and 15 sub-districts (see below for a map of the districts in which we have ongoing projects), with about 25 schools, 2726 direct child beneficiaries and 1146 indirect child beneficiaries, as well as 4,467 adults (including teachers, parents, government officials, and community leaders), TLSDF’s mission is to empower and build the capacity of the individuals and groups responsible for ensuring the basic rights of children (survival, protection, development, and participation) in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). To learn more, click here.

LIVELIHOOD IN VIETNAM


International Rice Research Institute

For more than 50 years, IRRI has been the home of the most brilliant minds in rice research and agriculture. IRRI offers intensive training in rice research with the goal of empowering scientists, farmers, and other rice workers and ensuring that they have the proper knowledge and crop management strategies that they can share with their respective communities. As an educational institute, IRRI seeks to support capacity building and deliver research to the rice community. IRRI’s high-yielding ‘semi-dwarf’ rice varieties is credited for saving millions in Asia from famine and provided a foundation for the region’s subsequent economic growth, lifting more people out of poverty than at any other time in recorded history. To learn more, click here.


Kids with Cancer Foundation

Michael Doyle, a resident of Vietnam for the past 21 years and a cancer patient, founded the Kids with Cancer Foundation of Vietnam (KwCF) in February 2012. Children's cancer is generally a curable disease, but in Vietnam, children diagnosed with cancer have a 5-year survival rate of less than 10%. This is contrasted to a global average of 85%. The foundation’s sole mission is to increase the 5-year survival rate of Vietnamese children with cancer to above 50% over the next 5 years. They are changing the way cancer is treated in Vietnam by funding overseas training programs for Vietnamese pediatric oncologists, pathologists and genetic researchers. To learn more, click here.


Vietnam Microfinance Working Group

Vietnam Microfinance Working Group (VMFWG) was founded to create a forum for micro-finance practitioners to share their experience with each other, come together to debate relevant issues, and speak to policy makers with a unified voice. Initially established in 2004 as an informal organization under the VUFO-NGO Resource Center in accordance to the Working Group Guidelines approved by the Resource Centre Steering Committee in April 2003, the VMFWG is open to all individuals and organizations interested in micro-finance in Vietnam. The group's mission is a large and dynamic micro-finance industry of professional, sustainable and efficient institutions that offer unsubsidized, high-quality, and demand-responsive financial services to a growing portion of the poor and low-income population of Vietnam, support the Government of Vietnam to gradually reduce policy lending. To learn more, click here.